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Troubleshooting Irrigation Pipe Leaks

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Welcome to the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. We like to offer our online readers some tips concerning sprinkler irrigation. Today we would like to give some advice about how to troubleshoot pipe leaks involved with your irrigation system by finding the leak and resolving the problem.

Pressure loss, geysers, dry spots and overly saturated areas are but a few of the problems associated with broken sprinkler lines. So cast off the yoke of overpriced landscapers, gather together courage and shovel, and fix it yourself. Your wallet will be glad you did.

If your sprinkler heads have stopped functioning and you notice new, soggy patches of grass or soil along your sprinkler lines, you most likely have a leak. Generally, we suggest calling a professional to handle these situations but sometimes, certain issues can be handled by the homeowner.

A broken sprinkler pipe can be a major headache, and many irrigation companies can’t be bothered to service a system that they didn’t install. The repair bill can run hundreds of dollars or more, and in the meantime, your irrigation system is offline and your lawn is turning brown. The truth is that fixing a sprinkler pipe is simple, once you’ve located the leak.

The first item of business is to figure out where your pipe is leaking. You might be able to tell simply by seeing where soggy patches have been appearing on your lawn. If some of your sprinkler heads seem to have low pressure but you can’t tell where the problem is, place caps on all your heads to restrict water flow and turn on all sprinkler zones. Then, wait to see where water emerges through the soil.

It can take many hours to find a leak in your irrigation system, which is why repairs can be so expensive. If you know you have a leak, you should know which sprinkler zone is the problem. Turn that zone on manually at the control box. If you see a reduction in water pressure between two sprinkler heads in the leaky zone, the leak is somewhere between them. If some of the sprinkler heads don’t come on at all, note the sprinkler that is farthest from the valve box, and identify the sprinkler head closest to it that isn’t coming on. The leak is between these two. Now leave the zone running. Over time, the ground over the broken pipe will start to seep water.

Once you find the location above the leak, dig down to the leak, being careful not to cause any more damage to the pipes. Before you dig, shut off the sprinkler controller so no water can flow through the pipe while you are working. If you are growing lawn over the area, cut large square patches with a shovel and remove them with several inches of dirt clinging to roots so you can replace the sod later. Dig carefully down around the sprinkler, using a trowel if necessary, to avoid breaking the line further. Clean off the pipe and use clean tools when repairing.

Once you find the site of the leak at the pipe, you can either cut the line or unscrew it. If it is a shorter piece in the line, you can unscrew it and remove it from the line. If it is a longer length of pipe, which is more likely, you’ll need to use a hacksaw to cut out the broken part. Remove the section of pipe around the site of the leak without allowing dirt or debris into the line to avoid clogging. Insert a new length of pipe into the break and attach them with PVC primer and pipe cement.

For the final step, fill the hole in and replace the sod. Take care to fill in the area underneath the repaired pipe before you shovel in the rest of the dirt. If you leave any gap underneath the pipe, over time the dirt on top bends or compresses the PVC, and you end up having to dig it all up again.

Remember, the safest option is always consulting with a professional over sprinkler irrigation issues. When there is an emergency, it may be necessary for the homeowner to take matters into their own hands. Contact us in the Central Florida and Orlando areas for sprinkler irrigation issues or projects we may be able to install. Contact us today at 407-302-2227 to schedule an appointment for an estimate.

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Sprinkler Irrigation System Quick Tips

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Thank you for visiting the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. We like to provide our blog readers with news, tips and advice about sprinkler irrigation and drainage. Today we would like to provide our website visitors with some common sprinkler irrigation quick tips.

A quality sprinkler system is comprised of properly functioning irrigation controllers, valves, pipes, backflow system, rotors, sprinkler heads and rain sensors. In order to understand a sprinkler system, first start with how a sprinkler system works.

Basically, the controller sends a signal to the control valves in the control valve box. The valves open, sending water through the underground water line, which causes the sprinkler heads to pop up and spray.

An automatic irrigation system can keep your landscape looking lush on the least amount of water. Here’s a little tip: Divide the yard into separate irrigation zones to water the grass separately since different plants need different amounts of water. Sprinkler zones should have proper spacing between sprinkler heads.

If you use a properly designed, installed and maintained irrigation system, your lawn and garden can give years of enjoyment with surprisingly little effort. The landscape can look lush on the least amount of water.

Proper watering is important. Different plants require different amounts of water. Divide the yard into separate irrigation zones so the grass can be watered separately than groundcovers, shrubs and trees. Apply water directly to the roots with low-volume drip irrigation.

Keep the water distribution balanced. Place measuring cups around the lawn to get an idea how much water is being distributed in each section. Underground watering systems are a great way to assure even coverage.

Applying too much water can be a waste because much of the water runs off and is never absorbed. Instead of irrigating for one long session, consider watering in shorter periods with breaks between to allow water to soak in and minimize runoff.

Don’t let areas of your lawn flood. If problems should arise, set timers shorter to give the landscape time to absorb the water applied by the irrigation system. A properly functioning irrigation system should have even coverage between sprinkler heads with minimal overspray.

Creating proper sprinkler zones is key to an overall positive irrigation system project. Our skilled professionals at Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation provide the best solutions to your residential and commercial irrigation system needs in Central Florida.

Inspect your sprinkler irrigation system. Check for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes or hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system.

It is a good idea to adjust your irrigation system as the seasons and weather change. Rain sensors allow your sprinkler irrigation system to be rain smart. This means that it will not run during the rain, and knows when it isn’t raining as well.

We thank you for visiting the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. Bookmark us for tips and advice concerning sprinkler irrigation here in the Central Florida and Orlando areas. Contact us today at 407-302-2227 to schedule an appointment for an estimate.

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Proper Irrigation in the Summer

cropped-hess-logo-2013.pngThank you for visiting the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. We like to give our online readers news, tips and advice about sprinkler repair and irrigation here in the Central Florida and Orlando areas. Today we would like to explain the importance of proper sprinkler irrigation in the summer months.

Without proper sprinkler irrigation in these summer months, the grass can be at risk of damage of drying out from underwatering or even overwatering. There is a balance that needs to be maintained in order to have a well-nourished lawn.

Generally, the best time to water the lawn would be during the cool, early morning hours. Morning watering allows grass blades to dry by afternoon, making them less susceptible to foliar diseases.

If you must water in the late afternoon, stop watering enough before dark for the grass to dry. Watering at night is not encouraged because moisture left on the grass blades could encourage fungus growth and disease.

With increased humidity comes more precipitation, therefore home sprinkler irrigation systems may need to be adjusted. Rain sensors can be used to make some adjustments, meaning the irrigation system will not run during times of rain, and will tend to run more when precipitation is not present.

The proper amount of water is necessary to keep the lawn green and healthy. Make note any dry patches in your lawn. This could be caused by improper spacing of your sprinkler rotors. To have an efficiently running irrigation system, sprinkler zones should offer proper water coverage throughout the entire lawn. Properly distributed sprinklers provide the type of head to head coverage required for a well maintained lawn.

For more about how to react to the climate here in Florida, read Hurricane Season and Sprinkler Irrigation.

Again, thank you for visiting the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. If you are in the Central Florida area and have sprinkler irrigation issues or a project to tackle, contact us today at 407-302-2227 or email us for an estimate. Come back soon!

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How French Drains Work

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Welcome to the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. We like to offer our online readers some news, tips and advice concerning sprinkler irrigation. Today we would like to present a bit about how French drains work.

A French drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock or containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from an area. Gravel-free French drains are a durable and crushproof alternative to the traditional gravel French drain. These types of French drain generally comes in 10 foot sections and is made of 3 or 4 inch corrugated pipe.

French drains are designed to take water out of the soil and pipe it to a safe discharge point. The common features of French drain systems include a lightweight gravel substitute that is wrapped around perforated corrugated pipe and covered with commonly used filter fabric. French drains are primarily used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations.

One advantage of French Drain systems being lighter than traditional drainage systems is they eliminate the need to transport, shovel, or move heavy gravel. Surrounded by Polyrock, Gravel-free French drains are a lightweight alternative to gravel. French drains use a light material that is effective but weighs much less than concrete gravel.

Lighter French drains take half the time to install because they eliminate the need to transport, shovel, or move heavy gravel. At Hessenauer, we not only save you time, but we save you money!

A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water collecting sump basin. Sump pumps are used where flooding happens regularly and to solve dampness where the water table is above the foundation of a home. Sump pumps send water away from a house to any place where it is no longer problematic.

Again, thank you for visiting the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. Bookmark us for tips and advice concerning sprinkler irrigation here in the Central Florida and Orlando areas. Contact us today at 407-302-2227 to schedule an appointment for an estimate.

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Summer Irrigation Maintenance Checklist

checklistThank you for visiting the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. We like to give our website visitors news, tips and advice concerning sprinkler repair and irrigation here in the Central Florida and Orlando areas. Today we would like to offer our website visitors this quick summer irrigation maintenance checklist.

Summer is here and now the demand for a properly working sprinkler irrigation system is high. There is a great deal of importance on an irrigation system that runs efficiently without problems or issues. There are a few points that should be checked in order to assure a smoothly run irrigation system.

One of the first things to do is to run a check of all your programs and irrigation controls. Make sure the date and time are correct, and that the settings are appropriate for your landscape’s watering needs. Replace the back-up battery in the timer/controller every 6 months, and be sure to keep a copy of the watering schedule nearby.

Sometimes rocks, dirt, sand and other types of debris could block the even flow of water from the sprinkler heads. An unhealthy landscape and wasted water could be the result of uneven water leading to too much water in some areas and not enough in others. Inspect the spray heads to make sure they have not become buried and debris has not accumulated around them while the sprinkler irrigation system was inactive.

Generally, sprinkler nozzles and sprinkler heads are designed to withstand normal wear and tear of irrigation, but are no match for lawn mowers, the neighbor’s dog or anyone accidentally stepping on them. Replace cracked, chipped or worn sprinkler heads, nozzles, valves or pipes. A broken sprinkler can wreak havoc on lawns, gardens, and the water bill, so check and replace them periodically.

Sprinkler valves are the heart of any irrigation system which regulate the distribution of water throughout the entire system. Leaky valves waste water and increase your water bill. Visually inspect each valve to make sure they are operating properly. Before turning on any water to the system, make sure all manual drain valves are returned to the closed position. Overly wet areas in the lawn may be a result of a leaky valve.

Water hammer is a high-pressure surge that occurs when a valve is first opened. An initial pressure surge can result in burst pipes or damaged valves. When restoring water to your sprinkler system, open the main water valve slowly to allow pipes to fill with water in a gradual and controlled manner, thus preventing a water hammer and costly damage.

Upon first turning the main water valve on, make sure the water pressure is at a safe operating range for sprinkler systems. A system with too much pressure will result in cracked pipes, busted valves, sprinkler head leaks and inefficient watering. A water pressure gauge can be used to monitor and measure water pressure in the home and yard. These devices typically connect to a hose faucet and give you a good idea of the pressure in your irrigation system. If the pressure is above the suggested operating range, a pressure regulator may be required to prevent damage to the sprinkler system or undesirable results.

Again, thank you for visiting the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. Discover the advantages of using a company with over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential irrigation system and drainage here in Central Florida. If you are in the area and have sprinkler irrigation issues or a project to tackle, contact us today at 407-302-2227 for an estimate.

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Exceptional Irrigation Professionals

craftsman-1-1200629-mWelcome to the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. We like to offer our online readers some news, tips and advice concerning sprinkler irrigation. Today we would like to inform our online readers about just what makes us exceptional irrigation professionals here in the Central Florida and Orlando area.

Irrigation system sprinkler repairs can vary in cost and priority. We are always ready to help with your service repair emergencies with a staff who are certified with most parts, tools and equipment already in our truck.

Providing superior customer service isn’t just about doing a job and going home at the end of the day. We go out of our way to assure our customers that the project we complete is to the highest standards and regulations.

We use trustworthy commercial grade name brands for irrigation system installations and repairs because they generally do not need replacement for a long time. Some of the names we use include Rain Bird, Irritrol, Hunter and Berkeley. A brand name irrigation system installed with the best products available on the market keeps our customers satisfied for years to come.

Our experts troubleshoot your irrigation system problem with many years of experience in Central Florida and Orlando. Perhaps your sprinkler system won’t turn off, you need to locate your sprinkler heads, or your water bill is way too high. We offer the solutions to the irrigation system problems that need attention.

Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation is fully bonded, licensed, and insured. With over 33 years of experience in sprinkler irrigation systems in Orlando, Florida and surrounding communities, our goal is satisfied customers. Whether your irrigation system is a residential or commercial project, we can complete the job quickly and easily. Our goal is always happy sprinkler and irrigation system customers who have a lush, green, healthy lawn.

Contact our exceptional irrigation professionals at 407-302-2227 for an estimate on any irrigation projects you may have in Orlando, Florida and the surrounding areas today! Whether commercial or residential, come to us for the sales, service, repair or installation of your drainage and irrigation system needs.

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When to Water the Lawn

sprinklersThank you for visiting the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. We like to give our website visitors news, tips and advice concerning sprinkler repair and irrigation here in the Central Florida and Orlando areas. Today we would like to give our online readers some tips about when to water the lawn.

Try to avoid daily, light watering. Water in the early morning, about 4am to 10am. Change the time that your system runs monthly, or at least seasonally. If your irrigation system is working properly, you will not have to rely much on Mother Nature. Different amounts of water are required depending on plants, grass and type of soil. Only water when needed. Schedule watering periodically or use a rain sensor to adjust when watering times proceed.

Generally, the best time to water the lawn would be during the cool, early morning hours. Morning watering allows grass blades to dry by afternoon, making them less susceptible to foliar diseases. Watering is more efficient in morning hours because of less evaporation and wind. Evaporation loss can be higher during the day. Alternately, watering when the grass is already wet from the morning dew, you won’t alter the natural state of the grass very much. If you must water in the late afternoon, stop watering enough before dark for the grass to dry. Watering at night is not encouraged because moisture left on the grass blades could encourage fungus growth and disease.

The most efficient way to water is to saturate the root zone then let the soil dry to encourage healthy, deep root growth.

Flowers need frequent watering in general, or a daily “quick drink”, so to speak. Hand watering is the easiest way to accomplish this. Newer shrubs should be watered daily for the first few months. Older shrubs basically need one short watering cycle about once or twice a week, although many plants with north or east exposure may need much less.

Avoid overspray on sidewalks and walkways to prevent too much water usage and lower the water bill. In certain cases, residential customers can use nearby water sources such as a lake for irrigation purposes to save water. Saving money is always a plus and lake water can be a solution that saves our customers a ton of cash.

Bookmark us for tips and advice concerning sprinkler irrigation here in the Central Florida and Orlando areas. Contact us today at 407-302-2227 to schedule an appointment for an estimate.

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Valve Type Comparisons

rainbird water efficient rotary nozzleWelcome to the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. We like to offer our online readers some news, tips and advice concerning sprinkler irrigation here in the Central Florida area. Today we would like to explain the pros and cons of different valve types for sprinkler irrigation systems.

A gate valve is a general service valve used primarily for on/off, non-throttling service. The valve is closed by a flat face, vertical disc, or gate that slides down through the valve to block the flow.

A ball valve uses a rotating ball with a hole through it that allows straight-through flow in the open position and shuts off flow when the ball is rotated 90 degrees to block the flow passage. It is used for on-off and throttling services.

A butterfly valve controls flow by using a circular disc or vane with its pivot axis at right angles to the direction of flow in the pipe. The butterfly valve is used both for on-off and throttling services.

Latching solenoids do not have a constant source of power to them. These valves use an electric pulse, meaning it has the primary pulse to cut it on but a secondary pulse acting as a switch to cut it off. Sometimes these valves have a tendency to hang up so the zone would be stuck on or inoperational.

In addition to these standard valve products, many valve manufacturers produce custom-designed valves and actuators for specific applications. Valves are available in a broad spectrum of sizes and materials. Each design has its own advantages, and selection of the proper valve for particular application is critical.

Again we thank you for visiting the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. Contact us today at 407-302-2227 or email us for an estimate on any sprinkler irrigation projects you may have here in the Central Florida and Orlando area. Bookmark us and be sure to come back soon!

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Common Sprinkler Repair Solutions

hessenauer-irrigation-service-truckThank you for visiting the Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair and Irrigation blog and website. We like to give our website visitors news, tips and advice concerning sprinkler repair and irrigation here in the Central Florida and Orlando areas. Today we would like to offer some common sprinkler repair solutions for problems that could arise.

One problem could be that water does not come out of the sprinklers when the irrigation system is turned on. This could be a sign of several problems. One of the more common issues is clogged heads or pipes by dirt or debris. Locating that debris and clearing it out is the real challenge.

Leaks in the piping could be an issue. Sprinkler heads can get damaged and cracked by extreme weather, by getting run over by the lawn mower or by someone stepping on them wrong. A broken head may not work at all or may spray water around wildly.

Locate the broken pipe usually by flooding or patches of water in the lawn. Roots can grow and break pipes as well. Repairing this situation could involve the need to dig out around the broken pipe to replace pipe sections or repair the problem. The best way is to leave this to a certified professional rather than taking matters into your own hands.

Sometimes too many sprinkler heads leaking could be the cause of the problem. Leaks can cause puddles to form in your yard, while leaving the areas that you want to water stay dry. Leaks can be caused by faulty installation, a line freezing during a particularly cold winter or damage due to landscaping and other digging. Leaks can also be the result of a faulty valve box.

Fixing a leaking line can be a rather involved lawn sprinkler repair job. If the leak is visible near the sprinkler head, you can try replacing the head and see if that helps. For larger leaks, where water is pooling in the yard or one area is visibly greener than the other parts of the yard, you’ll need to call a professional lawn sprinkler repair company.

If your sprinkler system turns on, but there is just a drizzle coming out of all of the sprinkler heads, there is a possibility too many sprinkler heads running at the same time and demand for water inside of the house can conflict with the demand for water to the sprinkler system.

Without proper knowledge and experience, it can be very difficult to know what exactly is causing the blockage. Your best bet is to always talk to a lawn irrigation contractor to find out what the cause of the problem is.

Our team of professionals want what is best for the customer. Discover the advantages of using a company with over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential irrigation system and drainage here in Central Florida. If you are in the area and have sprinkler irrigation issues or a project to tackle, contact us today at 407-302-2227 for an estimate.

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