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FAQs

Irrigation

What is the benefit of having an irrigation system?

An automatic irrigation system takes care of everything for you and is the perfect solution for today’s active lifestyle. You can stop being concerned about manually providing consistent and adequate lawn and bed watering. Save yourself the time and worry.

Additionally, a lawn sprinkler system protects the investment you have made in your home and your landscaping. It increases the property value of your home should you ever choose to sell it.

I’m concerned about water conservation. Does an irrigation system waste water?

Water conservation is at the top of our list of concerns when custom-designing an irrigation system. Our irrigation experts are among the best in the industry, fully trained in landscape irrigation and have an in-depth understanding of irrigation as it relates to water conservation. Your system will be designed to provide consistent, adequate and efficient watering to all your property without over-watering. Your watering schedule will be planned to minimize waste caused by runoff, wind drift and evaporation. By providing consistent hydration, long, extensive watering sessions are not necessary as is often the case with manual lawn watering. Should water rationing be posted for your area, or if you have a particularly wet week or month, you can easily adjust the controller to account for these changes.

What qualifications should I look for in an irrigation system company?

First and foremost, any irrigation system company you work with should be licensed by the state in which you live. Lawn sprinkler systems are directly connected to the water supply (municipal or your own) and must meet certain local codes. Be sure the company you select is fully insured for liability and workers’ compensation, and can provide you with an insurance certificate upon request. You may also want to inquire about association memberships such as the Irrigation Association, a local Irrigation Contractors’ Association, or training at a certified irrigation institution. In addition, you will also want to make sure the company you are considering provides the following:

  • Licensed plumbing services, including installation of the proper backflow device when connecting the system to the main water supply
  • Quality, long-lasting components with a written warranty
  • On-going maintenance at specified intervals, including the non-watering or off-peak seasons
  • Prompt customer service with live dispatch during an emergency
  • Positive testimonials and references as well as an established list of satisfied customers

The staff at Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems is completely licensed and trained, and Summer Rain carries full insurance coverage. In addition, we hold memberships in the Irrigation Association and the Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association.

How can I be sure I’m getting a quality system?

At Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems, we use only quality, durable components from a select group of reputable manufacturers and suppliers who we know will stand behind their products. Through more than 30 years of developing relationships with our suppliers, understanding their capabilities and seeing “reputations in action,” we’ve aligned ourselves with those select manufacturers we consider to be among the best.

Another part of the equation is a customized design. Your system will be designed to distribute the appropriate amount of water where and when it’s needed throughout your property. With an installation performed by fully trained technicians, and with ongoing service and maintenance, you can be confident you’re purchasing a first-rate, quality system that will operate smoothly year after year.

Will an irrigation system work for my property?

Yes. When designing a system, Summer Rain takes into account such factors as changes in terrain elevations, sunny and shaded areas, the current landscape and changes planned for the future. By considering these factors, we’re able to determine:

  • Sprinkler head placement
  • Type of sprinkler head
  • The best watering schedule
  • Length of watering times
  • Where to place the controller
  • Location of remote control valves

… all while still meeting your local zoning requirements.

How much should I expect to pay for a custom irrigation system?

The price of a custom sprinkler system and its installation will vary by property size and extent of coverage desired. Differences in component features and unique design or installation requirements will also play a role in the overall price. After an estimate has been prepared, we’ll explain it fully, pointing out which components are necessary and which are optional or flexible so you can make an informed decision.

Will my system have a warranty? What about service and maintenance?

Every installation is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Your Summer Rain sales representative can advise you about applicable warranties. In addition, to keep your system in top condition, we provide interval maintenance and emergency service.

What about my existing landscape? Will it be damaged or altered during the installation?

While we install your system, the project area will be disrupted for a limited amount of time, but when we are done you will never know we were there. If a system is being installed into a new property, not fully landscaped, we will work closely with your landscaper to complete an installation in conjunction with or prior to landscaping. If the system is being installed into an existing and established property, we will design a system that will not require moving of plants, shrubs or trees. Only minor, hand excavation may be required.

Lighting

Is all lighting design work done in-house?

Yes, we work closely with property owners. We listen to and incorporate their vision – adding our suggestions and design ideas – and develop a plan to deliver an amazing result.

Are your design consultations free of charge?

Yes.

What type of lighting systems do you install?

Most of our lighting systems are low voltage LED. The fixtures will be guaranteed for life and LED bulbs for four years. We can accommodate for high voltage where needed.

Do you need an exterior outlet to power your lighting systems?

No, finding an exterior outlet has its limitations. Using an existing outlet increases the chances of overloading that circuit and can provide control challenges. With licensed electricians on staff, we pull a new circuit of power from an electrical panel. This puts the lighting system on its own circuit and allows us to operate the system in the most user-friendly way. This can be via digital timers or a Lutron lighting control system.

I already have a lighting system; how does your maintenance program work?

We have dedicated lighting maintenance service teams to get an old system up and running or keep an existing system operating to its fullest potential. The lighting maintenance program includes cleaning and straightening of fixtures, checking bulbs and replacing with LED. If we can, we will also make any repairs to damaged fixtures. If fixtures are damaged beyond repair, we will note the model information and follow up with a replacement cost estimate. In addition, we will inspect the underground wiring and check to ensure that timers and switches are working correctly.

Electrical

Are you a full service electrical contracting company?

Yes, residential, commercial and industrial wiring. With over 30 years of experience we can handle any wiring needs you may have.

Can or do you install generators?

Yes, we can handle the entire process for you. Permits, gas connections, etc.

Do you install any smart home devices and controls?

Yes, we are Lutron Pro certified. We can make your home automated and set lights on timers that you can control via smart phone. You can even access via smart phone from anywhere in the world.

I thought you were an irrigation and landscape lighting company.

We have expanded our company to include divisions to help serve our customers as a one-call-does-it-all company: electrical, filters, wells and pumps and soon plumbing.

Do you do small jobs, like if I need a dimmer or fixture changed?

Yes, we can take care of anything electrical that you need.

At my office building we have parking lot lights; can you repair them and change them to LED?

Yes, we have an aerial lift truck. We can also check to see if you qualify for rebates or incentives from the utility company.

Are you able to wire a new home or kitchen remodel?

Yes, if it needs power and wires, we can do it for you.

Wells & Filtration

What if I have a well?

Summer Rain has extensive experience with well management and understands all aspects of water pressure, gallons per minute and critical design parameters. We have a close relationship with well contractors in the area.

Do you drill wells?

Yes, we can drill new wells or drill existing wells deeper.

Do you hydrofrac wells?

Yes, we can hydrofrac wells and test the well production.

Do you test water quality?

Yes, we can test your well or city water for mineral content, potability, chemicals, radon etc. We offer a wide range of water testing.

Do you install water filtration?

Yes, we can install and service a wide range of water filtration such as water softeners, radon systems, RO systems, iron filters and many other types of filtration. We offer filtration service that can suit your needs including delivery of products.

Do you offer emergency services?

Yes, we are available to help with any emergency that may occur.

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes, we are fully licensed with the state and insured.

Holiday Lighting

Are you able to reach high spaces?

Yes. We are equipped with bucket trucks so we have the ability to get to those difficult-to-reach spots.

When do you start installing holiday lights and when do you begin take-down services?

We begin installing holiday lights on October 15 and work all the way through January 1.

When should I schedule my installation?

The holiday season is a short one, the sooner the better. We start installations on October 15 and our schedules get booked very quickly.

What type of bulbs do you use?

We use LED and incandescent bulbs and offer a wide variety of lights including mini Christmas lights, C6, C7 and C9 lights. We also have greenery to enhance the décor so we have everything you need to create a beautiful holiday display.

Can I use my own lights?

Unfortunately, we can’t use your lights as we are unable to validate the quality and would not be able to provide the seasonal warranty for them. We provide everything you need: lights, extension cords, timers, clips, stakes and ties.

What kind of warranty do you offer?

All of our holiday lighting products come with a warranty for that season. If you have any issues, we send an installer to inspect your display and fix any damage.

Do I need to be home for the installation?

Most of the time our customers do not need to be home during the installation. All of this will be determined during your consultation with one of our experts.

Do you offer design services?

Yes, our design team has the experience and expertise and will work with you to create the look you want for the holidays. We offer complimentary consultations and all of our work is guaranteed.

How will the installation of holiday lights impact my electric bill?

If you use LED lights, there will be very little impact.

Is there an installation minimum?

There is no installation minimum.

Testimonials

Summer Rain has provided me excellent service. Their technicians are always on time, courteous and helpful. By counting on Summer Rain, my sprinkler system has stayed in perfect running condition for several years.

Courtney W.

Summer Rain did a great job fixing our outdoor lighting system. Unsafe wiring was replaced, and thanks to Bill Foscato’s design suggestions, we were able to reduce the number of light fixtures around...

Samantha K.

Thank you for helping to bring limited income seniors a comfortable, secure, affordable residence. Your gift will enrich the lives of this special group of people...you have helped make Hill House a wonderful...

Carolyn Cleveland
Hill House Senior Residence

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