How Winterization Can Save You a Fortune in Repairs

Although we would rather not think of it, cold winter weather is right around the corner. Winter comes with its benefits – hot chocolate, snow sports, holidays – but it also can bring some destruction. Even the mildest of winters in the Northeast bring freezing temperatures, which can be bad news for your irrigation system.

Winterization allows your irrigation system to be ready for the season. To prevent your lawn sprinkler system from being damaged, it is important to thoroughly drain the water from the pipes. If you don’t, the water in the pipes can freeze, causing it to expand as it turns to ice and crack the pipes. There are several draining techniques:

• the manual drain

• the automatic drain

• the compressed air blow-out

The best method to use depends on the set up of your lawn sprinkler system. If you are not trained in winterizing your sprinkler, we strongly recommend hiring a professional – we’re happy to help!

The manual drain method requires that your manual drain valve is installed at the lowest point on your system’s mainline. If your system’s mainline has multiple low points, be sure that you have additional manual drain valves installed where water may collect, and not overflow. The mainline should also be sloped properly to drain. If your drain point is inside the home, be sure that you have a sizeable container to accept the volume of water without flooding.

The automatic drain method is to be coupled with the manual drain of the mainline. Automatic drain simplifies the process (if you have automatic valves) by draining every time the sprinkler system is active.

The compressed air blow-out can help ensure that there is no excess water in the pipes. It is very important that you are knowledgeable about the process as well as your system because excessive air pressure can cause a lot of damage. Air pressure should not exceed 50 pounds per square inch of air pressure at any time.

To ensure your safety as well as that of your lawn sprinkler system, please contact us regarding winterization services at 203-629-8050.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner! Below are a few tips included in our recent Newsletter to ensure a safe and fun time.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

  • · Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Make sure your kids know that they are never to go into a stranger’s house.
  • · Remind your kids to be careful when you cross streets and stress that they must look both ways.
  • · If your kids are old enough to be out without a parent, make sure you know their plans so you can keep track of them on Halloween night.

Costume Safety

  • · Purchased costumes should be made of flame-retardant material.
  • · Every trick-or-treater should have a flashlight or glow stick for safety in the dark.
  • · Make sure costumes and masks fit well, with eyeholes that allow for clear sight and no dragging capes or dangling pieces that cause you to trip.

Candy Safety

  • · Examine candy for choking hazards and tampering before eating [2]. Parents get first dibs on the best candy as a reward for taking kids out to trick-or-treat.
  • · Never, ever feed Halloween candy to your pets. Dogs are especially sensitive to a chemical in chocolate and it can be deadly for them.

House and Yard Safety

  • · Good outdoor lighting is the key to safe trick-or-treating. A well-lit entry welcomes little ghosts and vampires and directs them to where you plan to hand out candy.
  • · Accidents with candles are the leading cause of Halloween mishaps so make sure that you keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and porches where they can accidentally be knocked over or touch a costume.
  • · Consider using a flameless LED light or battery operated candle to avoid the issue of candles altogether.

Please visit the website Halloween-Safety.com for many more safety tips and ideas for a secure Halloween.

5 Tips to Prepare Your Lawn Sprinkler System For The Fall

Fall is here! This means pumpkin-flavored everything and of course, seasonal lawn sprinkler maintenance. Here are a few tips to ensure that your system is healthy and won’t give you problems in the spring:

  • Back Flow Checkup: If your sprinkler system is automatic, it is important to have your backflow connection checked annually. Contact your water provider if you are due for a checkup.
  • Check Sprinkler System Function: You may have been busy during the summer to notice any issues, so now is a good time to walk around your lawn and make sure that your system is functioning properly.  Take note if the sprinkler is watering the sidewalk or if there is a possible leak, indicated by a pool or damp spot on the lawn.
  • Winterize! Winterization is extremely important in order to ensure that your sprinkler system is safe throughout the season. Our trained experts can help ensure that this process is completed correctly, potentially saving you a lot in repairs.
  • Rain Sensor: If you don’t already have one, this tool can help you save money and water. The sensor shuts off the sprinkler once a preset amount of rain has been reached.
  • Clear Debris: To prevent overflow, clear debris from your gutters.

Please contact us to schedule seasonal maintenance at 203-629-8050.

Xeriscape: Planting For Water Conservation

Xeriscape is not a character from a science fiction movie, but it is a useful tool in beautifying your lawn with water conservation in mind. In Connecticut, we are prone to dry summers (well, maybe not lately!) so in order to use water efficiently, it is wise to partake in xeriscaping. Xeriscape, pronounced ZEER-is-cape, is planting native plants that are drought resistant and thus, require less watering and in many cases, low maintenance. This means less money and effort spent on fertilizing, landscaping, and water!

Below are several plant recommendations for your xeriscape garden:

Perennials:

–        Joe Pye Weed

–        Butterfly Weed

–        Moss Phlox

Ornamental Grass – Butterfly Weed:

–        Switchgrass

Ground Cover:

–        Creeping Juniper

–        Bearberry

Shrubs:

–        Inkberry Switchgrass

–        Blueberry, lowbush

Herbs:

–        Sage

–        Thyme

–        Lavender

History of the Lawn Sprinkler Systems

The “lawn” as we know it, enjoyed by families for recreational purposes, was first relished by the wealthy of Europe in the 18th century. As lawns became more popular, it became necessary to provide water to areas where rain could not maintain them.

The first lawn sprinkler US patent was registered to J. Lessler of Buffalo, New York (#121949) in 1871, which was activated with the help of gardening hose. In the twentieth century, the rotating sprinkler heads were made out of aluminum tubing, plastic, rubber and watered lawns across America. These sprinklers had adjustable oscillating heads with a metal arm that sprayed out water in an adjustable fan shape to an area up to 600 square feet (55.7 sq. meters).

As the awareness of water conservation grows, water efficient technology is being implemented and more customers are concerned with creating water efficient layouts for their lawn sprinklers. Summer Rain Sprinklers understands that water conservation on a global scale starts in your backyard. We use water efficient systems and our design team is well educated in how to properly design your lawn sprinkler layout so that you save water and save money. After all, your sidewalk doesn’t need watering!

5 Tips On Water Efficiency At Home

One of the best ways to be more efficient in your home is to educate your family on how they can save more water and why it is important. Below are 5 tips that can help you get on the road to water efficiency!

#1 Use as little water as possible in cooking. It also helps retain more nutrients!

#2 We all accidentally drop ice cubes – don’t throw them in the sink! Instead, put them in a house plant instead!

#3 Set your washer to the appropriate amount of laundry you are doing.

#4 While brushing your teeth, turn off the water.

#5 Reward kids for being water-efficient!

 

Following these tips consistently can help you family realize the importance of being water efficient everywhere they go and overtime, it can do wonders for your wallet!

New Water Well in Greenwich? It Must Pass Through These Tests

With the latest contamination found in well water in Easton, CT, more people are asking themselves, “Is my tap water safe to consume?”

First, if you are getting your water from the city, it is safe to assume that your tap water is safe as it goes through various treatments before it gets to you. Individuals who receive their water through a well can have their water tested to help put their minds at ease.

When a new water well is drilled in Greenwich, it must pass numerous test before being deemed safe to consume. If you have an existing well, many of the same tests and solutions will be offered to you as listed in the PDF below, found on greenwichct.org

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Water Efficiency On Your Lawn – It’s All About Design

Since 1981, Summer Rain Sprinklers has spent so much time with lawns, it’s only natural that we would go “Green”.

While water efficiency is a global issue, fixing it starts in your home. The biggest water usage in one’s home during the warmer months is typically the water used by the lawn irrigation system. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With the proper new design or retrofit of your existing lawn irrigation system, we can help your system be 60-70% more water efficient!

In our experience, we have found that while water efficient equipment can be of great help, without proper design and installation, it can be as inefficient as any other equipment. This is why we ensure that our team is well-trained in properly structuring or restructuring your lawn irrigation system as well as knowledgeable about the latest, eco-friendly technological advances in the industry.

One of the benefits of proper design is ensuring that you are not watering the sidewalk as pictured below. Not only is it a nuisance to people passing by, but it is an immense waste of water. This is something that can be easily prevented with proper design or retrofit:

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From our design of the layout for your lawn irrigation system to our thorough maintenance check-ups, we make sure to keep your lawn eco-friendly, which helps keep your water bill low.

Call us at 203-629-8050.

How Much Water Is Needed to Feed the World

Did you know that agriculture consumes 70% of fresh water? With staggering facts as such, we have to wonder: how much water are we eating?

The infographic below has information that may surprise you, but we hope it also makes you think about solutions to this worldwide problem. Some of the items on your plate which require a lot of water to grow, include:

–        Wheat

–        Corn

–        Sunflower

–        Soybean

–        Grapes

–        Barley

While crops vary by region of the world, there are solutions we can employ, starting with awareness. Sensing equipment, enhanced crop protection and other improvements in irrigation are actively helping improve our water usage and crop yield.

But you can also help at home, by ensuring that your lawn irrigation system is properly designed, installed and maintained. To find out more, give us a call: 203-629-8050.

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