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3 Things To Do If Your Pump is Losing its Prime  

WP Law - Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Whether it’s for irrigation, industrial or home use, keeping your  pumps working efficiently can save a lot of time and expense. There are several things you can do to find what might be causing your pump to lose its prime:

Steps To take If Your Pump Is Losing Its Prime

  • Check for leaks- 90% of all pump problems occur on the suction (or Intake) side of the pump. Leaks on the pump’s intake line as well as around the shaft seal of the pump housing itself can cause your pump to lose its prime. Ensure that the pipe connections threaded into the housing are tight and that the intake line is not cracked or has any loose or poorly glued fittings.
  • Valves-Most pumps are equipped with foot valves to keep water in the intake line and casing when the pump is not running. If your foot valve is leaking your pump may lose its prime between starts. Replacing a faulty valve may solve the problem.
  • Obstruction-One possible reason your pump may be losing its prime is an obstruction or blockage in a line. Debris blocking the suction strainer or foot valve is the most common cause. A blockage in the intake line can cause the water in the pump casing to overheat and literally boil out of the casing causing the pump to lose prime.

Whether you are trying to fix your pump at home or you are an industry professional, you can count of the knowledge and expertise of the team at W.P Law, Inc. Our expertise in the field allows us to help troubleshoot your issues and guide you to the right parts and service you may need to keep your pumps in perfect working condition.

When Is It Best to Use a Perforated Pipe? Find Out Now!  

WP Law - Thursday, February 22, 2018
Crop Irrigation

A perforated pipe is designed with small slots or holes to allow water to exit or enter easily. This type of pipe is frequently used for underground drainage systems and other outdoor uses due to its ability to absorb and drain water. Here is some information about the best times to use a perforated pipe.

Pool Decks

Draining systems for pools commonly use perforated pipes. Any water that remains on the pool deck passes through the perforated pipes to drain back into the pool. An advantage of using perforated pipes for pool decks is that the risk of debris draining into the pool along with the water is small because the holes or slots are small. Therefore, perforated pipes also function as a filter.

Water Underneath the House

Many homeowners, particularly those who live in rainy climates, deal with water pooling underneath their home. During rainy seasons, water tends to pool around homes and surrounding areas. Sunshine is unable to dry out these areas and this can lead to mold and mildew. Homeowners dealing with this issue should consider installing perforated pipes underneath their home to drain the water and prevent mold and mildew.

Landscapes

Homeowners who want to create a garden landscape need to have a good drainage system. Perforated pipes are frequently used for such drainage systems due to their ability to absorb and drain excess water. Some homeowners install perforated pipes in the ground to collect rain water and use it to irrigate their plants. Due to the small size of the slots and holes, homeowners don't have to worry about soil draining out along with the water.

As you can see, there are many uses for perforated pipes. For more information about when it is best to use a perforated pipe, don't hesitate to contact us here at WP Law.

Features Of An Effective Sewage System  

WP Law - Thursday, February 08, 2018
Crop Irrigation

Humans use a lot of water in the course of living their lives. You have water consumed by homes and businesses along with runoff from lawns and other structures. How well does your local system rate in handling wastewater?

Makes Use Of Gravity

Sewage systems use gravity to drive wastewater to treatment plants. Water piped from houses and businesses flow into street sewer mains.

They join other mains placed along bodies of water naturally flowing downhill to the treatment plant. Lift stations are used to replace gravity where the land doesn't allow for natural water flow.

Multi-level Treatment

Sewage system use three different processes to treat wastewater:

Primary Treatment - Separates any solids from the water and prepares them for disposal.

Secondary Treatment - Uses bacteria to rid the water of any organic materials or nutrients.

Tertiary Treatment - Chemicals, filter beds, and other processes remove phosphorous and nitrogen from the remaining mixture. This stage also removes any leftover bacteria.

Thorough Testing

Common methods for validating the effectiveness of an industrial sewage system's effectiveness include:

  • Checking pH
  • Determining levels of oxygen needed to consume any leftover organic material
  • Making sure no solids remain in the wastewater

Contact W.P. Law Inc. today if you're interested in improving the function of your sewer infrastructure.

5 Tips For Maintaining an A-List Sports Field This Winter

WP Law - Thursday, December 28, 2017
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The fall sports season is coming to an end and now it's time to prepare your sports field in readiness for the winter weather. Here are a few crucial tips to help you maintain your A-List sports field in an apt condition throughout the tough winter season.

1. Undertake hollow tine aeration

Aeration is key in loosening up the soil and increasing water infiltration as well as oxygen flow to the roots of your turfgrass. Hollow tine aeration works best after the fall sports season because of the amount of disruption it causes.

2. Undertake Overseeding

It is important to undertake overseeding on the worn out areas of the field during the winter season. When the winter ends and warm weather sets in, seeds will germinate and start to fill up the bare sections of the field as well as increase turfgrass density.

3. Undertake some top-dressing

Undertaking top dressing after the hollow tine aeration contributes massively towards improving the conditions of the grass come spring. Consider using compost as the top dressing material on native soil fields, and sand as the top dressing material on sand-based fields.

4. Lower the mowing height into winter

As you head into winter, lower your mowing height to help reduce the chances of snow mold outbursts and damage.

5. Consider using growth covers

Growth covers will help you to create a greenhouse-like effect over your field to allow seeds to germinate and grass to grow during the winter season.

Maintaining your A-list sports fields bears a lot of benefits that you cannot afford to miss. Follow these important tips and your field will be assured of a healthy and well performing playing surface when the sports season arrives.

2 Step Process for Frost Protection

WP Law - Thursday, December 21, 2017
Frost Protection

In the United States, freeze damages cause more significant losses than any other weather-related hazard. Considering that the weather patterns have become tiresomely unpredictable, finding frost protection mediums for fluid-based (water and oil) systems has become increasingly important.
Many systems are exposed to long hours of extreme temperatures during the winter. Low temperatures will make the water in the pipes to turn into ice, expand and burst the pipes. When the temperatures get frigid, diesel turns into a gel or thickens. And as the temperature reaches the extremities, water and paraffin in the oil start to crystallize and separate from it hindering the flow.

Protect your system with these frost protection tips:

1. Insulation

When it comes to water, heating the plumbing system is a good start but generally not enough to avert the crises. By insulating tanks and reservoirs you provide the protection required to keep the water inside from turning into ice.

In extreme climates, water companies often integrate heating systems when designing the storage tanks. The tape insulation and aluminum jackets are best used during this period.

For the fuel transported through pipelines, insulation will help to protect the plumbing system from the severe winter temperatures and winds that might result in the crystallization and clogging.

2. Drain Your Irrigation System

The best approach is to turn off the water at the main valve for areas that do not need watering during the winter season. The next step is to drain your irrigation system off the water to prevent icing and bursting. Also, make sure that the valve is insulated to curb any damages.

This approach is especially helpful for landowners that will be away from their property in the colder months. Draining your system provides a worry-free solution for your irrigation while you are away.

Contact WP Law for more information and tips regarding your irrigation system.

4 Landscape Lighting Options That Will Radically Change Your Christmas Décor

Splash Omnimedia - Thursday, December 14, 2017
Christmas Decor

Christmas is the time to show your beautiful house and property at its best with a display of lighting that will dazzle your visitors and be the envy of your neighbors. Yet no matter how extensive and awe inspiring your outdoor Christmas display might be, it can be even more beautiful with the proper use and placing of modern landscape lighting.

Today's LED landscape lighting options can create effects that will surprise you, enhancing your Christmas display, and showcasing your home the rest of the year too. By utilizing low-voltage LED landscape lighting you can save money on your electric bill and create a display that is tailored to your taste.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Walk And Driveway Lighting

Create the effect of a winter wonderland with soft lighting along your walk ways using path lights. This will accentuate your holiday decor while making your home safer in slippery conditions.

Upward Shining Lights

Spotlight not only the trees and shrubs that you've decorated, but shine a heavenly glow through the branches of larger trees, creating a sublime effect. For most effective results use spotlights or well lights.

Fountain And Tree Accents

Accenting your fountains adds an extra glow to your home. If you have large tree, especially an evergreen, that could use some extra attention try placing two spotlights about halfway up the tree. Point one of the lights upwards and point the other down. This will create a dramatic, Christmas tree effect, that lasts year-round.

Let W.P. Law turn your home into a winter wonderland with landscape lighting for Christmas this year. Contact us today and let us show you how.

3 Basic Steps to Winterizing Your Pump  

WP Law - Thursday, November 23, 2017
Winter Pump

As the irrigation season comes to an end and winter approaches, now is the time to begin thinking about winterizing your irrigation system, especially your pump. Failure to do this critical maintenance now can lead to an unpleasant surprise in the spring with a damaged pump casing. Here are a few simple tips on preparing your pump for winter.

Turn Off Power

This is very easy. Go to your breaker box and turn off the breaker that supplies power to your pump. This is an important first step and will ensure that if the irrigation controller were to inadvertently call for the pump to turn on, it will not be able to. This prevents the pump from running dry and damaging the shaft seal.

Drain the Pump

At the lowest point on the pump casing there is usually a drain plug that can be removed to allow water to drain from the pump. You will need to remove this drain plug and the plug on the discharge side where you would normally add water to prime the pump. By removing the priming plug you allow air to enter the pump casing which will allow the water in the casing to drain faster. It is important to allow the casing to drain completely as it only takes about 1/4 inch of water in the bottom of the pump casing to freeze and crack the casing. Once the pump casing is empty, replace the drain plug and priming plug. Leave the drain plug loose enough to allow any condensation that develops in the pump casing to drain. It is not recommended to leave the plugs out completely as this allows insects and rodents looking for a winter home a place to enter the pump casing. You should also drain any exposed suction or discharge piping at this time as well.

Cover the Pump

Once the power has been turned off and the pump casing and exposed piping properly drained, now it's time to cover the pump. To protect the pump from the elements, now is a good time to install a pump cover. This can be anything from a home-made dog house type structure to realistic looking fake rocks. If you are planning on leaving the pump cover on your pump year-round, make sure that it provides adequate ventilation so that your pump doesn't overheat while it's running during the summer months.

Winterizing your pump is not a difficult task, but is something that if done properly will make your spring start-up easy. If you are in need of expert advice or need to purchase a pump cover, contact WP Law and we will be glad to assist you.

Ways to Extend the Life of Your Water Feature

WP Law - Thursday, August 24, 2017
Water feature

It has been said that water symbolizes life. Water has a natural rhythmic flow, just like life. The sound of flowing water from a beautiful water feature can bring us a sense of calm and peacefulness.

Let's explore 3 ways to extend the life of your water feature.

#1: Check the Filter

A clogged filter can cause your fountain to become an embarrassing buildup of debris. Consistent light maintenance can reduce the number of times your water feature requires a thorough cleaning, but the filter still needs to be checked regularly.

#2: Preventative Treatments

There are products on the market specifically designed to protect your fountain from stains and algae growth. Most of these are biodegradable and safe if your pet takes a taste.

Don't use bleach products to clean your fountain. These can corrode the outer layer of the fountain and can be harmful.

#3: Regular Refilling

You'll want to get into a routine of adding water periodically, based on the rate of evaporation for your area. If the water level gets too low, it can cause an unattractive ring where the water level used to be.

More importantly, if the water is too low and the water pump brings in air, this will affect the life of your pump. And you want moving water to prevent bacteria growth.

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If you'd like professional help installing or maintaining your fountain, give us a call today. We'd be delighted to help you extend the life of your fountain!

4 Signs Your Pipes are Corroding

WP Law - Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Air Filter

Corrosion of water pipes is a common thing in any type of metal piping system. It is mainly caused by oxidation and the aging of pipes over time. Corroding water pipes can put your plumbing system at the risk of water leakages as well as contaminate your water, making it a recipe for health complications.

Here are the 4 common signs of corroding pipes that you need to be aware of:

1. Weird taste or smell in the water

Clean and fresh water is odorless and without a taste. However, oxidation, which is the leading cause of corrosion in water pipes, causes the water to take up too many minerals and therefore have some weird taste. Corroded copper pipes could make the water have a metallic taste while corroded lead pipes could make the water have a sweet taste.

2. Discoloration in the water

This is another major way to know if your pipes are corroding. The first water draw in the morning is the best indicator of whether there is discoloration. This is because as the water settles in the corroding pipes overnight, the particles become more concentrated. Corroded copper pipes give the water blue-green stains while iron and steel pipes give the water a reddish-brown color of rust.

3. Leakages

Corroding pipes are a major cause of leakages. Corrosion makes the pipes weak over time and if not checked in time, this could lead to pipe bursts.

4. Clogging in the pipes

Corrosion often results in the build-up of corroded particles within the pipes, causing them to narrow down and hence result in low water pressures. Clogged pipes are also a major reason for leakages and pipe bursts.

Watch out for these 4 signs and take precautionary measures early. Consult W. P. Law, Inc for any additional advice and guidance. An ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure!

Overhead and Drip Irrigation Serve Different Purposes

WP Law - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Air Filter

No single method of irrigation meets all the needs of a commercial landscape. Usually a combination of overhead and drip systems is necessary for efficient watering of a large property, such as turf or a crop field.

Zoning and Timing

Sprinkler systems, which connect underground piping to sprinkler heads, are divided into zones. Automatic controls manage watering with minimum of labor on a set schedule for a limited amount of time in each zone.

Drip systems also are zoned and timed, but instead of using in-ground pop-up sprinklers, drip systems use tubing that is installed above ground and releases water gradually through tiny emitters at root level.

Differences and Advantages

Automated overhead watering is effective for uniformly distributing water over large areas, such as lawns. In contrast, drip irrigation works well for slow, deep watering of trees and landscape beds. It's also efficient for slopes where slow watering decreases erosion.

The programmable controls of an up-to-date sprinkler system make it easy to adapt a watering schedule quickly as conditions change. They also aid adjustments that may be required as weather patterns change and can be fitted for "smart" Internet-connected controls.

Two top concerns with overhead sprinkler systems are evaporative loss and the spread of foliar disease through too much watering of foliage and flowers. Both can be decreased by watering either early in the day.

Conversely, drip systems excel at conserving water and directing it where most needed. This targeted irrigation discourages weeds while encouraging root growth.

However, the spray of an overhead system shows exactly where water is landing, whereas a drip system requires close observation of plants to see if blockages are interfering with water distribution.

Options to Explore

Successful watering of most commercial properties combines overhead and drip irrigation. W.P. Law, Inc., provides a comprehensive range of irrigation products for commercial properties in agriculture and other industries. Please contact us today about how our options can meet your needs.


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