Thursday, April 19, 2012

Understanding Irrigation System Equipment

Understanding how your Orlando lawn sprinkler system works can give you a more secure feeling that your sod and plants will be properly watered. Miller Enviro-Care, an Oviedo based lawn care solutions company, can help educate you on your sprinkler system, install a new irrigation system and repair sprinkler problems.

The Irrigation System Controller.

An irrigation system controller is a timer that manages the operation of your sprinkler system. It can be programmed to turn different zones on and off at set times and days of the week.

Taking the time to read your irrigation system controller's manual or to have a professional irrigation system technician explain the basics of the system can help avoid unnecessary troubles. Doing so can also give you peace of mind knowing you'll be able to make small adjustments such as how to program start and stop times, control zones, turn the system on and off and what to expect in general.

Knowing the basics can help you avoid an emergency situation, for example - should you need to switch the power off to the controller in the event that the sprinklers will not shut off.

Although you should be confident in operating your irrigation system, be sure to remember that your irrigation controllers require high voltage to operate them, you should not have to remove any screws or take anything apart. If a malfunction of the controller is suspected, it should only be serviced by your irrigation professional.

Irrigation Sprinkler Heads.

If you already have a sprinkler system at your home or office, you may want to learn a little about the five common irrigation sprinkler heads.

Pop-ups are probably the most widely used irrigation head for residential and small commercial applications. They are designed to spray a continuous stream of water in one direction. These fixed spray heads are stationary and have no moving parts other than the pop-up stem in the center of the irrigation head making them inexpensive and simple to operate. They range in height from 2 inches to 20 inches.

Impact rotors can be recognized by the sound made by the swinging arm striking the body of the rotor. Reaching 20 to 150 feet and providing a single or multiple stream of water in an arc pattern, impact rotors are designed to cover larger areas than pop-up spray heads.

For small commercial lawns or residential yards of medium to large size, gear-driven rotors are probably the best choice. They are low in cost, quiet in operation and versatile, working better than pop-up spray heads in areas with slopes or clay because their lower precipitation rate increases infiltration into the soil. Gear-driver rotors typically require less maintenance because the enclosed body design prevents clogging of the drive mechanism from dirt and other debris.
For larger commercial properties, golf courses and parks large turf rotors with operating pressures from 50 to 100 psi allow them to cover a radius of up to 100ft, pushing out as much as 80 gallons of water per minute.

Valve Solenoids.

Valve Solenoids are electromagnetic devices that make irrigation system valves open and close - or more simply put, they turn the water on and off by zone. They are controlled by the irrigation system controller which sends an electrical impulse to the valve via a lead wire. While it's normal to hear the solenoid buzz softly when it's turned on, or a click when turned off, it is not normal to hear a loud buzzing sound. Should a zone not turn on and off properly or if you hear a loud buzzing noise, be sure to contact Miller Enviro-Care for servicing.

Miller Enviro-Care provides sprinkler installation and repair services for the entire Central Florida area, as well as education about your irrigation system.

Miller Enviro-Care has over 30 years of combined experience in Pest Prevention, Termite Protection, Irrigation Systems, Sod Supply and Lawn Care Solutions. Based in Oviedo, we are in business to protect the health, food, property and quality of our environment for customers throughout the Orlando area including, but not limited to Winter Springs, Casselberry, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Maitland, Lake Mary, Sanford, Apopka and Winter Park.

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