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Blow outs and the big east coast storm potential problems

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Mdirrigation, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,780

    On our installs we document the locations of our valve boxes. There have been times even with documentation I have trouble finding the valve box I installed that someone else buried after a few years.

    just how it goes sometimes

    On service calls we don't locate valves unless it's needed. When it's needed I do document the location of the valve.

    I personally visit at minimum 2,000 houses out of a year out of our large enough customer base. There is no way I could keep track of all the valve boxes for these houses even with documenting them.

    we do offer a much more detailed service call where the valves are indicated in a map of the system
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,669

    I can only think how thrilled the one customer would have been to receive the bill for my locating their valve manifold....... under the concrete slab poured for the air conditioning unit payup
  3. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,630

    Mike I wasnt intrested in what you had for dinner ?

    I dont look for valves that are working , no need .
  4. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,272

    I agree wit MD on this whole post. My customers will pay for what's needed not extra. There are NO manifolded systems around here. And most are on acres with 15 plus zones. If a zone isn't working them I locate. I think Mike is living in a non realistic world.
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  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,389

    Draw em when ya install em. Scan em in pc . Print a copy and staple it to the service order.
  6. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    Station Master is the answer. Easy, fairly cheap, good tool to have anyway.

  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    Lucky me. What I was trying to get at, is, in my thirty years, a valve will fail at 4.30 pm on a Friday afternoon (on a long weekend). Without knowing where the valves are, the system will have to be shut down ( if you can find the shut-off) until the offending valve (forward flows are the worst) is located. Feel like working weekends? :dizzy:
  8. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,630

    I go out on weekends , its double time , most customers elect to wait . Our shut off valves are in the house .
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    We all have different business models, which makes this forum instructive and helpfull.
    If I took on a new client, the first thing I'd do is survey the site to locate all possible places of failure and provide a chart of the locations. Never had anyone complain, especially on Friday. :)
  10. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,248

    Just hi-lite the whole property.

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