Lawn Sprinkler - FAQ

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Below we have compiled a list of commonly asked questions about the installation of sprinkler systems by Houston Landscape Pros. If you have questions that are not answered below, please contact us via email or phone. To contact us please call (713) 396-3320. Don’t pay more for less service!

  1. New Sprinkler Installation Warranty
  2. Residential Sprinkler Installation Completion Time
  3. Lawn Recovery Time after Sprinkler System Installation
  4. Number of Station needed in Residential Sprinkler Installation
  5. Price for Houston Sprinkler Installations

What kind of Warranty do you offer for new sprinkler installations?

For new residential sprinkler systems installations we provide a 3-year full warranty. For commercial new installations, we provide a 1-year warranty. Both residential and commercial new sprinkler system installation warranties cover parts and labor for their respective warranty durations. Basically if any part of the installation goes bad during normal operation, we cover it. Of course, if you happen to run over a spray head with your car, that would not be covered. In addition, extraordinary acts of God are not covered under our normal warranty. The sprinkler system warranty will be included in writing as part of the contract.

 

How long does a residential sprinkler system installation take to complete?

It generally take two days to complete a standard residential sprinkler system installation in Houston, TX. If there are other landscaping improvements along with the contract, it may take a day or two longer. We count the start of the installation as the time we start digging the trenches and the end of the installation as the time we are testing the sprinkler system. The actual process takes longer as we need to call the city to mark existing water lines, gas lines and electric lines. Harris county is usually very good and that may take only two to three days. During peak times, it may take longer. Please note that we will not schedule the start of the sprinkler installation until the city is finished.

 

How long will it take for my lawn to recover after the sprinkler system is installed?

For San Augustine grass, it typically takes 4 to 6 weeks for all signs of the installation to disappear.

 

How many landscape sprinkler stations does my house need?

This is one of the most asked questions we receive when meeting new clients. It is often asked in order to attempt to estimate an sprinkler system installation price. Many not so reputable sprinkler installers in Houston, TX try to sell or price the irrigation system installation based on the number of stations. They provide an artificial dollar value and then say you only need “X” amount of stations. The problem with this methodology is that they end up designing and/or installing a sprinkler system that is not efficient or technically sound in order to match the quoted price. Many times they end up combining the stations that should be separated or splitting stations that can easily be combined. Usually, the companies that price like this do not actually employ licensed irrigators. They often use someone else's irrigator license and estimate and install jobs without sound knowledge. This is illegal and should be reported to the appropriate authorities if you find a company that does this practice.

The number of stations that your home requires is based on the square footage (lawn area plus landscape bed area), the location of the meter, the location of the water main and your home’s water pressure. As an example, if the water pressure is below 55 psi, the sprinkler system will need to be designed with more stations than normal. For new sprinkler installations, we provide FREE quotes in Houston or surrounding communities (please refer to our irrigation installation service area map). We will tell you how many stations you will need based on your current landscape layout. If you have future expansions, let us know so that we can adjust the sprinkler design based on the expected future landscape layout. Our sprinkler system installation design will be based on your specific landscape water needs. To contact us, please call (713) 396-3320. Don’t pay more for less service!

 

How do you price a new Houston Sprinkler System Installation?

The basic formula we use is as follows:

Price = Part Cost + Labor Cost + Profit

There are various factors that we consider for every installation.

  1. Size of the Area Needing Water - More Landscaping will require more stations. The more sprinkler stations needed, the more valves required, the larger the controller need for the installation. Of course, square footage will determine the amount of pipe needed and the amount of digging involved.
  2. Water Pressure - Low water pressure results in the need for more sprinkler stations. 
  3. Tree Root System - In some older homes with large trees, the root system is extensive. The more roots there are, the harder it is to dig the trench. Of course, that will increase the labor hours required to complete the installation. 
  4. Location and Accessibility of the Water Meter - Not a big factor for most homes. However, occasionally you run into a situation where the water meter is surrounded by lots and lots of concrete floor. There are only two options to reach the water meter. The first option is to dig. The second option is to demolish the concreted area. Again, this is very rare in a residential sprinkler installation. 
  5. Type of pipe on the Main - Some older homes have copper piping. When that is the case, you need to convert to PVC piping, and that will add some cost. Not a big factor on the overall installation cost, but it will add cost when compared to a normal installation.
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