Why should youÂ choose an irrigationÂ contractor who is licensed in New Jersey? Whether itâ€™s a new system, a reconfiguration or maintenance issues, including changing a sprinkler head,Â an insured and licensed contractor, should be contracted. Remember, not all licensed contractors are the same. Your sprinkler system is a capital improvement on your property and you should do all you can to protect that investment.
Let me share with you something that happened last year. I was asked to evaluate an existing system at a home. The homeowner thought he needed to add another zone. I inspected the system and at first found every single head leaking from bad seals. I replaced the heads.Â When I turned on the zones to properly adjust the heads,Â I found 2 pipe breaks in the ground in 2 different zones.Â The previous contractor was not checking the system the way it should have been checked. Once the repairs were completed, I went through the system with the homeowner and as it turned out he did NOT need to add another zone. What he needed was his current system to be performing at its peak. A good contractor will check heads frequently to maximum coverage and water efficiency. One maintenance visit is not enough to maintain a good working irrigation system.
Here are some questions to ask a contractor. Does he/she (the contractor) understand the watering needs for your lawn and landscape? Is your system operating at its optimized performance levels? Does he/she thoroughly explain any issues found in an existing system? Does he/she make recommendations for cost saving water efficiency?
Remember the cheapest bid is not always your best bet for saving you money and protecting your asset in the long run.