Need to Knows
Once you have decided to take a step in a positive direction by installing an irrigation system there are a few things to look out for while deciding on your installing company.....
1. Licensing- Anywhere in the great state of Texas, one must be licensed by the TCEQ to legally install and repair irrigation systems. Installing without a license is a punishable offense by local law enforcement.
2. Competitive Pricing- Every company has their method for pricing and winning a possible project, but remember that the lowest initial price may not always be the lowest overall price. Most companies who underbid system installs are finding ways to "cut back" and this could mean many problems and countless repairs to deal with after the initial install.
3. Experience- How long have they been around could help define the knowledge they have in the real world obstacles irrigation companies face daily.
4- Availability to You- If your possible irrigator is hard to reach before your system is installed, then most likely the company will be harder to reach after they are paid and the job is complete. This is not good in case your system has problems soon after installation.
Commercial property systems are usually designed by one licensed irrigator and installed by another, so it is imperative that the drawings be followed as close as possible.
Also, it is important to keep all of your grounds maintenance staff and owners/managers proficient in operating the controller and emergency operations.
Residential customers should be most aware of the many possible threats that can be faced from neglegent or in-experienced install companies. Be sure that you receive a professional drawing of your project after the installation so you can locate all of your components with ease. With this you don't have to worry that you might break a pipe when gardening, or reducing hourly rates for a repair company to work on your system.
Residential consumers are most prone to these problematic install companies as they cannot bid on most commercial projects. So, beware and stay informed.