We get lots of questions and are happy to answer any that you have. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about sprinkler and irrigation systems. If you have a question to ask, please let us know.
Q: How do I start up my sprinkler system in the spring?
A: Turning on your sprinkler system for the season is a little more involved than just flipping a switch or turning a handle. Start-up is also the best time to run through the system and adjust or replace any misaligned or broken heads. Rainmakers of Omaha can perform a spring startup and maintenance check for you. We also offer an Annual Service Program that covers your sprinkler start up, a mid-season check, and winterization, all for one low price.
Q: When should I start up my sprinkler system?
A: We schedule start-ups beginning in mid-March. However, the weather in Nebraska is unpredictable and we can have overnight freezing as late as May. We recommend that customers watch the weather and either drain their system or wrap their backflow preventer with heavy blankets if a cold snap is predicted.
Q: What maintenance is required to keep my sprinkler system running at its best?
A: Just as you may tune-up or make repairs to your car, the same should be done to your sprinkler system. The most important preventive maintenance steps we recommend are draining and winterizing your system every Fall to prevent freeze damage. Much of the costly repair work we do in Spring could have been prevented if homeowners had properly drained and winterized their system, or hired a professional to do it.
Q: What is a backflow preventer and why am I required to have one on my sprinkler system?
A: Backflow preventers are safety devices that prevent water that has exited your house through your sprinkler system from re-entering the house and possibly contaminating your drinking water with fertilizers or pesticides. They are required by law and regional building codes.
Q: What time of day should I water?
A. It is usually best to water late at night or in the early morning. There tends to be less wind, more water pressure and minimal evaporation. In Spring and Fall when nighttime temperatures are cool, evening watering could lead to icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets. This could be a liability if someone has an accident.
Q. I have a sprinkler system that primarily includes Rainbird parts, but there are also a few Toro sprinkler heads. My neighbors have systems with Hunter and Irritrol parts. Which is better?
A: All of those companies make some great products. There are many more manufacturers with outstanding products. Since our company has been in business for many years. We have worked with all brands and have a preference for Toro parts, which we have found to be top quality.