Houston Sprinkler Repair And Installation Experts
8070 Taylor St. , Houston Tx 77064
30 May 2017
irrigation timer tips

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
install drip irrigation to save water

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.

25 Apr 2017
catch rain with catch basins

Route Water Where You Want It To Go With Catch Basins

Rainfall isn’t always predictable and a sudden downpour can be a problem for certain projects. Knowing how to take care of areas that receive more rain than the ground can absorb in a reasonable amount of time can save you from a plethora of problems. Consider starting your problem solving process with CATCH BASINS.

Stop Water Puddling Before it Begins

What is the purpose of a catch basin? It stops puddling in the yard by moving the puddle on top of the ground, into the ground and then allowing the pipe to take it away, A catch basin is a staging ground for excess water until the pipe has enough water to move it. There are many benefits to installing a catch basin — particularly in areas that receive heavy rain or are at risk for standing water.

Catch basin installations are an excellent option for areas that need a quick solution. Installing a catch basin gives you the ability to move water out quicker than options like creating a natural slope.

It also reduces erosion, which moves water more efficiently. You don’t have to wait for the soil to absorb the water.

Think Preventative

What happens when catch basins aren’t installed in high-risk areas? You either have flooding, puddling, or severe runoff that can cause destruction of property, landscape and erosion problems. On properties that have a lot of clay-based soil, heavy rains cause water to pool easily above surface because the ground cannot absorb the water quickly enough. What starts as a little runoff can turn into a small waterfall. Without a catch basin, water will start cutting away soil and the water starts eroding out the soil. If you know you have an at-risk area, you can use a catch basin as a preventative to acquire water before it gets to a low point—if you place them strategically.

Do you have a project area or landscape that could benefit from a catch basin installation? Call JB Irrigation and one of our friendly employees can help you resolve you drainage issues with the right catch basin installation.

25 Apr 2017
how to set irrigation schedule

Determine Irrigation Run Times And Schedules For Your Irrigation System

Irrigation systems require setup. As you prep a your system for its first-time use this spring, you’ll need the things to set up an irrigation schedule that will work best for the site’s specific conditions: the water requirement and the precipitation rates of the sprinkler heads or drip emitters.

Water requirement: The easiest way to estimate the water you’ll need is to use evaporation and transpiration (ET)
information. Evaporation happens to water from the soil surface, and transpiration occurs to water from the leaves of the plant. Historic ET data for your area can be obtained through online sources like your local university extension’s website.

The amount of water lost through ET changes with the seasons, so you’ll need to reset the watering schedule throughout the year to accommodate these modifications.

Precipitation rate: This is the rate at which water is being applied to your plants in a certain amount of time (usually inches per hour). The best way to figure out the precipitation rate of your sprinkler heads or drip emitters is to do an irrigation system audit.

Contact JB Irrigation today to have one of our knowledgeable technicians out for a “Spring System Check and Startup Inspection“. We will check over your entire system and provide you with suggested run times and an irrigation schedule.

09 Jan 2017
broken pipes repair

Freeze Has Damaged Thousands Of Sprinkler System Backflow Preventers And Pipes In The Houston Area

frozen pipe repair houstonMost people wake up in the morning and don’t see any water so they assume they have no busted pipes. Pipes bust because water gets trapped in them and expands. If the water expands and has no place to go it will eventually burst your pipe at the weakest point. I typically don’t get any calls until mid day when the pipes start to thaw out and the water starts spraying.

•If you must leave before the thaw then turn the water to your house off so it won’t flood while your gone

•Most of you have a backflow preventer that looks like the one in the picture. If you have a sprinkler system then by code you must have one. (It may be in the bushes.)

If you have one of these on your sprinker system it needs to be wrapped during freezing conditions. Otherwise ice will form inside, expand when it thaws and break it.

21 Jul 2016
houston tree and shrub irrigation techniques

How To Make Your Lawn, Trees And Shrubs More Drought Tolerant In Houston

Lawns

Most lawns receive twice as much water as they require for a healthy appearance. The key to watering lawns is to apply the water infrequently, yet thoroughly. This creates a deep, well-rooted lawn that efficiently uses water stored in the soil.

To know when to water the lawn, simply observe the grass. Wilting and discoloration are signs of water stress. At the first sign of wilting, you have 24 to 48 hours to water before serious injury occurs. Apply 1 inch of water to the lawn as rapidly as possible without runoff. Watering only when needed and watering thoroughly produces a deep-rooted lawn which is more water efficient and drought enduring.

Trees and Shrubs

All trees and shrubs need more frequent watering from planting time until becoming well rooted, which may take two growing seasons. Once established, plants can then be weaned to tolerate less frequent watering. Proper weaning develops deep roots and makes the plants more drought enduring.
As with lawns, water established trees, shrubs and groundcovers infrequently, yet thoroughly. In the absence of rain, most trees and shrubs benefit from a once-a-month thorough watering during the growing season. Remember, normal lawn watering is not a substitute for thorough tree and shrub watering.
The feeding root system of a tree or shrub is located within the top 12 inches of the soil and at the “dripline” of the plant. The dripline is the area directly below the outermost reaches of the branches. Apply water and fertilizer just inside and a little beyond the dripline, not at the trunk. Simply lay a slowly running hose on the ground and move it around the dripline as each area becomes saturated to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. For large trees, this watering technique may take several hours.

01 Jul 2016
lawn drain maintenance cleaning tips

Top 5 Yard Drain Maintenance Tips

  1. We do not recommend that you use chemicals to attempt to unclog yard drains or driveway drains as they typically drain directly into a waterway via the storm sewer without first treating the water at a sewage treatment facility.
  2. Fix or replace broken yard drain grates. Consider finer screen or grate to keep more dirt and debris out, but not too fine that will restrict the flow of water or easily get clogged up.
  3. Be careful putting anything rigid into your drains as the drainpipe very well could be clay pipe and might be damaged by sharp or heavy objects.
  4. If water still drains slowly after a thorough cleaning, consider having a larger yard drain installed. This could be costly, but it may be the only way to allow the water to drain quickly enough that it does not stand in your yard.
  5. Once you find a drain cleanout or cleanouts in your yard, hand sketch a map of where all the drains and drain cleanouts are for future reference.
22 Jun 2016
lightening damaged irrigation system sprinkler

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