We know it’s that time of year again as the flowers bloom and the pollen sits heavy in the air. It’s time to turn on your irrigation system and cut the grass weekly. Turning the system on is easy enough, but the bigger challenge for many of our customers is determining whether their system is in need of a repair.
Damages can go unseen during the winter as your water usage goes down, once your system comes back on it may still be unclear if there is any damage. We want to clear up the confusion by sharing with you what to look out for.
The 4 Signs To Look For
Watershed on sidewalks and driveways
Have you noticed water collecting on your sidewalks or around your driveway? This can be a result of a sprinkler head that has been moved unintentionally and is now not providing lawn coverage.
Crooked or bubbling heads
If a sprinkler head in your lawn is not upright, it may have been knocked over. This can cause many issues from water coverage to puddling water.
If a sprinkler head is bubbling up, it may be a sign of a deeper issue. If you are seeing this in your yard, gives us a call and we can fix it!
Dips in yard, puddling water
This can be caused by one of the more alarming issues, a leak or broken pipe in your system. This will cause the water to soak the ground from the excess water. A leak is one of the main causes of a spike in your water bill. Another way we prevent excess watering is by installing a rain sensor. A rain sensor will keep your system from watering while it rains, preventing over watering and overall high cost of your water bill.
Dry patches of either cracked ground or dead grass
This can be a result of lack of coverage as well. It is almost guaranteed that if your system is overwatering one area, it is under watering another- leading to dry patches.
What can you do?
Breaks, leaks, and escalating water bills can be scary to see early in the year, don’t wait to give us a call! We will send a trained technician out to evaluate your system and any issues you may be having. You’ve spent money on your lawn, irrigation, and watering bill. It may seem like an added and unnecessary cost to pay for system maintenance, but we can promise you it is not. Our customers have consistently seen lower water bills since having us maintain their system.
By knowing what to check for and being able to fix it on the spot, we keep your system running efficiently. We want to help you maintain a beautiful lawn the whole summer with as few road-blocks as possible!
Is Saving Money Your Goal
Water conservation with a Spring Startup
This year has started with a bang for Green South Irrigation. We have seen a wave of growth in both our irrigation services and also our new landscape lighting service. The vision of the company started by my dad, David, has continued to grow and change over the years. When I took over the business in 2017, I wanted to shift the focus to offering high quality products and specialized service in irrigation. We are sticking to this by offering products that regulate water usage more effectively, saving you money and helping the environment. We have also continued the process of getting each of our technicians certified by the Irrigation Association of America. By this progress, we hope to serve each customer better, and leave a light footprint on our planet.
We’re welcoming the spring season by sending out this reminder to our customers that it’s the perfect time to get a check up for your irrigation system! Whether your system was shut off for the winter, or whether it powered through- it’s time to get it looked at. Our Spring Startup service does just that. Our technician will do a thorough evaluation of your system and ensure everything is set correctly. We understand that using your system is costly and at times may feel like a unnecessary expense. However, we are here to tell you that it is worth the investment to keep your lawn and plants looking healthy. This is especially important as we move into another hot summer where water bills can spike.
When you let us manage your irrigation system, we do a full inspection to ensure it is running correctly. The four factors we take into consideration are: current climate, areas of sun/shade, density of your soil, and water coverage. Each of these factors influence how effective your system runs throughout the summer. Installing a rain sensor to your system will automatically cut off scheduled watering times. Likewise, a small change in the right direction of the sprinkler head can make a big difference for water coverage.
Are you wanting to save money on water this year? By changing your irrigation heads, we can cut your water bill in half. Your current irrigation system could be wasting up to 9,673 gallons of water every week. Here’s how.
The typical lawn with 5 zones will run 6 Rotor irrigation heads in each zone. These sprinkler heads use approximately 3 gallons of water a minute and need to run for 30 minutes to adequately water your lawn. If you’re watering your lawn five days a week, you are using 13,500 gallons of water each week.
On the other hand, if we change your irrigation heads to MPRS which run more efficiently, your usage goes down to 3,825 gallons a week. These updated irrigation heads use approximately 1.7 gallons a minute and only need 15 minutes to water your lawn adequately.
Again, this will save you up to 9,673 gallons of water a week! Most of our customers who have switched to these heads have seen savings up to 40% on their water bill!
Whether it’s time for new heads or a system check up, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call today to schedule your Spring Startup!
Prepare your Irrigation System for Winter
We at Green South Irrigation want to inform our customers on how to properly take care of their irrigation and illumination systems. It is very easy to forget about the invisible financial investment buried in the ground, however, it is crucial to keep it in top shape to prevent breakages and inefficiencies.
What is winterizing?
Most people are familiar to the concept of attaching insulated boxes onto spickets around their property. Your irrigation needs similar treatment each year. Though you might not see the damage after one winter, the longevity of the system is compromised by leaving the system full of water or the valves full of water. Winterizing your system is more than just powering down. If you neglect to clear the whole system, water and air trapped in the lines may end up freezing and cracking the apparatus.
During a winterization we remove all the built up water, set up wiring for cold temperatures, and do an evaluation of the system prior to turning it off to ensure the system is still in proper working order.
Valve components that get damaged from not winterizing.
-The solenoid freezes, keeping system from turning on and off.
-The diaphragm assembly freezes and cracks.
-Both will make the zone run without turning off.
Preventative care is important!
The cost of replacing one single valve could cost up to $220. We offer this service for systems under 10 zones for only $99.
How to take action now:
There are three methods for scheduling your winterization.
We schedule winterizations from October 20th-December 15th.
Note: With the outstanding client base we have, we can only fit so many of these services into our schedule. Because of that, it is a first come-first serve scheduling system.
Book your service today!
Making dreams become realities by providing hassle-free watering!
Springtime Is Here
Are you tired of those crazy, expensive water bills?
Have your irrigation system maintenanced by Green South Irrigation.
Spring time is almost here and we want to preserve the earth's watering sources as well as keep your yard alive, healthy, and lush.
People tell me all the time they don’t want irrigation because it’s so expensive. Truthfully, as recently as 5 years ago that was the case. However, because of the MPR nozzle technology, high-efficiency heads, rain sensors, and checkvalves we can now save you as much as 35-40% on your water usage every month. We will even provide you with a detailed water budget for your yard.
We are dedicated to helping you save money with your irrigation system this summer by using all of our resources to optimize your systems functionality.
We offer Two Options
$99 Spring Start Up
Dates Range: March 1st - April 30th.
Within the dollar amount listed above, you will receive a system startup, a free system report, spray head adjustments, assessment of pipes lines , and evaluation of wire connections, and clock adjustment.
Biannual Package $389 (a year)
This is our Cadillac of services. Want to truly insure the longevity of your system? This is the way to go!
What You Get!
● A full system flush
● Re-pressurization of system
● Adjustments made to all heads
● Re-evaluation of watering times, adjusting for any new city watering by-laws
● Repair of damage or leaks that may have occurred over last season or during the
winter (one Repair included)
● Controller evaluation and battery replacement as needed
● Valve examinations to discover any leaks that could lead to water waste
● Winterization Package included (click link below for more details)
READ MORE ON OUR WEBSITE
Green South Irrigation, serving North Georgia since 1998