Lake Water Irrigation Savings

The project goal of a Longwood Florida homeowner was lake water irrigation savings after paying huge irrigation system water bills.

potable to lake water conversion system

Our solution was a centrifugal irrigation pump to pull water from the lake behind his house instead of paying monthly for city water.

After receiving a written proposal from Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair & Irrigation for the installation he gave us the go ahead.

The photo above shows the 2 horse power Sta-Rite centrifugal irrigation pump installed on 4 cinder blocks filled with concrete.

Two blocks are below grade to give the base good stability. A 4 inch thick concrete pad was then mounted onto the top of the blocks.

potable to lake water conversion float

The next step was a 2 inch diameter intake that goes out to the lake with the float, a built in stand, check valve and intake filter.

The discharge pipe fit into the existing irrigation mainline, and has a pressure relief valve, pressure gauge and inline Vu-flow filter.

The Vu-flow filter is a secondary filter with a finer mesh than the filter in the lake to trap any finer particles that might get past.

The extra lake intake filter provides another level of protection with the Vu-flow filter so the spray nozzles of the system don’t clog.

Do you have access to lake water to help reduce your irrigation bill? Call us today 407-302-2227 for a prompt response.

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Posted in advice, centrifugal pump, controller, filter, irrigation, pump, residential, valve

Residential Irrigation Valve Repair

A residential irrigation valve repair for a residential property owner in Maitland, Florida, turned into a 5 valve replacement project.

residential irrigation valve replacement project

All the valves were previously installed close coupled, so they were virtually touching each other. A mainline crack became a huge leak!

There was no pipe between the valves to cut for installing a replacement valve, so all 5 valves were replaced for a proper configuration.

Our irrigation design and installation included 5 Irritrol 24008 one inch valves, and then each was covered with a round protective box.

Trust Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair & Irrigation for high quality and professional workmanship. Call us today 407-302-2227 to discuss your projects.

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Shallow Well Irrigation System

A recent shallow well irrigation system was installed in Lake Mary, Florida, for a residential customer who did not want to use city water.

irrigation system installation phase one

Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair & Irrigation are well known and respected in Central Florida for irrigation system design and installation.

Our irrigation solution was a shallow well and a centrifugal pump installed to pull water from the well through an irrigation system.

The system was designed with 7 zones to provide head to head 100% coverage with even water distribution for a professional installation.

irrigation system installation completed

The second picture shown here displays the system installed and the yard completely cleaned up after the trenches had been backfilled.

Do you need a custom professional solution similar to this? Call us today 407-302-2227 for a prompt response.

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Serious Irrigation System Emergency

A recent example of a serious irrigation system emergency was an irrigation valve stuck wide open that we resolved for a customer.

irrigation valve buried under deck

Irrigation valves can fail either stuck closed so they do not operate, or fail in a fully open postion and a zone runs continuously.

The irrigation valves shown in our picture proved impossible for the homeowner to find at his home in Longwood, Florida, zip 32750.

He called us out of desperation as the only way to stop the wide open valve was to shut off the water at the potable water meter.

That meant shutting off water to his entire house. Unknown to the owner, the open valves were under a deck built by the prior owner.

Fortunately, Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair & Irrigation techs are experts in the field of underground irrigation valve location.

We connected our valve location equipment to field wiring of the relevant zone, and discovered the valves were under his wooden deck.

Our solution was to remove deck boards to access the problem, and then we were able to excavate and replace the defective valves.

Are you having problems with malfunctioning irrigation valves? Call us today 407-302-2227 for a prompt response.

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Irrigation System Checkup

An irrigation system checkup analyzed by a licensed irrigation contractor could resolve any concerns about the current coverage.

irrigation spray head installation

This picture shows an addition spray has been installed into a main lateral pipe of the zone using a slip fix type expanding coupler.

Our customer in Longwood, Florida, had problems with dry or dying patches of turf due to poorly installed or maintained irrigation.

The Rain Bird model 1806 6 inch spray mounted on flexible hose helped provide head to head coverage and uniform water distribution.

It is important that all heads are the same type, whether sprays or rotors, and the same brand for a matched precipitation rate.

For head to head coverage, heads should be placed the correct distance apart, plus install additional heads to increase coverage.

Have dry turf problems? Call us today 407-302-2227 to schedule a service call to assess adjustments or complete refurbishment.

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Posted in advice, central florida, irrigation, maintenance, rainbird, repair, residential, service, spray, sprinkler, turf

Lake Pump Intake Filter Project

A recent lake pump intake filter project for a customer in Winter Park, Florida, solved an irrigation system pressure problem.

clogged lake pump intake filter

This residential customer reported low operating pressure across all zones of their irrigation system that we quickly confirmed.

Water for the sprinkler system is provided by a Berkeley 1-1/2 horsepower irrigation sprinkler pump, pulling water from the lake behind their house.

We cleaned the 1 inch discharge filter on the irrigation pump mainline to the irrigation system. It was clogged, yet not enough to cause issues.

The entire system was rechecked and all zones were still low pressure. The next step was checking the actual intake filter in the lake.

Our photo shows the intake filter completely clogged and restricting flow into the pump, so it was cleaned with a plastic bristled brush.

Another system check confirmed everything operated as it should, showing good operating pressure at the irrigation heads across all zones.

It is important to maintain any irrigation system, especially when dealing with pumps that draw water from either a lake or a well.

Clogged intakes may cause the intake pipe to completely collapse by the vacuum created by the pump and have a devastating effect on pumps.

If unable to draw water due to clogged intakes, it might even destroy the pump by overheating the motor and burning out the bearings.

Do you have an irrigation pump drawing from a lake or a well that may require maintenance? Please contact us today at 407-302-2227.

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Irrigation System Upgrade

A recent irrigation system upgrade in Sanford, Florida, is illustrated here with a before and after photograph to show details.

old new irrigation systems compared

The residential customer’s system was originally set up using a cyclermatic valve that was beyond repair, and needed an upgrade.

If you have a system installed with a cyclermatic valve, keep in mind it is a very old design that can be problematic with age.

As our customer experienced, the zone switching disc can swell and stick inside the chamber not allowing the valve to swap zones.

This project required a new digital controller so the electric valves can be operated in sequence or independently as required.

The result was an upgrade to a more reliable irrigation system with state-of-the-art technology and enhanced performance.

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Pool Area Sprinklers Project

This Lake Mary, Florida, pool area sprinklers project was a sprinkler system rebuild for a homeowner installing a new swimming pool.

swimming pool area sprinklers project

The photo above shows the finished sprinkler system rebuild we started prior to pool excavation to protect the existing irrigation.

To prep we had to locate, cut and cap irrigation pipes, mainline and wire around the construction area to create a safe break area.

Otherwise, when the excavator bucket starts to dig it may grab irrigation pipes plus connections and pull them out of the ground.

After the swimming pool installation is complete we returned to rebuild the system to provide coverage around the swimming pool.

The system rebuild in the picture shown above was completed using Rain Bird 1806 sprays complete with Hunter MP rotator type nozzles.

These nozzles were selected because of the very steep gradient to the rear of the swimming pool and the very fine clay consistancy.

This type of clay does not absord water and has a very slow percolation rate. MP rotator type nozzles are ideal for this scenario.

Our plan included the final phase of the pool sprinkler system rebuild construction to consider factors of new landscaping needs.

As shown, the pool installation and sprinkler system rebuild are done. All that’s left is for their landscaper to finish the job.

Have a simple or complex sprinkler irrigation system requirement? We can help. Call, email, or use our contact form today!

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Irrigation System Lightning Strike

The damage from a devastating irrigation system lightning strike in Florida can be significant as shown in the photograph below.

irrigation controller damaged by lightning

This Rain Bird ESP modular irrigation controller was completely destroyed by a lightning strike. The power surge can reach the controller by either travelling up the field wires into the controller, or from the mains supply to the controller.

Once a controller has taken any kind of power surge it is impossible to repair due to the extreme damage caused.

The irrigation system may also incur other types of damage from a lighting strike. It can often damage the field wiring going out to the valves and can also damage the solenoids on top of the irrigation valves.

In some cases, the power surge can travel along the field wires from the controller to the valves and damage the solenoids too. It is also possible to find damaged irrigation pipes due to the heat from the surge melting the pipes.

This controller had to be replaced. The zone valves also had to be located so the solenoids could be replaced. The replacement irrigation controller project was on a house in Longwood Florida, 32779.

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Clogged French Drain Problem

Expertise in irrigation systems was used to solve a clogged french drain problem for a residential property in Sanford, Florida.

clogged sump pump discharge pipe

A sump pump was also part of the system as the french drain was installed close to this house which was lower than street level.

When designing a drainage system best practices allow gravity to drain water away from the property to the system discharge point.

The pipe shown in the picture is the discharge pipe from the sump pump, and the old french drain filter membrane had broken down.

That allowed dirt into the system that found its way into the pump and discharge pipe which eventually destroyed the pump.

The solution was to replace the french drain, the sump pump, and the discharge pipe with high quality parts to avoid clogging.

Hessenauer Sprinkler Repair & Irrigation uses NDS pre-constructed french drain parts and take extra quality precautions.

One example is wrapping the french drain with an additional membrane before installation to protect against future clogging.

Need help with a residential or commercial sprinkler or irrigation problem? Trust our experts for quality work that lasts.

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