Irrigation System FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about a new irrigation system.
 How can I be sure I will get a good system?
A good lawn sprinkler system is one flexible enough for your watering needs. It will put the right amount of water in each area and it will keep operating year after year with minimal maintenance. Your satisfaction with the system will depend ultimately on:
  • The quality of the system components
  • The craftsmanship of the installation
We use all components that are of professional grade and engineered, manufactured, and tested to give years of trouble-free service. We standby our products for two years and our workmanship for one year.

 

Why do I have to have a back flow device and does my installation contractor have to be licensed?
Lawn sprinkler systems, as most are connected to your city water supply, must meet local codes regarding backflow devices. These devices prevent water from being siphoned back into the water supply. The type of devices and the necessary building permits, licenses, and certifications required for contractors vary from city to city. Currently, Massachusetts does not require irrigation contractors to be licensed. However, the local (IANE) and the national (IA) trade associations have established proficiency certifications. Landscaping by J. Michael believes in certifications for its team and the promotion of higher standards for the industry. We also recommend you request to see both, a general liability and worker’s compensation certificate from your contractor. These certificates are mailed directly to you from your contractor’s insurance agent. This will ensure that you are protected, should someone get hurt while on your property or if damages occur before or after the job is done.

 

How can I tell if I have enough water pressure to have a sprinkler system installed?
Our technicians will do a pressure test and design your system to ensure the sprinklers will operate at the optimal pressure effectiveness. Should a larger water meter or pump be required, we will advise you ahead of time about the specific details involving them.

 

How often should I check my irrigation system’s performance?
It’s a good idea to check it frequently during the peak watering season to make sure that everything is functioning correctly and that water is being applied as needed to the plant material and lawn areas. It is very easy to add a remote device to be used as you walk around your property. We do offer this service of inspection during the summer months, if you choose. As part of our Gold Service Plan, we offer two mid-season service checks to ensure your system is working and performing at its optimum.

 

What should I look for during my system performance check?
Turn on each zone and observe the operation to make sure the spray from each sprinkler is going where it’s needed. Make sure all rotary sprinklers are rotating in their intended arc. Look for any wet or dry spots and see if there is an obvious reason why it is occurring. Also, be aware that sometimes the controller may need to be adjusted if temperatures are extremely hot or cold, or if there was recent precipitation.

 

For how much time should I run my sprinklers to water my lawn effectively?
Our technicians will set the time on each zone according to your soil and site conditions after installation. Typically, rotary heads in full sun should run between 30-45 minutes per zone. Spray zones for lawn and shrub can vary, but a 10-15 minute run time would be average. During warmer weather, all new controllers have a seasonal percentage button to increase the time without changing the entire program individually.

 

How long does it take to install a system and what about my existing lawn and landscape?
The average system will take one to two days to install. We use state-of-the-art equipment to pull the pipe through your lawn. After a few weeks, the seams in the turf will disappear. Our crews are trained to protect your existing landscape and plant material. When digging in shrub beds, our crews take special care not to disturb the roots of your valuable trees and shrubs. They are trained on how to lift existing brick walkways and have the necessary equipment to saw, cut, or bore underneath driveways if needed.