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F.A.Q.'s

I am concerned about my existing lawn. What will happen to my yard during or after installation?

Oasis uses extra care during installation in an existing yard to ensure minimal damage to the turf. We use a vibratory plow to install the pipes underground and replace the sod around the areas where we have to hand dig. We also rake any loose debris and remove it from the site if necessary. In most cases you can't tell from the street that a new system was just installed and in a couple of weeks your lawn will be better than ever.

Is the system so complicated that I won't want to use it?

We use some of the most intuitive, easy to operate systems on the market and we will provide a training tutorial at the end of the installation. You can also access this link http://www.hunterindustries.com/Support/TrainingVideos/ to view a 24/7 video tutorial about programming your controller or adjusting your sprinkler heads.

What maintenance do I need to do on the system to keep it running properly?

Typically there is not much maintenance required on your part. However you should get in the habit of adjusting the times on your controller along with the seasons so you don't over water your lawn therefore wasting water. This process will take less than 5 minutes per week. Also in the fall make sure to have Oasis blow the water out of your sprinkler system to prevent it from freezing up.

Will my sprinkler system run while it is raining?

No. Your system will have a rain sensor that will detect when a specified amount of rain has fallen. It will ignore small drizzles or quick bursts but will shut down automatically if you receive a satisfactory rain. It will resume watering again, on its own, when conditions have dried.

Can I do the spring start up myself?faq

Typically yes, if your reasonably handy you can. To the right is an image of the typical backflow preventer which is located on the outside of your house. It's important to note the two rectangular valve handles and the faucet or plug.

  1. Either close the faucet or wrap the plug with Teflon tape and thread it into the port until it's tight.
  2. Turn the two rectangular handles until they are both vertical. This closes the top one and opens the bottom one. You will probably need some channel locks or pliers to turn these.
  3. Now go into the house and turn on the valve that feeds the sprinkler system making sure any back drains inside the house are closed if you have one.
  4. The backflow preventer should now be pressurized. At this point turn the top rectangular handle until it is parallel. You should hear the water start to run and fill up the mainline. Water may be leaking out of the top of the backflow preventer. This is perfectly normal but should not continue for more than about a minute or two.
  5. After a minute or two the water should stop flowing. This means the mainline is pressurized. At this point you should run all the zones on your system and observe the operation of each sprinkler head. Most likely the system will start up just as it went down for the winter. Adjust your timer accordingly and you should be ready to go.

If you find a problem with the system during the start up process, give us a call and we will arrange to have a technician come out and make any necessary repairs.

Can I do the fall blow out myself (winterization)?

Unlike the spring start up, this is not recommended. The chances that you have an air compressor large enough to do the job properly is slim to none. You may get some of the water out with the standard home compressor but we use a compressor that is driven by a diesel engine and is towed behind a truck. This is the most critical maintenance step for any irrigation system and is best left up to the pros.