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When Should I Winterize My Lawn Sprinkler System?

When Should I Winterize My Lawn Sprinkler System?

As the fall season blows in, it is once again time to start thinking about winterizing your lawn sprinkler system! Lawn sprinkler winterization, also known as sprinkler shut down, fall closing, and winter blow out is the process of preparing your irrigation system for the cold winter months. The winterizing process will help to assure that the coming winter and freezing temperatures do not damage or compromise your sprinkler system’s components and piping.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019/Author: Pacific Lawn Sprinklers/Number of views (3563)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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BUY or LEASE Your Holiday Lights:

BUY or LEASE Your Holiday Lights:

what is the BEST option for you?

Have you ever thought about the different offers for decorating holiday lights? Some companies offer a leasing option to install Christmas lights on your home and bushes every year for a set price. Most of the time it is a couple of thousand dollars, depending upon the size of the home and shrubs. This price will also include the company returning after the season, removing the lights, and storing them until next season. Sounds like a great option - right?

Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Author: Pacific Lawn Sprinklers/Number of views (18126)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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NEVER Lock in & NEVER Pre-pay!

NEVER Lock in & NEVER Pre-pay!

How many people out there like to sign long term service contracts and pre-pay for yearly services? Over our years in business, we at Pacific Lawn Sprinklers have learned that clients do NOT like to lock into maintenance service contracts or pre-pay for services. We can understand why- service contracts often have exclusions and stipulations, you can end up paying for services you don’t actually need, and the level of quality customer service usually decreases over time. Maintenance service contracts often include spring turn on and winterization visits, monthly inspections and service visits.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Author: Pacific Lawn Sprinklers/Number of views (627)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Is your Drinking Water Protected?

Is your Drinking Water Protected?

A backflow prevention valve on a lawn sprinkler or drip irrigation system can come in many types and brands. Each device offers an additional level of protection against the possible chance of the irrigation water from backing up into and contaminating your domestic drinking (potable) water. More and more frequently, water companies are mandating that the backflow preventer on your irrigation system be tested once a year to ensure its proper operation.
Monday, August 12, 2019/Author: Pacific Lawn Sprinklers/Number of views (792)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Pacific Lawn Sprinklers takes the fear out of lawn sprinkler installations!

Pacific Lawn Sprinklers takes the fear out of lawn sprinkler installations!

Scared of installing a lawn sprinkler irrigation system at your home? We know what you are thinking, if you install a lawn sprinkler system now, the project will go on for days and completely rip up your lawn and garden, destroying you grass and flowers, right? WRONG! Contrary to what most people think, Pacific Lawn Sprinklers completes most lawn sprinkler installations in just ONE day!
Tuesday, July 16, 2019/Author: Pacific Lawn Sprinklers/Number of views (647)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Have my Sprinkler Spring Turn on Completed by the Professionals, or do it Myself?

Have my Sprinkler Spring Turn on Completed by the Professionals, or do it Myself?

It’s easy to turn on the sprinkler system at your home and you can easily turn them on yourself, right? Wrong! A common misconception among homeowners is that a spring start up for a sprinkler system is “just turning on the valve”. On the contrary, Pacific Lawn Sprinklers has detailed, proven, and systematic irrigation procedures that must be followed to ensure your sprinkler system is operating at its best.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019/Author: Pacific Lawn Sprinklers/Number of views (1132)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Pacific Lawn Sprinklers offers PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE!

Pacific Lawn Sprinklers offers PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE!

At Pacific Lawn Sprinklers, we are so confident that we offer the best and most competitive price on every lawn sprinkler installation estimate and LED landscape lighting installation estimate, that we offer PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE!
Tuesday, March 12, 2019/Author: Pacific Lawn Sprinklers/Number of views (226)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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July is Smart Irrigation Month!

July is Smart Irrigation Month!

Smart Irrigation Month is a month-long campaign initiated by the Irrigation Association, dedicated to celebrating and promoting the benefits of smart and efficient irrigation. The SMART irrigation acronym stands for “Smart Irrigation is Sustainably Managed, Accountable, Responsible and Trusted irrigation.” What does this mean for you? SMART irrigation aims to minimize their environmental footprint through efficient water use, saving water, saving time, saving and money!
Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Pacific Lawn Sprinklers/Number of views (329)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Best Time to Water Grass

Best Time to Water Grass

Year after year our clients ask us the same question, “When is the best time to water my lawn?” Throughout our 39 years in business, Pacific Lawn Sprinkler’s answer to this question has remained the same!
Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: Pacific Lawn Sprinklers/Number of views (1110)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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When Should I Turn On My Sprinkler System?

When Should I Turn On My Sprinkler System?

As spring begins, it is once again time to turn on your lawn sprinkler system! Of course the BEST time for a spring start up is weather related and varies year to year, but anytime from the end of March right through May can be the best time to have your lawn and garden irrigation system activated. Spring Startups are also known as “Summerizing”, “Water Sprinkler Turn-On”, “In ground Sprinkler Start Up” and “Sprinkler System Set Up”.
Thursday, May 16, 2019/Author: Pacific Lawn Sprinklers/Number of views (1171)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Have my Sprinkler Spring Turn on Completed by the Professionals, or do it Myself?

It’s easy to turn on the sprinkler system at your home and you can easily turn them on yourself, right? Wrong! A common misconception among homeowners is that a spring start up for a sprinkler system is “just turning on the valve”. On the contrary, Pacific Lawn Sprinklers has detailed, proven, and systematic irrigation procedures that must be followed to ensure your sprinkler system is operating at its best.

The winter months can be very hard on your underground sprinkler system. It is extremely important that the ground is no longer frozen before performing a spring start up. Pacific Lawn Sprinklers will follow a 10 point checklist at your sprinkler turn on to ensure your system is operating efficiently and correctly. Our trained irrigation technicians will SLOWLY open the supply valves and pressurize the supply lines and water mains. This step, although it seems minute is imperative. The reason is because you can cause a huge water hammer by turning the water on too quickly. This can also cause fittings to burst and sprinkler heads to crack and pop out of their casings. All valves must be opened slowly and the main lines must be given enough time to fully pressurize.

Pacific Lawn Sprinklers will also perform a complete visual inspection of the main lines, backflow devices, and valve manifolds. To the untrained eye, a small leak can be overlooked, but can cause wasted water and increased water bills! Your technician will also energize each individual zone and check the sprinkler heads, risers, drip irrigation lines or emitters on each zone for proper operation and spray direction. Each area must be reviewed for proper coverage and the correct performance pressure. Small adjustments are usually necessary due to new plantings, shrub growth, or landscape alterations. Common repairs after the winter months include the replacement of clogged nozzles, lateral line repairs for leaks, and recalibration for defective solenoid valves. Other components of the sprinkler system will also need to be checked for proper operation- such as your automatic rain sensor, electric control valves, and control wiring. These repairs, if overlooked can be costly and can cause much more monetary damage than the cost of a spring turn on.

It is also important to make sure your irrigation controller is set correctly. If you are not familiar with your controller, we strongly suggest you do not touch it! The reason is because you can mistakenly create multiple start times, leading your irrigation system to come on multiple times a day. This can lead to over-watering and flooding. For most systems, the early morning (anywhere from 2am to 7am) is the best time to water the lawn because the air is cooler, the sun will be rising shortly, and there is usually less wind. In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly because of the sun, and in the evenings, water can cling to the blades of grass overnight, which can cause fungus. Moreover, most homeowners and their families like to enjoy their yard in the late afternoon and night, and do not want to be sprayed from their lawn sprinklers!

If the above steps are not completed by a trained irrigation professional, you could be facing some costly repairs, so make the right choice and contact Pacific Lawn Sprinklers today! Pacific Lawn Sprinkler’s Service Department is ready to schedule your appointment! Please schedule an appointment conveniently online at www.pacificlawnsprinklers.com or give us a call at 888-438-7224.
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