There are many steps that go into having a new irrigation system installed. First, there is the quoting process. A technician will come out to assess your landscape needs and provide you with proper head placements and the correct number of zones needed for your new irrigation system. Then there is the scheduling of the actual work, flagging of any underground lines (your irrigation company should always call before they dig!) and then the installation process. Before the actual work begins and you are trying to select the right contractor for your needs, you need to ask the following questions:

1-BACKFLOW DEVICE: Ask the contractor if they install a double check back flow or a dual check back flow device? (Remember we have determined that the dual check back flow does not allow for proper protection from contaminants).
2-WINTERIZATION VALVE: Ask if they install a winterization or “blow out” valve. (Millenium installs a brass hose bib to use for winterizing or blowing out your irrigation system.)
3-WARRANTY: How long is it? Does it cover materials and workmanship? Is the warranty in writing?
4-COVERAGE: And lastly, make sure to ask if your new irrigation system will provide 100% coverage (also known as head to head coverage). Your system should be designed in accordance with the Irrigation Association’s standards which provide 100% coverage.

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