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7 Things to Watch Out For When Choosing Irrigation Services in Minneapolis


If you’re about to hire a bad irrigation company, nobody’s going to shriek, “NOOOOOOOOO!!!!” and frantically wave a red flag in front of your face. 

That would look crazy, right? But it sure would make things a lot easier for you. 

Choosing irrigation services in Minneapolis is trickier than it looks. Not all irrigation companies have the same experience, education, skills, and practices.

How do you choose the right irrigation company?

Let’s wave some red flags. Watch out for these worrisome signs:

1. They Don’t Pick Up the Phone or Call You Back 

Big red flag. If they don’t answer the phone or call you back in a timely manner when they’re trying to get your business, how attentive do you think they’ll be once you have a problem or need to ask a question? 

irrigation technician helps customerCustomer service is so important. How they handle phone calls is a big clue.

2. They Don’t Include Expert Design

If the irrigation company never mentions the importance of design, that’s a red flag. Not every irrigation company offers it.

You have to install a sprinkler system right the first time. If it’s wrong, it’s really expensive to fix. Sometimes it even means starting over. Be careful of irrigation services in Minneapolis that skimp on the number of irrigation heads or the number of zones in your design to reduce the amount of materials and labor, so they can offer a lower price.

They might install two heads where there really should be three. They might install four zones when five would do a better job.

irrigation team adjusts sprinkler headsWhat does this mean? Poor coverage. This could lead to dry spots, or not all sprinkler heads coming up, or such poor water pressure that the water barely comes out of the heads. 

Poor design can lead to areas not being covered; houses or buildings getting hit with water; water spraying over city sidewalks; heads not coming up due to lack of water pressure; areas of green and brown grass.

Shoddy design can mean you waste hundreds to thousands of gallons of water each year. It’s not great for your lawn’s health, either.

At RainMaster, our team includes trained and certified irrigation designers to ensure all clients are conserving as much water as possible, getting maximum coverage for a healthy lawn, and saving money.

3. The Google Reviews Aren’t Great

If the irrigation company in Minneapolis hardly has any stars, or hardly any reviews, that’s a red flag. 

Why isn’t anybody happy? 

RainMaster’s Google review summary when this article was published: 
— Blaine MN shows 4.8 out of 5 stars with 216 reviews. 
— Eau Claire WI shows 4.8 out of 5 stars with 340 reviews.

4. They Push Crazy Offers 

Some offers are too good to be true. Like “Lifetime warranty on parts!”

Whaaaaaat??? You never have to pay for parts? What a deal! This just made choosing the right irrigation company easy! 

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Sprinkler system installers want to make money. So how does that offer make sense? 

irrigation installation team begins to install sprinkler systemThe parts may be free, but they likely charge a ridiculous amount for labor, to make up for it. 

And if the parts are free, how thorough will the company be when inspecting your irrigation system? 

Do you think they want to give you a bunch of free parts? Will they let things slide?

Let’s all say it together: “Red flag!”

5. Their Warranty is Sketchy 

When you start looking at irrigation company warranties, you’ll soon realize they’re all over the place. 

It might be 90 days, three years, five years, 10 years. 

There’s no standard.

irrigation technician repairs sprinkler headSome sprinkler system installers include just parts, some just labor, some both. 

Remember, the warranty is only as good as the irrigation system installer. A 5-year warranty is no good if the company folds after two years.

Choose an irrigation company with a warranty that includes both parts and labor. Otherwise, the company can just overcharge you for the one they don’t include. 

A good warranty is peace of mind. 

Read Our Guide to Irrigation Installation & Maintenance
You get a three-year irrigation installation warranty at RainMaster that includes both parts and labor.

If something malfunctions, we take care of it, no cost. And, we repair all brands of irrigation systems — even if we weren’t the ones to install them.

6. They Don’t Offer Helpful Recommendations About the Health of Your Lawn

Your irrigation specialist should let you know if you’re watering too much or too little and keep you posted on updates that can help your system run more efficiently. 

Great irrigation companies don’t just install your irrigation system then disappear. 

lawn care expert meets with homeownerChoose irrigation services in Eau Claire, WI and Minneapolis that care about your lawn’s health, long term, and work with you to keep it thriving.

When you hire RainMaster, you’ll receive information on our irrigation maintenance programs to ensure your system will perform better for you.

7. They Don’t Offer the Price Upfront

Most irrigation repair companies bill customers for time and materials, which means you go into the situation not knowing how much you’ll pay at the end.

When a company tells you the repair job will cost you $100 an hour plus parts, that doesn’t do you much good. 

irrigation team programs controllerHow long will it take? How many parts? So much nail biting.

With RainMaster, you’ll know the repair will cost $54 or $115 or $159. That’s the price. 
Then, payment is easy. When you sign up with us, you’ll enroll in autopay for no-fuss payments.

Choose the Right Irrigation Company: Trust RainMaster 

You need a sprinkler system that won’t let you down. That means hiring an irrigation repair company that won’t let you down.

It’s in your hands.

You want a hassle-free experience that actually makes life easier. Choose a Minneapolis irrigation company that goes beyond fixing that immediate irrigation repair problem and sets you up for easy maintenance designed for the long haul. 

When you’re ready to put your trust in us, we can’t wait to meet you — and help you make the best choice for your lawn.

Want to be confident about your choice for Minneapolis or Eau Claire irrigation repair services? Request a quote today! We’ll review your lawn care options together so you can make a great choice. Then, you can finally enjoy your lawn and stop worrying about it.
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