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Winterizing Your Sprinkler System

 

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<!–Winter and cold weather is not far off and that means it’s time to start thinking about winterizing!

This also means it is time to think about turning off your irrigation systems as weather allows. Digital Rain Sprinkler Service is now taking calls at 402-934-7900 to schedule your system close down.

When to Winterize

The weather conditions each year will determine the best time to winterize your sprinkler system. Although most of the system is underground and protected until the ground freezes, external parts like the backflow preventer and blow-out port can freeze from cold overnight temperatures. You should winterize as soon as you are sure you no longer need continual watering, although you may want to keep your system running as long as possible if you have new trees or have done a fall seeding.

Damage occurs when water freezes and expands inside sprinklers, pipes   and valves. Therefore, enough water has to be drained from the system to prevent breakage before cold weather hits.
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What We Do :

Our technicians will turn off the water supply, clear and prepare all the lines to prevent freezing, and leakage. The cost to make repairs on systems which have frozen is great and a bit of prevention each fall will ensure you are leak-free and ready to water your lawn and landscape in the spring.

1. Shut off water pressure to your irrigation system

2. Open main drain valve to drain out main line

3. Open drain valve inside electric valve box to drain lateral lines

4. Manually open all electronic valves to allow lateral lines to drain into mainline

5. Keep valve solenoids and bleeder valves open for winter

6. Open test ports on backflow device in order to winterize backflow device

7. Close gate valves on backflow device

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Sprinkler Blowouts – Why You Should Hire a Professional Service

Sprinkler blowouts are a simple services for professionals to provide, but the easy and quality of a professional sprinkler blowout comes from experience.

Even small amounts of water trapped in a valve or pipe can expand enough during freezing weather to crack and damage your sprinkler system, and using high pressured air improperly through a sprinkler system can not only damage your system, but can also be dangerous.

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Remember, whether you need our services now… or early next season, Your Healthy Lawn is Our Passion and we are only a phone call away!

Call 402-934-7900 or contact us to schedule your service.

Thank you,

The Digital Rain Sprinkler Service Team

 

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A professionally installed, automatic sprinkler system is one of the best investments you can make in your home. There’s no easier or more cost-effective way to beautify your home, increase its value, and save yourself time and money.

There are more benefits to an automatic lawn sprinkler than just keeping your lawn green. A sprinkler system will save you the time you would have spent dragging around hoses to water your whole yard.

  • Custom installation designed specifically for your landscape and your needs
  • Available with rain sensors, timers, and online operation capability so you never run the risk of over watering
  • From the industries most reliable manufacturers including Toro, Hunter and Rain Bird

Nothing beats having a beautiful lawn, and using an automatic lawn sprinkler system means you’ll have the time and energy to enjoy it.

System installation is a critical factor that will affect your system’s performance and longevity.  Along with ensuring your system is properly installed, installing a Rain Sensor device will help you save even more water and will save you money over the lifetime of your sprinkler system.

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We are a family owned and operated company located in Omaha, Nebraska. We pride ourselves in doing the job right the first time at a reasonable and competitive price. We strive to bring the highest quality of workmanship to our clients property with prompt, professional, and courteous service.

Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service to schedule a free estimate on a system install or to find out what you can do to make your existing system more efficient. We welcome commercial and residential clients. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need to make a decision when purchasing your new system.   402-934-7900

Hot Weather and Your Lawn

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Check Your Sprinklers

Regular maintenance of your system will save you water, time, and money!
Tips to increase the efficiency of your lawn watering system:

1. Regularly inspect your overall watering system for leaks, broken lines or misdirected sprinkler heads. Taking a few minutes once a month to make sure your sprinkler and/or hoses are working correctly is a crucial step to ensuring efficient water use outdoors.
2. Set it, but don’t forget it! Be sure to adjust your watering schedules throughout the summer. Not sure how? we are here to help.
3. Consider an irrigation upgrade. Don’t just guess at how much moisture your lawn needs. Trust Digital Rain Sprinkler Systems to provide you with the right amount of water every time.
4. Install a rain sensor. Rain sensors are designed to shut off sprinkler systems when rainfall reaches a preset amount, usually ¼ inch.  Once the moisture level subsides, the sensor re-enables the sprinkler system, resuming the previous watering schedule
5. Choose plants and grasses that will thrive in your soil conditions. When it comes to landscaping your yard, make sure you take some time to research what plants and grasses will hold up best in your climate.
6. Work with Mother Nature, and not against her. You’d be surprised how much moisture your lawn can retain following a thorough summer rain. Make sure to set your timers and controllers properly.dripping2

Drip irrigation exceeds 90 percent efficiency whereas sprinkler systems are 50 to 70 percent efficient. It is so efficient that many water utilities exempt landscapes irrigated with drip from restrictions during drought.

Quick Facts…
* People interested in waterwise gardening should consider drip irrigation.
* Odd-shaped and narrow areas are easily irrigated with drip systems.
* Drip irrigation stretches water supplies and may be exempt from water restrictions imposed during drought.
* Drip irrigation equipment is readily available and can easily be installed.
* Common setup mistakes include not installing a filter or pressure reducer, use of overly long lengths of mainline, and adding too many drip emitters.
* Drip systems can be easily changed over time as plants grow and needs change. Use goof plugs to plug holes in mainline that are no longer needed.
* Fertigation can easily be included with minimal waste of fertilizers.

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Fertigation

Because of the way the water is applied in a drip system, traditional surface applications of timed-release fertilizer are sometimes ineffective, so drip systems often mix liquid fertilizer with the irrigation water. This is called fertigation; fertigation and chemigation (application of pesticides and other chemicals to periodically clean out the system, such as chlorine or sulfuric acid) use chemical injectors such as diaphragm pumps, piston pumps, or aspirators. The chemicals may be added constantly whenever the system is irrigating or at intervals. Fertilizer savings of up to 95% are being reported from recent university field tests using drip fertigation and slow water delivery as compared to timed-release and irrigation by micro spray heads.

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Contact us to schedule a free estimate on a system install or to find out what you can do to make your existing system more efficient. We welcome commercial and residential clients. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need to make a decision when purchasing your new system.

Winterize Your Sprinkler or Irrigation System

sprinklerheadDamage occurs when water freezes and expands inside sprinklers, pipes and valves. Therefore, enough water has to be drained from the system to prevent breakage before cold weather hits.

The durability of your sprinkler system is determined by the care it is given. If your sprinkler pipes freeze during the winter because they were not properly winterized, there is a chance that your pipes will either crack or your sprinkler heads will become damaged.

What We Do :

Our technicians will turn off the water supply, clear and prepare all the lines to prevent freezing, and leakage. The cost to make repairs on systems which have frozen is great and a bit of prevention each fall will ensure you are leak-free and ready to water your lawn and landscape in the spring.

1. Shut off water pressure to your irrigation system

2. Open main drain valve to drain out main line

3. Open drain valve inside electric valve box to drain lateral lines

4. Manually open all electronic valves to allow lateral lines to drain into mainline

5. Keep valve solenoids and bleeder valves open for winter

6. Open test ports on backflow device in order to winterize backflow device

7. Close gate valves on backflow device

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Sprinkler Blowouts – Why You Should Hire a Professional Service

Even small amounts of water trapped in a valve or pipe can expand enough during freezing weather to crack and damage your sprinkler system, and using high pressured air improperly through a sprinkler system can not only damage your system, but can also be dangerous.

  • Using an air compressor we will fully blow out and remove water that may be left in your pipes. This is essential to protect your system in freezing Nebraska weather.
  • We will ensure that your controller and system are shut down correctly.
  • Note that his procedure must be done correctly, and with the proper air pressure, or damage to your sprinkler system may result.
  • The system is reviewed as it is being winterized for heads that don’t work, are too low, are obstructed by landscaping, and need spring service.
  • Notes are made for items needing spring service and are shared with you.

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Sprinkler System Winterizing Tips
The weather conditions each year will determine the best time to winterize your sprinkler system. Although most of the system is underground and protected until the ground freezes, external parts like the back flow preventer and blow-out port can freeze from cold overnight temperatures. You will want to keep your system running as long as possible if you have new trees or have done a fall seeding.You should winterize as soon as you are sure you no longer need continual watering.

  • Complete aeration and seeding by Oct 15, and before winterizing your sprinkler system
  • Check your system to make sure all zones function before winterizing
  • Be sure all sprinkler heads appear to have full and even pressure indicating no heads are broken off and no pipe breaks exist.

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Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service here or call 402-934-7900 to schedule your winterization today. We welcome commercial and residential clients. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need.

Mid-Season–Conserve Water!

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Things can changes between Spring and Summer. Whether caused by kids playing in your yard or any of numerous home improvement projects (not to mention unpredictable weather), there are numerous things that can impact the effectiveness of your irrigation system. During July and August, our technicians can come out and ensure that your system is performing to optimum levels.

Mid-Season Inspection Includes:

Inspect over-all performance
Re-adjust sprinkler heads
Check for leaks and seeping
Adjust controller/timer for seasonal weather
Move, raise, or lower sprinkler heads due to changing landscape

Wasting Water is Costly

water-More than 40 percent of residential irrigation water is lost due to evaporation, runoff, overwatering, or improper system design/installation/maintenance. Save money, time and natural resources when you keep your system in tip-top condition with a mid-season inspection.

Cutting irrigation waste will make a huge positive impact on the environment. Read more about water conservation , find water conservation tips and news on other important water issues here. Put every drop of water to work by minimizing evaporation and waste.

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Make maintaining your yard easy and convenient:

You may want to consider going high tech with one of the newer ‘smart’ timers. These new devices strategically control when the system waters and they are designed to conserve water. These timers will automatically update your watering schedule to allow for changes in water needs throughout the year. A smart controller will automatically reduce the watering times as the weather gets cooler and less water is needed. Then as the weather begins to warm up, the controller will add more watering time. The way this typically works is that you set the controller for a default maximum watering time, based on the hottest time of year. Then the controller reduces that time amount by a percentage value when less water is needed.

Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service at (402) 934-7900 or visit our website to schedule a free estimate on a system install or to find out what you can do to make your existing system more efficient. We welcome commercial and residential clients. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need.

Sprinkler System Spring Start-Up Checklist

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With the warmer weather here, it’s time to begin your sprinkler system start up and start watering again. Turning on your sprinkler system for the season is a little more involved than just flipping a switch or turning a handle. This is the best time to run through the system and adjust or replace any misaligned or broken heads.

Run the entire sprinkler system, one zone at a time. As you do this, check for:

  • Clogged nozzles and sprinkler heads.
  • Signs of leakage, especially damage to sprinkler heads or piping which could have occurred over the winter.
  • Accurate spray patterns. Your sprinkler heads may need to be adjusted so they water your landscape and not sidewalks or pavement.

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Choosing a professional irrigation company to complete your start up is recommended for the following reasons:

  • Professionals are trained and experienced to find leaks that others may not notice.
  • They can suggest improvements or repairs for your irrigation system that will save you money.
  • Best of all, it’s a headache free experience that can save you a lot of time.

During a typical start up you can expect a professional company to complete the following tasks:

  • Turn on your irrigation system water source.
  • Check the whole system and backflow prevention device for leaks.
  • Ensure each zone is providing complete water coverage and adjust individual heads as needed.
  • If you have a rain sensor they will check on it to make it works properly.
  • Program the irrigation system controller with season appropriate settings.

Remember, it is always best to hire a qualified professional contractor when performing tasks like Spring Start-Up. Digital Rain Sprinkler System technicians  are experts in proper sprinkler system requirements. Our maintenance schedule will ensure a water-efficient system and years of trouble-free operation.

  • Checking lines and heads for leak
  • Checking heads for proper operation and adjusting as needed
  • Testing rain sensors (if applicable)
  • Setting control start and zone run times (for spring watering)
  • Completing minor repairs needed

Taking these simple steps for spring irrigation start up, you can avoid disastrous water wastes and replacing potentially expensive sprinkler parts. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need. Call us today 402-934-7900 or visit our website now.

Summer, here we come!

Save Time and Money… and Water!

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A professionally installed, automatic sprinkler system is one of the best investments you can make in your home. There’s no easier or more cost-effective way to beautify your home, increase its value, and save yourself time and money.

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Residential outdoor water use in the United States accounts for more than 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. Experts estimate that as much as 50 percent of this water is wasted due to over watering caused by inefficiencies in irrigation methods and systems. Irrigation control technologies can significantly reduce over watering by applying water only when plants need it.

 

Other Ways to Save

Smart Controllers act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system, telling it when to turn on and off. Use local weather and landscape conditions to tailor watering schedules to actual conditions on the site.

Water Deep Shallow watering only wets the soil surface and water doesn’t have a chance to soak in. This results in a shallow root base and allows the sun to steal your water through evaporation. The recommended amount of precipitation for lawn areas is 1/2″ of water every 3 days. The experts say 1″ of water weekly.  The result is a hardy lawn with a deeper root base that is less susceptible to environmental stresses.

Consider Drip Irrigation
Studies show that drip irrigation systems use 30 – 50% less water than conventional watering methods, such as sprinklers.

Rainwater Harvesting Collecting rainwater just makes sense: It conserves a precious resource and reduces water bills, including city sewer charges. You can avoid strict watering schedules while alleviating the demand on municipal systems. Using rainwater means no chemicals have been added. It is possible to reduce your fertilizer use and stay happy and healthy!

Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service to schedule a free estimate on a system install or to find out what you can do to make your existing system more efficient. We welcome commercial and residential clients. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need to make a decision when purchasing your new system.  402-934-7900