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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

28 Mar 2013

Preparing Your Yard For The Harsh Fall/Winter Months

Halloween is right around the corner and before we know it we’ll be deep into the winter season.

The Houston areas has had several hard freezes over the last few winters, so it’s very important to plan for a sprinkler winterization service before that happens again.

JB Irrigation provides a thorough sprinkler maintenance and winterization service that will inspect every component of your irrigation system and ensure that it is ready to survive the off season without falling victim to sprinkler freeze damage or other expensive problems.

The following video presented by Rain Bird explains some of the other steps needed to prepare your yard and sprinkler system for the winter.

28 Mar 2013

Reasons to Insulate your Pipes this Winter

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.

28 Mar 2013

Happy Holidays From JB Irrigation and Services

JB Irrigation and Services want to wish you and your family a happy holiday season.

The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with your loved ones, without having to worry about things like your irrigation system. The winter brings unexpected freezes that can cause serious damage to your sprinkler system at any moment, so why not let our experience sprinkler technicians perform a winterization service on your irrigation system before your family visits for the holiday.

Peace of mind knowing that your irrigation system is safe will make the season more enjoyable for everyone.

Contact us at 281.744.6909, or send us an email and we’ll schedule a winterization service today.

28 Mar 2013

Protect Your Houston Sprinkler Systems From The Freezing Weather

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.

28 Mar 2013

Benefits of installing a “Smart” controller and sensor on your sprinkler system

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.

22 Mar 2013

What procedures should I follow when starting up my sprinkler system after the winter months?

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.

  1. Before turning on any water to the system, make sure all manual drain valves are returned to the “closed” position.
  2. 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.
  3. Verify the proper operation of each zone valve by manually activating it from the controller.
  4. 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.
  5. Reprogram the controller for automatic watering. Replace the controller back-up battery if necessary.
  6. Uncover and clean the system rain sensor, if applicable.
  7. Finish and clean any in-line filters for drip irrigation zones.