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.

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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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Irrigation Valves Replaced

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

rain bird dv100ss irrigation valve

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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