Ken’s Quick Tip: Signs Your Sprinkler System Needs Repair

I don’t want to jinx us with only four weeks left until the first day of spring, but this winter has been one of our warmest in recent years.  It’s been so warm in fact that many of our customers are calling us and asking if they should be following our winter watering schedule.

The answer is yes.  It may not seem like it, but it is still winter, and you won’t need to update your sprinkler system for another month.

I do recommend paying attention to your sprinkler system in these last weeks of winter, that way if you spot a problem, you can have it resolved before the important spring watering season beings.

Here are some signs you may have a sprinkler problem.

Loss of pressure. If a certain zone or head isn’t watering with as much pressure as it should, this typically indicates a malfunction with your system that needs some attention.

Uneven watering.  Keep an eye out for pools of water in areas of your lawn, or worse, a drenched sidewalk, driveway, or street.  The same is true of dry sections in your lawn after watering.  These are signs that your lawn is not being consistently watered, and more than likely you have some sprinkler heads that need some adjusting.

Irregular water flow. If one of your heads is sputtering or dribbling in a way that is anything less than a steady stream, you may have a cracked head or clogged valve you need to repair.

Your lawn has changed.  If you’ve had any changes in your lawn, whether it be new a new landscape, flower bed, or hardscape, chances are you need to tweak your system to best water your lawn.Your water bill is high!  If your water bill seems higher than normal for this time of year, and you’ve not increased water consumption elsewhere, you could have a leak.  Best to fix it during later winter before your water consumption increases this spring and summer.

All the above are issues are easy to spot if you pay attention for a week or so and note anything out of the ordinary.  If you do have issues, most of these are relatively easy to fix with supplies from your local hardware store.

If you have any questions or need additional help give us a call at 972.495.6990 or email me at Ken@VillageGreen-inc.com.

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Village Green Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Angie's List Super Service Award

Angie’s List Super Service Award

Village Green has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, for the fifth time in as many years, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2015.

Village Green won the 2015 Super Service Award for the following categories:  Landscaping, Lawn & Yard Work, and Lawn Irrigation (Sprinkler Repair.)

In our Founder & President, Ken Hyatt’s own words:  “Only about 5% of the lawn and landscape companies in North Texas have performed consistently enough to earn Angie’s List Super Service Award.  The fact that we did it in three categories makes me very proud of our team.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

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What Does a Rain and Freeze Sensor Do and Do I Really Need One?

The short answer is yes.  You need one.  Think of the times you’ve seen someone’s sprinklers running during a downpour or sidewalks turned to a sheet of ice (even though we haven’t had any precipitation in days.)  Every sprinkler system should have a functioning rain and freeze sensor in my professional option. 

The reasons why are pretty straightforward. 

The rain sensor is literally a no-brainer!  You no longer have to keep up with local rainfall and remember to turn your sprinkler off during a rain.  Even more important you don’t have to remember to turn it back on afterwards. 

The freeze sensor is much more important.  Because most cities in our area require them, but most important is the liability factor for you as a home owner.   

It is your responsibility as a home owner to keep your property safe.  The last thing you want to happen is for your sprinklers to run during freezing temps, only to have one of your neighbors take a nasty fall on the sidewalk in front of your home while walking their dog.  Having a functioning freeze sensor means you have gone a long way towards keeping you and your neighbors safe.

If you have a newer sprinkler controller, the wireless rain and freeze sensors are fairly easy to install.  The toughest part is finding a spot on your home that you can reach with your ladder that doesn’t have trees overhanging it (they block the rain).

If climbing a ladder isn’t your thing, or your sprinkler system is older and you’re not sure what to do, give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email me at ken@villagegreen-inc.com.  Our certified sprinkler technicians can install a sensor as well as do affordable sprinkler system inspections and tune-ups that will guarantee appropriate and adequate water coverage for your lawn.  

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