A STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS FROM CONTRACT TO INSTALLATION
Getting a sprinkler system can be a big decision. Our goal at Affordable Lawn Sprinklers and Lighting is that the process goes as smoothly as possible with minimal surprises. Here is our step-by-step process from sprinkler estimate to final walkthrough.
Step 1: Setting up a time to get an estimate.
This part is easy, just call us at 703-289-1155 and ask for the sales department. We recommend reserving at least an hour for your sprinkler estimate.
Step 2: The day of your design and estimate.
Plumbing: We begin every estimate with identifying where will be receiving our main water source. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as connecting to your existing hose bibs. Lawn Sprinkler systems need lots of water so we need to connect to a main water line. Typically we connect in one of two places, in your front yard at the water meter in the ground or in your basement (generally your furnace room). Lastly, we identify where to install your backflow preventer which will protect your drinking water.
Property Lines: Next we will need for you to determine your property lines.
Affordable Lawn Sprinkler Design: Now relax while our designer works on your own customized design. He or she will hand draw a sketch of your property indicating your house, driveway, walkways, patios, etc as landmarks.
Review design: After our designer has finished your design, he or she will review the drawing with you to ensure it is exactly what you want. This is an opportunity to add/change/or review sprinkler heads and/or zones.
Step 3: Signing up When you want to move forward with getting your lawn sprinkler system, we need you to do the following: 1) Double check your name, address and phone numbers to ensure we have the correct information 2) Review and indicate if you want any additional options 3) Sign at the bottom of contract and mail with a deposit to our office at 133 Patrick Street SE Vienna VA 22180.
Step 4: Scheduling Our typical waiting period from contract to installation is 3-5 weeks. When it is your turn, our sales/install manager will call you to schedule your installation (typically one week prior to your installation). Next, we will call Ms. Utility of Virginia to mark your public utility lines.
Step 5: Installation Day The morning of your installation, your sales representative or supervisor will place flags where every rotor and spray heads will be installed. Next, he or she will review the following: location of the control box, valve boxes, and sprinkler heads. Once you have given your approval, your installation will begin. Any additional changes after this point will be charged Time and Material. It is also important you identify such things as underground dog fences, drainage, sump pumps, french drains, and electrical lines. Lastly, if you have topsoil and/or grass seed, please provide it to your supervisor so they can apply in the necessary areas. Due to the large varieties of grass seed, we only spread grass seed provided by the homeowner.
Step 6: Walk Through of System After your sprinkler installation has been completed, we will review the entire system with you. You will be shown the following:
- Control Box: we will show you how to set the date and time, watering times and recommended watering schedules
- Emergency shut off valve: this will turn all water to your system
- Adjusting spray and rotor heads: you can adjust distance and rotation for your heads
- Review of valve boxes etc
Step 7: Collecting payment In order to pay our employees and vendors in a timely fashion, we need to collect a check when we finish your walkthrough. After 14 days past your installation day, we reserve the right to charge a late fee.