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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

Drilling water bore in driveway

We installed a new submersible water bore for a client who knew there would be problems with access for the water bore drilling rig. All suburbs 9246 0111. 

We couldn’t use any of our portable or smaller drilling rigs because the ground was mainly limestone. We knew from experience the limestone would go all the way down to his required depth of 28 metres and it needed the power of our truck mounted drilling rigs to be drilled successfully.

Tight access drilling
Neat hole in drive way ready for bore drilling

There were large brick walls around the entire property so the only option was to drill the bore in his driveway. Normally a simple job to drill a bore in a driveway if it is paving. Then we simply lift pavers, drill the bore, install and connect the submersible pump and then replace the pavers. But this driveway was poured aggregate. Customer was determined to get a bore. Solution…we arranged a contractor to cut a neat circular hole in the aggregate driveway.

Water bore drive way cut out
Water bore driveway cut out

We preserved the circular cut out. After bore drilling and installation this same cut out plug shown here was put back as the lid over our bore box. 

It was a very neat solution. Ring us with your Perth water boring challenge on 9246 0111 or read more about getting a modern submersible water bore 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

Electrical bore problem Beechboro

Our specialist bore electrician recently fixed a circuit breaker that was tripping in Beechboro. Call 9246 0111.

Dave, our electrician, tested the single phase submersible pump and all the electrical tests were OK but were marginal on this Beechboro water bore.

There was an old metal start-box which was rusted out and dangerous. He replaced and rewired the start box with a new 1.5 kw rated box with matching start capacitor. Dave replaced some dangerous connections at the bore head and retested everything. Given the apparent age of the submersible pump it will likely need replacing in the next few years. We have recommended that at that time the down hole electrical cable and stainless steel draw wire is also replaced.

Dave is an excellent bore electrician and ask him why one of our customers called him a “little treasure”

We have a wealth of experiencing servicing bores and pumps throughout Perth. Give us a call on 9246 0111 or visit HERE  for more information or if we can help you.

Water Bore Drilling and service
Reticulation and drilling Perth

 

What is my reticulation controller battery for?

 

Why does it matter that my reticulation controller battery has gone flat? The answer is that it really matters if you have a water bore. Call us on 9246 0111.

Perth Reticulation controller
Pro 469 Reticulation controller

 

What does a retic timer need a battery for anyway? There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a retic controller’s 9 volt battery does. Retic controllers have batteries to preserve the memory of that has been programmed in the event of a mains power fail.

The battery is normally only 9 volts and does not have the power to operate solenoid valves or pump start relays. Solenoid valves and most other irrigation devices operate on 24 volts. Most retic controllers are 240 volt mains powered with a transformer that steps down to 24 volt to operate the individual irrigation devices. It may seem like a minor inconvenience if you have a flat 9 volt battery in your controller as at first glance one would think it is not a big issue if you lose mains power and the controller has to be reprogrammed.

9 volt battery

BUT it can have nasty consequences if the controller operates a bore.

If mains power is lost to quite a few brands of reticulation controllers and there is no back up battery then when mains power is restored the controller resets all programming to factory default which is often 10 minutes per station per day. This may then turn the bore on to stations that don’t exist and the pump runs with nowhere for the water to go. This can damage the pump or pipe work of the bore.

This season we attended 3 bores that had been affected like this from Ocean Reef alone. All after a power fail. These bores, incidentally should have had the unused stations ‘looped out’ to safeguard against this. Remember it is wise to change your disposable 9 volt battery at least once a year. Some newer model controllers have rechargeable batteries. You can test both types by simply turning mains power off and checking whether the display to the retic controller is still working and whether customer program’s have been retained when mains power is turned back on.

Please call us for any help on  9246 0111 or go to  our website.

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

Does a water bore save you money?

Water bores save money
Saving money with a water bore

This client had a water bore drilled in Autumn of last year in a Perth northern suburb.

It was drilled to 35 metres and has crystal clear water. Salt levels were tested at 300 ppm which in this case was fresher than the clients tap water

A year on the garden is flourishing. Watering the garden three a week with the nutrient rich bore water has made a big difference. The home owner’s water bills bring smiles to the face of these keen gardeners every time they open one. These clients are saving well over one thousand dollars a year in water consumption.

If you want to save money on your water bill give one of our friendly team a call on 9246 0111 or visit our main website on http://www.virginbores.com.au

Water bores really are the perfect solution in Perth’s hot dry climate with it’s water hungry sandy soils.

Happy Gardening!

Water bores Piara Waters

Water bore just drilled in Piara Waters
Water bore just drilled in Piara Waters
Water bore Piara Waters
Water bore Piara Waters

This week we drilled two bores in the Piara Waters.

The water table was relatively shallow at six metres which means would normally drill to eighteen metres. In both of these water bores we drilled to twenty five metres for better quality water and greater flow.

Both of these Piara Waters water bores are being equipped with a 1.1 kilowatt submersible pump. This is perfect for the smaller gardens in Piara Waters.

We have good local knowledge in Piara Waters and surrounding suburbs like Atwell, Banjup and Champion Lakes.

If you would like a water bore in your garden visit our website on http://www.virginbores.com.au or call on of our friendly and knowledgeable team on 9246 0111.

Centrifugal to Submersible pump bore conversion and automation Perth

It was a great feeling to turn the new submersible pump on and see such a great result. Client in Dianella had a very large  centrifugal pump down a 7 liner well.  The centrifugal pump had failed and it was not practical or economical to replace or recondition the pump. Fortunately a few years ago the bore hole at the bottom of the old well had been redrilled and replaced with a 100 mm PVC casing. This was compatible with a new submersible pump. The 3 phase centrifugal system was converted to a submersible pump 3kw ( 4hp ) three phase. The old two stage starter on the wall was replaced by a new 415 vDOL starter. While we were at it  we converted the gentlemans old manual gate valve sprinkler system to a modern automated one.   A fully programmable reticulation controller now turns on the new submersible pump at the same time it opens solenoid valves to controll the 3 separate sprinkler stations. He had the old mountain mist metal disc sprinklers that are common with old well systems all over Perth. Those sprinklers use about 17 litres per minute each. We had to take this into account when specifying the new submersible pump for the old well conversion. We had to make sure the new pump had the power to adequately run all his sprinklers as configured without modification. As the picture shows its great when a plan comes together! Call us on 1300 734 300 for help with any Perth bore or reticulation system or visit our main Virgin Bores Perth website here.