Located in Richmond Virginia, Premier Irrigation is dedicated to meet all of your irrigation needs. We are a full-service irrigation company ready to design, install, and repair any type or brand of system. Our experienced technicians are trained to service all brands of systems. Our goal is to do the job right the first time, so that you the homeowner, or business owner, can have peace of mind when you give us a call.
Premier Irrigation has been in the Green Industry for 25 years and is adamant in helping others understand what it takes for them to have success in developing not only a beautiful lawn or landscape but how to do so while conserving water as much as possible.
Premier Irrigation stands behind our service and products that we install. Any system we install includes a one-year warranty on all parts and service. We will replace any defective part at no charge, to ensure that your new system is at its peak performance. Premier Irrigation also offers an extended Service Agreement ensuring that you receive priority scheduling for any repairs to your system and much more. Our extended warranty agreement also entitles you to a discount on all parts. We offer Service Agreements to all of our customers.
Frequently Asked Irrigation Questions
Q: How much does it cost to have a irrigation system installed?
A: Premier Irrigation will personally meet with you to discuss the lawn or property that you wish to irrigate. We will design, consult with you, answer your questions and provide you with a written estimate/proposal of the system. Remember every lawn and landscape is different, so every price is different. After the agreement is made, we will present you with a copy of the proposal at which time we will put you on our schedule. From this point, we will take care of everything. We will contact Utility marking services so that the necessary safety precautions have been made. If you would like a separate Companion meter(water meter), you as the homeowner are responsible. Please contact your local City/County water utility department. (We do require 50 percent of the contracted fee due at signing) and the balance due upon completion. The benefit of choosing Premier Irrigation is, we will stand behind our work and treat every customer in a manner in which they deserve.
Q: Does installing an irrigation system require maintenance?
A: NO! After installation, there should not be anything for you to worry about. There may be a time when you may want to adjust a head or two or even change watering times on your system’s controller. Other than this, you should be worry free. If there is a problem that you may encounter, you just need to contact us and we will send out a technician for service.
Q: How long should I run each zone?
A: Weather and Seasons are all factors to how long you water. One thing we can not control is mother nature. Determine the amount of rain that you have had, and this will guide you on approximate watering schedule. The easiest way to determine this is to install a rain gauge somewhere in your lawn. Ideally, your lawn should receive about 1 inch of water per week.
Q: If my system is leaking or will not turn off what should I do?
A: Go to where your backflow device is located, just before the device usually in the ground in a valve box you will find a ball valve or gate valve, turn the knob clockwise to shut off the water supply to the system and give us a call.
Q: Is it better to water in the morning or in the evening?
A: The Morning time is the ideal time to water your lawn. This allows the air to dry the lawn out during the day. Watering in the evening cause the water to sit on the ground and on the lawn, which therefore may cause fungus and mold.
Q. Does Premier Irrigation do Backflow Preventer Testing?
A. Yes, We have on hand a Certified Backflow Preventer Tradesman / Master plumber who has to perform the testing. This includes all paperwork that must be submitted. For Backflow Preventer Testing, please contact Chris Mayhew @ (804) 366-2094. Chesterfield County requires this service Annually.
1. Don't drown
The greatest waste of water comes from applying too much, too often — much of the water is never absorbed. Instead of watering for one long session, water a few times for shorter periods and take 15-minute breaks in between each session. This will allow water to soak in, while minimizing runoff.
2. Watch the clock
Water between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. — when the sun is low, winds are calm and temperatures are cool. Mid-day watering tends to be less efficient because of water loss due to evaporation and windy conditions during the day. Watering in the evening isn’t a good idea either because leaves can remain wet overnight — an open invitation for fungus to grow. By watering in the morning, leaves have a chance to dry out during the day.
3. Divide by zones
Different plants need different amounts of water. Divide your yard and landscape areas into separate irrigation zones so that grass can be watered separately and more frequently than groundcovers, shrubs and trees. Both sprinkler and drip irrigation can be incorporated to achieve more efficient use of water.
4. Water only things that grow
If you have an underground sprinkler system, make sure the sprinkler heads are adjusted properly to avoid watering sidewalks and driveways. A properly adjusted sprinkler head should spray large droplets of water instead of a fine mist to minimize evaporation and wind drift.
5. Consider dripping
When it comes to watering individual trees, flowerbeds, potted containers, or other nongrassy areas, consider applying water directly to the roots using low volume drip irrigation. This will reduce water waste through evaporation or runoff, and will prevent unwanted weeds from growing.
6. Do routine inspections
Since lawns and gardens should be watered in the early morning hours, a problem may not be discovered until it is too late. Periodically check your sprinklers to make sure everything is working properly. A clogged head or a torn line can wreak havoc on your landscape and water bill.
7. Be rain smart
Adjust your irrigation system as the seasons and weather change. Or better yet, install a shut-off device that automatically detects rain or moisture. These devices are inexpensive and enable you to take advantage of the water without having paying for it.