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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.

Delivering Water To Your Plants With Drip Irrigation Emitters

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 17, 2012

An emitter is an element of a drip irrigation system that transfers water from the water source to the plant, tree or shrub it is intended to water. Emitters have also been referred to as drippers since they apply water to the landscaping through a slow steady drip to the landscape roots.

There are three types of emitters:
1. High Flow Emitters – intended to water larger trees and shrubs. They yield an average output of 5 gallons per hour.
2. Medium Flow Emitters – intended for plants and shrubs @ 24″ wide. They yield an average output of 2 gallons per hour.
3. Low Flow Emitters – intended for small starter plants, shrubs and flowers. They yield an average output of 1 gallon per hour.

Emitters are installed into 1/4″ – 1/2″ tubing called drip line. The tubing is punctured and the emitter is installed into the tubing with an insertion tool. Emitters come as open flow emitters, fixed flow emitters or variable flow emitters. Having emitters that regulate the volume of water applied as well as the type of water flow will help you water your roses differently then your Queen Palm.

We would be happy to help you design and install a drip irrigation system using flow emitters for you.

Charlotte County Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 16, 2012

Watering restriction for Charlotte County Utilities as if July 10th,2012

Current Water Restrictions

While tropical storm Debby provided increased rainfall to the region, it was not enough to fully recover from drought conditions.

Phase I water shortage has been extended through December 31, 2012.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted on June 27, 2012 to extend Phase I water shortage restrictions for Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota Counties.

However, some local governments, such as Sarasota County, have stricter local ordinances limiting watering to one day per week. Residents should check with their local government or utility.

WHAT DOES “PHASE I” MEAN TO YOU?

A “Phase I” restriction 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 actions.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

Reduce indoor water use on a voluntary basis.
Test and repair or adjust each irrigation system to address broken pipes and other leaks, damaged or tilted sprinkler heads, and other sources of water waste.
Continue to follow Charlotte County’s water restrictions below:
Lawn Watering Schedule and Times

Lawn watering is limited to twice per week.
Unless your local government or utility has a different schedule or stricter hours in effect:
Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Landscape Watering Schedule and Times

Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time.

New Lawns and Plants (30 / 30)

New lawns and plants have a 30 day establishment period, which allows any-day watering during the first 30 days. After the day of installation, unless low volume irrigation is used, new lawns and plants may only be watered before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Reclaimed Water

Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility.

For more information follow this link: http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/ccu/Restrictions.asp

The History of Drip Irrigation

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 5, 2012

Drip irrigation dates back to the 1800’s in Afganistan where the farmers used it to water their clay pots. Germany, Australia and Israel made more contributions to the evolution of the drip irrigation systems.

Drip irrigation is an alternative to traditional surface irrigation. It’s popular because it conserves water, reduces evaporation and water drainage and provides precise water application through emitters, bubblers and tubing that drip slowly to plant roots. Traditional irrigation system use sprinkler heads that mist and spray water. Drip Irrigation is also known as trickle irrigation, micro irrigation, localized irrigation and spot watering.

The ideal scenarios to use drip irrigation are localized ground cover, landscape beds, vegetable gardens, rose gardens, container watering and flower boxes.

R & R Sprinkler specializes in the installation of drip irrigation systems. Let us give you a quote today.