According to State Farm Insurance, about a quarter-million American homes suffer the consequences of a burst pipe every year. It’s as if we all are acutely aware of the risks, but we just get distracted by other things or focused on other holiday-time costs and neglect one of the most important elements of our homes. Pipe insulation is an affordable way to keep your pipes warmer, reducing your risk of a costly burst pipe.
Here are the top reasons you should invest in pipe insulation before Winter:
Save money on water heating.
You remind your kids to turn off the faucet when it’s not in use. You wash your laundry on a cold water setting as often as you can. You time yourself in the shower to ensure you’re not throwing money down the drain. Water heating is expensive, we know. Pipe insulation is a great way to combat the expense of hot water heating by keeping your pipes warmer all the time. Just imagine what even a few degrees could mean to your energy bills.
No more waiting for the water to heat up.
Don’t you just hate standing outside your shower on a cold Winter morning waiting for the water to go from frigidly cold to warm and toasty? Or running your kitchen sink for a couple minutes until the hot water kicks in so you can wash your dishes? Not only does pipe insulation save you heating the water; it also saves you the amount of water you use period. Install some pipe insulation, and you’re on your way into the shower much sooner!
Avoid costly repairs from burst pipes.
Depending on the extent of the damage, a burst pipe can cost you as little as a few hundred or as much as several thousand dollars. Remember: pipe bursts can mean more than just pipe replacement. They can mean repairs to your foundation, insulation, paneling and other woodwork, and even flooring. Pipe insulation can be particularly helpful if you spend any time at all away from your home in the Winter.
It’s useful in Summertime, too!
While there is no doubt that your pipes are safe from freezing during our sweltering Houston Summers, pipe insulation can help prevent your cold water pipes from “sweating” in the heat. This condensation that can cover cold water pipes in the Summer can lead to mold growth, another costly and dangerous problem for homeowners.
Need some help getting your pipes insulated before the temperatures start dropping? Give us a call today.
Chances are your professional contractor programmed the controller when they were finished installing the system. They probably also gave you a schedule (or schedules) you could enter into the controller during different seasons of the year. If not, you should contact an irrigation professional in your area who can give you guidance as to the number of minutes each zone should water, and on how many days of the week.
Each climate has different requirements; each plant material will have varying needs, as well. In addition, be sure to account for the fact that different types of sprinklers apply water at varying rates. Please click on the link for more information on how to determine correct watering times: www.wateright.org
It has been a cold winter this year and Houston has recently seen multiple freezes that could cause severe damage to your sprinkler system.
If you have already experienced sprinkler damage due to the freeze, call us at 281-744-6909 and we’ll send a trained sprinkler repair professional out to fix your problem and prepare your sprinkler system so that it can handle the next freeze with ease.
Of course, you shouldn’t wait for a freeze to call us. We provide freeze protection services that could save you a lot of money on unnecessary repairs.
Adjusting sprinkler heads can be a tricky (and wet job). Don’t worry, our professional Service Technicians can do it for you.
With automatic timers on most underground sprinkler systems, it is easy to forget to turn off those systems during rainstorms or extended periods of rainy weather. In times of cooler temperatures system operation should be scaled back. However, all too often sprinkler systems are running full force while it is raining or running their summer (high output) schedule during the spring, fall and winter.
Water is wasted and many lawns are over-watered. Water District officials say over-watering is the most frequent mistake homeowners make in lawn care. Too much water promotes a shallow root system, which causes grass and plants to become vulnerable to hot/dry weather. The demand for water is ever-increasing.
Residents and business owners are urged by water district operators to install the new “Smart” controllers.
The best way to get your system up and running in the spring is to have JB Irrigation and Services go through your startup procedure. We will be able to check and make sure all the components are working properly and help to ensure that your system is ready to work for the season.
Contact us to schedule an appointment.
If you decide to attempt to start up the irrigation system yourself, please refer to this checklist for important steps to follow.
- Before turning on any water to the system, make sure all manual drain valves are returned to the “closed” position.
- Open the system main water valve slowly to allow pipes to fill with water gradually. If these valves are opened too quickly, sprinkler main lines are subjected to high surge pressures, uncontrolled flow and water hammer.
- Verify the proper operation of each zone valve by manually activating it from the controller.
- Walk through each station on the controller, checking for proper operation of the zone. Check for proper operating pressure (low pressure indicates a line break or missing sprinkler), proper rotation and adjustment of sprinkler heads, and adequate coverage. Check and clean filters on poorly performing sprinklers. Adjust heads to grade as necessary.
- Reprogram the controller for automatic watering. Replace the controller back-up battery if necessary.
- Uncover and clean the system rain sensor, if applicable.
- Finish and clean any in-line filters for drip irrigation zones.