West County Irrigation
1. Will my yard get torn up?
Not normally, the amount of disruption to the turf is limited but is in
direct proportion to the amount of rock content in the soil. 4-6 weeks
are a normal recovery timeframe.
2. Who does what?
Irrigators do 95% of the equipment operations, pipe laying, head
setting and valve box installation.
Plumbers are responsible for backflow installation and pipe to it! Most
contractors this is excluded in a turn key price. This varies in different
municipalities and is the contractor's responsibilities to know code.
3. What is backflow?
A backflow preventer is used to protect water supplies from
contamination or pollution. Many types of backflow prevention
devices also have test tops so that they can be tested or examined to
ensure that they are functioning properly.
Usually located on the side of the residence and is required to be
tested annually by a licensed backflow tester. This is not confusing,
but for some, it is a mystery.
4. Who tests a backflow?
A certified, licensed tester.
Is that a plumber?
Not necessarily, all plumbers are backflow certified. But not all
irrigators are either. Being respectful to all trades, lawn irrigation test
Plumbers and pipfitters usually fire suppression and industrial
applications, etc., etc., etc.
5. Why is my backflow dripping?
Backflow preventers are designed to do just that. This a tell-tale sign
that service is needed. Please don't try to fit this yourself! Call a
professional, they should be able to evaluate the situation in minutes
then can tell you if it's just a piece of debris or if it is time to replace or
repair the unit.
6. Setting and run operations?
Really, no problem here but to some it is still a challenge.
Every yard is different, not one is the same. As I am writing this, I
don't think after 27 years of business, I can sum up how to water
every kind of yard so I'll do my best and look back to my technique.
The local Botanical Garden recommends for turf to water every other
day to give the turf a break so not to drown the root system. Roughly
about 1 1/2 inches per week.
7. When do I water?
The best time to water is in the early morning hours. Bacteria is at its
lowest count and evaporative rate also.
8. How long should I water?
Starting point for rotors is 30 minutes, sprays 10 minutes and adjust
from there most system. Water adequately with this time on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays.
Remember every yard is different. My recommendation would be to
find a contractor who takes your best interest to heart. One who talks
to you not over you. I love this business and if I can ever be of any
help, please don't hesitate to call.
Owner, West County Irrigation