Residential Irrigation Systems: Qualified Professionals go the Distance when it comes to Installation and Product Recommendations

Friday, June 7, 2013


In a perfect suburban world, there would be no such thing as dry, irritable lawns. Rain would caress front yards as needed, and kids could play every sport imaginable on cushy, green landscapes. Unfortunately, with droughts covering much of the nation, and hot summer months generously burning blades of grass before they even have a chance to grow, visions of a perfect lawn are hard to come by. And so it’s no wonder homeowners are seeking out irrigation systems in an attempt to maintain lush landscapes. Gone are the days of stagnant rainbow sprinklers requiring hourly rotations, as the benefits of automatic timers, solar sensors, and rotating sprinkler heads are realized. For those looking to maintain curbside appeal, there is no question about the benefits of installing an irrigation system, however deciding whether to do-it-yourself (DIY) or go with a professional contractor can be a key consideration. In this article, we opt for professional installation in order to save headaches, underuse, miscalculations, and preserving water output with a nod to the environment.

Know the Landscape

Front yards, back yards, gardens, shady areas, sunny spots; they all play into a well-designed landscape plan. A qualified contractor will save many hours of head-scratching when it comes to calculating plant 

requirements, system layout and soil composition. It’s worth noting technology has come a long way in the industry, so much so that a garden area for example can be established to receive just a trickle of water while the rest of the lawn feels the effects of complete output. Avoiding burn spots makes a difference as well, and having a contractor in place will ensure head to head coverage is ensured.

Product Knowledge

There are numerous solutions when it comes to sprinkler systems with no one size fits all approach. Perhaps the neighbor has a timer which launches cylinder shaped sprinkler heads at the brush of dawn. Notice if there is a straight continuous spray, or water fanning a section of the lawn. What is the radius range for the water – some systems can cover anywhere from four to thirty inches. The point is a good contractor will understand variations in irrigation systems, and welcome the chance to elaborate on the right solution for each homeowner. The success of any installation is the direct result of installer knowledge.

Irrigation systems are highly customizable and many key factors should be considered before deciding on a system. The contractor can help determine:

·         Lawn size

·         Garden arrangements

·         Automatic sensors

·         Coverage needs

·         Water saving elements

Residential Irrigation is Ideal for the Environment

Sprinkler systems have come a long way since just a few years ago. Today there are intelligent modules equipped with solar sensors for automatic turn on and shut offs, along with sophisticated timers. These are great features when it comes to monitoring drought situations, remaining energy conscious, and ensuring convenient water saving elements as well. A professionally installed system using the highest quality valves and controllers will ensure years of worry free operation and are highly adaptive to more recent energy saving components.

Cost Savings

A residential irrigation system is an investment, and professional installation ensures watering meets expectations. In addition to proper output, a certified contractor will work with a homeowner to take advantage of rebates, warranties, and after sale care. Be sure to ask about any cost saving initiatives as some cities are offering incentives for installation.  The City of San Diego Utilities Department for example, are actually offering rebates to homeowners when they install a smart controller which sets watering times according to season and weather. 

Any contractor performing work on a home will be insured and maintain a valid license to perform required work.  After investing in a perfect lawn, there is nothing worse than having to reseed, or re-sod. Using a contractor is great because of the vibratory plows put to use when digging for pipes leave behind little damage.

It’s All about Experience

How much more value can someone expect from a certified contractor? The Irrigation Association ( offers certification programs for irrigation contractors and thus proves a dedication to knowledge. A certified irrigation contractor (CIC) will be able to readily develop a plan for execution, development, and troubleshoot watering ideas for residents.

How much training does a contractor need for certification?

·         A CIC certified contractor must demonstrate three years of previous irrigation related experience and receive continuous education in the industry.

Customer Support

The sprinkler is on, but no water is coming out, or better yet it won’t turn off. At times, support may be required for a homeowner sprinkler system, yes things happen. Perhaps there is a faulty sprayer or certain landscape areas could benefit from additional coverage. Contractor relationships are handy when it comes to getting systems back up and running.  Contractor contact information should be easily accessible, and is most useful when placed directly on the sprinkler system control panel usually within a garage or protected space on the side of a home.

Project Management

Installing a sprinkler system involves many particulars beyond digging tunnels and inserting spray nozzles. Consider if you are willing to undertake the leg work required prior to installation which includes:

·         Building permits

·         Identifying gas lines, utilities, and phone lines

·         What type of backflow preventer is required for the particular area

·         Plumbing contractor for pipe connections

Working with a contractor will enable identification of paper work including permits, and any additional partner involvement such as a plumber.  

Living Greener with Smart Residential Irrigation Systems

Watering the lawn doesn’t need to be harsh on the environment. Approximately 50 percent of household water consumption is said to go directly toward maintaining healthy landscapes, with half of that amount being wasted through run-off and over-use. Implementing smart residential irrigation systems can save costs on water bills, put less reliance on natural resources, preserve drinking water, and increase homeowner value by improving curb appeal. Dragging rubber hoses all over the yard is cumbersome and not necessary. Finding the right contractor who is knowledgeable, accessible and resourceful will ensure a well running system and that the homeowner maximizes their investment. Hunter Industries is committed to pairing customers with well-qualified professionals. To find a qualified contractor in your area, visit Let us put our professionals to work for you.