How to Select an Irrigation Contractor
To ensure the highest-quality installation and optimum operation of your irrigation system, be careful when selecting the installing contractor. A licensed professional irrigator is an expert on hydraulics and efficient sprinkler system construction. Your irrigation professional can provide you with a cost effective, water distribution solution. Using the latest equipment and installation techniques; the right contractor, can ensure a water-efficient system and years of trouble-free operation.
What questions do you ask when comparing bids on your project?
No matter what size your project, industrial or residential, you will have some questions. This section offers guidelines on important questions to ask contractors. If you ask these questions of each bidder, you will be able to more accurately compare proposals.
What is the length of any warranty offered on the system? Does the warranty include repair parts as well as labor for the full period? Does the warranty cover a percentage of the repair costs, or is it pro-rated (you pay part of the repair costs in the later years of the warranty)? Are there specific manufacturer warranties on system components that extend beyond the contractors warranty terms?
Will the contractor service the system after the warranty has expired? What other types of service can the contractor provide? Is an extended warranty available and is a service contract offered? Are they something you should consider?
What types of routine services will be necessary? When should they be performed? Can the contractor train you to perform some maintenance tasks?
Backflow Prevention Equipment
What type of backflow prevention device is being used on the system? (Be sure that local ordinances are being observed. Septic systems and chemical injection systems require high hazard devices.)
Does the contractor have liability insurance? What is your liability if damage occurs to underground utilities in your property or if a contractors employee is injured on your property?
Membership in local trade organizations indicates an active participation in the industry. It shows a professional attitude that can be reflected in the Contractors work. Trade association members keep up with the latest technology and changes in laws and regulations.