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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What payment methods does Green Acres accept?
A: We accept personal checks, bank drafts, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, and payment online through our Paypal account. Click here to make a payment.
FAQ about service and maintenance:
Q: How do I start up my system?
A: Click here for Written Start-up Instructions.
Q: My system won't run. What could be wrong?
A: First, check the controller to make sure that is working properly. Some clocks have a battery back up, so it may appear that the controller is on. If a controller is working on battery back up it will not activate the system. Plug a hair dryer or similar appliance to check the power to the outlet. Also, if it has rained recently, check the Rain Sensor override. A second thing to check is to make sure the water supply to the irrigation system has not been shut down at any point. Check the main shut off valve in the basement and at the back flow point there is usually a valve or two that can be closed and stop water flow to the irrigation lines. If everything checks out fine, call our office and schedule a service call.
Q: My system won't shut off. What do I do?
A: First, check the clock program to make sure it hasn't been changed. Next turn the clock off using the dial (don't unplug the clock, it may loose its program). If the system won't shut off from the clock, you will need to shut the water supply to the whole system off. For some reason the valve will not shut down allowing constant water flow to the zone. Call our office and we can schedule a technician to make the repair.
Q: How often and how much should I water?
A: Following are guidelines from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. However, you will want to verify any watering restrictions for your community. With so many cities going to odd/even restrictions, it may be necessary to set your controller to water on an every other day schedule.
When To Water: Watering is best for lawns in the pre dawn hours. Between midnight and 8am are usually calm; evaporation is low, and it is the time many cities with restrictions will allow you to water.
How Much Water Is Needed: In the Spring and Fall, set your rotor zones for 20-30 minutes and spray zones for 5-10 minutes. This is approximately half an inch per week. During the summer, set your rotor zones for 30 to 45 minutes and spray zones for 10 to 15 minutes. In periods of hot dry weather set your rotor zones for an hour and spray zones for 20 minutes. This will be approximately an inch and a half per week. When it rains, rely on your rain sensor or Smart Controller system. If you don't have either one, you'll need to manually shut your system off for a few days.
Q: I have a rain sensor, it is raining and the sprinklers are running. Why?
A: It may be that it has not rained enough to trigger the sensor. If this is not the case, check to make sure the receiver is not set on ‘bypass' and that the controller is not set on ‘rain bypass'. Check the receiver signal light - is it flashing green? This can be due to a temporary weak signal or the battery is low and needs to be replaced.
Q: Does Green Acres offer service agreements for maintenance?
A: Yes we do! Prepaid Service Agreements can be purchased for your irrigation system prior to start-ups any given year. We offer a variety of plans options, Gold, Silver, Bronze, & Flex; choose one that fits you. To learn more about our plans click here, Prepaid Service Agreement Plans.
FAQ about new installations:
Q: Why install an automatic sprinkler system?
A: Without regular watering landscape and grass will not survive. Our sprinkler systems are a great tool to help you virtually effortlessly keep your landscape and grass healthy and looking lush. A Green Acres Sprinkler Company automatic irrigation system can:
- Save Time and Energy - no more using your muscles and time to pull hoses around the yard. An automatic sprinkler is just that - automatic.
- Save Money - Over or under watering can kill your landscape and grass. An automatic sprinkler system can save the expense of re-landscaping as a result of these mistakes.
- Save Water - With an automatic sprinkler system the water usage is regulated to prevent over and under watering as well as reduce watering sidewalks, streets and neighbors yards.
Q: What should I consider when choosing an Irrigation Contractor?
A: You will want a professional irrigation contractor and designer. Go to The Irrigation Association Consumers Irrigation Handbook: How to hire a contractor, Understanding certification, When do I need a irrigation designer?; and "Smart Technology/ efficient irrigation. Take time to read this very important information.
You will find that Green Acres Sprinkler Company meets and exceeds these guidelines and criteria for a contractor.
Q: What kind of warranty does Green Acres Sprinkler Company offer?
A: Most of our systems come with a 2-year parts and labor warranty. Your estimator will explain this in detail for you.
Q: Will I need special permits?
A: Yes, but Green Acres Sprinkler Company will take care of pulling any necessary permits for you.
Q: Is there anything I need to do in preparation for the irrigation installation?
A: The only thing you need to do is allow us access into your basement for plumbing installation and access to the controller through out the installation and testing of the system. Green Acres Sprinkler Company is a full service irrigation company - we take you through the process start to finish. We contact the underground utilities to mark your property and we acquire all necessary permits and licenses for you. We can also work with your builder or landscaper to schedule and coordinate installation. It is a worry free process for you!
Q: What Brand of sprinklers do you install?
A: Green Acres Sprinkler Company proudly installs Hunter Industries product. Hunter is, in our opinion the best of the best and is the leading manufacturer of professional quality irrigation products.
Q: What is a backflow preventer and why is it necessary?
A: A backflow preventer is a one-way valve that ensures water in the sprinkler lines do not back siphon into your house water. Minnesota State law requires that a certified plumber install a backflow device on every sprinkler system.
Q: After my system is up and running, is there anything I need to do?
A: Typically no, however, simple adjustments to the timer may be necessary to increase or decrease the watering schedule depending on the weather and your landscaping. Your system is virtually maintenance free with proper seasonal servicing by professional irrigation technicians.
Q: How long does it take to install an irrigation system?
A: This depends on the size and complexity of the job, typically only one day for an average size home!
Q: What happens to my existing lawn during installation?
A: We install the trenchless way! We use special equipment to install your brand new sprinkler system with very little disruption to your property. We simply make a clean cut in the turf, while pulling pipe in directly following the cut and then tamp the cut turf back into place. The installers are careful to remove turf in one piece for digging the holes for valves and heads. The turf can easily be reinstalled around the valves and heads and tamped back into place. Within a very short time the turf will heal and you will not see any evidence to the turf having been disturbed.
Q: Can I use well water or water from a lake to supply my irrigation system?
A: YES! We specialize in installing lake pumps for systems drawing water from a lake. Well-derived water supplies do not present a problem either. Simply talk to your estimator about these water sources.
Q: I have several flowerbeds; will I still need to hand water these?
A: No! There are several options for watering your flowerbeds. Be sure to discuss these needs with your estimator.
Q: I have window boxes, hanging pots and large flower pots, will I still need to hand water these?
A: No! We specialize in irrigating these specialty items. Be sure to discuss these needs with your estimator.
Q: Is there any upkeep involved after installation?
A: Green Acres Sprinkler Company has a full service, service department. Our service department schedules all appointments for spring start up, maintenance and repair, and fall winterization. In the spring and fall we notify you by mail to get spring and fall service scheduled. We also offer full service prepaid service agreement plans.
Q: Will the irrigation system still run when it's raining?
A: No, all Green Acres Sprinkler Company systems come with rain sensors! The sensor monitors the rainfall and will temporarily stop the automatic watering cycles when appropriate then allows it to reactivate when the rain sensor is dry.
Still have questions? Please call our office at 952.929.1232 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about installing a new system for you. Thank you for considering Green Acres Sprinkler Company.
Q: Does Green Acres offer any rewards for referring customers?
A: Yes we do, please check out this page for more info.