Frequently Asked Questions
Questions

Questions

Please click on a question below and you will be directed to the answer. If you have any other questions, please contact us or call the number at the bottom of the page.

 

Are you licensed and insured?

Is the owner on the job?

Why is experience important?

Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I can by hand?

Will an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I am currently using?

How much will a complete system cost?

Will the system be difficult to operate?

I’m doing other work at my house, when would be the best time get sprinklers installed?

What if I just want the front or back done?

I’m getting a inground pool installed, what should I do?

Do I need a survey for my property before installation?

How long will the job take?

Will there be 100% coverage?

Do I have to be home on day of installation?

 

 

 

 

Answers

 

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes. We are fully licensed and insured. We carry workers compensation as well as liability insurance.

Insurance and license numbers are available upon request. Beware of unlicensed and uninsured contractors. Who’s fault will it be if something goes wrong at your house?

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Is the owner on the job?

Yes! We are a company that takes pride their work. Our success depends on your satisfaction. We don’t just send out a crew of people to your house that you never met with a drawing and some verbal instructions. The owner, Ray, is on every job making sure it’s laid out and installed the way it should be.

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Why is experience important?

Rainman Irrigation has over 15 years of experience and one of the best reputations on Long Island. Did you know that ANYONE could call the local newspaper and put an ad in for lawn sprinklers?  They are not required to have a license or insurance! As long as they have money, they can advertise. So who is giving you an estimate…the out of work painter, the guy that has a whole 2 months experience working for a sprinkler company, the kid down the block, your sister’s cousin? Its possible that they may do a good job, but are you willing to take that chance with your home and money?  It’s up to you to do your homework. Beware of the contractor that advertises or says “sure I can do your roof, siding and sprinklers, we do everything”.

Why pay twice? Have it done right the first time.

 

Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I can by hand?

Yes. A professionally designed sprinkler system will water better and more efficiently than you would be able to do by hand. You will be able to control individual lawn and shrub areas as well as determine what time of day to water, and how many times per day or week the different areas need water. 

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Will an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I am currently using?

It depends on how you currently water your lawn. Did you take care of it by trying to drag the hose out to different areas of your property 3-4 times a week and let it run for hours on end? Then you will probably use less water with a sprinkler system. Or did you only water a couple of spots you wanted to keep somewhat green a couple of times a week? Then a sprinkler system will probably use more.

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How much will a complete system cost?

All systems are different. It’s almost impossible to give a exact number over the phone. Just because your neighbor has the same size property does not mean your requirements will be the same. You may have a pool, patio, fence, garden, different planting area, bigger driveway ect……All of these things could have an affect on your estimate. It’s always best to schedule an estimate. IT’S FREE!!

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Will the system be difficult to operate?

Like anything new, there will be a slight learning curve. We have found the products we use to be very user friendly. We will instruct you on the proper use as well as supply you with all required documentation once we complete the installation and make watering recommendations.

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I’m doing other work at my house, when would be the best time get sprinklers installed?

Normally we will suggest you do all hardscape first (driveway, walks, patios, pool, grading ect…). Sprinklers are installed just before sod or seed once the final grade has been completed and the planting beds have been formed.

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What if I just want the front or back done?

We could install your system in any order you like. Let us know what your plans are and we will layout and size your system properly for future expansion.

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I’m getting an inground pool installed, what should I do?

Call us. Normally we will tell you “let them dig”. But before they do, you should shut off your sprinkler main and timer in case they hit or pull a supply line. Try to make sure that they leave any pipes they come across exposed or marked. Once the damage has been done we could come in and reroute or modify your system so that the unaffected areas of your property could still be watered while you are completing the construction. Remember, the pool itself is not the only digging required, typically you will need a trench dug from your house to the pool filter location for electric or gas. Sometimes this trench does more damage than pool does. If they hit any lines while trenching, call us before they backfill so we could fix those lines first.

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Do I need a survey for my property before installation?

We will flag out your property on the day of installation and check the property line with you. If there is a question, its good to have the survey on hand.

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How long will the job take?

Once we start your job, we do nothing else until its finished. We will finish most jobs, 10 zones or less in the same day. If we do not finish due to weather or any other reason, we will be back first thing the following morning and stay until it’s done and you are 100% satisfied.

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Will there be 100% coverage?

We will provide 100% coverage for all areas of the property you would like watered. However, if after the installation you modify the landscape in such a way that compromises the effectiveness of system, we may have to make adjustments to the system and charge accordingly.

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Do I have to be home on day of installation?

We do not normally need anyone home for the installation. However, we most likely will need access to your house. If you do not feel comfortable leaving us access we will schedule your installation on a day that you are home or could arrange to be home.

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Rainman Irrigation Inc.
840 Lincoln Ave Unit 10
Bohemia, NY 11716
(631) 698-8148
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