How to add irrigation services?

weed wacker 2

LawnSite Member
Location
Arkansas
I'm looking at adding on irrigation services to our business. We have did maintenance on them before but never installed one. What are the first steps to take when installing a new system?
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GreenI.A.

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
North East
How is your customer base? If you really want to get your company into doing irrigation with out extensive existing knowledge I would strongly consider hiring a full time tech with plenty of design, install and diagnosis experience. You may have to put some money into marketing to get enough work, but if your good at it word will get around. Before you try to get into installs take a look at the past posts in this forum. There are plenty of stories here of us going to repair a system installed by someone inexperienced, the repairs quickly add up and it isn't unusual for he cheaper option to be to just tear it out and start all over. Also you may consider talking to a small irrigation company in your area, you may find one who will agree to design and install for you as a sub contractor, and then allow you to do labor and watch over his shoulder to learn from him.
 

muddywater

LawnSite Bronze Member
you can learn enough to get started online. jesse stryker tutorials, hunter has a hydraulics pdf. Study... then do. Yeah you will f* up, but I would rather f*up on my own and learn the hard way then EVER work for someone else.
 

TXirrigation

LawnSite Senior Member
I did, and every time I drove by the couple of first early sites, I averted my eyes in shame.:cry:
The best thing I ever did was go back to my first 4 installs, knock on the door, and say,"Hi, remember me? I am here to re-do your system for free."

They were good systems, but I always wanted to go back and see how far I had come. It made me feel good, and it only cost me the price of the crew for a day and some parts.

Got a few referrals on that also.

They all said that the systems were fine, I laughed and told them... No they arnt. At the time I thought they were top notch though.
 

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