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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Most 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.
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.
http://jbirrigation.com . One broken sprinkler head can waste over 25,000 gallons of water in just 6 months. Have JB Irrigation’s team inspect for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads today.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
Yard drains and driveway drains help remove rainwater from your property into the storm sewer or other drainage system like a catch basin or French drain to help keep your yard dry.
Check for obvious things blocking the drain like leaves, dirt, stones, toys, trash, etc. Remove any of these items that may be present with your hands or scoop if possible. If there is a grate on the yard drain, remove it so you can get a better look into the drain pipe. If there is additional debris viewable in the drain pipe, try to move it carefully without damaging the pipe itself.
Your property may have one or more drain cleanout or inspection portals likely located near the house, or by the street (closer to the storm sewer) or on some other location in your yard depending on how your yard is setup to handle the water drainage. Run water from a hose through your yard drain, you should see water flowing through the inspection portal towards the storm sewer or other drainage area. If you do not see a flow of water, or only a small flow of water, this could be the sign of a more serious clog including tree roots in the drain pipes or you may have broken pipes.
If you have trees on your property, making tree roots a likely candidate for blocking your yard drain, or if you suspect it is simply a more stubborn clog of dirt and debris, you can call JB Irrigation & Services as we now provide outdoor drain cleaning. JB uses a hydro-jet to clear the problems. Nasty root and other debris related clogs can be challenging to handle, so call JB Irrigation and an experienced professional will take on this job for you. Once the clog has been pulled out or pushed through the yard drain, you should be able to see water freely flowing through both the problem drain and through to the outlet. Stubborn clogs may require using the hydro-jet from both the drain side and the outlet side of the drain to break them loose.
If the hydro-jet does not allow penetration of the clogged area and what is being removed from the drain is dirt, mud and stones, this is the sign of a broken yard drain pipe that must be replaced. JB Irrigation and Services is a yard drain repair expert, having performed hundreds of broken drain pipe replacement projects. To setup an appointment and have your drain cleaned and if necessary repaired by a trained JB Irrigation professional, call us at 281-744-6909 or use this link to our contact form.