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Q: What time of day should I water?

A: It is best to be done watering before sunrise. Make a start time early enough so that it finishes before the sun comes up. Subtract the total run time from the time of sunrise time for a start time.

Q: How many days of the week should I water?
A: During the heat of summer you should water every day. However if watering every other day just double the watering times.  See our lawn fertilizer page or tips page for information on recognizing drought.

Q: What do I need to do to my system before winter?
A: Winterize your sprinkler system. You can contact Ron Hall Sprinklers and we can winterize your system for a reasonable fee.

Q: When does my system need to be winterized?
A: If we are going to winterize the system for you, contact us sometime in October and we will get you on the schedule. Remember that in Montana we get freezing temperatures in late September and October, so call early if possible. If you are going to do it yourself, winterize the system before temperatures drop below 25 degrees.

Q: What should I do if there is an early cold snap?
A: If there is an early cold snap, turn off the sprinkler system water valve (usually a ball valve) and run a manual cycle with the controller. This will move the water into the lowest areas of the system which are not as vulnerable in early cold snaps.

Q: What do I do if brown spots start to occur?
A: Increase the times and/ or days of watering first. Brown spots can also indicate issue caused by insects or disease. Call the office and we can send the appropriate technician to diagnose the problem.

Q: Why do I want an underground sprinkler system?
A: Eliminate one of life’s tedious and time consuming chores. Keep your lawn lush and green all season, the most efficient and cost effective method is a properly installed under ground sprinkler system.

Q: Why should I choose Ron Hall Sprinklers?
A: Ron Hall Sprinklers has over 40 years of experience in the area, and we have installed more than 4000 systems. We are well trained members of Irrigation Association (IA) and take pride in the workmanship of our employees.

Q: What will happen to my lawn upon installation?
A: The installation will mildly disturb the lawn for one to two days, however, the newly installed system will help the lawn to recover more quickly.

Q: How do I start my system back up in the spring?
A: Spring start-up is fairly simple, it is pretty much just a reversal of winterization, and checking head adjustments. If you don’t want this hassle, Ron Hall Sprinklers provides this service for a reasonable fee.

Q: Does a licensed plumber install the vacuum breaker?
A: Yes, it is required by law for a plumber to install the vacuum breaker.

Q: Is all indoor and outdoor above ground plumbing done in copper?
A: Yes, copper is used from the inside of your home to the manifold outside in the ground. After the manifold poly pipe is used. The poly pipe in the ground flexes helping to prevent breaking in the ground.

Q: Is the vacuum breaker installation plumb and neat?
A: Yes. We also try and put in an inconspicious place but still easy to access.

Q: Are valve boxes placed in inconspicuous locations?
A: Yes, Ron Hall Sprinklers uses wooden boxes because plastic valve boxes are not as inconspicuous as wood boxes.

Q: Do zone valves have manual flow controls?
A: Yes, flow controls provides advantages to home owner and maintenance personnel.

Q: Are manifolds constructed of heavy-duty unionized tee’s?
A: Yes, because glued SCH40 manifolds will crack and can not be economically repaired.

Q: Is the pop-up height of the sprinkler adequate for the application?
A: Heads should pop up enough to maximize range, but not so high that they are susceptible to damage.

Q: Why are low angle spray heads used around buildings, gardens and in restricted areas?
A: This gives better control of water application and keeps most water off buildings and unwanted areas.

Q: Why are rotor heads and spray heads not zoned together?
A: Spray heads and rotors heads have very different precipitation rates so they need to be run for different amounts of time. Running them on the same zone will cause flooding in the spray areas or lack of water on the rotor areas.

Q: Are commercial grade components used and are parts readily available?
A: Yes, big box store parts have poorer seals, lower pop-up and are made of lower grade plastics. Some brands are not easily obtainable.

Q: Does installation of heads meet manufacturers design specifications?
A: Yes, If placement of heads are spread to far apart or if to many heads are on one zone dry spots may occur.

Q: Does the contractor correct any brown spots that may occur do to improper irrigation?
A: The customer should not have to pay extra for anything the installers overlooked.

Q: Does contractor give consideration to zoning heads that water similar areas?
A: Of course! Sun, shade, garden and hills all have different watering needs.

Q: Does RHS provide a maintenance manual at end of project?
A: Yes, An educated home owner can save a lot of time and money by solving the small problems where possible. This book will be sent to you shortly after installation is complete.

25. Q: Does RHS provide a quality follow-up inspection after installation?
A: Ron Hall Sprinklers will do a mid-season system check after the system is installed free of charge. We will call you to schedule.

26. Q: Does contractor provide service technicians for spring turn-on, winterization, and general repairs?
A: YES! Whether or not it is our system we will be able to service it for you. We have very skilled technicians to help you with all your needs.


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