When should I turn on my sprinkler system?
When should I turn off my sprinkler system?
When is the best time of day to water my lawn?
Will over-watering damage my lawn?
What happens if my lawn doesn’t get enough
How much water does my lawn require?
Should I adjust my watering time throughout the year?
Should my sprinkler system need a tune up?
What is a rain sensor and is it helpful?
Will the installation and maintenance of a sprinkler system damage my lawn?
I’m having landscaping or construction
done, what should I do?
TROUBLESHOOTING QUICK GUIDE
Water Does Not Turn Off?
Turning Off Your Controller?
Turning Off The System At The
Constant Wet Area?
should I turn on my sprinkler system?
Spring turn on is scheduled by appointment only. Please contact us as early
as March so we can make arrangements for our skilled technicians
to come to your home. They will change your clock battery, go through
your system zone by zone and make any necessary repairs needed. Our
technicians will clean around all lawn heads due to lawn winter growth,
raise lawn and shrub heads to water areas properly. All timers for
irrigations will be set for spring weather conditions. Please contact
us for more information.
should I turn off my sprinkler system?
Winter shut offs are scheduled by appointment
only. Please contact us as early as October so we can make arrangements
for our skilled
technicians to come to your home. Winterizing will provide longevity
for your irrigation system. The objective of “winterizing” is
the removal of the majority of water from the main line and lateral
pipe. Water left in pipes, lawn, shrub heads, solenoid valves and
main feed line from house or well may expand and cause severe damage
and become costly to repair. “Winterizing” is done
with compressed air. Wells, cabanas, and systems with boaster
pumps require special attention for winterizing. Please contact
is the best time of day to water my lawn?
Early morning (before
sunrise) when water pressure is greatest, evaporation is minimal and
the lawn can absorb the greatest amount of water is the best time to
water your lawn. Avoid watering after sunset because water that does
not evaporate may cause disease. Do not water during the hottest point
of the day because the sun will evaporate the water before it can soak
the lawn. To water your lawn efficiently, it requires the right amount
of water, evenly distributed, at the right time. Please contact us
for more information.
over-watering damage my lawn?
Many lawns are damaged from excessive
watering. This causes the lawn’s nutrients to become diluted
and washed away. Over-watering also allows the lawn to become weak,
which creates shallow roots, causing it to become disease-prone and
weed infested. As a result, the lawn will require additional applications
of fertilizer. Please contact us for more information.
happens if my lawn doesn't’t get enough water?
If the soil
becomes too dry the lawn will not be able to satisfy its own needs.
This will cause the lawn to become weak and susceptible to changes
in color, disease and insect damage. Installation of a properly planned
irrigation system is the best way to water your property. For a free
estimate or more information please contact us.
much water does my lawn require?
The lawn requires enough water
to penetrate the depth of the roots. This should be at least one
inch per week. However, there are several things to consider
the type of soil, the season of calendar, sun and shade exposure.
There are three temperatures variables; spring, summer, and
fall all requiring
different settings. B & D RAIN SYSTEMS offers a summer program
to help you monitor these changes. We would re-evaluate your system,
adjust watering times due to climate changes, and adjust heads because
of lawn/shrubs growth. For a free evaluation of your system or more
information please contact us.
I adjust my watering time throughout the year?
Yes! It is
very important to understand that the needs of your lawn and plantings
changes throughout the year. During the spring it is cool and may
be wet, which would require less watering. During the peak
of summer time
it is necessary to water more. Evaporation is much higher and sun
exposure is longer. In fall the weather starts to cool down,
but may remain
dry. Watering is still required, but not as much as the summer. These
changes can most often be made by adjusting the amount of time that
each zone is on, or by either increasing or decreasing the watering
days each week. B & D RAIN SYSTEMS offers a spring, summer and
fall program to help you monitor these changes. For more information
on time clocks adjustments contact us or manufacturer’s website.
my sprinkler system need a tune up?
Lawn sprinklers work hard
and require maintenance. Shrubs grow and will block spray pattern,
which can cause puddling and create damage to shrubs. Shrub beds
expand over time and develop a canopy over lawn heads, which
pattern and causes puddling in that area. All of these changes can
happen suddenly with one year of growth. Having a lawn sprinkler
system is not a luxury anymore but a necessity, leaving you
with time for
yourself and others. Let us help you with all your needs to water
your property and take away that head ache. B & D RAIN
SYSTEMS skilled technicians would re-evaluate each zone and
provide the most efficient
way for your irrigation system to water your property. Please contact
us for more information.
is a rain sensor and is it helpful?
A rain sensor is a small
device that will turn the sprinkler system off in the event of a
major rainfall. It is most often installed on the outside of
a rain gutter
or in some other unobstructed place. Yes! It is helpful. The sensor
itself is set to turn off when a certain level of water is absorbed.
This will prevent the lawn sprinklers from turning on, which doesn’t
allow over watering. Once dry, the sensor automatically resets without
ever affecting your controller. There’s no better way to save
money and ensure that a system isn’t watering when it isn’t
necessary. Please contact us for more information.
the installation and maintenance of a sprinkler system damage my
Installation and maintenance of an in ground irrigation system
will not permanently damage your lawn. All installations are performed
with a professional crew who operate a machine that inserts the pipe
into the ground without creating a large trench in your lawn. Our
skilled technicians take into account how important your property
is. Any repairs
that are performed will be properly cleaned afterwards. B & D
RAIN SYSTEMS is committed to leaving your lawn looking as beautiful
found it. Please contact us for more information.
having landscaping or construction done, what should I do?
If you are adding, changing your landscaping, putting on an extension,
driveway, or installing a new pool it is important to contact us.
Doing any one of these things you may have to adjust your sprinkler
in order keep your new lawn or planting watered properly. By contacting
us right away we can assist you in making or planning your needs
before it’s too late. In general we recommend that you
or your contractor or landscaper contact us before any work is
done. If work has already
started and damage has occurred it is recommended that all irrigation
lines be left exposed or marked. Please contact us for more information.
|TROUBLESHOOTING QUICK GUIDE
|Water Does Not Turn Off?
When a part of the system stays
on well after it was scheduled to shut down, you know there
is a problem. Sometimes
the problem is an improperly set irrigation controller. In
other instances, there is a mechanical failure with a control
and the system will need to be turned off at the main water
source. Please contact your lawn sprinkler company to have
|Turning Off Your Controller?
Every type of controller, mechanical or digital,
will have some type of OFF position. Some makes of controllers
label the OFF position as RAIN OFF or simply RAIN. If turning
off the controller fails to shut the system down, you must go
to the main water source for the irrigation system. Please contact
your lawn sprinkler company to have problem repaired.
Off The System At The Water Source?
Every sprinkler system, if properly installed
according to local codes should have a separate cut off the
system. There may be a lever type handle or gate valve type
handles (something like large faucet handles). Don’t
be surprised if you find the handles either broken or partially
are notorious for twisting off due to corrosion. If the handles
are gone, you may still be able to turn off the water with
a pair of channel locks or vice grips. Once the crises are
you should call a professional repair technician to locate
and repair the problem. Some irrigation systems shut off valves
located outside in the water meter vault below ground or a
curb stop valve was used according to codes, these types will
special attention. Please contact your lawn sprinkler company
|Constant Wet Area?
If you have a wet spot in your lawn, first turn
on your sprinkler system to if you can spot any obvious problems.
Next, be sure your controller has not malfunctioned and that
you are not over watering. Turn your sprinklers system off at
the control panel for a couple of days to see if this corrects
the problem. If the problem persists, turn off the water at the
main water supply. If the leak is in your lawn sprinkler system,
the area should dry within a couple of days. Please contact your
lawn sprinkler company so a skilled technician can repair the
|When your electronic or digital controller
dose not operate properly and/or will not accept a program you
should try to clear the display. Remove the back up battery and
unplug the controller from the wall. After approximately 15 seconds,
re-power the controller and see if this solved your problems.
Sometimes these controllers are affected by a power surge that
causes the memory to scramble and you simply need to clear the
memory. If this fails to solve your problem, you need to call
an irrigation technician.