Looking for an Irrigation Professional?
When looking to install or maintain your irrigation system, you should look for a certified professional who has undergone proper training and testing to help you irrigate effectively. There are numerous certifications, so be sure to inquire about which your professional has, and what it entails.
A Water Smart Irrigation Professional is certified by Landscape Ontario using in-class and field components to be able to optimize irrigation systems for performance while minimizing water usage.
The Irrigation Association (IA) is another organization that offers certifications for irrigation professionals. Established in 1949, the organization includes over 1,500 irrigation companies and professionals in agriculture, landscape and golf. The IA offers certificates for:
- Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT) - individuals who install, maintain and repair irrigation systems
- Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) - individuals who quantify and analyze landscapre irrigation water use
- Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC) - individuals who install, maintian and repair irrigation systems
To become certified, companies have to have significant irrigation-related experience, as well as pass an exam.
To find if a company is an IA-certified professional, click here
Certified Irrigation Contractors, as well as as well as Golf and Landscape Irrigation Auditors, qualify for the EPA WaterSense program. Irrigation professionals with this certification can help you reduce your water usage, save money and maintain your landscape through maximizing the efficiency of your irrigation system
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Follow the tips below to help you maintain an efficient irrigation system.
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Selecting an Irrigation System
- Select a "Water Smart" labelled irrigation system controller which will automatically adjust watering for weather changes.
- Consider using a Water Smart Irrigation Professional to install a system that will work for you and your property.
- Consider using pop-up spray heads with efficient multi-stream rotary nozzles for lawns and gardens and a drip irrigation system for trees, garden beds, and shrubs.
Connecting your Irrigation System
- When connecting a new irrigation system to municipal water be sure to use a backflow preventer to protect the municipal water system and your home from contamination.
- Backflow preventers require a building permit from plumbing for the installation, or the replacement of any existing backflow preventer.
Direct your System
- Direct your irrigation system spray heads on porous landscapes and away from sidewalks.
- Also ensure your irrigation system is directed to water your lawn and gardens in the early morning. Watering before 10 a.m. is better for plant health as watering at night can increase the plants chances of developing fungus, bacteria, and even attract bugs and pests which may affect your plants health.
Inspecting your System
- Every irrigation system should be inspected each year something's to consider when inspecting your system are to:
- Adjust and clean spray heads each season in order to ensure you are not overwatering certain parts of your lawn. Signs of overwatering include leaves turning yellow or a build up of algae and fungi. Ensure the pressure for your system is set for 30 psi, to maintain efficiency.
- Check your system frequently for broken spray heads. Broken spray heads often have water spraying out or will be leaking from the top or bottom of the head.
- Check the controller box for water, if there is water inside it may indicate a leaky valve in need of repair.
- Look out for wet spots, depressions or small holes in the ground as this could indicate a leak from an irrigation line.
- Know the location of the shut off valve so you can shut of your irrigation system for maintenance, leaks, and emergencies.