Reticulation Mapping Perth

Property Care Guys can find the main parts of your residential or commercial irrigation system by doing Reticulation Mapping before it’s too late. 

 

It’s fascinating how many jobs we do where the scenario is this:

1. The customer just bought a house and something underground in the retic system fails.

2. They call the previous owner asking where a solenoid valve is or anything is.

3. The old house owner doesn’t have a clue, can’t remember or doesn’t care

 

… They were only shown the controller and the sprinklers work. That’s like driving off into the desert without checking the spare tyre. You know where your bathroom is, what about the watering system for the gardens and lawns?

Noone cares until something breaks.

 

Selling your home? Get your system mapped as best as possible and include it in your sales highlights. You’ll probably be the only place for sale that has a sketch of where everything is!

Buying  a home? Demand the seller has their reticulation system mapped out, recommend the Property Care Guys

 

We can map:

– Your solenoid valves

– Master Valve

– Underground Wiring

– Main Pipes

– Estimate most Sprinkler Pipes

– Sprinklers (If needed-location obvious with system on)

 

Prevention is better than cure.

Contact 08 9590 6781 or fill out the booking form

Retic Stuck on Perth

Not here to read? Just want a Stuck Solenoid Valve in your Sprinkler Reticulation fixed? 

Call 08 9590 6781  or  Book

Almost every single day during the warmer months, the Property Care Guys fix problems with automated reticulation sprinkler systems like when water is gushing out and you can’t do anything but turn off water to your house.  Your retic won’t shut off and you can’t turn ot off…. because almost nobody  looks after their irrigation properly. You won’t save money by not looking after it so God knows why.

One of the most common issues we attend is stuck solenoid valves and the location of them is unknown. People just see their sprinklers on, go to the control box and try turn it off from there and realize this won’t help ever and often call a Plumber who usually won’t have a clue either. lol.

Stuck on Reticulation is usually:

  • Isolation Tap / Ball Valve corroded away and flooding the yard
  • Master Valve failure and leaking
  • Station / Zone Slave Valve failure and leaking 
  • Solenoid Stuck (Valve Actuator)
  • Sometimes a faulty Timer
  • Watering System poorly Designed
  • All or a combination of the above

We do have an Emergency Service (click there) or just ring 08 9590 6781 or text 0457 338 229. If you are here with an urgent issue it will cost extra but if not, it would save money by filling our booking form or………….. preventing such problems before they happen right? Over the years we do not have any idea why people abandon their sprinkler systems which feed plants lawns vegetables FOOD –all the flora on their home’s property until it stops working? Do you treat your car like that or get it serviced before it breaks down? Do you look after your body or treat it like crap until you are sick? Well most people do that but that’s another story ?

It is important to service your irrigation system at least every 1-2 months, all year. Because if you don’t, solenoids valves will stick on, wires and diaphragms will be broken and at some stage you’ll have an emergency suddenly. Guaranteed.

Ask us for a quote to keep your system in tip-top condition All Year. There is an online Booking Form on this page and the main page.

 Property Care Guys [PCG Perth]

Reticulation, Landscaping, Garden Maintenance

Reticulation & Lawns Perth

The Property Care Guys love to install new irrigation systems and lawns for homes in and around Perth!

We do all types of Roll-on turf including our favorite Soft Leaf Buffalo & shade tolerant varieties. We strive for a high quality look and take no short cuts unlike many. Meaning we use proper lawn top soil which contains nutrients for the grass. We level and compact the area properly for a level finish.

Our reticulation systems vary depending on the area to be covered and the pressure at your property. The average install is about 4 stations (2 at the front and two at the back) though we commonly do a simple in-ground single or dual station install for new homes. These are very reliable with no messy wiring and everything is in the one place so there are no lost solenoid valves or buried ball valves as your controller and valves are all in the one box!

For reticulation repairs, installs and garden maintenance or all landscaping fill in our online booking or call 08 9278 08 9590 6781 today

Reticulation and Lawns in Perth

The Property Care Guys love to install new Reticulation and lawns in Perth and surrounding areas.

We do all types of Roll-on turf including our favorites Empire Zoysia, Buffalo & shade tolerant varieties such as couch where needed. We strive for a high quality look and take no short cuts unlike many. Meaning we use proper lawn top soil which contains nutrients for the grass. We level and compact the area properly for a level finish.

Our reticulation systems vary depending on the area to be covered and the pressure at your property. The average install is about 4 stations (2 at the front and two at the back) though we commonly do a simple in-ground single or dual station install for new homes. These are very reliable with no messy wiring and everything is in the one place so there are no lost solenoid valves or buried ball valves as your controller and valves are all in the one box!

For reticulation repairs, installs and garden maintenance fill in our online bookings and quotes (Main page) or Call us today

Perth Watering Rules and Tips

Perth Watering Rules and Tips. Everything about Water Corporation Restrictions & Regulations in Perth. You have rights to feed vegetables, grass and gardens water but there’s laws!

QUESTION 1. WHICH DAYS OF THE WEEK AM I ALLOWED TO WATER?

Answer: Last number of your address. Please refer to the Perth Irrigation Roster. CLICK PIC TO THE RIGHT TO SEE YOUR WATERING DAYS —>

Example: If your house address is “38 shell road” your watering days are “8” – Wed and Sat + Monday if bore”

QUESTION 2. WHAT TIMES ARE WE ALLOWED TO WATER?

Answer: Between 6:00pm and 9:00am
Tip: A really good soaking just before sunrise.

QUESTION 3. HOW MANY TIMES CAN I WATER EACH DAY?

Answer: Once.
Tip: Morning is recommended as it then feeds the plants through a hot day.

Note: Testing is allowed, for two minutes per station if attended.

QUESTION 4. HOW LONG CAN I WATER? WHAT’S THE STATION RUN TIME LIMIT?

Answer: There isn’t one that we know of.
Tip: To see if your garden or lawn is getting enough water, dig down after watering. The water should be at least 10cm deep (100mm)

QUESTION 5. WHAT DATE IS AUTOMATING RETICULATION SPRINKLERS LEGAL IN PERTH?

Answer: A permanent winter sprinkler ban applies to all scheme and bore water in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the South West, from 1 June to 31 August each year.
Tip: Turn off your reticulation system before June 1st. Turn on your reticulation on 1st September.

QUESTION 6. WHERE DO I GO TO GET MY RETICULATION SET UP IN PERTH?

Answer: The PROPERTY CARE GUYS. We guarantee to work on your irrigation within 2 days-2 weeks, even in peak season! Email or Phone or Text. All areas and all parts of the system.

How to Protect your Pop-up Sprinklers

Prevent verge and lawn reticulation popup heads from being damaged!

Are cars and lawn mowers breaking your pipes and in-ground sprinklers which pop out of the ground to irrigate the lawns and gardens?

Verge sprinklers are commonly broken by cars parking on the verge. The grass is softer than the sprinkler so you have a car weight on this small plastic thing. Snap! So you decide to fix it yourself, take a trip to the hardware store and spend $15 on a new sprinkler and connections and a couple of hours time. A week later someone else drives over it or another one. You may buy a plastic surround and install it.. and the same thing happens!

We can save you a lot of money over time by installing proper concrete surrounds which we compact into the soil around the sprayer so if a car happens to drive there it will usually withstand the weight. They come in corner shapes, halves and full circles. It’s recommended to do all your lawn sprinklers too, making whipper snipping easy and allows lawn mowers to be pushed over with good clearance. They’re wider than the cheap plastic ones which get lost easily under grass.

$25 each supplied and installed. $45 including a complete new good quality Toro Pop-up and Spray Head. Or $65 with a Hunter Gear Drive. Please mention these prices when calling

Picture is an underside view of a typical verge concrete surround.

EMERGENCY Reticulation Perth

Emergency Reticulation and Irrigation Repairs all suburbs 08 9590 6781 or 0457 338 229

Solenoid Valves Stations stuck open, Burst Pipes, Faulty Controller or Master Valve Failure.

Arrival approx 1-2 Hours. Pricing: Variable.

Urgent callouts available all areas whether it is Perth City, Mandurah, Midland or Currambine. 08 9590 6781 or 0457 338 229

Our reticulation department specialty is locating lost valves and all types or sprinkler system repairs and we are able to find and stop leaks fast. We can do a Water Corporation Water Usage Leak Allowance Claim on some jobs.

 

How Do I Fix My Home Irrigation?

How to Fix Your Home Irrigation

Common Problems:

  • My Reticulation is stuck on
  • My Sprinklers won’t turn off
  • One station stays on
  • One station not working
  • I can’t find my solenoid valve

With any mechanical / electrical system, several things can and will eventually just stop working one day. And you may wish to have a crack at repairing your reticulation yourself. If your retic stopped working properly try these steps:

  • Is there a controller (if no, fix the bore or check the manual taps – and it’s suggested to get a automated system installed)
  • Is the controller on? If no check the plug and fuse.
  • Station stuck on? Check the manual tap or replace the valve.
  • Did you read the manual?
  • Is it still programmed?
  • Refer to the manual.

Try to run station 1 on “Manual or one station” or similar. Sometimes the instructions are in the door of the controller.

Make sure there is a wire going into the screw on number one though. If not, call me. If you have an area that’s being watered now, you just need to program the controller 😉

If you don’t have sprinklers on now, you need to test that station at the solenoid for power. use a voltmeter or a spare solenoid and touch it on the wires with the station turned on.

If you can’t find the station, call or email me. If you find the solenoid and there’s no voltage, you have a break in the wires. Find the break and replace that with new wire. If it’s broken under the driveway or a pathway, you could be looking at $500-$1500 to be fixed. Another option if the driveway can’t be messed with or too costly is to have a battery system installed for that area.

If you found the solenoid valve and there is voltage but you hear no click when touching the wiring together, the solenoid is likely faulty. Replace. If you found the solenoid valve and there is voltage AND you hear a click but no water comes from the sprinklers, your water source is failing or your valve is stuck shut. Someone may have wound in a flow control so check that. It’s a tap on the top of some valves.

If your station is stuck on try this:

  • Turn the solenoid (the top thing) clockwise. If it doesn’t turn, your best bet is a new valve.

A lot of Aussies enjoy doing their own home maintenance. It’s great to be in touch with the things on your property (and it impresses your other half!) but if that fails we can sort it all within a day’s work

25 Dollars Reticulation Discount

Property Care Guys Reticulation discount voucher

Mention this number (2012) for a $25 savings off your next service

Two Hour Minimum

If you know someone in Perth who needs reticulation repairs or installation then we are here to help.

How do I find my solenoid valves?

How do I find my solenoid valves? What’s a Solenoid look like?

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It’s common in Perth for reticulation system installations to have valves buried in either random places, or in one place if you are lucky, but often are completely buried with no map plan where they are!

Crazy.

Here’s some advice to locate your own solenoids before spending money.

1. Look near where your water mains meter is in line with the controller. Sometimes there will be a round or square plastic green lid. A large rectangle one will likely be a manifold of valves or if it has a bolt on one end it may just be a bore box. If it’s a bore though you can follow the direction of the piping which will go to solenoids 95% of the time.

2. Hire a Solenoid Valve Detector / Wire Tracer from somewhere in Perth. The problem here is, first you have to go pick it up and then they take a lot of time to get good at using. So by the time you found a valve, you may have hired it for days and spent more money and time than you wished. Or a cheap option is go to Bunnings Warehouse and get a cheap chatter mechanism which turns the valve on and off really fast so you can hear a clicking underground. But usually valves are hard to find with these unless they are shallow. From experience, you are likely to waste $40

4. Can I Hire a metal detector to find solenoid valves? No. They don’t detect them well as they are mostly made of plastic and usually too deep.

5. Call the Property Care Guys. We SPECIALISE in locating retic valves.

95% of the time we will find and fix your lost solenoid valve or in ground cable break / broken wire at roughly $200-$350. So there’s your cheapest and reliable option in general 🙂  If we don’t find the problem mention this page and we will only charge $120 for coming and trying, then give you a free quote for further works required.