Sprinkler System RepairPosted on February 3, 2012
With water rates increasing and more restrictions on lawn sprinkler systems, Pearson Sprinkler Company has received significant feedback concerning sprinkler system repair. Many people have had questions concerning the new rules and regulations that have been implemented for the installation and maintenance of lawn sprinkler systems. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulates irrigation in the State of Texas. As of January 1, 2010, the State of Texas Legislature passed a new law that makes it a misdemeanor crime for any person not holding a valid Irrigator or Irrigation Technician license to install, design, repair, maintain, or even inspect a lawn sprinkler system. This includes a lawn crew. The reason that we bring this up is because we have had several calls to repair work that an unlicensed lawn crew or handyman has started, but could not finish, because a city inspector has stopped them and forced them to cease work because they were unlicensed. If your lawn company or handyman has an Irrigator License, the license number will be posted on their service vehicle by the front fender in minimum two-inch tall lettering. There are lawn care companies that do hold licenses but the majority of the lawn care companies and handymen do not. If you are not sure, ask your service person to show you their license. The TCEQ requires that any licensed irrigator or irrigation technician carry their license on them that has their name and license number on it. It will also have the State of Texas seal on it as well as the TCEQ header. These new laws benefit the homeowner or consumer because if you hire a licensed irrigator, they have accountability through the State of Texas. If you have a problem and the company will not return to make a warranty repair, you have their name and license number, and in turn the ability to file a complaint with the State of Texas. In addition, a licensed irrigator is required to stay up-to-date on the latest technology and products related to irrigation. Just like any professional license, irrigators are required to take continuing education classes in order to maintain their license.
These changes and new regulations have been implemented because lawn sprinkler systems need to be designed and maintained in a manner that promotes water conservation. Since our area has grown substantially over the years and we have not added any new lakes to support our growth, we will continue to stress our water resources resulting in lawn sprinkler restrictions. It is important that consumers as well as companies respect these new laws; otherwise, there will be major changes in the way we are allowed to have irrigated landscaping. If we do our part, we may be able to offset the population growth and increased demand for water by conserving water and using our lawn sprinkler systems efficiently and with a little common sense.
If you have any questions related to sprinkler system repair or how you can do your part in conserving water with your lawn sprinkler system, feel free to contact Pearson Sprinkler Company and we will be happy to answer any questions for you.
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