27 Sep 2019

Freezin’ Season

As Virginians, we are lucky to live in an area that experiences the beauty of all four seasons.  However, the intense sunshine and snow do leave us with a few more responsibilities than other, one-season states.  One important winter step that many people forget is winterizing irrigation systems. With Virginia’s common below-freezing temperatures, making sure your irrigation system is prepared for the cold is crucial to save you from severe damage and repairs.

What Is Winterization?

Winterizing irrigation systems is a precautionary procedure that removes excess water from vulnerable pipes.  The process is time consuming and detailed, which is why it is best done by irrigation maintenance professionals.

Save Money

Your irrigation system is an important investment.  Winterizing these systems will save you large amounts of money in the long run.  Any bit of water left in irrigation pipes can freeze and expand during the winter, causing pipes to crack.  The cost of repairing these systems is far greater than the cost of winterizing.

Avoid Wasting Time and Landscaping

When irrigation system pipes burst, homeowners usually don’t realize there is a problem until well into spring.  Once they find the issue, it can take weeks for system repairs to take place.  By this time, much landscaping can be lost due to the lack of irrigation and, often, the process of repairing the system can wreak havoc on your yard, too.  Having your irrigation system winterized can save you time and save your yard.

Protect Tap Water

Another reason why you should winterize your irrigation system is to protect your home’s tap water. The backflow prevention device is an important piece of your irrigation system which prevents contaminants, such as fertilizer, pesticides, and animal waste, from entering your home’s water pipes.  This piece of the system is above ground and exposed to the elements and is, therefore, even more at risk of freezing.

G&R Contracting offers winterization treatments so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the changing seasons worry-free.  Sign up before November 1stto receive 20% off ($60).  Freezin‘ season is on its way, don’t wait to sign up!

Contact us today to sign-up!

27 Sep 2019

Freezin’ Season – Winterization

As Virginians, we are lucky to live in an area that experiences the beauty of all four seasons.  However, the intense sunshine and snow do leave us with a few more responsibilities than other, one-season states.  One important winter step that many people forget is winterizing irrigation systems. With Virginia’s common below-freezing temperatures, making sure your irrigation system is prepared for the cold is crucial to save you from severe damage and repairs.

What Is Winterization?

Winterizing irrigation systems is a precautionary procedure that removes excess water from vulnerable pipes.  The process is time consuming and detailed, which is why it is best done by irrigation maintenance professionals.

Save Money

Your irrigation system is an important investment.  Winterizing these systems will save you large amounts of money in the long run.  Any bit of water left in irrigation pipes can freeze and expand during the winter, causing pipes to crack.  The cost of repairing these systems is far greater than the cost of winterizing.

Avoid Wasting Time and Landscaping

When irrigation system pipes burst, homeowners usually don’t realize there is a problem until well into spring.  Once they find the issue, it can take weeks for system repairs to take place.  By this time, much landscaping can be lost due to the lack of irrigation and, often, the process of repairing the system can wreak havoc on your yard, too.  Having your irrigation system winterized can save you time and save your yard.

Protect Tap Water

Another reason why you should winterize your irrigation system is to protect your home’s tap water. The backflow prevention device is an important piece of your irrigation system which prevents contaminants, such as fertilizer, pesticides, and animal waste, from entering your home’s water pipes.  This piece of the system is above ground and exposed to the elements and is, therefore, even more at risk of freezing.

G&R Contracting offers winterization treatments so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the changing seasons worry-free.  Sign up before November 1stto receive 20% off ($60).  Freezin‘ season is on its way, don’t wait to sign up!

07 Mar 2018

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Damage to your Home from a Tree

Trees are beautiful, and some of the longest lasting things on earth. But they have their downsides. Falling trees and tree limbs are responsible for countless amounts of home and property damage.

Here are 5 things you can look out for to prevent it from happening to you:

1. Look out for dead trees.

It's not a matter of if the tree will fall, it's a matter of when. Dead trees are especially dangerous if located near homes or driveways where cars usually park. Keep in mind that even though insurance will usually cover the damage that a tree has on your property (or your neighbor's), it's your responsibility to make sure that the trees are maintained. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if a tree is dead or if it just needs a shot of coffee. If you're noticing one of these guys in your yard, reach out to your local arborist. A tree professional can often inspect and test a tree to suggest the best course of action.

2. Keep an eye peeled for dead branches.

A tree may not need to be dead to have dead branches. A few days ago Richmond, VA experienced unbelievable winds. In addition to blowing around some debris, we lost about half of what we thought was a healthy tree. We're lucky it didn't hit anything except the yard (and barely missed the mailbox). Be sure to keep tree limbs trimmed back to prevent them from coming down on your property.

3. Keep an eye on your roof.

Tree limbs that aren't exceptionally long but are touching your home or roof can still be a major problem. As the wind blows the limbs, they can catch your shingles and begin to damage and even rip up your roof. Be sure to keep the trees around your home trimmed back. Thousands of Americans visit the hospital each year from roof and ladder-related injuries; if you aren't comfortable getting up on your roof, call a tree trimmer or arborist to take care of the job for you.

4. Notice leaning trees.

Even beautiful, healthy trees that are leaning too heavily can be concerning. Some trees have the capacity to lean in a particular direction (oak is a strong wood that often leans) but they should still be inspected thoroughly to ensure that they don't grow too large and lean too much.

5. Mushrooms at the base of your tree.

Mushrooms and conks can be signs of decomposing or rotting trees. They will often attack older trees, so it can be beneficial to get the tree and mushroom inspected. Usually, it isn't a problem, but it's always best to be safe rather than sorry.

Keep an eye out for these things. If you ever feel concerned, reach out to G&R Contracting at 804-360-2686.

** We don't actually remove trees but we can refer you to a specialist that we trust!

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