Who’ll stop the rain?

Noah knew the answer to that one…

But here is a more practical question today for Bergen County homeowners waiting for spring to arrive-

Who’ll stop the Sprinklers?  Most folks have seen a picture similar to the one shown here:

irrigationduringrain

Yes it is quite a waste and believe it or not, it is easily preventable! 

How does a rain sensor work? (Click for a musical interlude)

Most rain-sensing devices work by accumulating a set amount of rainfall before a switch is activated that interrupts the circuit from the controller and shuts off the system. In that “accumulation time”, the system will unnecessarily continue to water. This can look especially bad for conservation-conscious municipalities, businesses, and residences. With built-in Quick Response technology, the Hunter Rain-Clik and Wireless Rain-Clik can command a controller to shut off right when it starts to rain.

pd-sensor_rain-clik-h2972  The HUNTER Rain-Clik can be mounted on an eave or any flat vertical surface like a wall or fence. A gutter mount is also available that allows for easy installation of the Rain-Clik on the edge of a gutter.  At or near the roof is the preferred location to install a rain sensor but it will require you or your irrigaiton contractor to get on a ladder.

PLEASE NOTE- this device will not work unless it is open to the sky.  It needs to receive both rainfall and sunlight to function properly.  It can’t be under the overhang of the roof or a nearby tree.  For best results it shouldn’t even be mounted on the wall unless it is high enough up to be above any surrounding shrubs.  Avoid the shady side of the building when possible.

  • Maintenance-free design with 10-year battery life for Wireless Rain-Clik
  • Wireless unit available with 800 ft. range from wireless sensor to receiver
  • Warranty period: 5 years (10 year battery warranty for wireless model)
  • Compatible with most controllers

A rain sensing shut-off switch like the one shown above is an inexpensive ($75 -$150 installed) and automatic way to avoid watering your lawn during a rainstorm (and perhaps, dirty looks from the neighbors)!

Next- let’s kick it up a notch with a soil moisture sensor!

 

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