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Date: 2/7/2018 4:03 PM EST

So it's February and it's miserable outside. The good news is most of us are still celebrating a great Eagles Win in the Superbowl this past Sunday! GO BIRDS! :)

Okay, back to the Blog at hand...
Usually we discuss what you can be doing to improve your Irrigation System, or educating you about tech updates, tips, tricks, water saving advice, etc... But it's February and all we can say is
C'mon Spring!

Now, we're also hoping to not see the ridiculous amounts of rain we experienced last year in the Spring, and certainly not what we saw in the Summer. Mother Nature really put a damper on our Season with what was definitely more rain fall than we're used to around these parts.

If it's going to snow, we hope it happens soon and hopefully we can get any freezing weather or snow fall out of the way and make way for March and April to roll in with beautiful sunshine!

But who knows what the next 60-90days has in store for us, we guess we'll just have to wait and see.
For now, we'll continue to enjoy our Eagles Win and keep a smile on our face.
Have a safe and warm winter and we look forward to discussing Spring Start Up hopefully sooner than later in the next few months.

Be well!

- CB Irrigation Inc.

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Date: 1/12/2018 10:21 AM EST

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season and hopefully 2017 was a great year for you.
Here we are in January, it's the middle of Winter, and it's 60 plus degrees outside.

It's raining, but none the less, it's 60 degrees. The past few weeks we not only were experiencing "single digit" frigid temperatures, but it lasted for a few weeks in December.

So who knows what the heck Mother Nature has in store for us for 2018...
But as we as a company prepare for what we think may be a very cold and even lasting winter this year, for now, we'll enjoy the rain and 60 degrees.

So what could be possibly talk about in January when it comes to Irrigation?
Well, to be quite honest with you... NOT MUCH! :)

If you had your Irrigation System winterized, than you're in great shape.
If you didn't, well, with the freezing temperatures we've already experienced, that could present a huge problem for you come Spring. So hopefully you did allow for winterization service.

Here's what we will say in January during the winter about this year's upcoming Irrigation Service...
If we do end up with a prolonged winter, freezing temps and more snow, it will ultimately delay Spring Startup Season.

So our advice to you as the next few months pass is to seriously consider getting on the Spring Startup schedule whether it be with us, or whomever your existing Irrigation provider is.
We could certainly go from very cold late in the winter, to warm temperatures over night.

We just experienced it this week in this area. A few days ago we were in the teens and single digits, and again, today it's over 60 degrees. So we hope you have a safe and prosperous 2018 and we're looking forward to serving all of our clients this year, and many more to hopefully come!

Thanks for checking in!

- CB Irrigation Inc.

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Date: 12/6/2017 4:21 PM EST

Well, the year is rapidly coming to a close and we do have so much to be thankful for...
We won't get into a long and drawn out post doing so, but we want you to know how grateful we are for our clients, staff and everyone that continues to support us year in and year out.

We also wanted to take a minute and let you know what we believe are reasons why after almost 37 years in business, we're still here!

  • Honesty
  • Customer Service
  • Quality Products
  • Quality Service & Craftsmanship
  • Customer Relationships & Retention
  • Doing the Right Thing
Now to some of you, you may say "well, any company could state those same reasons"...
And yes, they can "state" them. But the difference is, are they true in their sincerest form?

Unfortunately in our industry (as we're sure in many others) there have been countless competitors that didn't make it. They couldn't last year over year... And we're sure there are many reasons why, but we do know this. When it comes to sustaining successful business, you have to be doing something right. In fact, we'd argue, you'd have to be doing many things right.

Irrigation is a tough business, it's a luxury not a necessity for most, and we're well aware of it.
And we never take that for granted. We will also be honest in our pricing, honest in answering all your questions, and always do our absolute best to maintain complete professionalism at all times.

Unfortunately there have been a number of companies that took these things for granted, and it ultimately cost them not only clients and business, but they entire business. So we are extremely proud to say that after all these years, We're Still Here!

Thank you all for checking in with us throughout 2017, and we look forward to serving you in 2018.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

- CB Irrigation Inc.

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Date: 11/6/2017 4:00 PM EST

Well, here we are watching the leaves change and the months (and year) go by so fast...
It's November and before we know it, it will be 2018. It always seems like we run out of things to educate you about since a lot of what we do and the industry in general does, is pretty cut and dry.

When it comes to Irrigation, it's certainly not rocket science that's for sure... :)
But there are definitely many critical parts and even "moving pieces" that are involved in the process.

While we won't bore you with salesman talk and why you should hire us... But we do hope that if you are seriously considering an Irrigation System, that not only you hire a qualified contractor, but that they also use a quality product and system. The job needs to be done right.

Winterization is paramount this time of the year, so hopefully you've had that completed, or at least have your contractor scheduled to do so. Also we're still receiving many inquiries for installation.
So long as Mother Nature plays nice and keeps her temperature above 40 degrees, we can still install.

Once the true Winter cold is here, we cannot do it until the weather breaks in the Spring, or just about that time of year. Running water through lines and testing isn't fun when the water is frozen... :)

So as Winter approaches as well as the Holidays, if you are looking for an "outside the box" gift for someone, consider having us provide them with Spring Start-up Service, or even Winterization for 2018! We would be happy to provide you with a gift certificate... We know it's not exactly a normal gift for someone, but Spring Start-up definitely will surprise them!

As always, thank you for checking in, we appreciate you!

- CB Irrigation Inc.

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Date: 10/9/2017 12:02 PM EDT

One of the biggest questions we receive or we're asked when speaking to potential clients is about rainfall, and how it affects the irrigation season.

Well, let's start by looking at the average rainfall in the areas that we serve throughout Bucks County, Pa and surrounding areas. Year in and year out we average approximately 40 inches of rain per year in this area... But this year in particularly, we have received more than that and it's only October.

But even with more rain this year than in recent years, that is definitely not reason to bank on keeping your lawn the way you want, even though it's getting more water in that particular season.

Keep in mind, irrigation systems are designed to perform and deliver the proper amount of water your yard needs, while saving you money in the process. Without a system that virtually operates on it's own, you're heavily relying on mother nature to keep your lawn "fresh" during the warmer months...

Remember, all it takes is a week or so without rain or any type of drought coupled with very high temperatures, and your lawn can go from green to brown very quickly. So while this year we've already experienced rainfall of more than 40 inches as of this month, it's still not a reason to think your lawn will survive and look as beautiful as you want it to without consistent water.

Chances are by the end of this year, we'll probably have exceeded 50 or even 60 inches of rain in this area. But that has zero affect on what Spring and Summer will bring us in 2018. So we hope you'll take this information into consideration on whether or not you think you can maintain an excellent lawn without proper irrigation... And when you're ready, we're here to help you!

Thanks for checking in as always!

- CB Irrigation Inc.

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Date: 9/7/2017 3:37 PM EDT

Well, here we are...
The end of Summer is here and now we head into another Fall Season. It's been one heck of a Summer, and even though Mother Nature didn't play nice with all of the rain we had, it still was another successful Irrigation Season.

BUT! It's long from over... That's why we wanted to take a minute and talk about what to expect as the last few months of 2017 come around. Yes, we're always at the weather's mercy when it comes to how long we continue to install irrigation systems. But so long as there isn't any snow on the ground and temperatures hang in there, installation has occurred as late as December and even January!

So we'll see what Mother Nature has in store for us over the next few months. In the meantime, we hope you're thinking about (if you haven't already) scheduling us to come out and winterize your system??? Keep in mind, we provide services even if we didn't install the system we're working on.

So if you've had a system installed by another provider, that's okay, we can still help if you need us.
With all of the rain we've had, and probably will still get this Fall, wrapping up your system for the winter can be done as early as this month.

We're not going to go into details about what winterizing is, and why it's so important b/c we've done that way back in one or two blog posts previously. However, we're still reminding you that you should have a professional take care of it, so you can eliminate any issues when it comes time for Spring Start-up Service.

So with that, we hope your Summer is extremely enjoyable, and we hope you have a great Fall and Winter Season as well. Thanks for checking in with us as always!

- CB Irrigation Inc.

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Date: 8/6/2017 8:37 AM EDT

So far during this irrigation season it’s been up and down, would you agree?
Very hot days, very rainy days, and even some more than expected cooler days this Summer. But that still doesn’t take away from any homeowner paying less attention to their lawn. We want to give you some tips and hopefully even some great signs that changes, or tweaks in the system or equipment may be necessary.

Detecting issues and problems early on can save a lawn before it’s too late. When it comes to detecting issues, “watching the plants” and seeing brown spots can indicate what’s going on.

For instance, if a brown spot appears on the lawn, it’s normal to think the area is not getting enough water. However, there may be other remedies to consider. More practical solutions that don’t involve using more water. Running your system and observing and looking for anything suspicious around the troubled area such as clogged nozzles, slanted sprinklers and even heads that aren’t popping up could all contribute to the issue.

If the issue is addressed, the brown spot should disappear with little or zero impact on your water use. Brown spots can be an easy problem to detect. However, what is more challenging is watching your plants… If there are coverage issues, there will usually be wet or dry spots, or even more obvious… dead plants.

If nozzles are clogged, plants will begin to die in that particular area. Obviously the hope is to catch the problem before a plant dies, so keeping an eye out for wilting is a huge key!
There are certain nozzles that can be chosen that will give you better coverage than others.
There are even better ones in windy conditions than others.

Make sure the water droplet size is optimized, which eliminates misting and gives you better coverage. All of those things will prevent different shadings in the grass, which is an indicator of poor coverage. We know the season will be winding down soon enough, but we will continue to be your source of updates, news and overall information when it comes to Irrigation!

Have a great August and thanks for checking in!

- CB Irrigation Inc.

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Date: 7/6/2017 12:16 PM EDT

Here we are experiencing Summer in full swing! So far in our immediate area the weather hasn't been too crazy hot and humid, BUT we have experienced a substantial amount of rain so far, and we certainly had more than expected during the Spring.

So we felt we would throw you a few "nuggets" to keep in mind as Summer continues...
And more importantly, some water saving tips to maximize your Irrigation Season. :)

If you know how to take care of it, your lawn can give you years of "life" with little effort.
When it comes to watering your lawn, you might be able to save yourself some stress and even possibly some money, and also preventing it from turning brown.

Proper Zoning
Different areas of your lawn and plants need different amounts of water. Having your Irrigation System divided into separate zones so watering can be done separately covers more ground.

A properly installed irrigation system "should" evenly cover the necessary areas of your lawn to ensure balanced water distribution. Also, be sure not to waste! Some homeowners think by watering for a lengthy period of time in an area, it will be better for consumption. This isn't the case...
Applying too much too often can result in "run off" and proper absorption never taking place.

Best Time To Water...
We suggest between 5am and 10am. The reason being when the sun is low and wind should be calmer, temperatures are cooler. Later in the day watering tends to be less efficient due to water loss with evaporation with windy conditions during the day. Evening watering isn't the most efficient as well, due to leaves remaining wet overnight causing fungus to grow. By watering in the morning you give the leaves a better chance to dry out during the day.

Water what "Grows"...
Only your lawn, plants, shrubbery and anything else needing water to survive should be part of the application area of your irrigation system. Be sure the sprinkler heads are adjusted to avoid watering our driveway or sidewalks. Your system should spray large droplets of water, not a fine mist to avoid evaporation and wind drift.

As always, we appreciate you checking in with us and we hope this month's post is very helpful as your enjoy your Summer as well as enjoy your beautiful lawn!

- CB Irrigation Inc.

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Date: 6/8/2017 4:07 PM EDT

We know Spring isn't officially over yet, and we all know Summer is certainly on the way...
But we just wanted to take some time and provide you with some industry experiences that happen year in and year out as it relates to a successful irrigation season for you and your home or business.

We are experiencing countless calls and inquiries especially for potential new customers who have had an irrigation system installed either in recent years, or maybe longer...
But for whatever reason the contractors who installed these systems aren't conducting proper startup service, or they're just not getting back to the customer.

We're also seeing corners cut when systems were installed, or lower quality products being used as well. These all factor into the efficiency of how your system will operate and perform during the "busy season" and in our mind it's completely unacceptable for each and every customer.

Using high quality products, clearing all of the lines properly and not just explaining, but actually "showing" the customer how to operate their system is paramount.

What good is it if your customer doesn't understand the do's and don'ts of the system?
We know maybe to some of our audience this may sound very "elementary"... But you would be surprised how many calls we get when things go wrong, and it could have been prevented had the contractor and customer communicated upon completion of any project or service.

Spring/Summer startup service isn't rocket science, and we are well aware of this...
But if it's so simple to do and understand, why do so many customers experience issues and problems every Spring and Summer...??? It's due to lack of communication or unfortunately, a provider just not doing the job right the first time.

CB Irrigation is far from perfect... We know this. But what we can and will do, is everything possible to ensure you as a user and customer know all of the necessary ins and outs to experience a great Summer with your Irrigation System.

Thanks for checking in and let us know how we can be of service to you and anyone you think may need us this Summer Season.

- CB Irrigation Inc.

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Date: 5/9/2017 1:36 PM EDT

Well, here we are...
Spring is certainly in full swing and for the most part, Mother Nature has been playing pretty nice in May. Last month... not so much.

Since we are extremely busy with Startup Service for most of our clients, and with a large number of Installations on the schedule, we thought we would give you a few things to think about, maybe even as a piece of mind when considering an Irrigation Contractor, hopefully CB Irrigation!

As we mentioned in previous posts, we only work with and use the best quality products from the best manufacturers in the industry. We love the fact that they take so much pride in their products that they offer very strong warranties for our clients.

The manufacturers we work with typically offer a 3-5 year warranty on all of their products.
But something else you might not have known is what additional piece of mind can we offer as well???

We also take extreme pride in our installation and the materials we use. So when it comes to Installation from CB Irrigation, we guarantee EVERYTHING we do from a Labor & Material standpoint, so long as we executed the installation. We are very confident in our Technicians and the materials they're working with so we too, like to give each and every client that additional piece of mind.

Something else you may not have been aware of is Township Credits...
Township Credits can apply when it comes to your water meters. For questions or more information, feel free to give us a call and we can explain, but again, we are always about making sure our clients are educated, and taking full advantage of every resource possible to maximize savings when it comes to their Irrigation System.

As always we appreciate your time and we hope we have the opportunity to serve you, if we haven't already. Thanks for tuning in!

- CB Irrigation Inc.

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