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What to Look for When Replacing Your Sump Pump  

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The ideal time to replace an out-of-order sump pump is prior to the next large storm and not after it.

If your sump pump in the crawlspace or basement isn't turning on as the water level increases or if your sump pump is older than a decade, you shouldn't wait until it breaks down to replace it. Here is some information about what to look for when replacing your sump pump.

Which Type Should You Choose?

If your sump pump functioned well before it stopped working and lasted you a decent amount of time, it wouldn't hurt to buy a similar model to replace it. Otherwise, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages of submersible pumps and pedestal pumps.

Pedestal Pump

A pedestal pump places the motor on a stand that is positioned a few feet above the water. The impeller, which is responsible for pumping the water, is in the pit. In theory, a pedestal pump will last longer because the motor remains fairly dry.

Submersible Pump

With a submersible pump, the motor and pump are located in the sump pit. The motor resides in a sealed oil filled waterproof casing. When water rises to a certain level, the pump turns on and water is pumped out through the piping that runs away and outside from the house. For more information about what to look for when replacing your sump pump, don't hesitate to contact us.

Ultimate Lawn Guide: Getting Rid of Brown Spots  

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Your lawn is your pride and joy and the first impression people get of your home. Because of this, there is nothing worse than seeing brown spots forming in your yard, except not to understand what is causing it. While there is the possibility that your lawn has been scorched by the hot rays of the sun, if the spots are isolated and slimy, the root cause could be a fungal disease. So the question is, how do you get this disease under control and eliminate the brown spots?

Treating Brown Spots in Your Yard

When it comes to treating the brown spots in your yard all you need to do is follow a few simple tips to heal your yard and help get it back on track to looking fabulous.

  • Avoid walking on the area - A fungal disease can spread by tracking it across the lawn on the soles of your shoe.
  • Clean mowing equipment with a 1:10 part bleach and water solution after each use.
  • Appropriately fertilize your lawn - Using the right amount of fertilizer is as important as choosing the right fertilizer. Too much fertilizer or too little can make your lawn more prone to fungi. If you are not sure which type of fertilizer to choose, your lawn care professional can provide you with the best options for your lawn needs.
  • Do not over water - Try watering less frequently but for a longer period of time. Also, consider watering in the morning so it will have the rest of the day to absorb and evaporate.
  • Dethatch your lawn - Dethatching your lawn will remove a small layer from the top of your grass, giving the soil the opportunity to breathe to reduce the conditions that can lead to a fungal outbreak.
  • Apply a fungicide - If your fungal problem is too advanced, or does not improve, it may be best to apply a fungicide such as Armada 50WDG Fungicide which is powerful against fungal disease in both northern and southern areas.

Get Help to Get Your Lawn Healthy

If your yard is plagued by brown spots and you are looking for the right fungicide to rid yourself of the problem, the specialists at Irrigation Outlet can help. Contact Irrigation Outlet today to get your lawn healthy and happy again.

How to Ensure Your Sprinkler System is Working Properly  

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Your sprinkler system should be checked frequently to ensure it’s working properly. There are a number of simple checks you can conduct. They’ll confirm that the system isn’t leaking, that all the sprinkler heads are functioning correctly and that the timer is operating according to how you have it set.

Check the Water Meter

Look at the water meter gauge. There’s a smaller dial on the face, which is the leak indicator. If the arrow on the leak indicator is spinning when the water is off, then there’s a leak somewhere in the system. You’ll need to troubleshoot that further to figure out where the leak is. If the arrow’s not spinning, it’s safe to assume your sprinkler system is leak-free.

Check Your Controller

Go to your irrigation controller. Turn one zone on to operate. Then walk out to that zone and make sure the sprinklers are operational. Test each zone, one by one, in this matter. This will help you to confirm that sprinkler heads are operating as they should and that the controller is functioning properly. Also, check the controller to confirm that the run times are set to reflect the water required for that time of year.

Review Your Water Bill

Check your water bill and compare it month by month with the previous year. Look at the water usage, not the amount, because rate increases and tariffs may create differences in the bills. If you notice any large increase in water usage for a particular season compared to last year, there could be a problem with the water meter or another component in the sprinkler system.

Get a Sprinkler System Audit

You can also have a professional come out and do a thorough sprinkler system audit if you suspect something is amiss and are having trouble figuring out what the issue is.

These tips to help ensure your sprinkler system is working properly can be done in a single afternoon. It’s worth it to carefully maintain your sprinkler system since water is a limited resource that should be treasured.

3 Pathway Lighting Tips & Ideas  

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Do you ever stumble when you are coming up your walk at night? Or perhaps it is just hard to see. Avoid injuries and keep your garden paths and walkways safer after dark with these three ideas for better illumination.

  1. Direct the light towards the ground.

    Choose path lights for your walkways that direct the light towards the ground. This will not only provide better illumination for potential tripping hazards, but is less intrusive and will reduce the chance of developing night blindness due to the glare.
  2. Choose the right bulbs.

    Bulbs specifically made for the outdoors is a must. Finding the perfect match between too much and too little light can be tricky, and you may need to try a few different bulbs before you find one you love. Some homeowners prefer the flexibility and lower power consumption of LED bulbs while others prefer the classic glow of halogen bulbs.
  3. Pay extra attention to the lighting on your steps.

    The potential for a nighttime slip on your steps is high, so it pays to provide as much light as possible for any outdoor staircase. This is one area of your outdoor path lighting where you may benefit from deck lights on each individual step.

You can find a wide range of outdoor lighting options to fit your style and budget at Irrigation Outlet. Whatever your outdoor lighting needs, Irrigation Outlet is always here to help you find the perfect solution.

3 Ways to Achieve Better Yard Drainage  

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Having good yard drainage ensures that your landscaping bounces right back after inclement weather. Here are three ways that you can achieve better yard drainage.

Your Drainage Plan

For more complex problems, you may need a property sketch that includes all of the features of your yard. After this, you can use a hand held sight level to find the low spots that are most susceptible to standing water.

Making a Creek Bed

If you invest in a creek bed. This is basically a trench lined with stones and edged with plants. It will add to the look of your lawn and channel excess water away from the low spots in your landscaping. Here's the best part - creek beds look great even when they are dry.

Building a Rain Garden

The low spots in your landscaping can become a beautiful rain garden, especially if it retains water for long periods of time. Planting native shrubs and perennials on the downside slope of your yard can help redirect runoff, sediment and lawn chemicals. The supplies for your irrigation needs are right here at Irrigation Outlet. Come to our site to get everything you need for better yard drainage and keep your landscaping looking its best no matter what the weather brings!

4 Steps to Prevent Your Pipes From Bursting  

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Contrary to popular belief, pipes do not only burst in cold climates. They are actually at greater risk of bursting in warmer climates when homeowners fail to insulate them during a cold snap. Below are four steps you can take this winter to prevent costly water damage.

Leave the Heat On

Keeping your heat turned on while you’re away prevents your pipes from freezing and then bursting. While you don’t have to keep your thermostat at the same temperature, it should be at least 50 degrees in the house to transmit some heat to the pipes.

Seal Holes and Cracks Near Pipes

Holes and cracks on floors or walls where pipes run through can let cold air into the house. To prevent this problem, be sure to fill any gaps with spray foam insulation or caulk. You should look for any holes or cracks on both sides of a floor or wall for best results.

Leave a Faucet Dripping Slightly

Leaving at least one faucet in your home dripping allows water to flow through the pipes. Moving water does not freeze as readily as standing water so a little trickle can save you from major damage. Be sure to turn both hot and water knobs slightly if both temperatures of water normally service your pipes.

Consider Adding Insulation

Pipes in your attic, basement, or other difficult to reach areas will benefit from an extra layer of insulation. Fiberglass sleeves or foam rubber make excellent alternatives. Wall and ceiling insulation helps to keep pipes warm as well.

These are just four tips to prevent a huge problem with your pipes this winter. Please contact Irrigation Outlet with additional questions.

Winter Lawn Care Tips for a Better Spring

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A great spring lawn begins with a great winter. If you can keep your grass healthy during those cold months, you can expect a beautiful lawn when the weather gets warm. Here are a few tips to make sure that you get the best out of your lawn this spring.

Get Rid of Debris

Those broken branches, dead leaves, snow and other debris are getting in the way of your lawn's precious sunlight. Remove dead leaves and other debris to help reduce damage from lack of sunlight and possible damage from insects and disease.

Aerate the Soil

One of the best ways of keeping your lawn healthy during winter is by aerating the soil. Aerating your lawn provides the much-needed air for lawn’s root system. Aeration can be done by hand, but power aerators are available for rent at most equipment rental centers for a reasonable price. Power aerators not only make the job easier, but they also do a much better job of aerating the soil.

When you are ready to take your lawn to the next level, give the dedicated experts at Irrigation Outlet a call. These are the people with the tools and the expertise to make sure that you have a healthy lawn regardless of the weather. When spring hits, you will be the envy of your neighbors if you prepare correctly with the right landscaping partner!

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