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22 Feb 2018

4 Tips to Keep Your Landscaping Tools In Top Shape

With Springtime closing in quickly, it’s time to check if we have the tools ready to clean up that freeze damaged landscape!

Here is some tips for our customers:

While tools are essential to completing any job, tool maintenance can be easy to forget. However, regular maintenance can help preserve the integrity and effectiveness of your tools. Here is a guide to make sure you keep your tools in optimal working order.

Keep your tools sharp

To prevent you from having to work harder, make sure you always keep your tools sharp Cutters, loppers, pruners, shovels and hoes all dull with use. Sharpen them! Use a hand file, sharpening stone, or a power tool such as an electric angle grinder.

Sometimes, the blades may be beyond repair, are chipped, or have stopped cutting effectively. In that case, it’s time to replace that tool.

Keep your tools clean

No matter what, your tools will get dirty while working, so it’s important to clean them up when you’re done using them to avoid rust and dirt buildup, which will diminish the life and effectiveness of the tool. Wash with water first. You can wipe down your tools with a towel and WD-40. If you want to avoid contaminating your soil or edible plants, try the mixture using vegetable oil instead.

If you choose to clean your tools with water, make sure you thoroughly dry them afterward. Leaving water on your tools can cause them to rust. Leave in the sun to dry before storing. (we blow ours off with compressed air or use a leaf blower)

If your tools have already accumulated rust, use a stiff wire brush to remove rust from the surface.

Keep your tools healthy

Plants, trees and soil can harbor various harmful bacteria, viruses, pests or fungi. If you do not clean your tools every time you use them, you could potentially spread infestations from one job site to the next.

To avoid spreading harmful diseases to different landscapes, wipe down your tools with alcohol wipes when using your tools on different trees or in different soil. You can also sanitize your tools in a solution of two cups of bleach for every gallon of water.

Keep your tools moving

If you have a tool with moving parts, such as springs or pivot points, be sure to keep the moving parts lubricated and cleaned out as best you can. You can wash smaller tools like you’d wash silverware. Be careful not to cut yourself on the blades.

If your tools have a lot of dust lodged in the pivot points, or leftover water after washing them, you can use compressed air to blow it out of the small crevices. Then, lubricate your tools using WD-40.

02 Jan 2018

JB Irrigation Interviewed on Channel 2 News About Freeze Preparation

HOUSTON Channel 2 News – Justin Bielamowicz does not pull any punches when it comes to what is in store in the coming days,:“It’s going to a pretty bad one as far as what the forecast says.”

Bielamowicz, the owner of JB Irrigation, has one message for property owners in the coming days. “Any outside or outdoor plumbing piping needs to be insulated,” he said

As for those who haven’t prepared?

Bielamowicz offered up a candid assessment.

“The people that haven’t prepared,” he said. “They may be in for a rude awakening after the pipes may thaw tomorrow.”

That means the second day of the year may be filled with water shooting into the air out of a homeowner’s sprinkler system.

Bielamowicz said the key is to make sure the backflow preventer is insulated properly.

“It doesn’t take long to do, but if you don’t cover it and it does break, you are looking at an expensive repair to do,” he said.

Bielamowicz said the average repair cost is roughly $300.

Now while Bielamowicz is a professional who stresses any kind of insulation, he does offer a homemade remedy of tightly wrapping towels or even newspapers around a unit with a plastic bag protecting it.

As far as how long to keep it on?

“I would keep it on at least for the entire week,” Bielamowicz said.

01 Jan 2018
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Sprinkler Freeze Alert For The Houston Area

The temperature is expected to plunge in the Houston area for most of this week. Starting on Monday we’ll see a low of nearly 25 degrees, and this freezing cold trend continues through Thursday.

During hard freezes like this it is critical to properly winterize your system and prepare it early as possible. Water freezing inside your irrigation system can cause a variety of parts to fail and leak water once the freeze passes. It’s not uncommon for us to receive hundreds of calls after a freeze from customers with broken backflow preventer, PVB damage, broken pressure vacuum, split valve damage and more.

What Do I Do When My Sprinkler Has Freeze Damage?

If you suspect that your irrigation system is damages during the freeze, you will want to have it professionally inspected and repaired. Turn off the water to your system and call our service team at 281-744-6909. Our service call time slots fill up fast so contact us as soon as possible so we can help you fix the freeze damage before any additional money and water is wasted from leaks.

We know that hard freezes are rare in the Houston area and these weather related repairs can catch us off guard. JB Irrigation is here to help you through the entire process, from offering water saving tips, to winterization and emergency repairs, so call or email our team today and we will take care of all of your sprinkler system needs.

16 Oct 2017
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Infographic: Sustainable Houston Stormwater Drainage Solutions

Drainage issues are very common in the Houston area. The aftermath of recent storms has shown exactly where our worst stormwater drainage areas are, and JB Irrigation is here to help remedy common draiange problems that occur at residential or commercial properties.

To learn more about the components of a quality drainage system, view the infographic below that explains some of the steps we can take to correct your drain problems.

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22 Sep 2017

VIDEO: How To Fix Drainage Issues In Your Yard

Without the right drainage system, rainwater and landscape runoff can puddle in low spots in your yard, creating a muddy mess that can kill your grass and attract mosquitoes and other pesky insects. If left untreated, this drainage problem has the potential to grow, destroying your lawn and landscaping work and potentially leading to property damage as the water makes it’s way to your home.

Instead of using a properly installed drainage system, many homeowners try quick fixes, such as moving dirt or digging trenches and end up dissatisfied because these approaches are most often ineffective and temporary.

By having JB Irrigation install an NDS drainage system such as Flow Well and EZ Drain can protect water from puddling in low spots in your yard. Flow Well and EZ Drain capture and retain excess surface water before allowing it to naturally percolate into the ground.

With JB Irrigation you can create a lasting drainage solution easily and inexpensively. Start planning your drainage project today.

15 Sep 2017

A Great Customer Testimonial

We were happy to recieved a very nice testimonial in our inbox today. Teesha had an issue with her control box that was covered under warranty. All customers of JB irrigation can rest assured that we will gladly take care any warranty issue promptly.

Dear Mr. Bielamowicz,

My name is Teesha. I got your information from Ross and Tish Williams (Advantage Manhole and Concrete Services) in 2015 when I bought their house. They are like family to me so I value their opinion and so I had no questions when they recommended your company to me. You guys came out and installed a sprinkler system in my front yard. The work was done quickly and I have been satisfied ever since. This week, my control box died. I called for service and when the tech evaluated the problem it was deemed the control box needed to be replaced at a price of $200.00. Needless to say, I was more than a little bummed to be facing a $200 part + service call charge when the system is only a little over two years old. I asked the tech if he would please ask the office if the part was under any type of warranty. I was fully prepared to receive a call back from him with a no answer. To my surprise, he informed me JB Irrigation would replace the control box as a warranty part at no charge to me. I cannot thank you enough for this phenomenal customer service. While I know you have a business to run and can’t “give” your services away, please know you have earned my business from this point forward. In my eyes, you did the right thing by your customer today and sadly, this practice has sometimes become rare. I wanted to reach out and let you know how thankful I am and that I will definitely recommend your company any chance I get.

Thank you again!!
Teesha R.

15 Jul 2017

Lawn Maintenance Tips to Help Save Irrigation Water

Mow your grass at a higher length (so that it is longer.) The longer blades help shade the soil, and thus reduces evaporation of water. On the other hand, scalping the grass off at a low height is definitely not good for the vigor and health of the grass. Cutting grass too short leaves the soil exposed to sunlight, which will evaporate moisture fast. Longer grass has deeper, stronger roots and is more resistant to disease and drought. Most grass should be mowed to a length of no less than 3 inches.

Do you have lawn areas wilting in the afternoon? You may have an irrigation coverage or distribution uniformity problem. Call JB Irrigation today and we can resolve these problems for you!

Justin Bielamowicz,Owner,
Licensed Irrigator #7396
JB Irrigation & Services
Phone: 281-744-6909

30 May 2017

Water Conservation Ideas and Tips for Your Sprinkler System #2

Adjust your irrigation controller (timer) run time for seasonal changes in weather once a month. Simply making a monthly change to the irrigation operation times can save more water and money than any other thing you can do. It costs nothing but a few minutes of your time each month. Most controllers even have a % key that makes changing the time quick and reasonably painless. Put a reminder on your calendar so you are reminded each month. Even greater savings come with weekly time adjustments, but monthly will provide the most return in water savings for your time invested.

Call JB Irrigation today and we can audit your sprinkler system and show you how to save water with you Irrigation System.

Justin Bielamowicz, Owner
Licensed Irrigator #7396
JB Irrigation & Services
Phone: 281-744-6909

05 May 2017

Water Conservation Tips and Ideas For Your Sprinkler System #1

Run your irrigation system during the morning hours, especially if you use sprinklers. Less water is lost to evaporation when the temperature is cooler, plus in most areas the wind doesn’t blow as hard in the mornings. Watering in the evenings can lead to turf and plant disease problems because the water sits on the plants all night, especially in humid climates.

25 Apr 2017

There Are Many Ways To Save Water

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Fix a Leak Week might be coming to an end, but you don’t have to wait until next year to continue saving water!

There are more ways to prevent water waste than only protecting your pipes from bursting, breaking or busting. Try these tips from JB Irrigation to conserve water all year round.

Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation allows for low volume amounts of water to reach your plants right at the root, preventing overspray, runoff and evaporation and uses 20 to 50 percent less water than conventional pop-up sprinklers. JB Irrigation can easily convert your conventional sprinklers into drip irrigation.

Irrigation Smart Controllers

Manage your irrigation system with smart, water efficient controllers that take the guesswork out of scheduling run times, which saves time, money and water!

JB Irrigation’s smart controllers include features that factor in weather patterns, rainfall probability, temperature forecast, zone specific calculations and more to avoid over watering and prevent water waste.