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Can I save money by installing my system?
No! In fact, it could cost you more money in the long run. A professional irrigation contractor will design and install the most cost-effective and energy-efficient system possible. You can be certain that they will select the appropriate equipment for the job, while streamlining the maintenance required to keep your landscaping in top shape. Because your contractor is familiar with local plumbing and electrical codes, you won't have to worry about costly installation mistakes. A contractor can do the job faster, with less disruption to existing landscape, and will guarantee his work.
Are there different system to choose from?
Although every system should be tailored to meet your individual needs, a typical system will be comprised of a controller (which functions as the brains of the system), valves (which open and close to release and stop the flow of water to underground pipes) and sprinklers (which actually distribute the water to a given area). It's best if all components of a system are manufactured by the same company in order to ensure that they are designed to work well together.
We get 1000 mm of rain a year. Do we really need a sprinkler system?
If it rained at your house every three days – the same exact amount each time – you probably wouldn’t need a sprinkler system. But nature doesn’t work that way, and the only way to ensure healthy, lush growth is to make certain your lawn and plants receive a regularly timed, evenly measured amount of water. In the dry season, when there is little or no rain, your yard can suffer damge after just a few days without water.
I want to irrigate using water from a lake/stream. What do I need for this?
Many sites today are successfully using untreated water from lakes, streams or wet-wells to irrigate. Of course, this does require special equipment. You will need a pump to move the water and to provide water pressure for your system. You will also need a dirty water filter to make sure that debris (even from the cleanest lake or stream water) does not clog your sprinklers.. While Rain Bird does not manufacture pumps, our equipment is compatible with most pump choices.
Why do I have dirty water, and if I have dirty water, what should I do?
Some areas have secondary water systems, pump systems or backyard wells to supply water to sprinkler systems. Invariably, these water sources have a lot of debris, sand, moss, seashells and other contaminants in the water which are not trapped by the inlet screen. These particles act as miniature drills and damage valves, fittings and heads during sprinkler operation. To eliminate most of these problems, Rain Bird recommends installing a filter on the mainline. There are a variety of types, but we recommend a "Wye" or "Tee" filter that can be easily accessed and cleaned. Look for a stainless steel filter if your water is particularly grimy. Be sure to search for a filter that will handle enough water flow.
How much will a good irrigation system cost?
The price of a system will vary depending upon many factors such as property size, type of landscaping and special designs. You can count on your irrigation contractor to design a cost-effective system comprised of quality Rain Bird products. Contractors know that Rain Bird stands behind all of its products and is serious about commitment to quality construction and after-sale service.
Does having a sprinkler system really save time?
Yes. You won’t have to spend another minute of your valuable leisure time watering the lawn Your new system will do all the watering for you even when you’re away from home.
Will an automatic system use more water ?
No. In fact, it will conserve water. You’ll never have to worry about runoff from overwatering or wasting water when you forget to run off the hose. And, with a rain bird moisture sensor, your system will know when it is raining and simply shut itself off when water is not need.
Will an automatic system water as well as I can?
It will do a much better job because a professionally designed system will deliver exactly the right amount of water to individual lawn and garden areas