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

WP Law - Thursday, December 28, 2017
field maintenance

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.

Where is a Multiport Ball Valve Typically Used?

WP Law - Thursday, May 04, 2017
Duo Pro dual-contained piping system

A fluid handling system has many different parts and operations that can be customized and controlled based on the individual needs it serves. One key element of many fluid handling systems is the multi-port ball valve. The multi-port is able to control fluids multi-directionally and also has a cutoff position, all in one valve.

Start and Stop the Flow of Fluid

A multi-port ball valve can control the access of fluid to various parts of the piping system. For example, if a system needs to add more hot water, the multi-port ball valve can be used to open flow to the hot water heater and add hot water to the line. Once enough hot water has been applied, the multi-port ball valve can cease flow again to control the temperature of the system.

Customize and Divert the Flow

Multi-port valves come in different materials, with multiple types of port configuration and end connections. This level of customization allows for complete control over any kind of fluid handling system. The most common kinds of multi-port valves are three- or four-way handlers. Many parts are interchangeable between models and are more cost-effective.

The more standard applications for multi-port ball valve include: • Mixing/blending line medias
• Diversion of Fluid flow to a new location
• Bypass heat exchanges, meters etc.
• Move fluid into or out of storage tanks
• Shut off flow from particular locations
Take control of your fluid handling system with the convenience of a multiport ball valve. If you're interested in upgrading or altering an existing fluid handling system, contact the local experts at WP Law, Inc. today!

What’s the Difference between PVC and CPVC Pipe?  

Marketing W. P. Law, Inc. - Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Duo Pro dual-contained piping system

Finding the perfect kind of pipe is important in ensuring a long-term plumbing and chemical management solution that will allow you to rest assured your pipes are built to last. There are two very popular kinds of pipe that are used for many projects: PVC and CPVC pipe. Understanding the difference between these pipes is vital, find out now!

PVC and CPVC

PVC pipe is a widely recognized modern alternative to metal piping. It’s known as a low-cost solution with the strength, versatility, durability, and easy installation process to back its popularity. PVC is made of polyvinyl chloride, a widely used thermoplastic material that can be molded into different shapes.

CPVC is best described as a ‘cousin’ to PVC pipe. They share many common traits, such as basic material composition, but they shouldn’t be used interchangeably. CPVC is able to withstand a much wider range of temperatures than PVC pipe. This attribute means that many building codes require the use of CPVC instead of PVC.

Different Composition

PVC pipe is made of polyvinyl chloride which is unsafe when handling any temperatures above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. PVC is able to resist certain chemicals better than its cousin, which can affect your decision to install one versus the other. PVC is commonly used for unheated water such as for vent and drainage systems, cold water systems, and recreational use.

CPVC is altered by a free radical chlorination reaction that increases the chlorine content of the pipe. CPVC is able to safely handle higher temperatures than PVC, up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. CPVC is more suited for higher temperature water, and certain kinds of chemicals.

Cost Effective Solutions

PVC pipe is the cheaper, more common choice for many builders and companies. The material it is composed of and the wide range of uses it offers can sway many buyers towards the cost-efficient choice.

CPVC is more expensive than PVC pipe but can be used in more builds. It can handle higher temperatures and more chemicals. Compared to other kinds of pipe, CPVC is still a viable and smart choice for a pipe system.

For more information on commercial and residential types of piping in South Carolina, contact W. P. Law today!

The Benefits of Dual-Contained Piping Systems

WP Law - Monday, March 06, 2017
Duo Pro dual-contained piping system

There are several options to choose from when considering piping systems in commercial buildings and industrial processing plants. One of those options is called a dual-contained piping system. For those who might be unaware, a dual-contained piping system is used to move fluids that are either highly corrosive or potentially extremely harmful to the environment. This piping system has several benefits that everyone should keep in mind.

Dual-Contained Piping Systems Provide Safety Benefits

A dual-contained piping system piping system is essentially a pipe within a pipe. The primary purpose of this type of system is to provide a "back-up" piping system in the event that the primary piping system was to develop a leak. Most dual containment piping systems utilize what is known as a leak detector.  Leak detectors are sensors that are placed in the space that exists between the inner and outer pipes.  These sensors detect if fluid exists between the two pipes thus indicating a leak.  Leak detectors then notify maintenance personnel that a leak exists and the general location of the leak.  Maintenance personnel can then schedule a repair. Because the leak is contained within the external pipe, employees and the environment are protected from exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals.

A Dual-Contained Piping System Can Lower Costs

Companies that use highly corrosive or caustic chemical as a part of their manufacturing process can benefit greatly from the use of dual contained piping systems. By preventing exposure to the chemicals and the resulting lost time injuries, companies can potentially reduce their workman's compensation costs.

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the experts at W.P. Law for more information. Count on our professionals to meet even the highest of consumer expectations.


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