Sprinkler Repair – How to fix a Clogged Sprinkler Head

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First locate the clog sprinkler head. Pull up the sprinkler head and secure it with a pair of locking pliers or vise-grips. Be careful not to crimp the sprinkler head. You don’t want to put too much pressure on the sprinkler. Just enough to hold it up. Once the sprinkler head is secure you want to unscrew the top of the sprinkler nozzle.

sprinkler-repair-1 Pull out the sprinkler filter. Once you’ve removed the filter you can see there is a lot of dirt and debris inside the nozzle head. You want to clean this dirt and debris off with a bucket of water or the garden hose.

sprinkler-repair-2Fully submerging the head in a bucket of water helps to make sure that the filter is completely clean. You can even take a toothbrush if there are hard water clogs inside the filter to clean it up nice and tidy before returning it to the sprinkler head.

sprinkler-repair-3Once the filter is clean along with the nozzle and the opening for the sprinkler water, return the filter and nozzle back to the sprinkler head and screw on tightly.

sprinkler-repair-4Once you’re done reassembling all of the components turn the sprinkler system on and make sure your nozzle head is facing in the correct direction. Once everything is complete you can rest easy knowing that your sprinkler system is working efficiently, providing your lawn with the right amount of water to keep it green and beautiful.


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Spring has sprung!

Spring has arrived in full force in our area! Everything is blooming and start to green up. So even more of a reason to get that irrigation system in tip top shape. If you haven’t already had your system checked out, now would be a great time to get that scheduled. The temperatures will be rising soon, and we need to make sure that everything is getting the correct amount of water.  Also, now is a good time to think ahead. You can let your irrigation system do the work for you, by adding some drip lines to your pots on the front porch or patio.  This way you always know they are being watered right along with your beds, trees and grass to keep everything looking beautiful! Your yard will be the envy of all of the neighbors!

Keeping a beautiful lawn all year round…

In April you need to apply a minimum of 1.9 inches of water to replenish what evaporates and what the plants use without rain.  To accomplish this you should run your sprinklers three times per week, if allowed by your municipality. I would run spray or misting heads between 8 and 12 minutes per zone, and rotating single or multi stream heads between 24 and 40 minutes per zone.

If we get average rainfall you can run them about half of the above settings.

Using the above schedule an average 6 zone system would use about 22,400 gallons, and a 12 zone would use 44,800 gallons.

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Authored by Justin Wilson

What a spectacular day! Spring, it’s right around the corner are your sprinklers ready?

Even though we have had some beautiful weather the last several weeks, Spring has still yet to arrive until March 20, 2014.  With these warmer temps, people are turning their irrigation systems back on for the season only to find that they need some repairs.  Whether you find heads that aren’t working at all or heads that are leaking, now is the time to take care of those issues, before we get to a full time watering schedule.  This is a great time to make sure your heads are giving you the best coverage for your areas, and also to take are of any leaks before you are surprised with a huge water bill.  Please don’t hesitate to call us and schedule a system inspection, so we can come out and make sure things are ready to go for the season!

Tips for keeping a beautiful lawn all year round…..

I would try to apply 1.56″ to replenish what evaporates and the plants use without rain.  A typical schedule to get this much water out would look like…

Twice per week 10-16 minutes for spray heads, and 29-49 minutes per rotor zone.

If we get average rainfall, you can run the about half of the above settings. A six zone system would use about 18,900 gallons at the above times.

Authored by Justin Wilson

Spring fever anyone?

   We have had some crazy fluctuations in our temperatures this Winter. Just when you thought it was warm enough to get your yard ready for Spring time, you wake up the next morning and the temperatures are literally freezing! Sometimes it’s hard to know how to handle the ever changing weather we have, but by following us on Facebook and subscribing to our blog, you will always know how to handle your irrigation needs.

February is a good time to start thinking about getting a system inspection on your irrigation system. That way you can ensure that you have no leaks in your valves or piping, and make sure that all of your sprinkler heads are working properly. This is also a great time for a technician to ensure that the spray pattern for your sprinkler heads is getting your lawn the best coverage. When all that is taken care of, you will be ready to go come Spring! Let us know if we can help you in any way.

Tips for keeping a beautiful lawn all year round…

For the month of February you need to apply a minimum of .98” to replenish what evaporates and the plants use.    To accomplish this you need to run your sprinklers…

Twice per week run your Spray or misting style heads between 6 and 10 minutes per zone.  Rotating single or multi stream heads should be run between 18 and 31 minutes per zone.

If we get average rainfall you only need to run them once or twice for the month.

Using the above schedule an average 6 zone system would use about 11,900 gallons, and a 12 zone would use 23,800 gallons.

 

Should my irrigation system be off or on in January?

People automatically think, “It’s Winter, I need to turn off my system until Spring.”  When actually, it’s a good idea to keep your irrigation system running through the Winter months, but not at full capacity.  Your system is primarily made up of plastic parts, and when the parts sit there all Winter not moving, they can become brittle and break when you turn your system back on in Spring.  By running your system for 4-5 minutes per zone, twice a month, it enables your system to stay lubricated and in better working condition.  Therefore less breakage when you go back to full capacity.

Also this month, keep your eye on the weather for freezing temperatures!  One of the most valuable parts of your system, is your back flow preventer.  It is always a great idea to insulate this part for the Winter months.  We would be glad to come out and take care of that for you, or you can go to your local hardware store, and buy insulating materials and take care of it yourself.  If you have any questions please feel free to call us!

Tips for keeping a beautiful lawn all year round…

If we get no rain in the month of January and your lawn and shrubs need water, you need to apply a minimum of .82” to replenish what evaporates and the plants use.   To accomplish this you need to run your sprinklers…

Twice per week run your spray or misting style heads between 5 and 9 minutes per zone, and rotating single or multi stream heads between 15 and 26 minutes per zone.

If we get average rainfall your sprinklers can be left off. (Except for minimal run times, for lubrication.)

Using the above schedule an average 6 zone system would use about 9900 gallons, and a 12 zone would use 19,800 gallons.

Have a great January!

 

Your December Irrigation Schedule

December is calling for .8” to replenish what evaporates and the plants use without rain.   Set your run times at…

Spray or misters between 3 and 8 minutes per zone, and rotating single or multi stream heads between 15 and 25 minutes per zone two times per week. 

If we get normal rain you can leave the system off.

Using the above schedule an average 6 zone system would use about 8,400 gallons, and a 12 zone would use 16,800 gallons.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas in 2013!

Holiday Irrigation Schedule

Don’t forget, try and not water in the evening when the weather gets cooler to prevent fungus in the yard.

November is calling for 1.00” to replenish what evaporates and the plants use without rain.   Set your run times at…

Spray or misters between 4 and 10 minutes per zone, and rotating single or multi stream heads between 18 and 31 minutes per zone two times per week. 

If we get some rain you can turn the system down and have it run a couple of times during the month which should suffice.

Using the above schedule an average 6 zone system would use about 10,400 gallons, and a 12 zone would use 20,800 gallons.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season for 2013!

Justin, how long should I run em in October?

Fall is here!  I don’t know about you buy this is my family’s favorite time of year!  We get to look forward to the pumpkin patch with the kids, the upcoming holidays and for me the off-season which means a much-needed breather.  I love this time of year.

Remember to try to not water in the evening when the weather gets cooler to prevent fungus in the yard.

For October we are going to need 1.58” to replenish what evaporates and the plants use without rain.   Set your run times at…

Spray or misters between 7 and 16 minutes per zone, and rotating single or multi stream heads between 30 and 49 minutes per zone two times per week. 

If our rainfall is normal you can drop the schedule down to about a fifth of the above schedule or run it once every other week.

Using the above schedule an average 6 zone system would use about 16,600 gallons, and a 12 zone would use 33,200 gallons.

September Irrigation Run Times

The end is near cooler weather is coming!  Do remember that now is the time of year to watch for when we get the first front that moves in.  When the weather begins to get cooler we want to be sure and not let the sprinklers overwater in the night time.  This can cause fungus in your lawn.

For September we are going to need 2.01” to replenish what evaporates and the plants use without rain.   Set your run times at…

Spray or misters between 8 and 13 minutes per zone, and rotating single or multi stream heads between 25 and 42 minutes per zone three times per week. 

If our rainfall is normal you can drop the schedule down to about a third of the above times or just run the system one day per week.

Using the above schedule an average 6 zone system would use about 23,700 gallons, and a 12 zone would use 47,400 gallons.