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The Advantages of Owning an Automatic Sprinkler System

Many people say convenience is the biggest advantage to an automatic system since they don’t have to spend their time watering by hand or moving the hose around the yard. Others say extended plant life and lower water usage are the most important benefits. Still others believe a sprinkler system is one of the most of the best financial investments they can make in their home since appearance is a key factor in determining market value. And guess what – they’re all right!

rainforest automatic sprinklerQ. Will an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I’m currently using?

A. No. In fact, it will conserve water. You’ll never have to worry about runoff from overwatering or wasting water when you forget to turn off the hose. And, with a moisture sensor, your system will know when it is raining and simply shut itself off when water is not needed.

sprinkler system save timeQ. Does having a sprinkler system really save time?

A. 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.

automatic sprinkler systemQ. Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I can water by hand?

A. 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.

sprinkler systemQ. We generally get 40 or more inches of rainfall a year. Do we really need a sprinkler system?

A. 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 damage after just a few days without water.

different sprinkler systemsQ. Are there different systems from which to choose?

A. Although every system should be tailored to meet 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).

choosing sprinkler systemQ. How do I know what type of system is best for me?

A. It’s always best to work with a professional irrigation contractor who is knowledgeable about such factors as water source and pressure, soil type, planting materials and weather conditions. He will take all of this into consideration in designing a system specific to the needs of your landscape.

operating sprinkler system​Q. Will I have difficulty operating this system?

A. Your contractor will help you select the best controller (the brains of the system) for your needs, and he will set it with your individual watering schedule. Your contractor also will work with you to explain the system’s operation. Then, if necessary, you can easily change the watering schedule by just following the easy instructions on the inside of the controller cabinet.

irrigation system costQ. How much will a good system cost?

A. The price of a system will vary depending upon many factors such as property size, type of landscaping and special designs. But you can count on your irrigation contractor to design a cost-effective system comprised of quality products. He is familiar with many products and knows how to put the right ones together in a system that will achieve maximum results for you. He also knows that the manufacturers stand behind all of their products and is serious about commitment to quality construction and after-sale service.

Like most people, you probably have a lot of questions you’d like to ask before finalizing your decision to purchase an automatic sprinkler system. Reading this information should provide many answers for you, but please don’t hesitate to use Rainforest Inground Sprinklers for any additional information you may require.