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22 Jun 2016
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Recent Thunderstorms Damage Hundreds Of Irrigation Systems In Houston

It’s been a wet last few months with record rainfall and flooding. Many homeowners have turned off their irrigation systems because of it. Now that the rain has subsided, it’s time to water again. Some people find that when turning on their system, it doesn’t work.

Along with the flooding rains were Thunderstorms. These thunderstorms produced deadly, damaging lightening. A close lightening strike can cause power surges in your home’s electrical system, knocking out sensitive electrical appliances and components.

Irrigation system timers and controllers are one of these items. JB Irrigation has seen an increase in these lightening related and power surge related type failures. We’ve attached photos of a recently ruined sprinkler controller that almost caught fire from a near-hit lightening strike.

If your irrigation system was working before the storms and it’s not now, yours may have suffered this type of damage.

If the system seems it is ‘off’ or not getting power but it is; (this can be verified by plugging in a lamp or other appliance into the same outlet) you probably have a lightening damaged control-timer panel.

If the LCD display is garbled there is likely this type damage.

If the system, when activated, continuously runs the same zone and will not turn off or advance, you may have lightening or power surge damage.

If you have any signs of burn marks or discoloration of the internals of the unit you may have a damaged control unit.

JB Irrigation & Service specializes in this type of sprinkler repair. We are experienced in the repair, replacement, resetting and rebooting of these electronic control systems. We have technicians standing by, in your area, with our service trucks stocked with the necessary replacement parts and replacement units. Call us today…281-760-3882

08 Jun 2016
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July Is SMART IRRIGATION Month. We’ll Help You Save Water and Money

JB Irrigation is celebrating Smart Irrigation Month by helping customers save water, save money and see better results.

Smart Irrigation Month is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Focused on July, traditionally the month of peak demand for outdoor water use, the campaign highlights simple practices and innovative technologies to:

  • Make maintaining green spaces easy and convenient.
  • Minimize overwatering while keeping lawns, gardens and landscapes beautiful and healthy.
  • Save money on utility bills.
  • Help protect community water supplies for today and the future.

Property owners and managers typically overwater, unintentionally wasting money every time they take out the hose or turn on the sprinklers. JB Irrigation and Services, a leader in smart water-saving practices, is delivering real results by:

  • Helping customers plant and maintain low water landscapes that will thrive in their climate and site conditions.
  • Installing new irrigation systems that use real-time weather data and soil moisture sensors to automatically adjust watering to meet plant needs.
  • Using low volume microirrigation to precisely apply very small amounts of water to gardens, trees and shrubs, minimizing evaporation and waste.
  • Retrofitting existing systems with rain sensors that prevent watering in rainy weather.
  • Helping customers program automatic controllers to comply with community watering restrictions while extracting maximum benefit from every drop of water.
  • Auditing irrigation systems to make sure water is being using effectively and making necessary adjustments.
  • Identifying customer rebates from water utilities and other resources for water-efficient products.

For more information about how JB Irrigation and Services can help homeowners, businesses and property managers, call us at 281.760.3882 today.

 

25 Feb 2016
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Repairing Houston Sprinkler Water Leaks

An irrigation system that has a leak 1/32” in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) wastes 6,300 gallons of water per month or 75,000 gallons per year*. In a typical subdivision of 48 homes, that’s over 3.6 million gallons of water…from just one leak!

Here are some tips to avoid leaks and wasted water:

  • Use only the highest quality cement and primer to ensure a leak-free joint:
    Weld-On offers high quality, reliable cements and primers for every application
  • Make sure your crew is properly trained in solvent welding techniques:
    Weld-On offers FREE ASTM D2855 / ASME B31.3 training.
    Contact your Weld-On rep to sign up today!
  • If you do have leaks:
    Contact JB Irrigation’s support service at 281-760-3882
    Consider using an easy repair product like Weld-On 810™, 811™ or 845™

Why risk leaks and call backs when you can have confidence in the only manufacturer who has focused exclusively on solvent cements for over 60 years?

18 Feb 2016
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When Should I Fertilize My Houston Lawn In The Spring?

To get a beautiful green lawn and healthy stand of grass you will need to fertilize your lawn. Since our winter (or lack of) seems over it is now time to fertilize your lawn. A few days before fertilizing, water your lawn thoroughly with your sprinkler system. Then apply your fertilizer. Water fertilize in.

If you are using a “weed and feed” fertilize you will want to wet the grass blades a little so the “weed and feed” fertilize granules “stick” on the weeds. This is so the “weeding” chemical aspect of the fertilize can be absorbed. Do not immediately water in. Let the fertilize stay on the leaves for 2 days. Then water in.

Before fertilizing, have JB Irrigation come and check your sprinkler system to make sure it’s ready for the season. You don’t want to get your fertilize down and then find your system in need of repair.

13 Nov 2014

Insulate, Drain, or both? Winterizing your Houston, Texas Lawn Sprinkler System

winterization sprinkler freeze preventionIn the Houston, Texas area we have to worry only about exposed irrigation system piping and components. The underground piping is usually not affected by our kind of freezing weather because the soil acts as an insulator. The temperature of the soil your irrigation system is buried in typically stays above freezing. It is however VERY important to protect exposed pipes and sprinkler system components from freeze. System protection can be achieved by insulating a sprinkler system, draining a sprinkler system, checking o-rings and seals, and more.

JB Irrigation can professionally insulate the affected areas of your sprinkler system. JB Irrigation’s techniques and professional insulating products will even allow your sprinkler system to be kept online through the winter, in case you need to continue to irrigate.
JB Irrigation can also drain your Houston area sprinkler system to prepare it from freeze. However, once the system is drained, it will be offline. If there is a need to irrigate through the winter, the system will need to be drained again to be protected. Draining key components of the system will help ensure no problems when it comes time to start-up the system in the spring.
If you feel you may have a harsh winter coming…for a worry free winter with your sprinkler system…Insulate and drain. If temperatures get low enough, even with insulation water can freeze. Also, it is possible for water to get trapped in a “pocket” or low point of the system or component and freeze.
Contact JB Irrigation to get your sprinkler system protected.

Save $10 by ordering your sprinkler winterization online here. 

11 Nov 2014

Winterizing Your Houston Texas Irrigation System

winterization sprinkler freeze preventionBefore the onset of the first freeze, it is essential to Winterize irrigation systems in preparation the arrival of winter. As temperatures drop and create freezing conditions, the cycling of freezing (expanding) and thawing (contracting) of any remaining water in the exposed irrigation piping and components can cause damage to the system. JB Irrigation provides a Winterization Service for your Houston area sprinkler system.
10 Jan 2014

It’s Been Cold In Houston. Have Your Sprinkler Freeze Repair Done By JB Irrigation

houston sprinkler repair freeze damage Houston weather has taken a chilly turn over the last week or so. Our usual warm and humid environment disappeared and temperatures fell into the 20’s as the weathermen across the country spoke of “polar vortexes” and ice storms throughout the nation.

When a strong freeze hits Houston we are always faced with damage to our pipes and sprinkler systems. As that ice thaws out, you’ve got a real mess on your hands.

JB Irrigation specializes in sprinkler freeze repair and our team of well trained technicians are available to fix your sprinkler issues quickly – anywhere in the Houston area.

For more information on on sprinkler winterization and freeze repair, call Justin at (281) 760-3882.

17 Jun 2013

Sprinkler Leaks Can Bring Costly Surprise

Sometimes it takes getting soaked with water-bill sticker shock for homeowners to find out about a leaking sprinkler system.

A leak the width of a dime in an underground sprinkler line can waste 6,300 gallons of water per month — doubling typical water use on some household water bills.

Aside from increased water bills, underground leaks from sprinkler systems may not surface until a sinkhole swallows a backyard deck or water bubbles up as an unintended bedroom fountain. Underground leaks from sprinkler systems, threaten pocketbooks and water supplies alike, particularly during dry seasons.

How much water can be lost to seemingly small leaks?

A leak near one sprinkler head can lose about 225 gallons during one 15-minute watering cycle. Run three times per week, that can waste about 3,000 gallons of water per month. The magnitude gets multiplied when it’s a community irrigation system or commercial-size system at a neighborhood, business, condominium or hotel.

How much can leaks increase water bills?

The water lost in that small leak near one sprinkler head can end up tacking an additional $20 per month onto water bills.

Larger leaks from irrigation systems can double a water bill in one month. Even when a leak is to blame for an inflated water bill, it’s the homeowner, in most cases, who still gets stuck paying.

To try to promote conservation, many city utilities (including City of Houston) charge higher rates for the largest water users, so one month of leaking can push a customer into that more expensive category.

What damage can leaks cause?

Leaks from sprinkler lines can create sink holes and below-ground cavities that crack or cave in pool decks, sidewalks and patios and also damage utility lines. Portions of lawns and other landscaping can be lost due to declining water pressure from a leaking sprinkler system that runs unattended.

 

How can you detect underground leaks?

Utility and water-management district officials recommend periodic leak testing of sprinkler systems. Leaks in sprinkler systems fed by wells don’t show up in water bills that charge for water supplied by local utilities. Checking for irrigation leaks includes looking for broken sprinkler heads and testing each sprinkling zone for reduced water pressure, which can be sign of below-ground leaks.

 

How do sprinkler leaks affect our drinking-water supply?

Landscape irrigation alone accounts for about half the public water supply used in most areas, according to management districts.

Pumping more water to feed leaking sprinkler lines and adds to the strain on underground drinking-water supplies.

Checking for leaks in irrigation systems and pools should become everyone’s conservation routine.

Written by: Andy Reid