H2OME Irrigation Systems, Inc - Total Underground Irrigation Systems Management
Products
 
We offer a wide range of products to suit a variety of budgets and preferences. Our most popular products can be seen at Rain Bird's website referenced below. Please call for more information on products, current promotions and custom options.
 
Know what you're getting:
 
Let's talk pipe:
 
Schedule 40 on the left, Schedule 20 on the right
Schedule 40 on the left, Schedule 20 on the right
Most contractors won't even discuss what they'll use to construct your system.  But you should definitely ask. 
 
Your main line, this is the line that will have constant water pressure on it at all times, should only be constructed using schedule 40 pvc.  This is not debatable and anyone who informs you differently is wrong.
 
Your auxiliary lines, these are the lines that make up the individual zones for your system, can be constructed using schedule 40, schedule 20, or poly pipe.  These lines are only under pressure during that zone's run time.  But again, ask your contractor what they will be using.  If you have rocky or heavy clay soil avoid schedule 20 pvc,  it will not last and you will have problems with this product.  If you have sandy or loamy soils then you can use schedule 20 pvc.
 
H2OME Irrigation Systems, Inc prefers schedule 40 pvc for all situations and will only install schedule 40 pvc unless otherwise instructed.
 
Remember, the type of pvc you select is very important.  It is essentially the blood line for your irrigation system and once its in the ground there's no going back.
 
Let's talk Valves:
 
The electronic valves that control each zone are as important as the type of pipe you use.  Most irrigation components are rated at anywhere from 40-60 psi.  If your static water pressure is higher than this you have some choices as to how you can handle it. 
 
Either a Pressure Reducing Valve can be installed on the main line or you can use a more durable electronic valve.  Either way, high water pressure must be addressed. 
 
Ask your irrigation contractor for a static water pressure reading and a dynamic water pressure reading.  These two measurements will help you determine what action to take.  If the pressure is above 80 psi I strongly recommend a pressure reducing valve on the main line.  If the pressure is between 65-80 psi I recommend using a heavier duty and more durable valve.  And if the water pressure is between 45-65 psi a residential grade valve will suffice.
 
If your contractor can't give you these pressure readings or doesn't know what they mean call another contractor.
 
The Central Controller:
 
This is also know as the brains of the system.  There are two basic types you'll see used.  Analog controllers, which are no longer in production, and digital controllers.  Both types are typically reliable but there is more program flexibility with the digital units.  The digital types also have backup battery systems, modular components for easier servicing and more user friendly settings.
 
Most of what is used today is digital.  These units offer varying degrees of program flexibility and durability and are offered in both indoor and outdoor models.  Some basic features you should look for in your central controller are multiple start times, the seasonal adjustment feature, and either a back up battery system or a nonvolatile memory.  Surge protection is also a feature with which to be concerned, especially in lightening strike prone areas or areas that are known for thunderstorms.  The southeast is well know for our thunderstorms so this would be one of those areas I am talking about. 
 
The Components:
 
There are several manufacturers of the components for a system.  There are also many types of components.  Everything from 85' radius turf rotors to 2.5'
radius stationary pop ups to drip irrigation or point source irrigation are available.  I encourage a visit to www.rainbird.com to see just how many different types of components are offered.
 
The key to getting optimal performance out of these components is all about the installation technique.  If the component is buried too low the wiper seal will wear out faster and shorten the life expectancy.  If the component is buried too high then foot traffic or lawn equipment will shorten the life expectancy.  Level with the root line in turf grass and about 1-2 inches above the soil line in flower beds is an ideal technique to follow. 
 
Drip irrigation has become more and more popular as the water conservation movement has grown in awareness.  The water usage and cost savings associated with this type of system are unbelievable.  If you currently  have  a traditional system there are options for you to convert that traditional system to a drip system, and again, the options are unlimited as to how it can be done. 
 
Our Services:
 
Installation:  We provide new installations for both residential and commercial applications.  The price you pay will vary according to the type of system you select.  Don't let your contractor just put one in that gets water everywhere.  A good design is worth it's weight in gold.  The upfront cost might be a little higher but the long term water savings will be worth it.
 
Maintenance Contracts:  We provide annual, three times per year, and monthly maintenance contracts.  If you have an aging system, a commercial property, or love of your landscape these services are highly recommended.  We always tell our customers it is easier to repair a minor problem than it is to replace the landscape.  Whether you check the system yourself or hire a professional it needs to be done several times per year.
 
Drainage:  We offer a variety of solutions for any number of drainage problems.  Every situation is unique and most are quite simple to solve.  Varying soil conditions and unique topographical situations present a challenge but we have a solution regardless of the obstacles. 
 
Pump and Motor Services:  For those of you who have the option of using an alternate water source for your irrigation system there is no doubt you're using a pump and motor system.  This type of configuration needs an annual maintenance program if you expect it to last.
 
We provide free estimates:  We don't make it a point to highly advertise this fact because everyone should offer free estimates.  Just make sure you know exactly what you'll be getting as a part of the installation contract.  The contractor should list the type, model, quantity and brand of components they plan to use.  Make sure you know how many zones will be in the design.  Also make sure that local ordinances regarding back flow protection are addressed. 
 
 
 
This is the brand we prefer.  This is due to their constant dedication of delivering superior and innovative products for the irrigation industry.  We work with any brand but Rain Bird is what we prefer.
Feel free to visit Rain Bird's website to view their entire product offering http://www.rainbird.com