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 Irrigation

Is your irrigation system up to state standards? Irrigation systems are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (www.tceq.state.tx.us). TCEQ passed new stricter regulations in 2009. Your water purveyor also passed new stricter standards for irrigation systems in 2009. Refer to TCEQ document “Obtain TCEQ Rules

  • Irrigation Systems
  • Licensed Irrigation Designs
  • Licensed Irrigation Installation
  • Licensed Irrigation Service
  • Hunter Automated Irrigation Systems
  • Water Conservation Designs
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Hydro zoning
  • City of Austin Water Wise Promoter

If your irrigation system is in need of repair please call our office and set up a service call. Call our Irrigation Service Coordinator directly to discuss your irrigation needs. 512-616-0222.

Our Service Department has State of Texas licensed Irrigation Technicians to repair, evaluate or trouble shoot your irrigation system. You should never let a non-licensed person or company work on your irrigation system. It is the law! We have four licensed irrigators and 6 licensed irrigation technicians and our own licensed backflow inspector on staff to help resolve your irrigation problems.

Do you have water standing in your yard? Possible leak or are you just watering too frequently? Our technicians will check for leaks and make sure your irrigation controller is working correctly.

Is your grass brown? We can check to make sure your irrigation heads are adjusted correctly and verify your system is operating correctly.

Is your irrigation system wasting water by pouring water onto your driveway, sidewalk, fence or even your house? Our irrigation technicians can evaluate your system and let you know how you can stop the waste. Our technician will check your irrigation controller to make sure it is functioning correctly. Run through each of your irrigation zones to determine how and where you can save water.

Is your irrigation system up to state standards? Irrigation systems are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (www.tceq.state.tx.us). TCEQ passed new stricter regulations in 2009. Your water purveyor also passed new stricter standards for irrigation systems in 2009.

Local Water Purveyors:

Do you have any water restrictions? Contact your local supplier to find out. We work with all of these purveyors during our irrigation permitting process.

Georgetown Buda
Round Rock Lower Colorado River Authority
Leander Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Austin Pflugerville
Westlake Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District
Southwest Water Company Chisholm Trail Special Utility District

Do you have an Isolation/Emergency Shut Off Valve on your existing irrigation system? Emergency shut off valves are required on all new irrigation systems and can help you quickly shut off your water source in the event of a leak.

Do you have a working backflow device? Our licensed backflow inspector can inspect your backflow device, as required by the state, to verify it is functioning correctly. A correctly functioning backflow device can help make sure your family’s drinking water is safe from yard contaminates. If any repairs are needed our backflow inspector is licensed to make any repairs necessary. Never let an unlicensed person or company make any repairs to your backflow device.

Do you have a master valve? A master valve is an irrigation valve installed on your irrigation main water line near your water meter. This valve is turned on by your irrigation controller (usually in your garage) and allows your irrigation system to become charged with water. This type of valve helps save you money in the event of a leak. Systems without a master valve can loose large amounts of water if a leak develops in the main water line. This valve protects you from unnecessary water cost, if a leak develops, and protects our most precious natural resource. Many water utility districts require this type of valve on all new irrigation installations.

Do you have a moisture sensor? Moisture sensors detect moisture and temporarily turn your irrigation controller off so you don’t water when there has been 1/4″ of rain or more. Inexpensive and saves you money! Rain/Moisture sensors are required on all new irrigation systems.

Do you know how to operate your irrigation system? Our technicians can come to your home for an irrigation “walk through” showing you the different components of your system and how they work. They will show you how to program your controller and help educate you on how to operate your system efficiently.

Do you change your watering schedule according to the season? It is important to change your watering schedule when the seasons change. Cooler weather you can water less than if we are having 100 degree days. Our technicians can come out on a seasonal basis to check your system and reprogram the controller.

The Grass Patch, Inc. has over 32 years of serving Central Texas and we strive to make sure our customers are happy with our services. Give us a call for your next irrigation service.

Helpful Precautions and Troubleshooting Tips

Freeze Precautions

Most irrigation systems are equipped with a Double Check Assembly backflow device. Normal Central Texas weather conditions will not cause the need for your irrigation system to be drained or turned off at the backflow device. You should turn off your system at the controller when freezing temperatures are forecast. You don’t want to cause an unnecessary ice event! This will help protect your plants from damage or death.

If your irrigation system is equipped with a RPZ Reduced Pressure Backflow Device (required in some water districts) it is necessary for you to turn of the valves and drain the device. Your RPZ is installed with insulation; however, the valve can freeze and break causing water to flow freely. You must take additional measures to insulate you RPZ during freezing temperatures. If freezing and damage occurs, turn off the RPZ valve shutting off the water flow. Utilize the emergency shut off valve (isolation valve) to eliminate water flow to the RPZ.

Winterizing RPZ

This process needs to be done in conjunction with turning water off to the RPZ at the gray ball valve “Emergency Shut Off Valve” or “Isolation Valve” (preferably), or at the RPZ itself by the two handles located on its side first before any other work is done.

Now in order to winterize the RPZ, first locate the test cocks on top of the backflow. These usually have a plastic cover and are about one inch tall. Remove covers; now look for a small flat head screw in a horizontal position on the side of the test cocks. Turn this screw to a vertical position, doing this has opened small ball valves inside and will allow the water a way to escape if freezing conditions occur.

Troubleshooting Your Irrigation System

The Grass Patch, Inc. recommends you run through your irrigation system every month to check for possible issues with coverage and general function. You can run a manual check of each zone for 2 to 3 minutes to make a visual inspection. Remember: most systems are programmed to start when you are sleeping keeping you from viewing your system during operation.

Your irrigation system is equipped with MP Rotator type nozzles. These nozzles are designed to maximize water absorption by slowing the amount of water being dispersed by the nozzle. These nozzles put out multiple narrow streams of water at multiple distances helping to reduce overspray caused by wind.

Irrigation spray will never be perfect and you will have some overspray; however, it can be minimized by nozzle spray adjustments.

We have a full time irrigation repair technician available to service or adjust your irrigation system. Please contact our office to schedule a repair. If you need additional instruction on how your irrigation system functions, please call and our irrigation technician can set up a service call to provide instruction, check your system and make routine adjustments.

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