Qualified Garden Irrigation Installer in Victoria BC
Irrigation systems for your garden in Victoria BC
An irrigation system can be a useful tool when keeping a garden alive in Victoria BC. Our certified installers thrive on building and renovating irrigation to give you that perfect coverage without wasting water or giving you a water bill thats skyhigh.
Whether your looking for irrigation sprinklers in a new concept or a renovation of an existing installation, we can help you. From microjets to rotors, weather sensors to valves, we work with it all.
Contact our irrigation technicians today to get your design and quote.
Benefits of irrigation systems.
Did you know when you water plants manually only half of the it is utilised by the plants?. The rest of it gets wasted. While if you water your flowers with an automatic irrigation, you save a lot in several ways. Not only water but your time and money as well.
5 benefits of an irrigation system.
It enhances plant growth. Automatic irrigation sprinklers provide supplies with continuous in small amounts helping garden plants to flourish well. When you water the flowers and shrubs manually, there can be alot of it run off. This carries away essential nutrients from the soil is well with the water. To avoid this nutrient loss, you can get an automatic irrigation.
For example in drip irrigation, everything is given directly to the roots of the plants reducing wastage around your garden to unwanted plants, making it more efficient with irrigation. This is because you can control how much you give to the plants and into the soil therefore wasting less. They don’t require you to be home in order for it to run because it’s automatic and you don’t have to worry about whether the garden is getting enough if you are not home. This saves you time as well as money.
An irrigation system is a group of automated sprinklers for your garden that is underground. It gives you, as a homeowner, much more control over when your lawn is saturated and how much. The underground layout of pipes is buried 8-12 inches deep. There will be sprinkler heads that are placed around the garden in strategic locations to optimize your effectiveness and efficiency.
The sprinkler heads, valves and pipes work together as one big pressured unit. When the valve activates it allows it to pass through the pipe for a particular area and pushes the sprinkler heads above the ground while they spray, and when the vale closes everything stops, the heads retract below again. If you’re using them in a garden, these sprinkler heads can be installed with a portion of the sprinkler head above ground to avoid foliage blockages.
You will be able to control the garden valves and when they come on through an irrigation controller. It tells the valves when it’s time to open and close. An additional garden product that is also a great investment is a rain sensor. A rain sensor notifies the controller that the lawn doesn’t need to be irrigated due to rainfall. Depending on the model your rain sensor, you can have it delay irrigation clock times by up to 48 hours after a rainfall event.
Some of the benefits of these sprinklers are that they are convenient, and they can save you money in several ways. If you travel a lot or are away from home, having this installed can have excellent benefits as you do not need to worry about whether your yard is going to be irrigated or not.
Irrigation can save you money and help with conservation. When you water your lawn with a hose or an oscillator instead of sprinklers, it can be a massive waste of tapwater if not monitored, timed and adjusted correctly. If you over or overuse the hose, you can kill your grass or plants, which will cost time and money to replace. A properly designed and installed irrigation sprinkler setup can target specific areas, allow you to choose the required amount and time needed, and reduce your bill costs.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Should I Have My System Turned On?
Timing will depend on weather conditions, but typically we begin scheduling Turn On’s for the beginning of April. This does not mean that you will be watering the lawn! It simply allows us time to run through your system thoroughly and make any adjustments or repairs needed before the season begins. We then will set your controller to “Off” and when it’s time to use it, simply turn the system to “On”.
When Should I Have My System Turned Off?
Garden needs change and is different for everyone. If you have established turf and plants, we can turn your system off towards the end of September. If you’re planting new grass or plants in the fall, we can set the sprinklers for ideal running times and turn it off towards the end of October. We recommend that you have everything shut off by the beginning of November.
How do you determine the number of sprinkler heads in a zone?
Each irrigation unit is designed in zones around your garden based on the pressure (PSI) and velocity (GPM) that is available on the property. The type of sprinkler head used will also affect the design for your garden.
Do you offer Wi-Fi / Smart Controllers?
Yes. Many customers find these useful for the ability to control everything from a remote location. They are also popular for their water saving abilities, system alerts, and adjustments based on local weather forecasting. These can be added at the time of installation or to existing systems.
What is the best time of year to install an irrigation system?
We can install a new system at any point in the year, as long as the ground around the garden is not frozen and air temperature is above freezing. Ideally, it is best to install the sprinklers prior to installing a new lawn.
I’m on a well supply, does that make a difference?
Yes. It would need to be determined if the main supply from the well is sufficient to run the system. Other factors to consider are iron content and debris, which would a require filter system or chemical solution.
How long does it take to install a new sprinkler system?
Although each install will vary depending on the size and scope of the system, we allow about 5-8 days for the average garden sized install.
My system is off, but the sprinkler heads seem to be leaking. What should I do?
Depending on the contour of the land, residual water in the lines will flow out of the lowest point. If the head continues to leak after a few hours, the valve may need to be flushed. Call our company to schedule a service appointment.
My sprinklers won’t turn off, what should I do?
Typically valve could be stuck in an open position or there may be an error in the controller or timer settings. First, check the controller and turn the system off. If this does not solve the problem, find the shut off and close it. Call us immediately to schedule a repair.
When should sprinkler systems be blown out?
When blowout should occur depends on the region in which you live. Some regions begin blowout as early as August, and it can continue through early December, since ground temperatures cool slower than air temperatures.
Regardless of where you live, it is important to have your system winterized before the temperatures consistently fall below 32° F to avoid damage to your irrigation sprinklers and valves.
What kind of air compressor should be used for blowout?
The size of the job at hand helps determine what size portable air compressor is suitable. The Sullair 185 Series portable air compressor is most commonly used for winterizing irrigation systems at residences or small commercial sites.
When blowing out golf courses or large commercial properties, some companies use compressors as large as 900 or 1600 cfm.
What is the typical process for blowout?
The blowout process is a pretty quick process, typically only taking about 15 – 20 minutes, depending on the number of zones. General steps are as follows:
- First shut off the main supply to your garden irrigation sprinklers using the master shut off valve
- The contractor will remove the backflow valve
- Connect the air line to the irrigation sprinkler blowout connection
- Start up the compressor and run it continuously for 15 – 20 minutes, depending on the number of zones
- Seal off water lines to avoid debris from getting in there