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Denver Sprinkler Experts Share Common Mistakes to Avoid When Upgrading Your System


August 6, 2020

You rely on your home’s sprinkler system to keep your lawn lush and growing during the warmer months. While that system can last for many years with the proper care and maintenance from your trusted Denver sprinkle repair professionals, it will eventually need to be replaced. Selecting a new system may seem easy enough, but there are a few common mistakes that most homeowners make that can derail your yard’s growth and end up damaging your lawn. Here’s what you need to know so you can avoid making those mistakes yourself.

Choosing a Subpar System
Just because a sprinkler system is newer than the one you had on your property doesn’t mean it’s better than the system you already own. Instead of choosing the first replacement you can find, do your due diligence. Research the manufacturer and see if any other homeowners have experienced issues with the system or the manufacturer. Pay attention to repeat issues and concerns and make a note of the companies that stand behind their products. This will help you avoid choosing a system that will be nothing more than a headache down the road. 

Not Paying Attention to the Manufacturer’s Warranty
Most reputable sprinkler system manufacturers stand behind the quality of their products. This means they offer warranties to help cover the cost of repairs or replacements due to defects introduced in the manufacturing process. Unfortunately, the warranties differ dramatically from company to company. Some last for just a few months while others can last for several years. This means you’ll need to read up on the warranty for each system you’re considering to choose the right replacement for your home. Look at the details closely. 

See what you have to do to maintain the warranty, consider how long it lasts, and familiarize yourself with any other requirements you may need to fulfill to use the warranty in the first place. Keep in mind that almost all manufacturers require you to work with a licensed installation specialist. Otherwise, you’ll void the warranty before the system is installed. 

Not Checking Before You Dig
Almost every house has hidden pipes running underneath the grass and landscaping on the property. These pipes provide gas and water to your home so you can use your appliances normally. Though convenient, those gas and water lines pose a huge hazard when you’re installing sprinkler systems. If you damage one while digging to inspect your current sprinkler setup, you risk both the safety of your yard and your home.

The best thing you can do is call your local utility company and find out where the lines are located on your property. Mark those locations out before you do anything deep in the soil. If you’re not sure what to use, pick up flags or spray chalk at your local hardware store. You can use these to show the location and path of the lines so you can spot them at a glance when you’re working.

Trying to Install the Replacement on Your Own
Though installing a sprinkler system might seem easy enough, it’s actually an incredibly complicated process. You need to remove the old system first and check all water line fittings and connections for wear and tear. Then, you need to successfully install the new system, hooking it up to power and water properly. If you make a single mistake, you could end up doing serious damage to your yard, your water main, and even your home. 

Instead of trying to install the system on your own, you should always work with an experienced professional and let them handle the installation for you. They’ll make sure the system works properly and, as an added bonus, will preserve any manufacturer warranty without issue. Over the life of your sprinkler system, this can end up saving you hundreds of dollars. 

Not Zoning the Sprinkler Heads Properly
When sprinkler systems are installed correctly, your yard gets broken up into different zones. Those zones determine which sprinkler head waters which part of the yard. When the heads are zoned properly, they water your yard the right way and with the right amount of water. You won’t have to worry about overwatering certain areas. 

One of the biggest issues that homeowners face when looking to get the system installed quickly is not taking the time to make sure the sprinkler heads are zoned correctly. When you hire an experienced installation team, they’ll take care of this for you so you can focus on using your new sprinkler system without issue. Keep in mind that not all installation companies provide the same quality services. You’ll need to double-check when looking for experts to make sure they’re able to install the system and get things tuned up properly for you.

Neglecting a Rain Sensor
Though the Denver metro area is known for being a sunny part of Colorado, it does still get a fair amount of rainfall each year. That rain can help keep your grass properly hydrated so you can water less often. However, if your new system is incredibly basic, you could end up overwatering your yard during rainstorms.

Whenever possible, invest in a system with a rain sensor built in. The sensor monitors moisture levels in your yard and automatically shuts the sprinklers off or cancels the programmed watering session if the soil is suitably damp. While it may cost a bit more money to install the sensor right off the bat, it can save you hundreds on your water bill over the life of the system.

Need to Upgrade Your Sprinklers?
These are just a few of the most common mistakes homeowners make when upgrading their home’s sprinkler system. The easiest way to avoid making them yourself is to work with an experienced installation team from the very beginning. At Water Solutions Sprinkler Service, we’ll help you find the right replacement system for your home and your landscaping. Don’t wait. Request a free estimate today and see the difference that a new, high-quality system can make. 
 
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4 Common Causes of Low Water Pressure in Your Denver Sprinkler System


July 10, 2020

When you turn your sprinkler system on, you expect to see a strong spray pattern. This is what helps you keep your yard properly hydrated and thriving even when the weather is overly hot. When the water pressure drops, your sprinklers won’t be able to adequately water your yard and your plants will suffer. If you’ve noticed that the spray from your sprinkler heads is weak, don’t panic. It’s likely an issue that your Denver sprinkler repair team can fix quickly. You still want to understand what causes the low water pressure. These are a few of the most common causes.

1. There’s a Leak in the Water Line
Your sprinkler system receives its water supply from your home’s main water line. When the water line is in good condition, it maintains constant pressure which keeps the water flowing at the same rate you expect. However, if the water line has a leak—even a small one—it can cause the water pressure to drop. This is because water is seeping out and air is getting into the lines. 

There are a few things you can look for to see if you have a water line problem. Check the yard for abnormal wet spots between watering sessions. Look for water bubbling out in spots throughout the lawn and pay attention to the way each sprinkler head is working. If the pressure drops too low, some sprinkler heads may not receive water at all. 

It’s also a good idea to look at your water bills and see if they’ve been steadily increasing over the last few months without a clear reason. If so, you likely have a leak that’s wasting water and causing your bills to skyrocket.

If you notice any of these signs, call your sprinkler repair expert immediately. They’ll be able to make the necessary repairs so your sprinklers can start working normally. Even better, the sooner you get the leak repaired, the lower your water bills will be. 

2. The Sprinkler Heads Are Clogged
Anytime you mow the lawn, you generate tons of grass clippings and kick up dirt. Though some lawn mowers collect those clippings, others don’t and this can pose a serious problem for your home’s sprinkler system. All that plant debris will sit on top of the sprinkler heads. As they pop up and retract, the debris and clippings can get stuck inside the mechanism or inside the head itself. 

Over time, it’s common for debris to build up enough to block the flow of water or severely reduce it. When this happens, your sprinklers won’t put out enough water no matter how many times you run the cycle. 

Take a look at each sprinkler head and make sure the mechanism is clear of debris. If you notice dirt building up, gently remove it or scrub it away. This should get rid of any low pressure issues and will make your sprinkler system work normally in no time. If you can’t get rid of the debris or the problems continue, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Your repair technician may need to remove the head and clean it out more thoroughly.

3. Roots Are Growing Into Your Water Line
Trees and shrubs add a lot of value to your property. They make your house more eye-catching and can even help keep your home cooler during the warm summer months. However, they can pose a hazard to your water main. 

As those trees and shrubs grow, their roots spread throughout the soil and drive themselves deeper into the ground. Those roots are incredibly strong and can push rocks out of the way or even puncture your water line and grow into it. When this happens, you’ll end up with a clogged water main. 

Any obstruction to your home’s water line will decrease your water pressure. The same amount of water has to push past whatever is blocking the line, slowing the flow rate that your sprinklers are able to put out. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to repair this on your own. You’ll want to call your repair technician as soon as you can. 

4. The Main Valve Isn’t Open All the Way
As a responsible homeowner, you should always winterize your system. This process involves shutting off the water supply to your sprinkler system and blowing out any remaining moisture from the lines. When spring rolls around, all you have to do to get your system up and running again is to turn the water supply back on.

This is something you can easily do on your own. However, since those shut-off valves don’t get used very often, they can get sticky over time. When you go to turn on the water supply, you may think that you opened the valve fully. However, that doesn’t mean you did. If your water pressure has been steadily underwhelming since you turned your system back on, check your shut-off valve. See if it’s open all the way or if you accidently opened it only partway. 

If you did, turn the water supply back off and try opening it again. This is typically enough to break up any dust or sediment making the valve hard to operate. If it is open all the way, contact your repair technician. There may be a clog somewhere in the line and they’ll need to repair it before you can use your sprinklers the way you normally would. 

Get Your System Inspected
If you think your water pressure isn’t as high as it should be, don’t leave it alone for the rest of the summer. Schedule an inspection with Water Solutions Sprinkler Service and let our experienced technicians figure out what’s going on.

We’ll take a look at your entire system and troubleshoot the cause of your low water pressure. Once we find the cause, we’ll make sure to fix the problem once and for all so you can get back to using your sprinklers the way you always have. Contact us today to book an appointment. 
 
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Why You Need to Schedule Denver Sprinkler Repair Appointments A.S.A.P.


June 10, 2020

You rely on your Denver sprinkler system to keep your landscaping in great condition year after year. That’s why you take the time to maintain it and schedule regular inspections with your sprinkler repair experts at least once a year. However, no matter how well you care for your system, unexpected repairs will always pop up. When they’re minor and they aren’t causing major issues, it’s tempting to put those repairs off for as long as possible. Doing so isn’t in your home’s best interest. Here’s why you should get those repairs taken care of as quickly as you can. 

You’ll See Overly High Water Bills
Minor sprinkler system leaks may not seem like a huge deal. After all, when they’re leaking into the soil around your property, the dirt itself can typically handle the excess moisture. However, even those small leaks mean you’re using more water throughout the month.

Any excess water usage will show up in your water bill. The longer those leaks go on, the more water your home will get charged for and the more money you’ll end up paying on your utilities. Even if the leak isn’t causing problems with your landscaping, you need to get it repaired as soon as possible. Doing so will help you keep your water bills low and will make it easier for you to stay on budget. 

Waiting Will Lead to Worse Damage
It’s normal for small issues to be almost unnoticeable for a long time. In fact, many homeowners wont’ know something is wrong with their sprinklers until they see an inexplicable increase on their water bill. Unfortunately, leaving those minor issues unfixed can end up causing worse damage down the line.

Any leak, no matter how large or small, represents a flaw in your sprinkler system’s piping. As the leak continues, the materials around it get weaker, increasing your risk of an unexpected failure down the line. Once that happens, you’ll be in for a time-consuming and expensive repair that can interrupt your landscaping’s growth and leave you with an underperforming yard during the height of the growing season. 

Whenever possible, get those minor issues fixed as soon as you notice them. This will preserve the lifespan of your sprinkler system, your landscaping, and your monthly maintenance budget. 

Your Foundation Will Be Threatened
Water leaking out of your sprinkler system doesn’t just soak into the dirt around the yard. It can actually spread and threaten parts of your home if the leak is severe enough. Think of it this way: your home’s foundation sits directly on the soil itself. When the soil is relatively dry, the foundation has a firm surface to sit on. This helps keep your home from shifting and ensures that the floorboards stay level. 

However, as the soil beneath your home gets saturated with water, the support beneath the foundation gets weaker. This means the full weight of your house sits on that foundation and can end up causing stress and cracks in the cement. Over time, you’ll start to see structural damage that not only threatens the look of your home, but also impacts the safety of the structure itself.

By getting your sprinkler system repaired as quickly as possible, you’ll keep your foundation in good shape for years to come. 

It Can Damage Your Landscaping
You really can have too much of a good thing and water for your landscaping is one of them. Under normal circumstances, your sprinkler system will distribute the proper amount of water to your plants to keep them growing strong. However, when the system gets damaged and more water leaks out than your plants need, it can threaten their health.

Too much moisture in the soil often causes root rot and mold to form around your plants’ root systems. When this happens, the mold hurts your plants’ ability to get the nutrients they need from the soil. Over time, they’ll start to wither and die, leaving you with a bare and unattractive yard. 

Taking care of minor sprinkler repairs as soon as you notice them will help keep your plants in good condition. They’ll get the water they need when they need it without getting overwatered or having to deal with overly wet soil.

Your Property’s Value Will Go Down
Your home’s landscaping does a lot for your property value. When it looks great, your property will be worth more and will be more likely to attract qualified buyers. When it’s not growing well, your property won’t stand out and you’ll find it harder to command the same high asking price should you try to sell.

Fixing minor repair issues quickly is the best way to preserve your home’s property value. Your plants will look nicer and you’ll have something that other homes in the area may not be able to offer prospective buyers: a functioning state-of-the-art sprinkler system. 

If you leave even minor issues unrepaired, it’s only a matter of time before they start causing major problems for the rest your system and your yard. 

Keeps You In Good Standing with the HOA
If you have a homeowners association, you know that they often have strict requirements and rules about how your front yard can look at any given time. Leaving your sprinkler system unfixed can end up earning you fines and citations in a matter of days. 

Worse, those fines can increase over time and if you wait to get your system fixed too long, you could end up spending hundreds of dollars that you normally wouldn’t just to satisfy the HOA. Taking care of the repairs quickly will help you stay on your HOA’s good side. 

Schedule a Repair Appointment Now
If you think that your home’s sprinkler system is damaged or notice that your water bill is creeping up for no reason, don’t wait. Contact us to schedule an inspection and let our team get your sprinkler system back up and running like new. We’ll make sure your yard will look its best at all times. 
 
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5 Fantastic Types of Grass for Denver Lawns According to Your Trusted Sprinkler Installation Pros


May 19, 2020

Before you can rely on your Denver sprinkler system to do its job well, you need to make sure you have the right grass for your property and your home’s aesthetic. Believe it or not, there are many different types of grasses that work perfectly for most homeowners, but finding the best option for your property with so many choices available can be challenging at best. Here are some of the most popular and easy-to-grow grass types that work great in the Denver climate and benefit most from high-quality sprinkler systems.

Kentucky Bluegrass
Kentucky bluegrass is what most people think of when they imagine having a lush and beautifully green lawn. It grows quickly and doesn’t require a lot of care and attention to keep the blades looking great. It’s one of the hardiest varieties out there meaning it grows well during the full growing season, often starting to show color early in the spring and lasting well into the late fall. 

The grass goes dormant during the winter, but typically comes back just as strongly once the weather starts to warm up. Since it grows quickly, it’s easy to repair any bare patches throughout the year. However, it’s not without its maintenance needs. You’ll want to aerate your Kentucky bluegrass lawn at least once a year and may need to remove the thatch buildup throughout the growing season. 

It also needs regular mowing as it will grow quickly with regular watering sessions. This could leave you spending more time maintaining your lawn during the summer than you may like. That said, the payoff is a lawn that can easily withstand drought conditions without suffering extensive damage.

Perennial Ryegrass
Perennial ryegrass is incredibly durable and comfortable making it a great option for homeowners that use their lawn to keep the kids entertained and active. The grass doesn’t crush easily underfoot and can stand up to frequent wear and tear common with lawn games and activities. The blades are particularly robust and won’t turn brown if kids and animals spend more time on the lawn than they do inside. 

Though it’s incredibly durable under heavy foot traffic, it’s not the most ideal for homes with pest problems or lawns in areas with frequent plant disease outbreaks. The blades can and will get damaged by mold, mildew, and insects but as long as you stay on top of regular maintenance and contact a landscaping professional as soon as you see early signs of damage, the grass will thrive.

The grass isn’t incredibly fast growing, so you shouldn’t have to spend too much time mowing it over the weekends. Since you’re not mowing it all the time, you won’t have the same amount of thatch buildup that you would with Kentucky bluegrass, saving you time on regular maintenance tasks.

Fine Fescue
If you’re lucky enough to have tall shade trees in your yard, you know that certain varieties of grass just won’t grow well beneath the trees. This doesn’t mean you have to settle for bare patches in your lawn. You just need to choose the right type of grass. Fine fescue is the best choice.

It naturally thrives in high shade environments and doesn’t need carefully prepared soil to take root. Most homeowners with sandy yards or otherwise poor soil conditions find fine fescue grass easy to grow and maintain. 

Keep in mind that fine fescue will need some regular maintenance. You’ll want to be mindful of underperforming areas and establish a consistent watering schedule to make sure it grows properly. However, since it does well in shade, it’s not very fast-growing, meaning you won’t have to mow as frequently. 

Tall Fescue
Like fine fescue, tall fescue does well in yards with partial or even full shade. Once the grass is established, the roots spread up to four feet deep in the soil, helping retrieve nutrients from the dirt without forcing you to fertilize or treat the lawn. Even better, the long roots help hold the soil in place, making tall fescue ideal for homes and landscapes that struggle to manage erosion. With the roots in place, you won’t have to worry about losing half your landscaping after a heavy rainstorm. 

Like fine fescue, this grass does well in different soil conditions and can grow properly for years without intense maintenance. Even better, it will continue to grow well during the spring and late fall months, giving your yard more color and personality for longer. 

However, the soil does need to have proper drainage. If it stays too damp or wet for too long, it will cause the roots to mold, leaving you with an underperforming lawn. To keep tall fescue in good condition, you will need to monitor the lawn for patchy spots and spread more seed to fill those areas in.

Buffalo Grass
Buffalo grass isn’t ideal for every home in the Denver area. This is because it typically does better in lower elevation areas. If your home is below 6,500 feet in elevation, which most of the metro area is, buffalo grass can do incredibly well. Its thick blades give a beautiful texture and color to any home, but they’re not ideal for high-traffic areas. Too much activity will crush the blades and leave you with an underperforming lawn.

If you’re considering planting buffalo grass on your property, try to incorporate it into a side yard or a part of your landscape design that doesn’t see much use. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the color it provides without having to constantly maintain it or repair damage.

The Right Grass Needs the Right Sprinkler System
Once you find the right type of grass for your home’s lawn, you’ll need a way to keep it properly hydrated throughout the year. Save yourself the headache of hauling heavy hoses or watering the lawn by hand. Contact our team to schedule an estimate and see for yourself just how easy maintaining a yard with an automatic sprinkler system can be. We’ll help you find the right system for your home and your budget.
 
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Denver Sprinkler Experts Share How to De-Winterize Your Sprinkler System This Spring


May 1, 2020

It’s normal to get snow well into May in the Denver area. Some years, there might even be a surprise snowfall into the first few weeks of June. This means you might not quite be ready to start using your Denver sprinkler system at your home. If you did the right thing and winterized your system, you’ll be in good shape for those next few freezing nights. However, once the weather warms up, you’ll want to de-winterize your system so you can start using it immediately. Here’s what you need to do to get your home’s sprinkler system ready for the warmer weather.

Take a Walk Around Your Yard
Before you can really assess the condition of your sprinkler system, you need to take a look at the rest of your yard. Make sure the sprinkler heads are uncovered and remove any leaves or debris that might interfere with their ability to pop up when you turn the system on. 

If you’re not sure where your sprinkler heads are, look for low-lying areas in your yard. Those depressions are often the locations for your sprinkler system heads. Use a thick pair of gardening gloves or leather gloves to remove any debris from around the sprinkler heads. You’ll also want to do this throughout the growing season to give your yard the best chance to produce the growth you love. Keeping those areas clear will help keep your sprinkler system running smoothly and efficiently throughout the warmer months. 

Look at Drainage Areas
When Denver does get rain, all that water may not be able to soak into the soil fast enough. When this happens, you need to make sure there’s a designated place for that excess to go. Otherwise, you risk oversaturating your grass which can lead to mold growth in the soil. Once there’s mold, your grass and the rest of your landscaping won’t be able to grow well.

Find the designated drainage areas in your yard. These may be gravel spots that lead runoff away from your house or French drains in the lawn itself. Inspect those areas thoroughly. If you see buildup of debris and plant matter in those spots, clear it away completely. You need the drainage areas to be clear before you turn your sprinkler system on in the spring. If you notice any damage around those spots, contact your landscaping specialist and let them repair the damage as soon as possible.

Take a Look at the Weather
Sprinkler systems get winterized for a reason: the water lines running underground can freeze and burst. The repairs are costly and can derail your springtime landscaping goals entirely. The best thing to do before you turn your system on and de-winterize for good is to check the weather for the next few weeks.

Ideally, the lows should all be above freezing for the foreseeable future. If you see temperature drops predicted in the forecast, consider waiting another week or two to turn your system on. Keep in mind that light freezes shouldn’t be enough to hurt your system. But if the temps drop low enough and the ground starts to freeze again, you could have a serious problem on your hands. 

Check the Visible Components 
You never know what types of damage might pop up over the winter months. When you’re spending as much time inside as you can, it’s normal to not pay attention to possible damage when it first happens. That’s why you should take the time to inspect the visual components of your sprinkler system as thoroughly as possible.

Check the exterior pipes and fixtures for cracks and corrosion. Look at the main water line access point and make sure there aren’t any visible leaks. If you notice anything that looks unusual or feel that your system might have underlying issues, get them repaired as soon as possible. The sooner you get them fixed, the less likely the damage is to spread. Remember, running your sprinkler system with damaged water lines and components can result in more costly and extensive damage. 

Consider a Tune-Up
Sprinkler systems are meant to get used. This is what helps keep the components working and properly lubricated year-round. However, sitting idle during the winter months can cause a bit of wear and tear to your system. While the wear and tear likely won’t be bad enough to cause serious problems during the spring and summer, it can shorten the life of your sprinkler system by several years if allowed to get worse.

Instead of taking chances, schedule a tune-up with your sprinkler repair team. They’ll be able to make sure each component is in good condition and ready to provide your landscaping with the water it needs when you turn it on. As an added bonus, they’ll be able to spot minor repair issues and fix them before they have a chance to do serious and long-term damage to your system. 

Turn It On
Once you’ve done your due diligence and made sure your sprinkler system is ready, turn it on. Let it run through a full cycle and make sure the spray is landing where you want it to. If it’s not, let your sprinkler repair technician adjust the heads for you. Pay attention to the way the system sounds. If you notice anything that sounds off or see that a head is sticking, get it repaired before you start your springtime landscaping projects. 

Sprinkler systems are the best way to water your lawn reliably and thoroughly during the warmer months, but they need a little TLC to work properly for years to come. Follow these steps and get your system ready for the growing season once the temperatures start to rise.

If you notice anything wrong or just want a pro to take a look at your system to make sure it’s ready to go, don’t wait. Reach out to Water Solutions Sprinkler Service and let our experts inspect, tune-up, or repair your system as needed. We’re here to help you keep your grass growing strong month after month.
 
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