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Frequently Asked Questions About Irrigation Systems

Got Questions About Irrigation Systems? We have the answers right here.
Q. Will an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I’m currently using?

Rain CheckNo. in fact, it will conserve water. You’ll never have to worry about runoff from over watering or wasting water when you forget to turn off the hose. And, with a rain sensor, your system will know when it is raining and simply shut itself off when water is not needed.

Check out our Water Wise Irrigation Solutions page to learn more about water conservation and irrigation.

Q. Does having a sprinkler system really save time?

Yes. You won’t have to spend another minute of your valuable leisure time watering the lawn. Your new system will do all of the watering for you – even when you’re away from home.

Q. Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I can water by hand?

Yes. It will do a much better job because a professionally designed system will deliver exactly the right amount of water to individual lawn and garden areas.

Q. Are there different systems from which to choose?

Irrigation Sprinkler Head
Irrigation Valve Sprinkler HeadAlthough every system should be tailored to meet individual needs, a typical system will be 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 actually distribute the water to a given area). There are many manufacturers of irrigation products and University Sprinklers can install anyone of them, some of them at a lower cost than others to you. Remember, you get what you pay for with any product or service, and irrigation systems are no exception. University Sprinklers installs primarily quality Rain Bird products. High quality Rain Bird products have been have been the choice of professionals worldwide for more than 60 years.

Q. How do I know what type of system is best for me?

University Sprinklers will design an irrigation system based on such factors as water source and pressure, soil type, planting materials, weather conditions, and your personal preferences and expectations. We will take all this information into consideration in designing a system specific to the needs of your unique landscape.

Q. Can I save money by installing my own system?

In our experience, no. In fact, it could cost you more money in the long run. University Sprinklers will design and install the most cost-effective and energy-efficient system possible. You can be certain that we will select the appropriate equipment for the job, while streamlining the maintenance required to keep your landscaping in top shape. We will pay special attention to such important factors as sprinkler patterns (it is important to overlap the patters so that the outer edges receive sufficient water for healthy growth) and backflow prevention equipment (which is necessary to protect your drinking water supply). And because University Sprinklers is familiar with local plumbing and electrical codes, you won’t have to worry about costly mistakes in wiring or pipe installation. We can do the job faster, with less disruption to your existing landscaping. And don’t forget, all University Sprinkler systems are backed by a comprehensive full labour and materials warranty, plus the exceptional customer service only University Sprinklers customers have come to expect.

Q. Will I have difficulty operating the system?

Irrigation TimerUniversity Sprinklers will select the best controller for your needs, and we will set it with an appropriate watering schedule, in compliance with your local watering restrictions. We will also work with you to ensure you understand both the operation of the system, and how to adjust the controller’s program easily. We will also instruct you on the operation of the electric valves, adjustment of spray heads & rotor heads, and explain the Spring re-charging procedure so that, at your option, you can start-up your system by yourself.

Q. How much will a system cost?

The price of an irrigation system varies depending on many factors, including property size, type of landscaping, size of water supply, and your preferences. But you can count on us to design a cost-effective system comprised of quality products. We are familiar with all the products the irrigation industry has to offer and know how to put the right ones together in a system that will achieve maximum, results for you. And remember, University Sprinklers stands behind all of the products we install,  and we are serious about our commitment to quality installation and service.

Q. I'm on a water meter. How much will the water cost?

You can figure this out using our Online Water Calculator in conjunction with our Water Rates Table. Or Contact Us and we will happily work through the math with you. We do it all the time, so it’s easy for us!

Look No Further. Get Started Today. Call 604-421-4555.

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