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My Sprinkler Head Won’t Pop Up?

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 15, 2012

So you have an automatic irrigation system with sprinkler heads that pop up to water your yard. However, you notice that one of your sprinkler heads won’t pop up. Let’s trouble shoot to figure out what’s wrong:

1. Is Water Pressure To Blame?
Each city or municipality will regulate their water pressure however they please. They may lower water pressure to a particular area at a specific time of day due to high demand. They have the best interest of all property owner’s in mind and want to make sure that they have water supply to all in lieu of high water pressure to some. I guess it makes sense unless you are the person trying to get your sprinkler head to pop up, LOL.

2. Is There A Broken Pipe In Your Area?
Look around. Has there been any new trees, shrubs or landscaping installed in your area? Has there been a fence repaired or installed recently? Have there been any repairs to or installs to the utilities in the area? If there is a broken pipe there is an interruption of water flow. There needs to be water flow to make your sprinkler head pop up. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape can make repairs to your irrigation system and fix broken pipes.

3. Is There Debris Caught In The Lines Of Your Irrigation System?
Various forms of debris can get caught in your irrigation lines. If you have turned your system completely off (this is a big no-no) then sediment may have settled in the bottoms of your pipes. When your system is turned back on the sediment gets flushed into your pipes and up through your sprinkler heads. The sediment may exit the sprinkler head or clog it. A clogged sprinkler head usually won’t pop up. If you are on a dual water system there are elements that can clog your sprinkler heads like snails, stickers from fruit and other small elements that have made their way into the reclaimed water system.

4. Does Your Sprinkler Head Need Cleaned or Repaired?
Your sprinkler head may just need cleaned out. Your sprinkler head also has a seal around it that keeps the water from leaking out around the head and spraying out into your grass. If the seal is broken or damaged it may interfere with the sprinkler head popping up. Call a certified sprinkler repair company like R & R Sprinkler to repair or replace the sprinkler head. Your lawn maintenance company may not repair or replace a sprinkler head unless they have a specialty contractors license.

If you have questions or need a sprinkler head repaired please contact us for a free estimate. We do offer a variety of sprinkler system maintenance contracts that will check for all of the above items.

Battery Back Up For Your Estero Sprinkler Timer

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 12, 2012

Thunderstorms in Estero Florida are a regular occurrence in the summer months. With thunderstorms comes lightning strikes. Because lightning is not particular where it strikes it’s a real possibility that it may strike your home.

If lightning strikes your home it usually will trip your ground electrical outlets. This is exactly what your GFI’s are supposed to do during a lightning strike. It protects the entire electrical system for your house.

The timer the operates your automatic sprinkler system at your Estero home is required to be plugged into a GFI outlet. If the GFI is tripped then there is no electrical service to your irrigation timer. Not only will you not have power to your sprinklers but all of the programs that you have entered into your timer will be erased.

The short term solution to this problem is to install a battery back up in the timer for your irrigation system. This will ensure that your sprinkler timer still has power and will still know to turn your system on for the programs that were not erased because you installed a battery back up. Sounds like a win-win situation for everyone, especially if you don’t like having to re-program your lawn sprinkler timer. A battery back up for a sprinkler timer is usually just a simple 9 volt battery bought from the local Lee or Collier County Florida hardware store.

The battery back up is only a short term solution. If you are a seasonal resident in Estero and will do not have someone checking your battery back up and GFI outlets at your house on a regular basis you may want to consider an irrigation maintenance contract from R & R Sprinkler. We offer a healthy menu of services to ensure your sprinklers are operating correctly the entire year.

Rotor Heads are Sprinkler Heads

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 9, 2012

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A rotor head is a component of a sprinkler system that delivers water to your lawn. It’s typically referred to as a sprinkler head. The purpose of the rotor head is to deliver water to your grass in a slow even application. At R & R Sprinkler and Landscape we install rotor heads that will spray water in a steady stream of up to 50′. We want to give you the maximum amount of coverage delivered using the smallest amount of water by proper installment and adjustment of your sprinkler head.

Our sprinklers are installed and repaired with the end result of water conservation in mind. This is better for the environment and will result in a lower water bill for the end user.

A typical sprinkler head is attached to underground pipe with fittings. It will rise @ 4″ above ground level when it pops up to water the lawn and will fully retract into the ground when not in use. Make sure you keep the area around the rotor head cleaned out from the growth of grass and your lawn mowed at a proper height to avoid interference of watering.

Whether you need a new sprinkler system or repair to your existing irrigation system R & R Sprinkler is your first and best choice.

Contact us to evaluate your system and make changes that will help with water conservation and a lower utility bill for you. We have one of the best service departments for sprinkler repair in Southwest Florida. We call evaluate whether you need a simple sprinkler repair, whether you need a irrigation system renovation, or if you need to start over with a new sprinkler system installation.

Get a quote to install a new irrigation system. We will design a sprinkler for full coverage of your property. It’s a great investment to your property.

Lee County Florida Licensing Requirements for Irrigation Contractors

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 1, 2012

Lee County Licensing Requirements for Irrigation Contractors

Most folks think that obtaining an occupational license gives them permission to perform any type of work. This is a false mis-conception. You are paying a business tax that allows you to be in business but does not allow you to perform just any kind of trade activity. You must be State Certified OR receive a Certificate of Competency for Lee County. In addition, you must apply for a State or Specialty Trade Contractor’s License for each city municipality you are going to perform work in.

To install or repair an irrigation system in Lee County we must obtain not only an occupational license but also a license as a specialty trade contractor as per Lee County Ordinance No: 00-26.

As a contractor that will perform installation with and for a water source the Board of County Commissioners recognizes that the work an irrigation contractor performs for and on sprinkler systems could be harmful or could pose a danger if not performed by a competent, honest, educated contractor.

Furthermore, we’d be required to be State Certified if we were performing any type of installation or hook up to a potable water source that did not have a backflow prevetor in place. Currently we connect our new irrigation sprinkler systems to the following:

1. A potable water source that has a backflow preventor in place
2. A well
3. A reclaimed water system
4. Other water sources that draw water from canals and retention areas by permit

We are not only required to be licensed as a specialty trade contractor in Lee County, but also in all cities and municipalities we install or repair irrigation systems. This includes but is not limited to The City of Fort Myers, The City of Cape Coral, The City of Bonita Springs, The City of Fort Myers Beach, etc.

The same rules and reguations apply in Charlotte County Florida and Collier County Florida.

In summary, make sure that anyone that installs a new sprinkler system or perform repairs to your existing irrigation system has a Specialty Trade Contractor’s License.

If you’d like a list of current Counties and Cities that R & R Sprinkler and Landscape are permitted to provide new irrigation system installation or repair to existing sprinkler system please contact us. If any company is reluctant to provide this information to you perhaps you should reconsider doing business with them.

The City of Punta Gorda Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 27, 2012

As of July 10, 2012 The City of Punta Gorda is enforcing the following water restrictions

To Report Water or Sewer Problems
(During Business Hours) 941-575-3339
(After Business Hours & Holidays) 941-575-5070

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted to enter into a Phase 1 Water Shortage Order for all 16 counties in the District’s boundaries beginning December 1, 2010. A “Phase 1” declaration means that conditions are below normal and warrant alerting the general public and ordering water utilities and other water users to review and implement procedures as a means of preparing for possible additional action.

The watering schedule listed below remains the same for twice-per-week watering. Residents are encouraged to water only if their lawn and landscape needs it and turn off their irrigation system if it has rained or rain is predicted in the next 24 hours. Some of the signs that a lawn needs water include a blue-gray appearance, blades folded in half lengthwise and footprints remaining on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

Lawn Watering Schedule
Addresses Current Watering Day May Also Water
Ending in 0 and 1 Monday Thursday
Ending in 2 and 3 Tuesday Friday
Ending in 4 and 5 Wednesday Saturday
Ending in 6 and 7 Thursday Sunday
Ending in 8 and 9 Friday Tuesday
Addresses that end with a letter instead of a number will water on: Friday Tuesday

Lawn Watering Schedule/Times:
Lawn watering is limited to twice per week (if needed), before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn’t wasted.

New Lawns and Plants:
New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any day watering during the first 30 days.During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: Addresses ending in an Even number may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Addresses ending in an Odd number may water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Fountain Operation, Car Washing and Pressure Washing:
There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing.
However the District and the City ask that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn’t wasted.

For questions concerning this schedule you may contact the Utility Department at (941) 575-3339
Utilities Administration
3132 Cooper Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone (941) 575-3339
Fax (941) 575-5006
E-mail: [email protected]

For more information follow the link: http://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/depts/utilities/waterrestrict.html

The City of North Port Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 24, 2012

The City of North Port is enforcing the following watering restrictions as of July 10,2012

IMPORTANT NOTICE! The Southwest Water Management District (SWFWMD) Governing Board voted to institute Water Shortage restrictions effective December 1, 2010.

The City of North Port is committed to preserving our valuable water resources by conserving water. The following water use restrictions are currently in effect in North Port as of December 1, 2010 to help us all achieve this goal together:

For established lawns:
Lawn and landscape irrigation is limited to two days a week. Residents living in homes with even-numbered addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sundays. Residents living in homes with odd-numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. These changes to previous watering days are to conform with the Southwest Florida Water Management Districts year-round water conservation measures.

North Port Watering Days:
Addresses ending in even numbers – Thursday and/or Sunday, before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
Addresses ending in odd numbers – Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.

Sarasota County Watering Days:
If you live outside North Port City Limits your watering days may be different. Please contact Sarasota County at (941) 861-6790 to verify when you can irrigate your lawn.

Lawn watering is limited to the hours between EITHER midnight and 10:00 a.m., OR between 4:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. No more than ¾ inch of water may be applied to each irrigation zone on each allowable watering day. There is no watering allowed during the hottest part of the day, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Non-lawn areas such as trees, flower beds and vegetable gardens may be hand-watered without restriction to day or time.

For newly-planted lawns and landscaped areas:

New or Replacement Lawns: 30-30 establishment period, sixty days total, if needed. Water any day during the first 30 days. Even addresses may water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and odd addresses may water only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the next 30 days. Time of day restrictions apply.

Other New Plant Establishment: Sixty days total, if needed. Water any day during the first 30 days. Even addresses may water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; Odd addresses may water only on Wednesday, Friday or Sunday during the next 30 days. Time of day restrictions apply.

Fountain Operation, Car Washing and Powerwashing:
There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing. However, SWFWMD and the City of North Port asks that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn’t waster.

Fines for illegal watering:
Warnings will be given for the first illegal watering violation. The second violation will be a $100 fine. The third offense and subsequent offenses will result in a fine ranging from a minimum of $200 to a maximum of $500, and possible jail time.

If you have any questions, please call North Port Utilities at (941) 240-8000.

For more information follow the link: http://www.cityofnorthport.com/index.aspx?page=365

The City of Naples Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 23, 2012

Watering Restrictions for The City of Naples as of July 10, 2012 are as follows:

The South Florida Water Management District has ordered Phase I Water Restriction schedule to begin on November 18, 2011. This schedule should be followed until further notice.

Odd Numbered Addresses:

Residents and businesses with an odd-numbered street address may water lawns and landscapes on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, in early morning hours only between 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

Even Numbered Addresses:

Residents and businesses with an even-numbered street address may water lawns and landscapes on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, in early morning hours only between 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

Irrigation System Maintenance:
(cleaning, adjusting, repairing)

New irrigation systems may be operated 30 minutes per zone on a 1- time basis. Existing systems may be operated 30 minutes per zone per week.

New Lawn & Landscape:
(in place less than 30 days)

5 days each week: Monday through Friday: 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation. Low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle allowed any time for the first 30 days.

Reclaimed Water:

Irrigation using 100% reclaimed or supplemented reclaimed water is allowed from before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., any day of the week.

Other Outdoor Uses:

Car and boat washing. Nonporous surfaces; sidewalks and driveways. Exterior home surfaces and roofs. Allowed any time with use of low-volume pressure cleaning equipment and/or water hose. Water hose shall be equipped with an automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

For more information follow the link: http://www.naplesgov.com/index.aspx?NID=375

City of Marco Island Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 20, 2012

As of July 10, 2012 The City of Marco Island is enforcing the following watering restrictions:

Landscaping Irrigation-Established:
Odd numbered addresses
3 days each week; Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; 12:01 am to 8:00 am for irrigation systems

Even numbered addresses:
3 days each week; Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for irrigation systems

Landscaping Irrigation–New (in place less than 90 days):
All addresses 5 days each week; Monday through Friday, 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for irrigation systems

Irrigation System Maintenance :
Existing systems –
10 minutes per zone per week; person must be present in zone and working on the system during each such operation

New systems-
30 minutes per zone, one time only; person must be present in zone and working on the
system during such operation

Pesticide, Fungicide, Herbicide, Fertilizer Application:
All addresses. Application shall be coordinated with the scheduled day/time for landscaping irrigation; if applied outside of the allowed hours, and “watering in” is specified by the manufacturer of the applied material, a licensed application technician must be on the premises

Other Outdoor Water Uses:
All other outdoor water uses Other outdoor water uses, including low volume hand watering, car, truck,and boat washing and the washing of exterior home surfaces and roofs, shall be allowed anytime with the use of low volume pressure cleaning equipment, low volume mobile equipment washing and/or water hose equipped with an automatic self-canceling or automatic shutoff nozzle; in all cases, the water used must drain to a pervious surface or to a water recycling/reuse system

For more information follow the link: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=7463

Bonita Springs Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 11, 2012

As of July 10th the Bonita Springs irrigation watering restrictions are as follows:

As of January 15 water restrictions are in place. Bonita Springs and Estero residents will be allowed to water only one day a week. Set your landscape sprinklers according to the schedule below

For properties smaller than 5 acres, if your address ends in:
1 or 2, water on Mondays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
3 or 4, water on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
5 or 6, or if the irrigation system waters multiple addresses, water on Thursdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
7 or 8, water on Saturdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
9 or 0, water on Sundays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.

For properties more than five acres, if your address ends in:
1 or 2, water on Mondays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
3 or 4, water on Wednesdays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
5 or 6, without a numbered street address, or if the irrigation system waters multiple addresses, water on Thursdays from 12 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
7 or 8, water on Saturdays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
9 or 0, water on Sundays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.

Penalties
In unincorporated Lee County: $25 for a first offense, $100 for a second, and up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail for a third or more.

REPORT VIOLATIONS
If you suspect a watering violation call:
Unincorporated Lee County: 274-2547
Bonita Springs: 477-1234

For more information follow this link:

http://lifeinbonitasprings.com/bonita-springs-water-restriction-schedule/

The Importance Of A Rain Sensor

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 6, 2012

A rain sensor is an important addition to sprinkler system. A rain sensor detects when it rains and tells your automatic timer to turn your irrigation system off. It’s an important element in helping with water conservation since it eliminates unnecessary watering cycles by your sprinkler. A rain sensor should be mounted upright in an unobstructed area. It does you no good to have a rain sensor that cannot collect water. Collecting water is the only way it will know to shut your sprinklers off. Some common areas for mounting a rain sensor are on your roof, wall, fence, we even have optional mounting kits that allows us to put them on your rain gutters. A rain sensor should know within 30 sec – 3 minutes upon receiving moisture whether it needs to shut your system off. If it does not you need to call a professional irrigation technician to see if your rain sensor is working correctly. We prefer to use a Hunter Rain Clik Rain Sensor. It doesn’t even need to “collect” water to tell the system to shut off, it just needs to “sense” it. It’s the most efficient rain sensor on the market and carries a 5 year warranty. Do you need a rain sensor? 239-772-2607 or fill out a request for quote today.