rust stain from sprayers

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by cleancutsolutions, May 24, 2012.

  1. cleancutsolutions

    cleancutsolutions LawnSite Member
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    We installed a residential 5 zone irrigation system and used a well pump as the water source. The owner has called to see what we can do because his sprayers are staining whatever they come into contact with a rust color.

    We ran a 2" mainline and wonedering if anyone makes a good filter that would filter out iron deposits or whatever else may be causing the red rust stain color.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    test the water for iron content first
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you've got iron, you prolly have manganese, also. Have them test for that, too; both can play hell.
     
  4. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not to mention lime and calcium; you can try a "rust" injection system. I've installed a number of these systems on residential, commercial and municipal properties. Properly maintained & the correct chemical concentrations will go a long way towards eliminating your problems.

    Chemical injection systems are common here for rust & mineral control.

    SEMINOL PRODUCTS is a local manufacturer of rust & mineral inhibitors. We use their products and have had excellent results. They are very helpful, call them for recommendations.
     
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Their website is useless. How does that work, timed injection?
     
  6. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    http://www.ridorust.net/

    I install dozens of siphon systems each year. Overall, I think it's the best product on the market. Your local irrigation supplier should carry this.
     
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    So do you have the water tested for each site, or are you familiar enough in your market to know what the dosage/type of problem is?
     
  8. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
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    What are they staining. House, sidewalk, driveway?
     
  9. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Each well gets tested. Iron levels vary from off the chart to miniscule amounts. I test wells every 2 years to to determine if levels have changed from the original sample. Also, I leave the client with a case of formula and write instructions on the container (and tell them) as to the mixing ratio.
     
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are there spoils that need to go to a sump, or does the "mixture 69" dissolve all the contaminates and shoot it through the system.?
     

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