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Automatic Sprinkler Systems: Commonly Asked Questions

Tip: Make sure and have your sprinkler system blown out well before winter weather dips below freezing so that you do not freeze pipes in your home or damage your sprinkler lines.

Q. Will an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I am currently using?
A. No. — In fact, an automatic sprinkler system will conserve water. You will never have to worry about runoff fromoverwatering or about wasting water if you forget to turn off the hose. Plus, with a Rain Bird moisture sensor your system will know when it is raining and simply turn itself off when water is not needed.

Q. 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 are away from home!

Q. Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I do when I water by hand?
A. An automatic sprinkler system will do a much better job, because a professionally designed system delivers exactly the right amount of water to specific lawn and garden areas.

Q. Are there different sprinkler systems from which to choose?
A. Although every system should be tailored to meet one’s individual needs, a typical system is 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 distribute water to specific areas).

Q. How do I know what type of sprinkler system is best for me?
A. It is always best to work with a professional irrigation contractor who is knowledgeable about factors such as water source and pressure, soil type, planting materials, and weather conditions. A professional will take all of this into consideration when designing a system specific to the needs of your landscape.

Q. Will I have difficulty operating my sprinkler system?
A. At Gamache we will help you select the best controller for your needs, and we will program it with your customized watering schedule. One of our irrigation specialists will also explain the system’s operation to you. Then, if necessary, you will be able to easily change the watering schedule by simply following the easy instructions on the inside of the controller cabinet.

Q. How much will a good sprinkler system cost?
A. The price of a system depends upon many factors such as property size, type of landscaping, and special designs. But you can count on Gamache to design a cost-effective system comprised of quality Rain Bird products. We are familiar with Rain Bird’s many professional series products and know how to put the right ones together in a system in order to achieve maximum results.

Like most people, you probably have many questions you’d like to ask before finalizing your decision to purchase an automatic sprinkler system. This information should provide some helpful answers for you, but please don’t hesitate to call us here at Gamache with any additional questions.

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