Sprinkler System FAQs & Tips
Precision Corporation does it all, and we do it right! Based in North Royalton, we are the Cleveland area’s one-stop source for any outdoor contracting need, from fence installation and tree removal to concrete work and landscaping — and irrigation, of course. Check out our answers to some frequently asked irrigation questions and other information below, and then contact us at (440) 843-9500 for a free consultation today. It won’t take long for your to find out for yourself why our satisfied customers recommend us so highly.
Q. What is the best time of year to have an irrigation system installed?
A. Irrigation systems can be installed at any time, as long as the ground is not frozen. We start irrigation system installations in the spring after the ground has thawed and work into late fall, typically right up to November.
Q. What’s the difference between spray heads and rotor heads?
A. Spray heads are stationary, and simply spray a fan of water to a small area. Rotor heads cover a much larger area, since they oscillate back and forth to specific start/stop positions, making a complete circle.
Q. What’s a sprinkler zone?
A. Generally speaking, an entire lawn can’t be watered all at once, so the sprinkler heads are grouped into sets known as zones. Each zone can be programmed separately so you can control how much water each zone receives — and how frequently. Flower beds, lawns, and trees and shrubs are usually separated into different zones since they have different water requirements.
Q. What’s a backflow device?
A. A backflow device is added to the drinking water line outside your home to prevent sprinkler water from backing up into your drinking water, potentially causing contamination.
Irrigation Tips And Troubleshooting
At Precision Corporation, we offer maintenance services for irrigation systems, but homeowners also can perform some basic regular care to ensure peak performance of the system:
- Keep your sprinkler heads free of dirt, grass clippings, and other debris.
- Inspect your sprinkler heads to make sure they’re straight. They sometimes get bumped, which alters their direction and leaves some areas without water.
- Check your irrigation system control box after a power outage and adjust the programming as required. Power outages can sometimes affect program timers and pre-programmed coordinates.
- Ensure that the back-up battery is completely charged; replace it as needed.