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Top Plumbing Tips For Winter

Posted by Krystle Schultz on Sun, Dec, 14, 2014

Protect your home and family from plumbing problems this winter.

Every winter many homeowners have plumbing issues that can be prevented by taking a few inexpensive precautions. These include:

1. Make sure the filters for your furnace and/or oil burner have been cleaned and/or replaced. Clogged filters can cause your furnace to operate inefficiently and thereby shut down or not provide enough heat to keep the house warm.

2. Insulate all areas that may allow cold wind to blow on pipes.

3. Insulate all exposed pipes especially in crawl spaces and the outside walls of the home.Frozen_Pipe

4. Use pipe wrap and heat tape in areas that are especially prone to the cold. (I.e. the north side of the house).

5. Make sure all hose bibs are off and drained.

6. Install a pressure reducing valve if your home has 70 pounds per square inch of pressure or more. High water pressure can shorten the life of every plumbing part in your home and can also rupture lines and cause connections to fail. If you hear banging in the pipes after you shut off a valve, operate a washing machine and/or dishwasher then you have a problem.

7. If your hot water heater is older than 10 years consider replacing it. They corrode at the bottom and can easily leak flooding your basement.

8. It is important to know where the main water valve is to your home. Make sure it is easily located and tagged for identification. If you need to shut down the water in your home for any reason then you will be able to easily access it.

9. Have the number of a reputable and licensed plumber handy for emergencies.

10. Install inexpensive water alarms in your basement, next to the water heater, next to the washing machine, the dishwasher and under your sinks. Call us at 631-423-2211 for your alarm.

11. Install a flow stop valve on your main water line as this device will sense a water leak and automatically shut down the water to your home.

12. Change washing machines hoses. If they have not been changed within five years, then there is the chance that they can easily rupture especially if your home has high water pressure. ( >70 psi)

13. If you are going on vacation then consider shutting down the main water supply to your home or at least isolating certain areas of your home that do not need a charged water line.

14. Check with your homeowner insurance provider as they may have additional suggestions. Also, you may be entitled to discounts by making certain modifications or improvements that will pay for themselves over time.

dripping-faucet15. Let cold water trickle from your faucets, slightly smaller than a pencil’s width, during the evening when the temperature is the coldest. This helps prevent freezing, as moving water does not freeze.

16. Circulating warm air helps keep pipes in the walls from freezing. Keep your house temperature above 55° to prevent pipes from freezing and open cabinet doors under sinks and faucets and near exterior walls to help circulate warm air and keep pipes warmer.

Remember, take the time to check your plumbing system and visually inspect all your pipes, valves, and drain lines. If you need help in evaluating your plumbing system visit www.rainrich.com or please call us at 631-423-2211 or click here.

 

Rain Rich Winter Services

Posted by Richard Silverman on Thu, Dec, 04, 2014

As the season comes to an end & we prepare for the winter, here are a few services that we can provide you with to keep your home warm, safe & happy.

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  • Landscape Lighting: New installs, repairs, conversions to LED for Energy $ money savings .
  • Landscape Drainage: remove water from your house gutters, leaders, foundation, low areas, walkways and driveways. Prevent rot, mold and water damage.
  • Gutter Cleaning: Keep those gutters and leaders clean and free flowing to prevent damage to your home.
  • Lawn Care: Lime, clean ups, soil tests, core aeration, replacement landscaping, landscape design and masonry.
  • Handyman Services: Sheetrock, painting, plumbing repairs, wood repairs & much more!
For a free estimate, contact Rain Rich at (631) 423-2211 or visit our website at www.rainrich.com. You may also contact us by clicking here or emailing us at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

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Rain Rich is Long Island’s #1 holiday lighting company

Posted by Richard Silverman on Tue, Nov, 11, 2014

The Holidays are almost here, Christmas is 43 days away!

The Rain Rich holiday light team will evaluate and map out a design to suit your property and budget. Every design is unique and custom-tailored to meet your needs. We take the same custom approach to your Christmas lawn decorations that we do to your irrigation systems. All installations have different requirements and we have the knowledge and expertise to design the right one for you.

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Rain Rich holiday designs include all types of displays available from traditional to modern. We can even put up simple white lights! Our customized packages utilize quality lights, wreaths, garland, and displays. Here is just a small sampling of what we offer:

White pine garland, Noel garland, with or without lights

• Light strings of snowflakes, ice flurries, blizzards, and more

• 3D figures of starbursts, gift boxes, nutcrackers, angels, and North Pole lights

• Christmas trees with lights and decorations that last for years

• Heavy-duty commercial-grade mini lights in white and multi colors

• Timers, controllers, and photocells to operate your lights so you don’t have to

Rain_Rich_2-1Here are three great reasons to let us bring our magical touch to your holiday lighting displays:

1. First Class Job: Our professional displays create an aura unlike anything you have seen. Your home will be the envy of the block with our stately, elegant displays.

2. Quality, Tasteful Products: The products we use are the latest in technology and feature the best in light, wreaths, garland, Christmas   trees, etc. Energy-saving LED lights (which consume 90% less energy) are available, as well as timers, controllers, and photocells. These products not only save money, they allow you to enjoy your lights without having to operate them manually.

3. Fast, Reliable, and Safe Service: Our trained and insured staff is the best Christmas light installers on Long Island.   We will install your lights early in the season and come back after the holidays to take down the display. We even store the lights until next year so you don’t have seasonal items clogging up your garage or attic.

Please visit our Holiday Lighting Page by clicking here!

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For a free estimate, contact Rain Rich at (631) 423-2211 or visit our website at www.rainrich.com. You may also contact us by clicking here or emailing us at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

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What to do for your home before Thanksgiving

Posted by Richard Silverman on Wed, Oct, 29, 2014

Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. It's important to prepare for winter now while the climate is still nice and we can work outdoors.  I have prepared this checklist to assist you in getting ready for winter, hoping my ideas will be a cost savings.

  1. Winterize your sprinkler system.
  2. Shut down all outside hose bibs and drain.gutter-cleaning-schaumburg
  3. Disconnect all garden hoses, drain, and store away.
  4. Have your heating system inspected.
  5. Change all filters on furnace and vents.
  6. Review fire place safety.
  7. Install a home humidifier and/or clean the existing one.
  8. Clean all gutters and leaders
  9. Divert water from gutters & leaders away from home, basement, and window wells.
  10. Install landscape drainage system if needed.
  11. Inspect and repair roof.
  12. Test and repair your sump pump - if you have one.
  13. Repair driveways and walkways.
  14. Suffolk County law prohibits fertilizing after November 1.
  15. Test your smoke & carbon monoxide alarms.  Replace batteries.
  16. Clean your chimney.
  17. Caulk all windows and doors.
  18. Remove screens from windows and store away.
  19. Check your attic and basement for drafts & openings.
  20. Insulate attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
  21. Store patio furniture.
  22. Remove all garden pots, clean, and store.
  23. Check outdoor lighting and make necessary repairs.
  24. Install outdoor lighting and landscape lighting for security and safety.Capelli_Biondi-2
  25. Make sure your house # is visible from the road in case of emergency.
  26. Purchase a water alarm for your home. (Contact Rain Rich today and we will ship it directly to you).
  27. Purchase holiday lighting now before the rush! Book your appointment now with a professional to purchase and install.
  28. Empty gas from lawn mowers & other outdoor equipment.
  29. Set up bird feeders & water for our feathered friends.
  30. Cover window wells.
  31. Look into annual maintenance contracts to save time and money.
  32. Avoid the rush.  Purchase winter storm supplies now including batteries, candles, ice melt, snow shovels, snow blower, firewood, generator, gas can, etc.

If you require assistance or would like to discuss any of the above please contact Rain Rich at (631) 423-2211 or visit our website at www.rainrich.com. You may also contact us by clicking here or emailing us at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

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Wishing you a safe and warm fall season!
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Flooded Basements & Poor Drainage

Posted by Richard Silverman on Thu, Oct, 23, 2014

According to the New York Times , today makes 11 days out of 23 in October with measurable rainfall!

Are you having problems with water in your basement? Do you have puddles in your yard that take too long to dry up? Water in the basement can lead to mold, and standing water in your yard can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.Flood_Damage_PIc-2

The damage and inconvenience caused by these rainfalls can be reduced and prevented. Rain Rich has been designing and installing drainage systems for many years and with our knowledge and experience we can implement a property saving system for your home or business.

Here are a few of the flood damage prevention systems I recommend:

1. The rain water that comes off your roof and drains at the foundation of your home is a leading cause of water draining into your basement or cellar. I recommend connecting the leaders, downspouts, and gutters to 4" piping and move water away from your home.

2. Install a drain system around your home and move rain water away.

3. Install dry wells to move water into the ground and safely away from areas that flood.

4. Install a system in your basement that captures water and pumps to the outside and away from the home.

5. Cover window wells to prevent rain water from filling up and spilling through windows.

Excess water on your property causes property damage, is a health hazard (mold), and a safety risk. Rain Rich can provide a long term solution for all your water problems with the use of catch basins, drains, smooth wall pipe, and dry wells.

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 Have Rain Rich give you a FREE quote by calling us at (631)-423-2211 or contact us by clicking here. You may also contact us via email at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

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It's time to winterize your sprinkler system

Posted by Richard Silverman on Wed, Oct, 22, 2014

The cold weather is here and it is time to start winterizing your sprinkler system!

Please call now to arrange your appointment to have this very important service performed on your sprinkler system.

Even if you have drained the water out of your irrigation system, some water remains and can freeze, expand, and crack PVC piping. Due to the potential dangers involved with winterization,
it is best to call an irrigation professional.

Winterizing your sprinkler system purges water from all the pipes, fittings, valves, and sprinkler heads preventing these parts from splitting due to water freezing. Frozen water expands as it freezes and is powerful enough to split almost anything that contains it.Rain-Rich-Fall-2011-2

We strongly suggest having this service complete before Thanksgiving. Once the temperature drops below freezing it may become impossible to perform this service. According to the recent news, it looks like the cold weather will be here soon.

You can assist our team by turning your clock to the “off” position and by turning the “shut off valve” to the “off” position. To view shut off valves in the “off” position click here. The shut off valve for the sprinkler system is marked with a tag and is usually in the basement near the water meter. Some homes may have their sprinkler connection at their meter pit and do not have to shut their sprinkler valve off as we can access it from outside.  If you close your own valve then we do not require access to the inside of your home and you do not have to be home to have this service completed. We do our best to make this process as simple as possible and keep the cost at a fair price.

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Please note, we do our best to accommodate everyone and their schedule however due to the high cost of fuel we organize our routes by area. Please try to be flexible and work with us so that we may perform this important service and keep the costs reasonable. Any system winterized on or after 11/26/14 will incur an additional fee for service. We wish everyone an enjoyable fall season.

Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for 32 years. Rain Rich prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.

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Why You Should Clean Your Gutters & Leaders

Posted by Richard Silverman on Tue, Oct, 14, 2014

Cleaning your gutters and leaders is one of the simplest and least expensive maintenance items you can choose to maintain the great look and health of your home. Now is the best time to have this service done and Rain Rich is here to help!

Many homeowners never think to clean their gutters until they notice a problem. Once realized, it may be too late to simply clean the gutters. Repairs and replacements of gutters, leaders, siding, fascia boards and soffits must take place.

Here are top reasons to keep your gutters and leaders clean: Gutter Cleaning

  •  Heavy rain and snow can back up under roof shingles and into the roof and eaves. Saturated wood will quickly rot and disintegrate. Water will then enter into home and cause mold.
  • Water that sits in your gutters for extended periods of time attracts insects, wildlife and mold.
  • Water that sits in your gutter weighs hundreds of pounds and will eventually pull the gutter and fascia away from the home causing damage.
  • Leaders that are clogged with leaves and branches cause water to back up and flow over gutter and into the home.
  • Water that overflows the gutter and onto the ground below destroys the landscaping and may also penetrate the foundation and into your basement.
  • Maintain value and beauty of your home.

Many of these problems can be avoided by regular maintenance. The cost to maintain can be minor in comparison to repairing damage and or replacing damaged structure.

Ask about our annual maintenance agreement where you can save money!

Have Rain Rich give you a FREE quote by calling us at (631)-423-2211 or contact us by clicking here. You may also contact us via email at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

If you have a drainage problem, ask us about The Rain Rich Drainage Solution.

 Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for 32 years. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding service and the best value.

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
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Why You Should Clean Your Gutters & Leaders

Posted by Richard Silverman on Tue, Oct, 14, 2014

Cleaning your gutters and leaders is one of the simplest and least expensive maintenance items you can choose to maintain the great look and health of your home. Now is the best time to have this service done and Rain Rich is here to help!

Many homeowners never think to clean their gutters until they notice a problem. Once realized, it may be too late to simply clean the gutters. Repairs and replacements of gutters, leaders, siding, fascia boards and soffits must take place.

Here are top reasons to keep your gutters and leaders clean:optimized_gutter_cleaning-1

  •  Heavy rain and snow can back up under roof shingles and into the roof and eaves. Saturated wood will quickly rot and disintegrate. Water will then enter into home and cause mold.
  • Water that sits in your gutters for extended periods of time attracts insects, wildlife and mold.
  • Water that sits in your gutter weighs hundreds of pounds and will eventually pull the gutter and fascia away from the home causing damage.
  • Leaders that are clogged with leaves and branches cause water to back up and flow over gutter and into the home.
  • Water that overflows the gutter and onto the ground below destroys the landscaping and may also penetrate the foundation and into your basement.
  • Maintain value and beauty of your home.

Many of these problems can be avoided by regular maintenance. The cost to maintain can be minor in comparison to repairing damage and or replacing damaged structure.

Ask about our annual maintenance agreement where you can save money!

Have Rain Rich give you a FREE quote by calling us at (631)-423-2211 or contact us by clicking here. You may also contact us via email at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

If you have a drainage problem, ask us about The Rain Rich Drainage Solution.

 Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for 32 years. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding service and the best value.

Rain Rich~ Creating Rain For Life

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Albert Camus

Five Myths of Irrigation

Posted by Richard Silverman on Thu, Aug, 28, 2014

In my 30 years as an irrigation contractor, I have heard many misconceptions about irrigation systems, and how they operate. I have always wondered how these ideas have come to be the mainstream thinking. I’ll probably never know how they originated, but hopefully I can dispel these tales.

Myth #1. If you water in the middle of a sunny hot day you will burn your lawn and the leaves on the plants.

This is the myth I hear the most and this is false. The droplet on the leaf of a blade of grass or plant will not act as a magnifying glass and burn. It doesn’t happen after a rain storm and it does not happen with an irrigation system. Farmers water midday all the time and never experience this.  Probably what can happen is that if the water supply has been treated with chlorine or has dissolved salts in it then when the water evaporates it leaves a deposit on the leaf and that causes damage. It still is not a good idea to water during the middle of the day if you do not have to  because most of the water evaporates before it ever makes it into the soil and then into the plant.  However, if your turf and plants are dry then you should water as needed. Golf courses irrigate, also known as syringing (few minutes per zone) the greens on hot days because the irrigation water cools the turf down and reduces stress on the plant.Long Island Sprinklers

Myth #2. Watering at night creates fungus.

The best time to water is very early morning and/or just before the sun rises.  Typically 2am and later to start the system. The reason being:

  • A very calm time of day with little or no wind to blow water around.  
  • It is much more efficient time because little or no water evaporates so all the water goes into the soil.
  • The water pressure is usually better because less people are using water.
  • When sprinkler system is connected to house supply there is little competition or sharing of water with household usage.

Usually if you have a problem with fungus it is because of high humidity, heat, and overwatering. Certain types or variety, such as Kentucky Blue Grass, dislike the summer heat and humidity. 

Myth #3. Water your lawn deeply.

I am not quite sure what that means. The first thing you have to know is what kind of soil you have and what plants need deep watering. If you have a heavy clay soil, like we do on the North Shore of Long Island, then you can only apply 0.1” per hour. You cannot water deeply. If you run your sprinklers one minute more than required then you are over watering, wasting water and leaching nutrients. Twenty minutes on a rotary zone is enough and three minutes on a spray zone should be sufficient for clay soil. For sandy soil you can triple the run times per cycle. Sand holds little or no moisture. Some of my clients have to water every day and for long periods of time. The rule is 1” of watering per week in hot weather for lawns. If you have clay soil then you will need to water every day to apply this amount. You may have to water twice daily for small amounts of time to apply this amount. If you see puddles on your lawn, then you know you are overwatering!

Huntington SprinklersMyth #4. You can train your plants.

Plants, trees and turf have been around for thousands of generations and have done just fine without us.  They have chromosomes and genes that have engineered them to survive droughts, wet weather, freezing temperatures, and more. You are not going to teach your plants how to behave. If you want your landscape to do well and thrive then make sure you have great soil with lots of organic matter, good drainage, and plenty of sunlight. Put the correct plants in the proper place. For example; don’t put a shade loving plant in full sun. Only use organic and natural fertilizers, and water when your plants need it. They will respond and reward you.

Myth #5. An automatic sprinkler system uses more water then watering by hand.

I hear this all the time and it can be true. Typically, my clients call after they have received their water bill for the summer and it is higher than they have ever had before. I usually respond by asking “how does your property look?” and they reply “my place looks great!”  So your place looks great, better than ever and now could you have ever watered your place properly and had it look so great by hand? There is usually silence for a minute or so. Consistency and timing is the key work in maintaining a healthy great looking landscape. Watering, weeding, fertilizing, mowing, pruning, in the right amounts at the right time will save you money and time and have your  property looking great.

Myth #6. All plants use the same amount of water.

Grass, hydrangeas, impatiens and oak trees all use the same amount of water? I don’t think so. Grass uses a tremendous amount of water. It needs approximately 27,000 gallons of water per acre per week during the summer. A 200’ tall oak tree with a 150’ wide canopy – I don’t know how much but I am sure it is substantial. A pine tree or a spruce tree with needle like leaves uses much less. I work on landscape sites all the time and landscapers mix all different types of plants material together, which looks great- however they all have different water requirements and if there isn’t sufficient drainage then there is overwatering of one kind of plant and under watering of another. When working with your landscape designer and or landscaper in creating your yard, ask them about the watering necessities of the various plant materials. Inquire about the soil conditions. You are making an investment in your property and want to be assured it stays healthy.

Myth #7.  If you water every day you encourage shallow roots.

Plants have shallow roots because of compacted soil not because of watering. Plants, turf, and trees have evolved over many years to grow if there is sufficient moisture and good soil. Their   roots will grow deep and be abundant in the proper conditions. If you have heavy clay soil or compacted soil then the roots can’t grow deep! You need to amend the soil, you need to core aerate, you need to not try to grow grass in full shade, etc. With a sprinkler system you are always trying to replace water in the soil that is lost due to evaporation and evapotranspiration.  On a hot summer day here on Long Island you could lose up to .25” of water from plant and soil. The goal that I am always trying to achieve for my clients is to replace that. No more and no less. If I can achieve this then there is irrigation harmony.

Myth #8. When you move water from a big pipe into a smaller diameter pipe than you increase the pressure.

People always ask me about this and this is untrue because you can only increase pressure by either gravity from high location to a low location e.g. a water tower and/or by mechanical equipment such as a pump. The best thing about using a larger diameter pipe over a long distance is you have less friction loss and thus less pressure loss. When you hold your finger over the end of a hose and the water squirts 20’ the reason is that you are trying to hold back a relatively large volume of water that is trying to squeeze through a small opening made by your finger. The reduced flow results in more volume remaining at the end of the hose which in turn creates more velocity as the water leaves the hose.

Questions or comments? Email us at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com! For a free analysis and quote, CLICK HERE, or call us at 631-423-2211.

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What Is The Best Way To Irrigate In Hot Weather?

Posted by Richard Silverman on Wed, Aug, 27, 2014

There have been many discussions and debates regarding watering in hot weather and many experts agree that irrigating in the early morning between the hours of 2:00am – 10:00am is the optimum time for reasons listed:

  1. Little to no evaporation of water before infiltrating into the soillong island sprinkler
  2. Very calm time of day with little or no wind
  3. Better water pressure if your system is supplied by a municipal water district
  4. Little competition for water use when everyone is sleeping
  5. Little interference with outside activities

Obviously,  the hotter it is the longer you have to water and with many of the new controllers it is very simple to increase watering as the temperature rises by using the seasonal adjust dial and pressing the (+) button.  Increasing by 10% - 50% is simple and easy.  Start off with a lower % and see how your lawn responds. View a DEMO here.

Another feature I like is to run your sprinkler system semi automatically during the day. Our water comes from the Aquifer and is a constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit. Although much of this water is lost to evaporation or blown off course by the wind, the cool water distresses the plants and keeps them healthy. Golf courses water this way and it is called syringing.  It is a myth that the leaves will burn if you water during the day. See my upcoming blog about this myth.

Another method that I like a lot and have had great results with is “cycle and soak” and this breaks down the total watering cycle into two or three smaller watering cycles and allows water to percolate into hard soil such as clay.

For properties that have a mix of sun and shade it might be best to create multiple programs and have the sunny areas on one program that waters more frequently vs. a program that handles shady areas and requires less water less frequently.

As you probably have surmised that there are many ways to water and most often there is a trial and error period to find the best programming. In very hot weather it is best to error on the side of overwatering vs. under watering. Just remember that when the weather cools to dial back the watering because too much water too frequently will damage your landscape!

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Click here for a free estimate, visit us at www.rainrich.com or email us at  irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

 

 

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