Irrigation & Draining Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is an emitter?

An emitter is a device that is installed in the lawn at the end of the drainage pipe and pops up based on pressure to disperse the water.

2. Why are there heads sticking out of the ground when my sprinklers are off?

This will happen when dirt gets trapped in or around the sprinkler head. Also, remaining air pressure stuck in the line may cause this to happen.

3. Why do you recommend changing the battery in the clock?

Although the clock is hard wired, the battery acts as a backup in case of a power failure. It will save the settings in the clock for the duration of the battery’s life.

4. Why does clay soil make my property so wet?

Clay content in the soil will cause a wet lawn because it does not absorb the water and allow proper drainage.

5. Why didn’t my sprinklers go on this morning?

There are a few factors that may prevent the clock from running.

  1. If we maintain your sprinklers and your property, we will set the clock to bypass the day of your scheduled maintenance.

  2. Power failure may reset the clock to factory time settings.

  3. If for some reason your clock was turned to any position other than run.

  4. If your rain sensor is not disconnected, it may prevent the clock from running due to moisture levels.

6. What is a french drain?

A French drain is a covered trench with gravel that contains a perforated pipe underneath that redirects surface and groundwater away from a specific area.

7. Why did you turn off my rain sensor?

The rain sensor is shut off to prevent it from conveying a false mositure level to the clock. Heavy morning dew or a light mist can shut the irrigation system down for 24 hours which can burn your lawn in the summer.

8. Why do I have broken heads at the time of sprinkler opening?

The holes in a sprinkler head that allow the water out will also allow precipitation in over the winter. If this occurs and temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside can freeze. This expansion can crack the heads.

9. What is a summer service?

A summer service is offered in late June to check and adjust the sprinkler run times/frequency based on warmer temperatures.