Is it possible to stop the water to my irrigation system for years?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by mazchazo, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    Like said above by others, a lot of these questions an quickly be answered if you can get some photos posted. As far as the valves being buried it is fairly common especially with older neglected systems. Down your way it is a common practice to run a main pipe with the valves for each zone scatered about the yard. So if you have a zone for the front, a zone for the back, 1 for the side and another for the other side, then you may have a zone valve buried in each of those respected areas. Usually in a 6" round valve box, which is left alone can quickly become covered in grass or mulch. Up here it is more common to bury all of the valves together in one large box beside the house. Even these larger boxes can become grown over with grass or covered with mulch within a few seasons.

    So more than likely, yes your valves are probably buried in grass right now, a reputable irrigation company will have trackers and will be able to trace the wires underground and find all of your valves.

    Another thing I wanted to coment on was about the "Plumbers Plastic Thread Sealing Tape", if you are referring to Teflon Tape, the white tape that is used on threaded joints, this is not to seal the joint. Teflon Tape is used as a lubricant alowing you to securly tighten the fittings together.

    Really all of your problems can be solved by hooking up with a full irrigation provider, who will quickly solve all of this for you. I would stear away from a landscape company who sidelines in irrigation while they may quote cheaper by the hour the cost will add up. A reputable irrigation company will have the proper tools to quickly locate all of your valves, saving many labor hours
  2. Teach123

    Teach123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    I agree with Riggle above. As my neighborhood lawn Nazi it is hard for me to understand why anyone would want to kill their turf for good. I mean you have an irrigation system and $20/month extra is nothing in my opinion! I would have though it would be more where you are in Texas.

    Although a home's value is not affected by the lawn, the curb appeal is. My home is by far the best looking in the neighborhood. And one reason why is my lush manicured lawn that people slow down to view. I am pretty anal, but I do know if I ever go to sell my house, I won't have trouble attracting interested buyers.

    It sounds like you hate spending time on it because you get cruddy results, but I think if you get the right local knowledgeable person, they would be able to help you establish and maintain a lawn and surrounding landscape you can be proud of and for a reasonable amount of money.

    Just my thought..good luck
  3. damnfingers

    damnfingers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Agree with above...lack of a lawn may not decrease the value of the home but it will definitely decrease the number of offers (if any) you receive when you want to sell. Why would anyone want to pay full price for a home then have to dump more money into the lawn when there are so many houses for sale with nice lawns?

    It's cheaper to water and mow.
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Not everyone wants a lawn.
  5. damnfingers

    damnfingers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    I would think that if you lived in a house with an underground sprinkler system that the neighborhood would be one where appearances are important. While not everyone may want a lawn I doubt seriously they'd want a weed bed where one should be.
  6. Teach123

    Teach123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    Agree with damnfingers. I know that not everyone really cares about a lawn, but this person obviously cares a little bit or he/she wouldn't have tried to get their lawn going. I would just hate for his curb appeal to suffer simply because they think that establishing and maintaining a healthy attractive lawn is too much work. It can be done and will make neighbors/home associations very happy.

    Again, just my opinion.
  7. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    I would just say do as you would winterizing the irrigation system. Blow the lines out and shut the valve off! Depending on how big your lawn is, maybe you could put in decretive stones or gravel? Most of the shore homes here have stones put in. I don't know why, but I have come up with that they are vacation homes and people don't want the hassle of lawn maintenance with a summer home, it does look nice with some of the homes. Most of the newer homes built along the shoreline are side by sides now, so they pretty much use the whole lot and concrete the rest, mostly driveway space. Probably a few options out there for you if you would like a nice yard with out grass.
  8. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    he could still use the irrigation with the decrative stone. Think about it that stuff is usually pretty dusty, you could run the irrigation to keep the dust down. Or have you ever walked on decorative stone barefoot in August, that stuff gets hot, you could use the irrigation to help keep it cool :dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:

    On a note about the decorative stone. Alot of communities in hotter climates are trying to stear customers away from them. For example I know of cities in Navada that where paying customers to tear out their lawns and replae them with decorative stone to reduce water usage. I know of a person who lives in one of those cities, that then reversed it and where paying for people to reinstall their lawns. Turns out the stone lawns where getting so warm that they were increasing the temperature in the houses, resulting in more electricity usage. The increase in electricity was much more than the savings in water
  9. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I didn't bother to read through all three pages so someone might have already said this. I can say it from experience since you say "and I were to sell this house".

    When and if you sell the house it will most likely be inspected by the new owners before closing, guess what; yep your resposible for the repairs.

    Been here done this so best thing you can do is get the irrigation fixed now and use it till you sell it :)
  10. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    The seasonal adjustment is something I show the customers that have good hands on with their controller. If each zone is pretty much dialed in water usage wise then just use the % adjustment throughout the season.

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