Subjects to Cover With Tulsa Sprinkler System Companies When Getting a Cost Estimate
The “best” way to install an irrigation system is speculative. Irrigation systems can be installed hundreds of different ways. If ten sprinkler companies were to come out and install an irrigation system, it would be installed ten different ways. Every sprinkler company has a different opinion of ‘best practices’ in the irrigation industry. Homeowners who purchase a sprinkler system want to be happy with the contractors performance. Therefore, since opinions on irrigation systems vary so widely, its a good idea to cover a few important concepts when the estimate is done. Covering these topics during the estimate will increase the odds that you will be satisfied with the contractor and insure the contractor does not increase the price of his/her quote.
Future Plans for Property
Plans for additional flowerbeds, less flowerbeds, decks, pools, fences, new trees, removal of trees, etc. etc. should be communicated with the sprinkler company at the time of the estimate. If the contractor is aware of future additions or subtractions to the property they can design the system and install the sprinkler lines so that changes to the sprinkler system are not needed when the plans become reality. By communicating these plans during the estimate, homeowners can avoid spending money to redesign the system in the future.
Placement of the Back flow Preventer
Irrigation systems in Tulsa require a pressure vacuum breaker( PVB) that acts as a back flow prevention device. By code the PVB must be 12 inches above the ground and the sprinkler lines that feed the PVB must be 24 inches deep. From an ease of installation perspective, the contractor will want to install the PVB as close to the water meter as possible (this will save time digging the 2 foot trench). In many cases, since the PVB is unsightly, the contractor chosen location might not be acceptable to the homeowner. Therefore, to avoid a possible disagreement and additional cost, the location of the PVB should be discussed during the estimate.
Location of the Sprinkler System Controller
Sprinkler system controllers are usually placed in the garage and will be connected to the irrigation valves in the yard by copper wire. It is very labor intensive to move an irrigation controller. Not only does the controller need to be remounted but the wires the run under the ground will have to be moved. Therefore, during the estimate, a homeowner should open the garage and let the sprinkler system company know where to install the controller. This will insure you are satisfied with the controller placement.
Affordable Irrigation Tulsa’s Estimates
While some sprinkler companies will drive by your property and leave a quote, the above three examples are the reason that Affordable Irrigation always sets a time to meet with you during the estimate. There are too many variable to a sprinkler system to be able to accurately quote an irrigation system without meeting with the customer.