Irrigation Valves Replaced

Another residential project was recently completed when 3 irrigation valves were replaced for a homeowner in Longwood, Florida.

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The valves were old and two had failed, so it was decided to replace all 3 whilst they were dug up to avoid a 1 valve job later.

The Rain Bird DV100SS 1 inch irrigation valves as shown here are suitable for residential or light commercial applications.

Our irrigation experts only use top quality brands. The model DV100SS features a flow rate of up to 40 gallons per minute.

The valves are activated by a 24 volt AC power supply which is applied to the solenoid on top of each of the valves.

Quality is essential. When installing valves below ground it is important to always use direct burial waterproof connectors.

A small section of the irrigation mainline was also replaced. Trust Hessenauer for irrigation quality, value, and service.

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Rain Bird Modular Controller Solution

An irrigation controller in Lake Mary Florida was beyond repair, so we recommended a Rain Bird modular controller solution.

rain bird esp-me-digital modular controller

A power surge destroyed the original. The new Rain Bird ESP-Me digital modular controller shown provides great versatility.

The 4 zone base ESP-Me may be used for residential or commercial applications, and may be expanded to control up to 22 zones.

Depending on requirements, the zone expansion modules may be added in increments of 3 or 6 zones up to a maximum of 22 zones.

Imagine the ability to control between 1 and 22 irrigation zones with a total of 24 start times over 4 separate schedules.

The Rain Bird ESP-Me digital modular controller can operate both above ground or with submersible pumps with a 24 volt output.

Along with the controller, we paired a Rain Bird WR2 Wireless rain sensor to meet Florida law for automatic irrigation systems.

If your sprinkler system can be repaired, we will repair it. If not, we have a wide range of top brands for reliable solutions.

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EZ Flow French Drain Install

Another Orlando area drainage problem was recently solved with an EZ Flow french drain install along a residential property line.

ez flow french drain installation

The installation photo here shows where runoff water was collecting in a low spot along the lot line of the owner and their neighbor.

A 4 inch solid corrugated pipe was connected to the end of the french drain to channel the water collected in the french drain down to the rear lot line.

From there it was discharged into a dry retention area. To enhance performance the EZ Flow Preconstructed French Drain was back filled with sand to allow an increased rate of water percolation into the drainage sytem.

The homeowmer is located just north of Orlando in Lake Mary, Seminole County, Florida, and we cover all of Central Florida.

Have a drainage or other irragation related problem? Call us today or fill out our contact form for a prompt response.

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Wilkins Lead Free Backflow

We installed a Wilkins lead free backflow assembly to solve the problem of an existing backflow that was no longer to local code.

wilkins lead free backflow installation

The new backflow was mounted on schedule 80 thick wall pvc pipe to meet local code, and a Rain Bird DV100SS valve was installed.

Here are the Wilkins 975 XL2 product standards compliance specs:

• ASSE® Listed 1013
• IAPMO® Listed
• CSA® Certified B64.4
• Approved by the Foundation for Cross Connection Control and Hydraulic Research at the University of Southern California
• Certified to NSF/ANSI 372* by IAPMO R&T
• NSF® Listed-Standard 61, Annex G*

The project was completed to code standards for one of our residential customers located in Winter Park near Orlando, Florida.

As a result, the irrigation system will meet requirements to prevent hazardous chemicals from flowing back into potable water.

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Irrigation Pump Motor Failure

Extend the useful life or your irrigation system with a professional installation to avoid untimely irrigation pump motor failure.

berkeley irrigation pump installation

Our customer had a burned out irrigation pump motor because the old one sat in dirt and mulch, plus the pipes were poorly fit.

The solution was installing a new Berkeley 1-1/2 horsepower centrifugal irrigation pump to draw water from their shallow well.

The new pump was properly installed mounted onto a concrete paver to avoid this reoccuring. The check valve was also replaced.

Intake and discharge pipes were also matched with the correct size pvc pipe for the 2 inch intake and 1-1/2 inch discharge ports.

The photograph shows proper installation of the residential Berkley irrigation pump for our Longwood FL customer near Orlando.

Quality irrigation systems begin with quality parts and end with proper installation. Need a trusted expert? Call us today.

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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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NDS EZ Flow french drain installation

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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