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Automate old style wells 

 

Our specialist service  automate old well bores to start from modern reticulation controllers and replace manual gate valves with automatic solenoid valves. Our specialist team automated this old well in High Wycombe. Last week we automated old style wells in High Wycombe, Waterford, Bentley and Karawara. Sing out if you want help automating your bore and give Troy a call on 92460111.

Enjoy holidays away without worry. We service and repair anything to do with bores or retic systems all over Perth.

Leak Detection

Do you think you might have a leak in your reticulation, sprinkler system or anywhere else in your home? There is a simple test you can do yourself or call us on 9246 0111

Detecting a water leak
Checking the reading on your meter

Make sure you turn off all taps inside and outside the home and check there are no visible leaks. Make sure the dishwasher, washing machine, evaporative air conditioner and garden reticulation controller are not in use. Also make sure your toilet cistern is not filling after a recent flush.
Then go to your water meter and record the black and red numbers on your water meter (write down or photograph). Wait 30 minutes, making sure no water is being used and record the reading again. If it has changed you probably have a leak.
Clues that the leak may be in the garden area are wet patches or very green localized patches in your lawn. Of course if your reticulation system is fed from a bore this cannot be a cause. If your reticulation system is fed from mains water there should be a separate gate valve, often near the water meter, that can be used to isolate the retic as a potential leak.
Our reticulation mobile service team are leak detection experts and can locate and fix the leak in the garden. If the leak is inside the home there is a list of recommended Waterwise plumbers on the Water Corporation website.
If you have a leak or any issue with your reticulation system in Perth call Troy on 9246 0111 or read more on our website HERE

New reticulation system Noranda

 

If you would like a modern submersible water bore or a new reticulation system in the Noranda area call 9246 0111.

We drilled a new submersible garden water bore here last week at this house in Noranda, now we have installed a new reticulation system. With the extra flow from the bore versus mains scheme water, we were able to run pop up sprinklers for the lawn on one station and separate micro sprays for the garden beds on another. The half sprinklers that face the house backing onto the curb are prone to car tyre damage. So we installed come concrete surrounds to this line of sprinklers and those on the edge of the driveway to protect this new Noranda reticulation system.

New retic & bore Noranda
New reticulation system Noranda

With the installation of a modern submersible water bore, the client is now able to use their sprinkler system three days a week instead of only two days allowed from mains water. This Noranda front garden is about to have a new lawn laid. They will be able to apply for a new lawn exemption and water the new lawn more often details here

While we were there, we popped our head over the side fence and took a look at the neighbor’s garden. We drilled new submersible water bore at the property last year and their garden looked great. We are very happy to get referrals from happy customers.

If you live in the Noranda area and would like to discuss a new water bore or reticulation system call us on 9246 0111 or check out our website HERE

 

Water bore start capacitor problem

We often get water bore repair calls where the problem turns out to be the start capacitor. Call on 9246 0111. 

Water bore start box and capacitor
Start capacitor and start box
Start capacitor in start box
Start capacitor in start box

In a single phase submersible bore pump the start capacitor is ordinarily in the 240 volt start box. Three phase submersible pumps do not have start capacitors. In some centrifugal pumps the capacitor can be mounted externally on the pump motor housing. It is surprising how often a faulty capacitor is missed as the cause of a bore pump problem particularly when tests are carried out by someone who is not specifically experienced in bore pump service work. Even trained general electricians can misdiagnose this simple problem.

Often a capacitor problem can spotted visually as it will commonly swell or rupture. A start capacitor should be perfectly cylindrical. Sometimes though a faulty capacitor can only be diagnosed by the serviceman actually testing it when disconnected. As the start box is mains powered it does need a licensed electrician or certified electrical worker to test and replace the start capacitor. Our specialist bore electrician Dave is expert at this. 

Burnt out start capacitor
Close up burnt bore start capacitor

One of our clients from Baldivis sent us these pics of inside his submersible water bore start box.

This is a single phase start box and is a particularly dramatic example of a blown start capacitor.

Burnt bore start capacitor Perth
Burnt bore start capacitor in start box

Our mobile bore service teams carry a variety of different size start capacitors and can quickly diagnose and fix this common bore problem. We repair water bores in all Perth suburbs, call us on 9246 0111 or book a service online

Problems with retic controller

If you’re having a problem with your reticulation controller it’s worth trying a factory reset or we will talk you through it on 9246 0111.

This drops all programming and brings the retic controller back to factory default. Different brands and even individual models of the same brand controllers have ways of resetting. Your  irrigation / reticulation controller manual should list how to reset the controller.

Once you have done the factory reboot don’t forget to reprogram all your settings for your allocated watering days.

This info from Hunter relates to their most common models.

http://www.hunterindustries.com/en-metric/support/how-do-i-reset-my-hunter-controller

Still stumped with your reticulation problem in Perth then give us a call on 9246 0111 or book a reticulation service online HERE

Water Bores & Reticulation all suburbs Perth
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Happy reticulation customer Carine

Ray from Carine was grateful for the work done on his retic by our reticulation repair team. He had phoned us on 9246 0111.

It was great he bothered to say thanks. Our specialist electrician tested circuits and found issues with solenoids which were replaced. He also tested the submersible motor. Our pump electricians have done thousands of jobs like this one all over Perth.
If you have issues with your solenoids or bore pump call Troy on 9246 0111 or check out our website

Good review Virgin Bores
Carine customer says thanks

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New Reticulation system Piara Waters

Piara Waters
New reticulation system

As well as fixing water bores, we service and repair reticulation systems and install complete news systems.

Today we completed another irragation system in Piara Waters south of Perth. This retic system we connected to a new submersible water bore we drilled last week. Note in the pic the raised and exposed PVC pipes will be covered when the raised retained garden bed is backfilled.

If you have been thinking about a new reticulation system south of the river go to our main website http://www.virginbores.com.au or ring on 924601111

Water bore Perth Coastal Strip

We drilled a new submersible water bore in this week for a customer in Sorrento 9246 0111.

After nearly 20 years in the “boring business” we have drilled many new water bores on Perth’s coastal strip.

The quality of the water at this Sorrento water bore was great. Salt levels perfect at 450 ppm. We drilled the bore in back yard via side gates as there was no access to front garden near electrical meter box.

Our electrician simply connected it up and over through the roof space. The number of stations on this retic system were halved when we connected the bore to accommodate the extra flow from the 1.5 hp submersible bore pump.

For an online quote on a new bore Sorrento or any of Perth’s coastal suburbs click HERE  or call us 9246 0111.

The job didn’t finish after the bore was completed. We then modified the garden reticulation system and added gear drive sprinklers to the verge.

Drilling rig drilling water bore Sorrento
Water bore being drilled coastal suburb of Sorrento

Making Existing Bores Automatic- automating bores. Perth.

Visited two homes today, both coincidentally in Dianella, to advise on automating their bores. They were both typical old well style bores commonly seen in Dianella. Both bores were manually operated from a DOL starter and ran two separate  stations front and rear. Two gate valves were manually turned to send the water either to the front or back after the bore was started manually. This is a very typical early installation common in Perth bores.

To make a bore reticulation system automatic we firstly fit an outdoor reticulation controller and replace the manual gate valves with automatic solenoid valves. Our electrician then interfaces the retic controller to automatically turn on the bore starter via a 24v relay. We can automate either 3 phase or single phase bores. When the reticulation controller (timer) turns on the bore it opens the required solenoid valve at the same time and ” hey presto” the bore reticulation works automatically at the pre-programmed time! We program it to comply with Perth bore sprinkler roster days and the homeowner can “set and forget”.

Call us on 9246 0111 for advice or quotation or visit us at HERE