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Ready for Summer

Virgin Bores is stocked up and ready to help you get your garden ready for summer in Perth 2016.

Now is the time to get your garden reticulation serviced and ready before the Summer rush. We can install a Perth water bore in your garden to help your garden flourish during the heat of a Perth summer.

From September first Perth gardeners will be able to turn on their sprinklers as the winter sprinkler bans will be finished.

We have had a very cold winter with June and July temperatures being the coldest in years and we are only just seeing streamflows into Perth’s drinking water dams.

If your home is on mains water you can use your sprinklers two days a week. However if you have a Perth modern submersible water bore you can use your sprinklers three days a week if needed.

So run through your sprinklers and make sure they are all working. We fix, repair and service bores and retic systems, broken pipes, faulty solenoid valves, blocked sprinklers and retic coverage issues. Our electricians fix and replace retic controllers and bore pumps.

If there is an issue give the team at Virgin Bores a call on 9246 0111.

Perth reticulation controller needs replacing?

Holman reticulation controller
Holman reticulation controller

Whether your retic timer is faulty or simply old and you are not able to program your required Perth watering days, we can help.

We replace reticulation timers in all Perth suburbs. We will fix your retic controller whether connected to mains water or a bore. If it is a plug-in style we send out our service man. If it needs hard-wiring to the mains power our electrician will attend.

Some retic controllers, like the Holman model pictured, look like they may be hard wired but this one actually had a plug pack transformer plugged into a power point in the roof.

We have compatible models to replace all brands of retic controllers including Holman, Rain Bird, Rainmaster, Hunter, Toro, Orbit, Richdel and Irritrol Rain Dial. We typically carry 6 and 9 station models in our mobile stock but we can get any size if required.

You can reach us on 9246 0111.

What size is my submersible bore pump?

Most submersible bores in Perth have either a 1.1 kilowatt ( one and a half horsepower), 1.5 KW ( 2 HP ) or 2.2 KW ( 3 HP ) motor connected to a matching pump ( “wet-end” )

If the motor is a single phase then ordinarily it will have a start box mounted near the electrical meter box. This often has the kilowatts or horsepower marked on the front. These pictures show the common Sumoto pump start box where the kilowatt selection has been indicated in black markers. This one is 1.1 kilowatt.

Sumoto pump start box
Sumoto pump start box
Sumoto start box for 1.1 KW bore
Sumoto start box for 1.1 KW bore

For a three phase motor the only reliable way to determine the motor size is to pull up the motor and pump.

If you need help with your submersible bore pump or electrical bore repairs in any Perth suburb give us a call on 9246 0111 or visit our website on www.virginbores.com.au for further information.

New water bore Ballajura

Water bore problem Ballajura
Stuffed water bore Ballajura

It was a busy day in Ballajura today. We got called to a couple of bore electrical problems which we sorted quite quickly. We couldn’t immediately help the last call though.

The gentleman had a submersible bore that was of dubious construction. Not only was the borehole itself drawing sand, something which incidentally does not happen if the correct screens and gravel packing is used, but also the submersible pump was stuck irretrievably down the bore hole. The submersible pump had been installed down the bore without a stainless steel draw wire. The owner had erected a tripod and attempted to retrieve the pump by hauling up the poly pipe on a block and tackle. Unfortunately the poly pipe had snapped some metres down the bore hole and the poly pipe and submersible pump were now completely stuck.

Next week we will be drilling a new water bore for him. We’ll be sure to do everything to best practice standards to avoid problems like this in the future. We suspect this original bore had been a DIY or at best done by a backyard operator. Make sure if you are having a bore drilled in Ballajura or surrounds you use a licensed driller and preferably one who is a member of the ADIA.

If you would like a quote on a new water bore or need repairs to your existing bore in Ballajura give Virgin Bores a call on 92460111 or visit www.virginbores.com.au

Why is my old Perth bore running out of water?

Some Perth bore owners are telling us their very old water bores are running out of water or that it runs for a minute or two then it runs out. This can be a a problem with the reticulation system or pump.

Slotted PVC bore casing
Slotted PVC bore casing

 

Commonly it is the yield of the bore itself and the pump is pumping water out faster than it is flowing in to the bore casing. Many people think the bore is not deep enough. At times the water table does drop & it is a depth related issue. More often the stainless steel bore screen or slotted PVC bore casing has become blocked. Sometimes the ground around the bore has reduced the water it will “allow” to flow through it. We would try air-developing, a process where large volumes of compressed air are pumped down the bore. We can also chemically clean and restore the bore with a combination of special cleaning compounds, surfactants and clay dispersants.

Call our Perth team on 9246 0111 or visit our website www.virginboresbores.com.au

Water bore faulty Perth

Electrician working on submersible bore in Perth
Electrician working on submersible bore in Perth

The Perth metro sprinkler bans have ended for 2014.

Perth bore owners have been out testing their water bores for the first time this spring. Some are faulty!

We are hearing similar stories. “I’m starting my bore and the circuit breaker is tripping or fuse is blowing, what should I do?”. We would send a bore electrician ( experienced in pumps and bores ) He has special equipment to test the circuits & windings of the motor. We can do this without winching the pump up. We remind our customers that if it is a fused bore pump motor it may be covered under household insurance. Also if the fault is storm related even damage from lightning induction that then this too may be subject to an insurance claim.

To have the matter attended to first by specialist bore repairers who can correctly diagnose the fault and possible cause call the team on 9246 0111 or visit our website on www.virginbores.com.au

Failed reticulation controller South Perth

Reticulation controller South Perth
Reticulation controller South Perth

We got a call from South Perth today. The South Perth customer reported her submersible bore was not working. She thought her Rainmaster reticulation controller was OK because the screen still had a display.

We took out the 9 volt back up battery and the display disappeared. This simple home test showed there was either no mains power to the reticulation controller or its internal 24 volt transformer had failed. The reticulation controller needs a 24 volt output to switch the relay, that in turn starts the 240 volt single phase bore or 440 volt DOL starter in the case of a 3 phase pumps.

A bit of an investigation by our servicemen at the South Perth call out revealed that in this case the controller transformer had in fact failed. We replaced the controller and there were smiles all round as the bore fired up and the sprinkler came on.

For any bore or reticulation repairs or maintenance in South Perth, Kensington Como area and surrounds call us on 0408 454 130 or visit our website www.virginbores.com.au