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Water bore Meadow Springs

Recently we drilled a relatively shallow 16 metre water bore in Meadow Springs, south of Perth. Meadow Springs is a suburb of Mandurah, immediately northeast of central Mandurah.

Water bore coastal
New water bore Meadow Springs

The bores drilled in the Meadow Springs area are relatively shallow as there are some salt concerns further down. This bore was drilled through mainly limestone and sand using a trailer mounted rotary mud drilling rig. This is an excellent drilling rig to use when there is not much space and it is perfect for bores up to 40 metres in most Perth suburbs.

This Meadow Springs bore has a 1.1 kw stainless steel submersible pump that was connected to the client’s existing reticulation system.

We have drilled many water bores in the Meadow Springs and Mandurah area. Call us on 9246 0111 or to research your submersible water bore in the Mandurah area check out our main website

 

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

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

Can I use my water bore during Perth sprinkler bans?

 

Winter sprinkler bans are in place across Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West and Great Southern from June 1 until August 30 each year. Many people are not aware they are not allowed to use their reticulation during winter.

Turn off retic controller
Turn off retic controller

Perth has had winter sprinkler bans since 2010 and saving about  4.5 billion litres of scheme water each year.

What does this mean for Perth bore owners? Bore owners are allowed to flush irrigation systems once a week on their rostered watering days, either before 9am or after 6pm, for about 2 minutes per station during winter. They can also be run during the ban period for the purposes of installation, testing and repair. Hand watering is permitted during the ban and customers can apply for an exemption for new lawns.

You can get more information at the Water Corporation website HERE or if you have any questions about using your water bore in winter in Perth call 9246 0111. On this Water Corp link there is an interactive map that lets you know if your property is included.

It is important to check your water bore and reticulation during winter and if you have any issues call us and we will be happy to help.

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.

Trailer mounted drilling rig for limited access

Drilling water bores in limited access or difficult sites just got easier in Perth. One of our drillers just completed a new trailer mounted drilling rig.

Trailer mounted drilling rig
Trailer mounted drilling rig
Rig fits into tight spaces
Rig fits into tight spaces

It can be manhandled through tight spaces as little as 2 metres wide and 2.3 metres high. We can push it under carports that are high enough and through to the backyard. This new water bore drilling rig can even drill through limestone prevalent along our Perth coastal strip.

If you have a water bore requirement that is in a difficult to access site then give our new bore team a call at Virgin Bores on 92460111 or visit http://www.virginbores.com.au. We also have portable bore drilling rigs that can be reassembled in even more difficult to access sites and extra tight spaces for bores that are being drilled mainly in sand or light clays.

Limited access for water bore Perth

Limited access and tight confines water bore drilling is a speciality of Virgin Bores. Check out the website http://www.virginbores.com.au

Small water bore for tight access
Small water bore rig for tight access

For garden water bores with limited access for our full size truck mounted drilling rigs we have smaller bore drilling equipment we can partially reassemble onsite. Ideal where garden walks surround a home or retaining walls limit access. These small rigs can only typically drill a bore to a maximum of 30 or 40 metres. This is deep enough for most Perth garden bores. One drawback though is these portable bore drilling rigs can only drill in sand or light clay but not through lots of limestone.

Call us on 92460111 if you have a water bore that needs to be positioned in a space that is difficult to access.

Water bore Perth limited access
Water bore Perth limited access

New bore Wilson

Our Virgin Bores team have just finished installing a new submersible water bore in Wilson. This one we drilled to 19 metres at a newly completed house.

We backed the drilling rig truck up to the small perimeter wall and were able to drill “over” the slim high wall. The new bore is just behind the Virgin Bores sign on the other side of the wall. Note the small pile of sand resulting from drilling a 100mm diameter borehole to a depth of 19 metres. Water bearing ground was encountered at 5 metres.

Solenoid valves Wilson
A manifold of solenoid valves
Ready for retic in Wilson
New bore ready for retic in Wilson

This is pretty standard for Wilson. We installed a 1.5 horsepower (1.1 kilowatt) stainless steel submersible pump and Italian Sumoto motor. Included in this clients bore package was a 6 station Rainmaster reticulation controller. We then installed 4 solenoid valves in the ground and automated them. The 4 solenoid valves are pictured here adjacent to the actual borehead. The borehead was then covered over by a small green bore box and buried under the sand. The solenoid valves will be covered by valve covers for access if needed. Our bore electrician wired in the controller to auto start the bore pump and operate the solenoid valves.

Now a very easy job for the client to finish the reticulation sprinkler system. If we can help you with a bore or retic work in Wilson or surrounds please call us on 9246 0111 or visit Virgin Bores here

New water bore Nedlands

New water bore Nedlands
New water bore Nedlands

Our new installation arm Virgin Bores are drilling a new Water Bore in Nedlands tomorrow. The depth to water here in Florence Road is about 36 metres so we will drill to a total depth of 38 metres for plenty of water.
The garden bore will be equipped with a of 1.1 kilowatt submersible pump. Pretty standard for most Water Bores in Nedlands and Dalkeith. This will deliver about 90 litres per minute to the surface. Perfect for a typical Nedlands garden retic system. The small white vertical stake indicates where we will be drilling the bore. Alongside the brick wall is the 100mm PVC borecasing that will be installed permanently in the borehole. The bottom 6 metres of the casing is finely slotted to allow the water in. Around this we pack a fine layer of screened drillers gravel to act a s a permanent filter.
If you’re interested in a new bore or bore and retic repairs in Nedlands, Claremont or Dalkeith please call us on 92460111.

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