How can we keep the irrigation water from blowing back on our windows?


i have been researching for a couple yrs now ideas on what we can do to block the water hitting the windows without losing our view. We have a beautiful yard and lakeview we won't block. The problem is only when the wind blows down the valley it gets the lime deposits all over the windows. We live in a rural area with lucky to have the river irrigation system. We changed the sprinklers out to shoot only half a circle and moved them out 2 feet. It works beautifully when the wind doesn't blow but living in a valley it happens just as soon as u scrub the windows. Tall plants will block out view....other than putting in a 50' group of pavers( no grass) and shutting this side of the water system down I am at loss. We can't pour concrete as there is a water and gas line that run the length of the room. When we built 10 yrs ago we did not plan the sunroom, just a patio so this all worked fine. Any suggestions DIY thoughts would be appreciated......

q how to keep the irrigation water blowing back on the sunroom windows

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q how to keep the irrigation water blowing back on the sunroom windows

North looking South about 45' long

q how to keep the irrigation water blowing back on the sunroom windows

Facing the window view. We have taken the screens on and off so many times to clean we may have to replace them.

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  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Aug 26, 2019

    You’re using river water in your irrigation system, correct?

    Can you put an in-line filter in the system so that the mineral deposits get filtered out?

    If it’s tap water, I would invest in a whole house water filter, which is about $80 for the housing and the filter cartridges vary in price, depending the caliber/quality.

  • Jo Ann Stidman Jo Ann Stidman on Aug 26, 2019

    The irrigation system was built for the orchards, apples, cherries, grapes etc. back in the day. Our property was prior orchards so we can use the system. We have city/plus water softener for drinking in house use. The irrigation system comes out of the Simikameen River running into the Colombia River. This huge irrigation system was set up for the Orchards....we are fortunate enough to be able to use it for our yard with a yearly fee of course. Due to lack of knowledge of strong high winds and the lime deposits we would never have set outself up for this problem whenever we built. So no we can't put a filter on this one.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Aug 26, 2019

    Can't you swap out the sprinkler head so it can't reach the windows? Perhaps lowering the arc of those heads will solve the problem.

  • Jo Ann Stidman Jo Ann Stidman on Aug 26, 2019

    According to our yard/irrigation expert he has them at the lowest point. They skim the top of the grass now. He swapped them out two yrs ago. You have no idea how bad the winds are here at times.

    Thank u for your response. I feel like we have no choice but to keep scraping the windows, leave dirty(not) or shut this section off and put pea gravel in. Pea gravel would not really go with the rest of the yard......being retired we aren't as likely to spend the big bucks as we have in the past.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 26, 2019

    Maybe try something like this

    probably won't eliminate the problem but maybe it will lessen the work or how often you have to clean

  • Jimbo Jimbo on Aug 27, 2019

    Does the wind constantly blow down the valley or only at certain times of the day? Maybe by consulting a weather service for your area , such as WeatherUndergroud, you wouldn’t water during the time of high winds. Just a suggestion.

    • Jo Ann Stidman Jo Ann Stidman on Aug 27, 2019

      It seemed like it always would start up about 5 minutes before this section came I moved it up an the wind has changed...some days the winds will blow almost all day. It is really weird how it can go from so still to gushes of wind....I guess a price u pay livi g in this valley. Thanks for the suggestion ,,,,,,I am even thinking of cutting that one section back to almost nothing and see what happens ....

  • Susan Susan on Aug 27, 2019

    I have a similar problem living in windy West Texas. It takes a two-pronged approach.

    First, clean the deposits off the glass with Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound. Just follow the instructions and polish the thin film off with a microfiber cloth. (For anyone with mineral deposits on windows, shower doors, etc., this is an AMAZING and EASY way to return sparkle to glass that's been etched by hard water.)

    Second, what Dee said! RainX is the answer! You'll be amazed at how long this will last. Polishing the glass first enhances the ability of the RainX to do it's job and is the secret to a long-lasting job.

  • Jo Ann Stidman Jo Ann Stidman on Aug 27, 2019

    We have done the RainX but never heard of the Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound. On my shopping list.....we will try this thank you so much

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