Whether you are considering installing an automatic sprinkler system on your own or hiring a professional to do the job, the following answers to frequently asked questions can help get you started toward owning the most convenient and efficient way to water your lawn and landscape.

Does having a sprinkler system really save me time?

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!

How much will a proper sprinkler system cost?

The price of a system depends on many factors such as property size, type of landscaping, number of zones, products used and special designs. If you’re interested in working with VS Sprinkler, simply request a free estimate and we’ll give you an accurate quote of the cost of your system at no charge.

How much will maintaining a sprinkler system cost?

In Ottawa, we need to Winterize the irrigation systems to prevent ice damage. To Winterize your sprinkler system you’ll need a high capacity air compressor in order to blow out the lines completely. Winterization costs $185.00 and is included in the cost of installing a new irrigation system.

What are the components of an automatic sprinkler system?

A typical system consists 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). The sprinkler system can be customized further with rain shut-off devices, soil moisture sensors and drip irrigation zones.

Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I do when I water by hand?

An automatic sprinkler system will do a more efficient job because it will be designed based on your landscape’s diverse watering needs, using specific products tailored to watering grass, trees, shrubs or garden plants.

Will an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I am currently using?

No. In fact, an automatic sprinkler system may actually save you water. A well designed, efficient irrigation system applies exactly the amount of water needed by your landscape. You will never again have to worry about wasting water if you forget to turn off the hose. Plus, VS Sprinkler offers systems with rain shut-off sensors, so your system will know when it is raining and simply turn itself off when water is not needed.

Will I have difficulty operating my sprinkler system?

VS Sprinkler offers a wide selection of the most advanced sprinkler timers and controllers that are powerful enough to meet your customized watering needs, while also being simple to program and adjust. The newest smart controllers even adjust themselves automatically based on changing weather, temperature and rainfall, so all you need to do is sit back and relax.

I have decided to hire a contractor to install the system. How do I choose the right one?

Here are some tips that will help you select the right contractor for the job.

  • Before a contractor can present you with a bid, they must do their homework. This includes coming to your property, meeting with you face-to-face, surveying and sketching out the property, locating the water source, taking a read of the water pressure and finally, understanding your needs and what you want to accomplish.
  • Experience does count. Make sure you are comfortable with the experience level of the contractor. If you are not sure, the best reference is a recent customer.
  • It’s not all about price. Often, people use price as the only deciding factor. Contractors who have a significantly lower price than their competitors have to cut corners in order to reduce their costs. This could mean leaving out a back-flow preventer, using sub-par materials, not using the proper installation techniques or even, not completing the work. Make sure you have selected a contractor based on their service, design plan and ability to properly install the system.

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