Why you MUST winterize your irrigation system

Why you MUST winterize your irrigation system

Why is lawn sprinkler system winterizing essential? Here is the chilling truth. In winter, the remaining water in your sprinkler heads expands and contracts, putting sprinkler heads, pipes, or backflows at risk for cracking. This can lead to expensive repairs! It is

ideal to have your sprinkler system serviced in early fall, around Southern Indiana we start winterizing systems the  1st week of October and finish before Thanksgiving.

Here are the optimal steps for Sprinkler System Winterization:

  • Hire an industry professional for this service to avoid amateur mistakes.
  • Turn off the main sprinkler line.
  • Fill the sprinkler lines with compressed air to push all the water out of the system;  It’s most effective to use a commercial compressor that blows at least 75 CFM’s (Cubic Feet per Minute) at 60psi.
  • Open each valve either at the control box or manually at the valve to release the water from each zone.

A professionally maintained sprinkler system could mean the difference between a system that lasts 5 years and a system that lasts 25 years!

Enjoy fall festivities, the holiday season, and the thrills and chills of the winter months knowing that your sprinkler system will be ready to rock in the spring and summer. Don’t forget the importance of looking to the professionals for Spring Startups and Backflow Tests too!

At Sprinklers Plus we service Southwestern Indiana and Northwestern Kentucky.

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5 Things to Consider When Chosing an Irrigation Contractor

5 Things to Consider When Chosing an Irrigation Contractor

Where should I begin in getting quotes for a sprinkler system? What should I consider?

 

Research, research, research!  If you want professional service from start to finish, you can’t expect it from the lowest bidder. If you are looking for a great experience, you need to take the time with each bidder to understand the following:  

How experienced is the contractor

  • How long has the company been in business?
  • How many sprinkler customers does the contractor have?
  • How are the contractor’s online reviews? 
  • The more experience, the better the experience!

Is the sprinkler design well thought out – the designer should be asking questions such as:

  • “Do you want to water the entire property”
  • “Do you want to water your front yard a different amount of time than the back and/or side”
  • “Do you want to water your shrubs the same amount of time as your grass”
  • “Do you want a second water meter?”  

Reliable scheduling – you should evaluate how important it is for the contractor to begin and finish the project in a timely fashion. Delays are the most common complaint in the contractor business.. Will it take this contractor 1 day to complete or multiple weeks?  Some contractors are one man operations and it might take several days to finish, while some contractors run full time installation crews that might be able to finish your job in 1 day.  

Professional supervision – you are paying a company a significant amount of money to do a professional job. It is important the chosen contractor employs both a professional project manager and experienced employees.  

Responsive service – you need to find a company that stands behind its product and will service your needs in a professional and timely manner.

Contrary to popular belief, things such as the “brand of the parts” or “number of zones” are the least important factor in choosing a contractor. You need to find a professional contractor who will provide you with the best value, not price.

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5 Ways A Professional Irrigation Systems Adds Value To Your Home

5 Ways A Professional Irrigation Systems Adds Value To Your Home

Are you putting your house on the market soon? There is no doubt that a pristine landscape lends itself to the overall beauty of a home.  A prospective buyer not only is moved aesthetically; a potential buyer sees the monetary investment you have already made in the home.  That translates to savings long after your closing date.

It is important to keep your lawn green.  A professional irrigation system does just that.

Consider these benefits:

CONVENIENCE:

A sprinkler system adds value to a home because it offers time-saving and energy-efficient lawn maintenance. Many potential homebuyers want a yard that is easily maintained and convenient to water, and an irrigation system meets those demands. According to freshome.com, “An irrigation system that works properly and covers the full yard can add value.” Proper maintenance and upkeep of a sprinkler system contribute to its added value.

CURB APPEAL:

A sprinkler system indirectly increases a home’s market value by enhancing the home’s overall curb appeal. Since attractive landscaping requires sufficient watering, an automatic sprinkler system ensures the protection of your investment. It increases property value because it enables plants to live longer and grow healthier over time.

PROPER DESIGN | EFFICIENT INSTALLATION:

Our irrigation colleagues at RainBird assert that a properly designed and efficiently installed water sprinkler system can increase a property’s value above the cost of parts. Likewise, some real estate appraisers feel that a poorly designed irrigation system can significantly detract from the value of a property. It is advisable to install a professional sprinkler system that effectively saturates both the grass and any landscaped areas.

POTENTIAL UTILITY SAVINGS:

A sprinkler system also increases a home’s value because it helps a homeowner conserve water. An automatic sprinkler system allows a homeowner to place exactly the right amount of water on specific lawn and garden areas so that water is not wasted. Some automatic irrigation systems have the ability to sense moisture and will automatically turn off when it rains. Irrigation systems now can be integrated into your WIFI network and controlled by your cell phone.  Water conservation and technology is appealing to potential homebuyers who are looking for ways to be environmentally conscious.

ONGOING MAINTENANCE:

Companies such as Sprinklers Plus specialize in the installation and maintenance of sprinkler systems.  Once we have installed a system, it is our goal to continue the relationship with you or with your home’s next owner. We have an experienced service department that services the Tri-State area and is dedicated to providing outstanding service. Having access to our team for Winterizations, Spring Startups, and Backflow Tests is an added benefit.

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Irrigation Installation from Estimate to Completion

Irrigation Installation from Estimate to Completion

A STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS FROM ESTIMATE TO INSTALLATION

Getting a sprinkler system can be a big decision. Our goal at Sprinklers Plus is to make that process go as smoothly as possible with minimal surprises. Here is our step-by-step process from sprinkler estimate to final walk through.

Step 1: Setting up a time to get an estimate. This part is easy, just call us at 812-858-1325 or email dhinds@sprinklersplus.us. We recommend reserving at least an hour for your sprinkler estimate.

 

Step 2: The day of your design and estimate.

  • Plumbing: We begin every estimate with identifying where will be receiving our main water source. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as connecting to your existing hose bibs. Lawn Sprinkler systems need lots of water so we need to connect to a main water line. Typically we connect at your second water meter or if you have a lake we might put a pump in the lake to supply your irrigation system.
  • Property Lines: Next we will need for you to determine your property lines.
  • Presentation and Pricing:  After we measure your property we will provide you with information about the products we use.  We will go over how much the irrigation system will cost and provide you with upgrade options.

Step 3: Signing up: When you want to move forward with getting your lawn sprinkler system, we need you to do the following:

  • Double check your name, address and phone numbers to ensure we have the correct information
  • Review and indicate if you want any additional options
  • Sign at the bottom of contract and mail with a deposit to our office at 3288 Tower Dr. Newburgh, IN 47630.

Step 4: Scheduling: We base our installs on first come first serve basis.  When your signed contract and deposit are received you will be placed on our list.  When it gets close to your place in line we will notify you as well as call in utility locates with Indiana 811.

Step 5: Installation Day: The morning of your installation, your sales representative or supervisor will place flags where every rotor and spray heads will be installed.  The crew will hand dig around all marked utility lines where we cross them.  Please notify the crew leader of the location of any private underground obstacles (ex: dog fence, drainage, electrical conduit, etc.).  We will also need to know exactly where your controller will be installed.  When installing the system we use a vibratory plow.  This is a blade that goes into the ground and drags the pipe under it, so we will not be trenching your yard.  The crew will then hand dig and connect all piping and heads to the system.  After all of the plumbing and wiring work is completed they will put water to the system and adjust all sprinkler heads and make sure the system is operating correctly.

Step 6: Walk Through of System: After your sprinkler installation has been completed, we will review the entire system with you. You will be shown the following:

  • Control Box: we will show you how to set the date and time, watering times and recommended watering schedules
  • Emergency shut off valve: this will turn all water to your system
  • Adjusting spray and rotor heads: you can adjust distance and rotation for your heads
  • Review of valve boxes etc

Step 7: Collecting payment In order to pay our employees and vendors in a timely fashion, we need to collect a check when we finish your walk through. After 14 days past your installation day, we reserve the right to charge a late fee.

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Top Watering Tips You Need To Know

Top Watering Tips You Need To Know

The lawn requires enough water to penetrate the depth of the roots exposure. As the temperatures rise you’ll need to water more often. An average of 1 to 1-1/2 inches per week is recommended in the summer and it can be spread evenly every other day. 


Depending on the soil conditions it will determine how much water is required. Soil that has a lot of clay will retain the most water and may even cause puddles under the grass. Soils with a lot of sand will not hold as much water, therefore; more frequent watering is required. Lawns with water and slowly release it to the roots. Wind and sun exposure can also determine the amount of water considered. Too much wind or sun can accelerate evaporation and those shady areas may delay evaporation.

What happens if my lawn doesn’t get enough water?

If the soil becomes too dry the lawn will not be able to satisfy its own requirements. This will cause the lawn to become weak and susceptible to changes in color, insect damage and disease.

Will over watering damage my lawn?

Many lawns are damaged from excessive watering. This causes nutrients to become diluted and washed away. As a result, the lawn will require additional applications of fertilizer. Overwatering also allows the lawn to become weak. This leads to shallow roots causing it to become disease prone and weed infested.

What is the best time of day to water my lawn?

Early mornings (before sunrise) when water pressure is greatest, evaporation is minimal and the lawn can absorb the greatest amount of water. Avoid watering after sunset because water that does not evaporate may cause disease. Do not water during the hottest part of the day because the sun will evaporate the water before it can soak the lawn. To water your lawn efficiently, it requires the right amount of water, evenly distributed, at the right time.

Will my irrigation system requires service?

The system should be serviced at least twice per year. In the springtime, the sprinkler heads should be checked for proper adjustments and remove any grass or soil from around the heads. The controller should be checked for proper settings and operation. In the fall, the system will need to be winterized. This is done by attaching an air compressor to a special fitting in order to flush the water from the lines.

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