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Are You Feeling Pressured?

We’ve seen a dramatic increase in sprinkler system repairs to cracked valves and manifolds in houses west of 72nd Street, due to increased water pressure.

While Omaha has always had higher water pressure, we have recently found water pressure as high as 120 to 140 psi.  Optimal water pressure for your sprinkler system is between 60- 80 psi, so this higher water pressure is putting extraordinary pressure on your sprinkler system, thus causing the cracks and breaks.

If you do have higher than normal water pressure, you’re probably not seeing it inside your home, because regulators have been added to regulate the pressure of your indoor water, however in most cases they are placed after pipes that supply water to the sprinkler system.

If your sprinkler system is in need of repairs, and we suspect it might related to high water pressure, we will test your water pressure and let you know if we recommend that a regulator be installed.   Once the regulator is installed by a licensed plumber, we will make the repairs.  Please note,  if we find high water pressure and you still want us to make the repairs before you have a regulator added, a warranty won’t apply for cracks or future repairs.

If you have any questions, or suspect your sprinkler system is being impacted by high water pressure, please give us a call at 402-334-2625.

To Water? or Not to Water?

Spring in Nebraska usually means the weather changes every day.  Today we might have a monsoon, and tomorrow it will be sunny with the temperature in the triple digits.  This variance can play havoc with your lawn.  It is important to keep your lawn watered consistently, but how much is too much?  Under normal conditions we suggest watering 3 times a week and you want to water for a long enough period of time to water deeply,so you encourage the  roots to go deep. If you water every day for only 10 minutes, the roots won’t grow deep and when the heat of the summer really hits, you’ll have an even harder time keeping your lawn green because of the shallow roots.

So how much time should you water on each zone?  Rotor heads, which are the ones that turn back and forth, require the most watering time. If you have rotor zones set at 30 minutes, then the spray zones should be set at 15 minutes so that both areas are receiving the same amount of water.  This will provide about a 1/3 inch of water per run time.  An inch of water a week can be adequate, if we are also getting some rain from Mother Nature. And if we get more rain than that, like we have recently, you could water even less.

However, as the seasonal hot conditions become more frequent and we see less and less rain, you may want to bump up your watering schedule up to 6 times a week to provide 2 inches of rain.  In the hot windy conditions, like in the heat of the summer,  a yard can be dry just a few days after a 1 inch rain.  In addition to variances in the weather, your watering schedule depends on plant type (type of grass or landscaping), if your yard is in the sun or shade, and even the slope of your yard.

And one more important point:  You should be watering in the early morning, usually between 3:00 and 10:00 to make sure as much of the water as possible actually gets to the grass.  There is less evaporation due to wind and heat in the early morning hours.  Also consider that you want as much water volume as possible, so don’t schedule your sprinklers to water when it will interfere with showers, laundry or other household activities that use a lot of water.

To take the guesswork out of watering your lawn, consider adding an On-site Water sensor to your sprinkler system.  With this sensor installed you can save up to 50% of your outdoor water bill.  It waters based on actual weather readings from your property. When installed, we input, among other items, the type of sprinklers in each zone, plant types, soil type and degree of slope in your yard.  Based on all this information, each zone turns on only when weather conditions warrant it.   So you can rest easy, knowing your sprinkler system isn’t watering in the middle of a thunderstorm.

If you have questions about your particular yard or need help with getting adequate water coverage on your lawn, give us a call.  We’re here to help!