Boca Raton Lawn Sprinklers: Can I DIY?
Are you considering installing lawn sprinklers or an irrigation system in Boca Raton? Have you seen other websites and blogs telling you that you can do it yourself?
To be honest, installing a proper irrigation or a lawn sprinkler system isn’t as simple as those sites would have you believe. There’s a lot more to consider and plan than you might think. You need a professional irrigation contractor if you want a system that is safe, reliable, and will stand the test of time.
Florida’s Contractor Laws
One thing many DIY websites will not tell you is that you need to know your state and county laws before installing any kind of landscaping irrigation.
In Florida, anyone wanting to install a sprinkler system – whether for a business or a home – needs to have an Irrigation Contractors License. So, even if you don’t want to hire a contractor and do your own irrigation, you’ll still need to apply for this license and pass the exam to obtain it.
This law ensures that anyone installing irrigation or sprinklers knows the local county and state regulations, as well as the skills and knowledge to calculate how much water is needed for the system. Florida has specific legislature that covers water conservation and sprinkler systems. It requires anyone owning landscape irrigation to be able to inhibit or interrupt the system during periods of sufficient moisture. If your sprinkler system doesn’t have an adequate interruption mechanism installed, you may be fined up to $250.
The Advantages of Hiring an Irrigation Contractor
Aside from not having to obtain your own Irrigation Contractors License, there are other benefits to hiring a professional irrigation specialist.
First and foremost, your irrigation contractor will meet with you to evaluate your property. Depending on what kind of irrigation you want, they will be able to plan a system that suits your needs and conserves as much water as possible. There’s a big difference between sprinklers for your lawn and irrigation for a flowerbed or vegetable garden. They should also be able to provide you with an estimate at this stage, and give a breakdown of the cost of materials and labor.
Secondly, a professional contractor has thorough knowledge of the electrical and plumbing systems that feed into your irrigation. For example, most states require that outdoor irrigation is installed to prevent backflow, which could contaminate your drinking water. A contractor will also know how to install a system that is safe and will not short-circuit your wiring.
Lastly, hiring a professional contractor ensures good quality work that won’t fall apart within a season. Your contractor will know which kinds of pipes and sprinkler heads to purchase, and how to lay them properly to prevent leaks and damage. A poorly installed irrigation or sprinkler system will cost you more money in the long term, as it will inevitably require more repairs and maintenance. And aside from the cost of the irrigation repairs, you’ll have to deal with having your garden torn up every time there’s an issue.
Save yourself the time, money, and hassle of doing a DIY irrigation job; rather hire a specialist who can do it right the first time. For more information about Art Plumbing, AC and Electric’s irrigation services, contact us today.