Maintaining your irrigation system is like maintaining your car. If you want it to run right and water efficiently it needs to be serviced a few times a year. Having a professional service your system at least twice a year can greatly improve the efficiency of your system and extend its life by spotting potential problems before they happen. There are 3 times annually when an irrigation system should be checked out, the turn on is probably the most important followed by the turn off followed by the mid summer tune up.
For the irrigation turn-on we will turn on all of the zones of your irrigation system and inspect your sprinklers and other components to ensure everything is operating properly. The irrigation turn costs $65.00 for systems of six zones or less, systems with seven or more zones will be billed at $85.00 an hour plus any parts used. Backflow testing is a separate charge.
The $45.00 turn off includes shutting the water off to the system and draining the mainline. If you have a Pressure Vacuum Breaker(PVB) backflow assembly it extremely important to have it winterized properly to guard against freezing as a PVB is installed above ground. We do our best to diagnose leaky shut off valves on these assemblies to help avoid the potential for freeze damage. Each year we do weeks of costly repairs to PVBs that have not been winterized properly.
Having an audit done to your irrigation system is a great way to tell how efficient your system is running. Audits can be as simple as having an irrigation technician turn your system on and make sure all components of the system are working properly and that water is being applied in the proper places. You can also have an Irrigation Association style audit done to your system which involves placing catch cans on the ground in each zone of your system, running the system, collecting the water data from the catch cans and analyzing the data to determine the distribution uniformity of each zone of your system. The distribution uniformity data tells you where your systems strengths and weaknesses are. We have an Irrigation Association Certified Irrigation Auditor on staff that can perform this style of audit for you and explain what changes need to be done to your system to make it run more efficiently. $85/hour (our auditor averages about 3 zones per hour.)
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