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Never had to 'winterize' the sprinkler system. They shut off and probably drain back a bit. Pipes are over a foot deep.

t in Dallas TX area.
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"kablooey".......

Now there's a term I haven't heard used in a long time. :)
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...one just went "kaflooey" and self destructed...

We have a sprinkler system for the first time ever when we built our retirement dream home. And to paraphrase one of my partners - "they are a product of the devil". Haven't had too many issues but the company has had to come out a few times to adjust sprinkler heads and replace a few.

As far as kaflooey, had that experience last fall. We have to winterize our system. Company comes out and it is basically blowing the water out via a big air compressor. So I'm working in the backyard, the worker is going sector by sector blowing out the lines. Then, kaflooey (and that what it sounded like), one sprinkler head gets launched about 40 or so feet in the air like a bad physics rocket project.

JLC
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Never had to 'winterize' the sprinkler system. They shut off and probably drain back a bit. Pipes are over a foot deep.

t in Dallas TX area.
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In my locale sprinkler systems are required to have an anti-siphon valve. That valve allows water to only flow in one direction. It prevents water from the system from being siphoned back into the house water supply water supply.
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We've had auto sprinkler system on our last two houses. Only way to go.

Our municipality requires two anti-siphon valves in series....unlike most communities in the Northwest, we're served by two large wells with pumps that can rarely induce a negative pressure.

We have a 3 zone system: front drip, front lawn watering and rear drip. The rear drip developed a major leak so had an irrigation company rep out trying to help me find it and in the course of doing this, he convinced me to update my sprinkler heads, replace one of the zone valves and update our timer to a wireless timer. Total bill about $700 including his time. As we were chatting, he told me he and wife had just inherited over $1MM and that with their savings, this put them at about $1.7MM, which he had recently turned over to Edward Jones to manage as they want to retire next year in early 60s....and asked me what I thought. As we talked and he found I'd retired from the FP industry, he went to his truck and produced his latest account statement from EJ. Long story short, I showed him at a charge of 1.5% of Assets Under Management and mutual funds with a weighted 68bp ER that they were paying EJ+MFs over $40K per year in fees, and that if he just moved his accounts to Vanguard, he could get the same....if not better....investment advice for an upfront one time $3,000 and an ongoing fee under $2,000/yr.

So we finished fixing the leak, installed new sprinkler heads and valve body and installed wireless controller...and its worked like a champ. The wireless timer is a pretty cool feature as we can not only control watering from anywhere but it auto adjusts based on any rainfall.

I never did get a bill for the upgrades and his services.

BruceM
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I never did get a bill for the upgrades and his services.


You paid in professional services - and he benefited far more from those services than he would have from his usual fee.
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We have a 3 zone system...

We have 28 zones, a little overkill but we have about 1.25 acres of lawn/flower beds. IIRC, anything over 15 or so with this company is qualified as a corporate account. Don't know what the difference is other than maybe a dedicated service team.

JLC
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4 zones here in Dallas

and 1 zone for filling pool - add about an inch a day due to evaporation in summer. Almost nothing in the winter.

System is 28 years old. Controller replaced once since I needed 'days of week' and first one wouldn't do it......

two repairs in 29 years so can't complain.....

t.
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