Happy Thanksgiving


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Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and is able to spend it with friends and/or family like I will be! Not much I can really tie sprinkler parts up with when it comes to eating turkey, however we do have some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals going on. Save 5% on all major manufactures (Rain Bird, Hunter, etc.) and many other deals!

Check out this funny video y’all can enjoy while you are cooking and playing games: 

The Turkey Twerk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbaPpKfg9sE

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Broken Septic System


Broken Septic System

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Now I know no one likes talking about a septic system… I mean it’s poop, that’s what it comes down to…. However when that poop is all over your yard you might change your mind. I bet that’s why you are reading this right now isn’t it!? I figured just as much. You want to know first if you can fix it yourself, and second if not how much it’s going to cost, right?

1. No

2. A Lot

Once your conventional system fails, most home owners are recommended by professionals to install an aerobic septic system. These systems have a 98% clean out of the tank when applied with their irrigation system. You are really hitting two birds with one stone,  a fertilized lawn and getting rid of your poo.

Of course an aerobic system is not cheap, but it will last between 40-60 years and maybe even longer if you keep up on annual maintenance and treat her nice. No chemicals or any “foreign” objects. There is oxygen loving natural bacteria in your tank that feeds on the…um… effluence… and it cannot digest your child’s army figurines.

Shop around for a quality, cheap septic cleaning company. You need someone that knows their stuff, but you also don’t want to pay that much. Most homeowners don’t factor in the annual cost for a septic system or the debt they might incur if their system fails. Installing a new one yourself is almost always out of the question since it requires a lot of knowledge experience and is a huge hassle if installed incorrectly.

You may be out of luck, but after following my tips you can dig yourself out of that disgusting effluent-filled hole and go find a reliable aerobic septic system.

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Mulching and Composting Your Autumn Leaves


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Have you considered cutting down the beautiful maple tree in the front yard because it drops enough leaves every Fall to fill your entire house? Does it take you three weekends to gather all the leaves and take them to the dump? Instead of throwing them away, put them to work by composting or mulching them.

Leaves are the most cost effective and one of the best things to compost with, and most people don’t even know it. However, when you leave the leaves whole they can take a long time to decompose… in fact I’ve seen them ruin a lawn if left for the entire winter.

If you purchase a mulcher or composter you can easily break down the leaves, twigs, and other yard debris.

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You can rent or buy a mulcher or even mow over them a few times and leave them on your lawn. It may not look nice for a week or so but your lawn will benefit immensely from the broken up leaves.

Composting

Composting and recycling yard debris has been gaining popularity recently, mostly because it is organic. It also enriches your soil, which improves soil quality and enables it to better retain nutrients, air and moisture which will lead to better plant health. Pound for pound, leaves of most trees contain twice as many minerals as manure.

Sprinkler Warehouse offers a wide variety of commercial grade compost systems, as well as home composting systems.

Winterization Time


Cold WinterOh Boy, here at Sprinkler Warehouse we have people running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to make sure that everyone is able to winterize their irrigation systems before the first freeze. Fortunately here in Houston we might go the entire winter not having to winterize, but do you really want to take that risk??

I will go over exactly what you will need to do in order to get your pipes and backflow devices prepared for the cold weather that may or may not lie ahead… you know with that global warming maybe we will all be sitting by the beach sipping cold drinks in January!

In Cold Climates:

Insulating your irrigation system’s backflow preventer will be the most important step to take when winterizing in a cold climate. In cold climates, occasional late and early season freezes occur and can damage your equipment. Using a small amount of self-sticking foam insulating tape – without blocking the drain outlets or the air vents – should be sufficient. Otherwise, try using some R-11 fiberglass insulation. Wrap it around the backflow preventer, then use duct tape to secure a plastic bag around the whole thing. Don’t secure it too tightly – just tight enough to keep it from blowing off.

In Moderate Climates:

Far fewer steps are required in a moderate climate where it does not freeze, or only freezes for a few hours at a time. The water supply must still be shut off and you will also need to shut down the timer or controller as well. The timer may be set to “rain mode,” especially if it is a solid state, digital display controller. Doing this can save you a great deal of time and means that you won’t have to reprogram the entire thing when spring rolls back around. Gear-driven rotor sprinklers that are above ground must be drained, or the water can freeze, expand and damage them. If the water doesn’t drain out on its own, a drain valve will need to be installed on the sprinkler supply line. Otherwise, you can remove the rotors and shake them out thoroughly; in that case, you should then store them for safekeeping until spring.

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Difference Between the Three Methods of Winterization?

The most important step of the winterization process is removing the water from the system’s pipes and sprinklers so that it doesn’t freeze, expand and burst everything. There are a few different ways of approaching the problem: using a shop vacuum to suck all of the water out (a very time-consuming and aggravating process), draining the water out via the system’s drain valves or using air to blow all of the water out (also known as a sprinkler system blow out)

  • Manual Drain Valve- This method is required if your manual drain valve is located at the lowest point. Your manual valve will either be a ball valve, stop and waste valve, or a globe valve. Make sure that after the water has drained out of the mainline you drain the water that is between the shut off valve and the backflow device. This will not remove the water from your backflow device or your sprinklers. Open the test cocks on your backflow device to enable the water to flow out. If your sprinklers have check valves make sure to raise them so that the water drains out.
  • Automatic Drain Valve Method- Drain Valves are typically located on the ends and low points of your sprinkler system. They drain the water when the PSI is below 10PSI. Activate a station to release pressure and to get the automatic drain valves going. This method saves a great deal of frustration. As with the other methods you will need to drain the water out of the backflow device and your sprinkler heads. In some instances you might have both a manual and an automatic drain valve. If this is the case you have to follow the above method for manual drain valves as well.
  • “Blow Out” Method- Extreme caution must always be taken when blowing out an irrigation system with compressed air. Compressed air can cause serious injury from flying debris. Always wear approved safety eye protection and do not stand over any irrigation components (pipes, sprinklers, and valves) during air blow out. Serious personal injury may result if you do not proceed as recommended! It is best for a qualified licensed contractor to perform this type of winterization method. For a complete step-by-step guide on how to use the “blow out” method follow this link: http://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com/How-to-Winterize-in-Cold-Climates-s/7950.htm

*Sprinkler Warehouse recommends contacting a professional for any winterization tips and deals for blow outs since this is the most dangerous method if done without a professional.

Now that you know the steps to winterizing your irrigation system, it is important to take the necessary steps for your home and budget. Before I leave y’all, here is a picture that we won’t see down south but basically gets the point across as to why you should winterize everything this is in someone’s garage!

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Veteran’s Day November 11, 2013


Happy Belated Veteran’s Day! Yes we forgot to post yesterday, can you believe that!? We deeply and truly respect our veterans and on no part was it intentional to not write a praise post about how much our vets mean to us. Sometimes you just gotta work ya know?? So let’s pretend it’s November 11, 2013 (a MONDAY of all days) and say a few words about our veterans around the world.

In November 1919 President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

With the end of World War I all veterans were able to come home and the “war to end all wars” was over. America celebrates this day with parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of businesses… so this is why we didn’t post yesterday… we were supposed to be off work!

The observance of Veterans Day not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We hope all the veterans had a great day yesterday and know that we are forever grateful for all of your sacrifices.

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