Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes

Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes
Discuss issues dealing with landscapes, hardscapes, exterior landscape lighting and lighting fixtures, lawn irrigation, sprinklers, sprinkler heads, mulch, retaining walls, etc.

Sprinkler Valve Low preasure


Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes

Discuss issues dealing with landscapes, hardscapes, exterior landscape lighting and lighting fixtures, lawn irrigation, sprinklers, sprinkler heads, mulch, retaining walls, etc.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-21-2010, 10:48 PM
cruzgardening cruzgardening is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 277
Rep Power: 5
cruzgardening is on a distinguished road
Default Sprinkler Valve Low preasure

Hi im new to the forum and i have many questions but this is the most important one i can think of that i've encounter in the past.

Several months ago i installed a sprinkler system the water pressure was really good, measured 80psi i connected my main from the bottom of a 3/4 inch galvanized pipe, i used all PVC pipes, i installed one valve for the drip line and another valve for 7 sprinklers, both are in separate locations but connected from the the same main water.

now when i turned on the valve manually or with a timer the valve connected to the 7 sprinklers has no pressure at all the drip line is doing great. i did many things to solve the problem but it still persists... can someone help?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 10-22-2010, 11:02 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,603
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
First off, did the system ever work properly in both zones? Also did it work properly when they were both on at the same time?

As you test now, are you able to isolate the zones in your test?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-22-2010, 06:26 PM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 5
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

my understanding from what he is saying is there is only 2 valves 1 grass 1 plants. Did it work right to begin with? If nothings leaking are u sure the heads dont need to be cleaned. You always get some dirt in the pipe in a new build.

You said drip still ok but drip is low pressure anyways. Does house still have pressure?
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-23-2010, 04:13 AM
cruzgardening cruzgardening is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 277
Rep Power: 5
cruzgardening is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MountainViewGreenskeeper View Post
my understanding from what he is saying is there is only 2 valves 1 grass 1 plants. Did it work right to begin with? If nothings leaking are u sure the heads dont need to be cleaned. You always get some dirt in the pipe in a new build.

You said drip still ok but drip is low pressure anyways. Does house still have pressure?

in the beginning i tested the whole thing before burying the pipes, like i usually do, there was no leaks, no brken pipes, i cleaned all the heads, there was a few at the ends that needed cleaning so i cleaned them all just in case, but the pressure was still low the mainline where i connected my pipes from is from under a water faucet, both the house and the water faucet have great pressure i cant put my finger on the problem, i did open the valve and checked the diaphragm like the manufacturer said but there was no debris in it everything was clean don't know what to do, my client has not complaint since there is still enough coverage but it bugs me cause i know there should be more pressure from previous jobs i done.

Quote:
Originally Posted by steve
First off, did the system ever work properly in both zones? Also did it work properly when they were both on at the same time?

As you test now, are you able to isolate the zones in your test?

i have 2 valves connected so they work separately with the timer the drip line is doing good but the sprinkler line is not.

and when they where on at the same time the pressure looks the same nothing really changes.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-23-2010, 08:16 AM
brian'slawncare brian'slawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Cincinnati Ohio
Posts: 380
Rep Power: 5
brian'slawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

have you tried spliiting them into zones. Maybe the pressure now is only strong enough for 1 or 2 heads at a time...

Also....try retesting the pressure and see what you get
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-23-2010, 12:09 PM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 5
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

well if thats the case you probably have to many heads. Are they the rotary kind? I think you can only get like 5 of those on a 3/4in line. Also is it 3/4 through out the whole system? You may want to consider converting the risers and sprinklers to 1/2in that will boost your pressure back up.

what are the dimentions of the yard.
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-24-2010, 12:26 AM
cruzgardening cruzgardening is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 277
Rep Power: 5
cruzgardening is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MountainViewGreenskeeper View Post
well if thats the case you probably have to many heads. Are they the rotary kind? I think you can only get like 5 of those on a 3/4in line. Also is it 3/4 through out the whole system? You may want to consider converting the risers and sprinklers to 1/2in that will boost your pressure back up.

what are the dimentions of the yard.
the dimesions are 20x10 its a small rectangle i have 6", 1/2" risers that spread to 10 feet, the whole system is 3/4" and the sprinklers are 1/2" dont know what to do i might have to dig out the whole system and reinstall it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by brian'slawncare
have you tried spliiting them into zones. Maybe the pressure now is only strong enough for 1 or 2 heads at a time...

Also....try retesting the pressure and see what you get
i tested the house pressure its good 80psi and the faucets psi is also 80 spliting the zone was in my mind but i might as well install a brand new set up and deal with the problem once and for all thanks though
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-24-2010, 01:32 PM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 5
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cruzgardening View Post
the dimesions are 20x10 its a small rectangle i have 6", 1/2" risers that spread to 10 feet, the whole system is 3/4" and the sprinklers are 1/2" dont know what to do i might have to dig out the whole system and reinstall it.
Well my guess is to many heads on 1 line. If you do dig it up just put in another valve and dig up the closest 3-4 heads cap them off and put the new ones on the new valve.

The sad part in all this is I bet one head less and you have all the pressure you need. Speaking of that grab a female cap(or 2) and cap off 1(or 2) of the risers and see if that helps.
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-30-2010, 05:36 AM
cruzgardening cruzgardening is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 277
Rep Power: 5
cruzgardening is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MountainViewGreenskeeper View Post
Well my guess is to many heads on 1 line. If you do dig it up just put in another valve and dig up the closest 3-4 heads cap them off and put the new ones on the new valve.

The sad part in all this is I bet one head less and you have all the pressure you need. Speaking of that grab a female cap(or 2) and cap off 1(or 2) of the risers and see if that helps.
i went back today to check out the property the grass is growing fine and water is well delivered but the pressure still low.

i capped 1 sprinkler nothing i capped 2 nothing i capped 3 and pressure went up... thats only 4 sprinklers for that one valve!!! no freaking way! any ideas? im so stuck...
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-30-2010, 01:42 PM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 5
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cruzgardening View Post
i went back today to check out the property the grass is growing fine and water is well delivered but the pressure still low.

i capped 1 sprinkler nothing i capped 2 nothing i capped 3 and pressure went up... thats only 4 sprinklers for that one valve!!! no freaking way! any ideas? im so stuck...
Well put those 3 on a different valve. Thats all you really can do.
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
low, preassure, pvc, valve

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chipper/shreader valve sticking jasonw Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 8 10-23-2010 09:02 PM
sprinkler systems callow'slawn Introduce Yourself 1 03-06-2010 12:05 PM
Re-priming sprinkler system jbulluck Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 2 06-16-2008 09:58 PM
Fix the Sprinkler System Fernando's CleanCut! Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 4 01-22-2008 10:42 PM
How to sprinkler photo Steve Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 4 12-20-2007 02:28 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Today 01:08 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
25 2,503
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Yesterday 07:45 PM
by TRV
8 1,333
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 07:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
176 14,136
Hi from IL
steveinil
Yesterday 02:07 PM
Yesterday 02:07 PM
by steveinil
0 29
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
Yesterday 07:27 AM
Yesterday 07:27 AM
by Sargewesser
0 33
Group Buying Software as...
ferona
Yesterday 06:49 AM
Yesterday 06:49 AM
by ferona
0 36
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
11-24-2014 07:58 PM
by thom
17 582
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 189
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,215
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 670
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 315
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 539
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
11-22-2014 10:01 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 169
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
11-22-2014 05:56 PM
by AGPS
9 347
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
11-22-2014 02:42 PM
by stevef1201
22 6,209
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
11-21-2014 09:33 PM
by TRV
3 205
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
11-21-2014 08:02 PM
by stevef1201
4 358
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
11-21-2014 07:05 PM
by acrajchel
13 420
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 153
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
11-21-2014 06:32 PM
by Steve
7 264
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,001
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 542
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,906
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,497
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,230
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 816
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 588
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 516
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 364
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,424
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 292
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 556
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,649
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,761
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 31,909
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,740
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 477
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 671
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 370
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 425
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,377
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 649
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 551
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
11-10-2014 01:25 PM
by Steve
2 392
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 352
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 371
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 624
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 413
New to the business
jcurr33
11-05-2014 03:21 PM
11-07-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
1 464
Lines
Matther777
11-04-2014 02:19 PM
11-07-2014 12:54 PM
by Steve
1 499
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment complex article marketing auger bark bid bob villa charge collections commercial decorating demonstration edging employee problems equipment rental ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul grass hardscapes hills how much to charge installation introduction jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo managing a lawn care business mechanic monthly mr dave mulch mulch price new business past due patio install per hour service podcast push versus ride reo scripts seo shell small engine repair snow starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve stihl sulky theft toro tractor auger trimmer rack up sell employee walk behind wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:19 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:19 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy