For many homeowners, front lawns are a source of pride and joy. A lush, healthy lawn can be the envy of the neighborhood. But for some, growing the perfect front lawn can be an uphill battle as they deal with patches of dead grass, bare spots, and uneven growth in shaded areas.
Handling these problems can be frustrating. Some lawn issues can be easily resolved with the installation of automatic sprinkler systems to help with more even growth and regular lawn maintenance. Although, in some cases, installing automatic sprinklers can give rise to yet another set of hurdles and landscaping frustrations.
At Mr. Plumber we offer a range of services, specializing in plumbing services and repairs, and can offer lawn and garden sprinkler services to help you cultivate your own front lawn. Whether you’re looking to hire a professional for sprinkler repair or installation, or more interested in plumbing DIY, below are answers to some questions that are frequently asked about automatic sprinkler systems.
Question: I live in an area that gets a lot of rainfall. Do I still need a sprinkler system?
Ideally, yes. While your area might get a lot of rainfall each year, you won’t always get the same amount of rain each week or even each month. In order to cultivate a strong, healthy and enviable lawn, your yard must receive even and consistent watering.
A sprinkler system would also be extremely helpful in maintaining your yard during irregular weather and dry spells. Sprinkler systems can also help prevent damage and stress that your lawn might otherwise experience if it was without water for a period of time.
Question: Will an automatic sprinkler system actually save me time and water?
Yes, sprinkler systems are designed to do an efficient job. They are streamlined irrigation systems that will only apply the amount of water your lawn and landscape needs, eliminating waste.
Additionally, automatic sprinkler systems will irrigate your lawn, even if you aren’t home! After installing an automatic sprinkler system you can use the valuable time you would have typically spent watering your lawn to run errands, work on other projects, and relax.
Question: Is it possible to install my own automatic sprinkler system without hiring a professional?
Yes, it is possible to install your own automatic sprinkler system without hiring a professional, but there are a lot of factors to consider as plumbing DIY can be difficult. Before attempting a sprinkler installation, you should have detailed instructions, the tools necessary to complete the project and keep your system’s specific installation and maintenance manuals nearby. You should also do some research into your local plumbing and electrical codes, and consider consulting various professionals for advice, guidelines, and answers to any questions you may have regarding installation.
Before attempting installation on your own, be sure you feel confident and prepared, as a lack of preparation could result in expensive mistakes and having to seek out professional help with sprinkler repair.
Question: My sprinkler won’t come on – what do I do?
If your automatic sprinkler system isn’t coming on or working properly, you might have to do some investigating to diagnose the problem.
Sometimes sprinkler heads might become clogged or extremely dirty, in which case they might function better after being thoroughly cleaned. Broken sprinkler heads can also be replaced with a similar model. Other common issues are low water pressure, underground pipe leaks and valve or voltage issues. If the problem isn’t easy to resolve on your own, you might need to seek out a company who offers professional sprinkler repair, like Mr. Plumber San Antonio.
Question: How do I choose the right contractor or company to install my sprinkler system?
There are many things to consider when choosing a professional to assist you in sprinkler system installation. Below are just a few tips that could help you choose a contractor or company:
- Look for a contractor or company with experience who is already well-versed in sprinkler installation, maintenance and repair
- Choose a contractor who does their own research. A good contractor will offer you a consultation, survey your home and lawn (the space where you want to install your system), and talk with you personally before sending over a bid
- Checking out a contractor’s recent reviews or talking to their recent customers
- Prioritizing quality of service. Try to locate and work with a company that values their clients and the quality of their services.
While these FAQs do give some DIY tips, not every sprinkler system issue is easy to resolve and you may need to seek out professional sprinkler repair. If you’re having issues with your garden or lawn sprinkler system in San Antonio or nearby cities, Mr. Plumber can help. Schedule an appointment online, review the services we offer, or contact us for assistance.