Frequently Asked Irrigation & Landscape Lighting Questions

A well-designed and properly installed sprinkler system should conserve water, providing just enough to keep lawns lush, green, and healthy. Your sprinkler system should be made of professional grade materials, installed by an irrigation specialist, and be able to provide you with smooth, stress-free service for years to come. We encourage you to contact us at Tri County Services Inc. to talk to a technician about what type of sprinkler system will best suit your unique landscape and needs.

You should choose to work with an irrigation company that has extensive experience and can provide references to past customers. Before you decide to work with the company, a specialist should visit your property to meet with you, survey your property, discuss your needs, and provide you with a free estimate. We encourage you to call Tri County Services Inc. to talk to a seasoned sprinkler specialist who can provide a complimentary estimate for your project and offer suggestions based on your specific lawn and what you’re looking for.

When you hire an experienced irrigator, you can be sure that you are getting experienced, quality service that complies with industry and local standards. It’s equally important to hire an experienced contractor to ensure your property is protected should something unexpected occur down the road. The technicians at Tri County Services Inc. are all fully registered, insured, and certified in landscape irrigation auditing. When you work with Tri County Services Inc, you’ll work with sprinkler professionals you can count on.

The technicians at Tri County Services Inc. exercise exceptional care and caution during repairs and use equipment designed to avoid damaging grass. Depending on the existing condition of your soil and grass, your lawn should be completely recuperated from the repair process within two to three weeks.

We design, install and repair all irrigation systems with conservation on the forefront of our minds. Our systems and the repairs that we make to other system allow for even distribution of water, eliminating the opportunity for water to be wasted on sidewalks, driveways, and other areas that do not require watering. We also help our clients program their systems to go off in the early morning, when minimal sunlight helps to prevent evaporation and less wind keeps water from being blown away.

Yes. For instance, sandy soil generally requires more frequent watering in lighter levels of intensity. A soil that is rich in clay can be watered less frequently, but for a longer duration. Tri County Services Inc.’s specialists always assess your lawn’s soil, slope, and other important factors before coming up with the appropriate design and proper programing.

Your system will do all the work for you. It will place the exact amount of water needed that is programmed in your controller for your landscape beds, trees and turf. You will not have to spend any of your spare time moving a sprinkler around your yard, dragging hoses or standing out in the hot sun for hours. You will no longer need to have family or friends take care of your lawn, flowers or pots while you are away.

If you are already watering your lawn on a regular basis, you will use less water than you currently do. This is because your lawn will now be watered with the exact amount you choose and timed not to over water. We offer WiFi Smart Controllers too, which will change the run times, days watering etc., based on live weather data.

Most start-ups are typically done in April & May (weather permitting). However, when the temperatures at night no longer fall below freezing, it is safe to start up your system. Below freezing temperatures may cause damage to your sprinkler system. You can either chose to start up your system yourself or contact us to schedule a spring start-up appointment.

Do not panic. With a couple of simple steps, you can protect yourself (temporarily) from early freeze damage. 1. Turn off the water to the system in your basement (or crawl space). 2. Open the drain after the shut off in the basement, or right outside after it comes out of the wall. 3. Turn the (2) test port screws (on the side of the backflow) horizontal to allow the water to drain from the unit.

Yes, we can. You will have to be a current customer, and we will need to have contractor access.

Yes, we can. We use “micro” drip emitters that will water each pot individually.

Yes, our trained service technicians are familiar with all types of systems. We have been working in the area opening, closing and updating systems for over 25 years.

Tri County Services Inc.’s experienced sales representatives and service technicians have been well trained to advise you of all your irrigation needs.

Systems MUST be winterized to prevent damage. Tri County Services Inc. begins doing winterizations the first week of October. We will notify you by e-mail to set up your appointment. We have a “No Freeze Guarantee” for all winterizations completed by us. We are not liable for any freeze damage should you do your own winterization.

Landscape and architectural lighting will increase your home and businesses security, safety and beauty. When we review your site during the demonstration process, we will point out areas where lighting can enhance your outdoor areas.

Tri County Services Inc. uses (5) different manufacturers and has many fixtures to choose from to create your uniquely designed lighting system. We also know the effect that each fixture gives, and where it can be used the best. This is what we do. We are professional landscape lighting designers. We will make several suggestions on fixture selection during the demonstration.

Cost is affected by several things: number of lights, degree of difficulty for installation, number of transformers, etc… A rough estimate can be given during consultation and a final estimate will be provided before starting any work. Basic systems start around $2,000 installed. Tri County Services Inc. has installed systems ranging from a couple of thousand dollars to tens of thousands. This “basic” price represents multiple fixtures with one transformer. Keep in mind, that systems can be installed in phases as your budget allow

Most systems take between one and three days to install, but every system is different. Time of installation is site dependent.

Yes, provided that there is room on the transformer. When Tri County Services designs a system, we always leave at least 15% on the transformer for future expansion or lamp changes due to plant growth. Also, fixtures can be relocated with ease as the landscape or other activities dictate. If your system currently has incandescent (Halogen) lamps, you could potentially free up 80% of space in your transformer by simply switching your lamps to LED’s.

Frequently Asked MISC Questions

Yes, we are fully insured with worker’s compensation, liability and equipment insurance.

Yes, we can. We have numerous clients.

Yes, you can. Jason will gladly meet with you and supervise the work. Most of the time, he works alongside the technicians.

Yes, we do accept all major credit cards, including AMEX and Discover. Any charge above $600.00, there is a 3% fee.

Yes, we offer financing through Synchrony Financial.

MISS DIG is a statewide, one call utility notification system. MISS DIG notifies the utilities companies at the address we will be digging at to mark the approximately location of the underground lines. Our office contacts MISS DIG a minimum of three business days prior to digging to have the underground lines marked for our arrival. Please do not remove any markings. If the markings get washed away due to weather, please contact our office right away so we can call in to MISS DIG to have them marked again.

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