San Tan Landscape Management can give you a professionally installed irrigation system that will give you years of trouble free service. There are many factors that must be considered during the planning stages:
- Estimating Irrigation Supplies
- Calculate Water Pressure
- Sprinkler Head Placement
- Emitter Placement
A proper working irrigation system is the most important part of your landscape design. It's a known fact that well groomed landscapes will increase your property value.
We are specialized in handling all phases of irrigation installation. We use only quality products from Irrigation Suppliers and we guarantee every system that is installed for up to one year.
We have an experienced staff that can troubleshoot and repair your irrigation system. We can trace any problem whether it be with the controller, low voltage wire, turf sprinklers, drip emitters, or a broken pipe. If we need to replace any sprinkler parts, we use quality parts that will last and are easy to fix in the future.
EMERGENCY IRRIGATION PROBLEMS
Do you have an emergency irrigation problem?
Is your valve box full of water?
Is water shooting in the air?
Has your comtroller stopped working?
Does your valves not turn off?
We provide "after hour" emergency calls for a nominal charge. We can visit your site and "temporarily" fix your problem. We can then give you an estimate of the time and cost to fix the problem permanently.
Irrigation systems are checked for all our customers on each service visit. Water leaks can cause damage and increase your water bill if not fixed right away.
Arizona usually experiences freezing cold winter temperatures with some years worse than others. The freezing temperatures can cause the PVC fittings exposed to the elements to crack or separate at the point of connection. The expansion and contraction of the plastic parts especially in the valves can disable the valve and start leaking.
Irrigation is a necessary part of your landscape especially living in Arizona with the summer temperatures. The automatic irrigation systems are very useful in providing and controlling the efficient application of water.
There are basically two types of Irrigation Systems:
1. Sprinkler Irrigation
Sprinklers supply water over top of landscape (used in turf areas). Waterflow is sent under pressure through PVC pipe and out the sprinkler heads. Pop-ups are used for most sprinkler heads as they are recessed below mower level when not in use.
Below are the most common sprinkler heads used in turf areas.
Turf Spray Pop-up
Sprays are a stationary nozzle that controls the amount of water released.
Low Volume Pop-up Turf Spray
Rotors move in a circle and propels water in tiny streams at a low volume.
Turf Rotors spray high volume which covers more turf area.
2. Drip Irrigation
Drip Irrigation supplies water directly to roots of plants for trees & shrubs to be watered slowly. Waterflow is sent under low pressure through thin black plastic tubing. It is placed under the ground and has smaller spaghetti tubing that is attached with an emitter on the end that is above the ground at every plant or tree that needs watered.
Landscape irrigation is a very specialized technical field with its own vocabulary which can be confusing. Below are pictures with a brief explanation of the major components that make up an irrigation system.
The control box is conveniently located near your power supply and usually installed at eye level. It is electrically installed with many watering stations to automatically operate all your irrigation valves that water your landscape.
There are many scheduling features and functions of a controller. The controller can be programmed to provide proper seasonal watering schedules. to be set
- 24 hour clock - a monitor to set starting times of watering cycle
- Calendar selector - for programming days of automatic operation
- Variable station - sets the duration of time for each watering station
- Semi-automatic - allows to manually start the automatic cycle
- Manual operation - allows to manually start only one station
- Master switch - to omit watering during all scheduled cycles.
- Station omit -allows stations to be omitted from the automatic cycle
Valves are controls located underground in a valve box that turn on or off the water in your irrigation system. The valves are electrically connected to the controller, however most valves have a lever or other device to permit manual opening and closing if needed.
Each valve is connected to a separate station of your irrigation system, such as lawn, flower beds, palm trees, drip system, etc. Each of these stations require different watering schedules. That is where the controller is used to program when to water each station and turns on the valves.
Valves for automatic irrigation systems should be completely buried at grade level. Valves are enclosed in specially-made boxes with covers. Such installation makes it easier to locate and service the valves when required. Another important reason for installing valves in burial boxes is to protect the valves from the elements of nature, especially the direct sun during our Arizona summers.
BACK FLOW PREVENTER
Building codes require the use of a backflow prevention device on all water systems. In most homes, the landscape irrigation system and the drinking water system are one and the same -- there is no separation. Here's where the danger comes in. Sprinkler lines lay in gardens and lawns that are often sprinkled with weed killer, pesticides, and other poisons. Irrigation systems occasionally draw water inward (backwards). Backflow can result in contaminated water at a tap inside the home.
The backflow preventer is a device designed to keep the main water line of irrigation systems pressuried at all times to prevent backflow of water. This prevents drinking water from being contaminated. Installation is higher than the water outlets and are usually hidden by shrubbery. Pressure vacuum breakers include shut off valves.
DRIP SYSTEM VALVE
Drip System Valve, Pressure Regulator, and filter are installed for the drip irrigation system to maintain the constant discharge of water pressure. Drip systems are used for low volume water applications from 1 gal to 2 gal flow per hour or the use of multi port emitters to increase water where needed. It's critical to monitor & control water pressure flucuations to have the drip system run effecient.