How do you find a hidden sprinkler valve?

The cheapest and easiest way to find buried irrigation valves is often to probe the soil with a thin rod, such as a long screwdriver. Often you can estimate the rough location of the irrigation valve, then find a buried valve box by probing the ground.

How do I loosen my sprinkler valves?

To remove the entire valve: Turn off the water to the entire sprinkler system. Then manually turn ON the valve you want to remove, the sprinklers will come on for a few seconds then slowly shut off as the water discharges from the pipes and the pressure is released.

How do I find a buried sprinkler head?

Use a metal detector to find buried sprinkler heads. Many valves have metal parts you can locate by running the metal detector over the surface of the ground. Valves are located directly under sprinkler heads.

How do I find my sprinkler master valve?

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Can you use a metal detector to find sprinkler valves?

If your pipes are metal, the metal detector won’t tell you the location of the valve box, but it will tell you where the pipes are, so you can dig along the pipe to find the valve.

How can I find my sprinkler lines without digging?

If you prefer to locate the lines and heads of your system without digging, rent a valve locator or even a metal detector and mark areas once found – better yet, call call 811, a federally mandated service, and ask someone to come out and locate the system for you.

What causes a sprinkler valve to stay open?

Air Trapped in the Valve:

The valves may have air trapped in them. A small bubble of air becomes trapped in the tiny water ports of the valve, this stops the water from flowing through the port. Since the water flowing through the port is what holds the valve diaphragm closed, the valve stays open.

How do you bleed irrigation valves?

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Quote from Youtube video: Until water starts to escape from the top of the valve. Never completely remove the bleed screw on a live. System leave the bleed screw open for approximately 60 seconds then turn it clockwise.

How does a lawn genie valve work?

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Quote from Youtube video: Performance lawn genie anti-siphon valves combine a valve and backflow prevention device in one unit. To provide a built-in protection of drinking and other household. Water from contamination.

Do all irrigation systems have a master valve?

The irrigation controller turns the master valve on and off. Most, but not all, irrigation controllers have a master valve circuit built in to them.

What is water shut off valve?

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Quote from Youtube video: In warmer climates the shut-off valve is likely just outside the house and near an outside faucet in newer homes you'll find a valve that looks like this to turn off the water.

How do I start my sprinkler system in the spring?

Slowly open the main shutoff valve to let water into the sprinkler system. For a ball valve, turn the lever handle one-quarter turn until the handle is parallel to the pipe; this is the fully open position. For an in-ground shutoff valve, use a sprinkler valve key to turn the valve counterclockwise until it stops.

How do I Dewinterize my sprinkler system?

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Quote from Youtube video: Process. Then you'll want to locate your main water that leads to that sprinkler control valve and just turn it on very slowly. And wait for it to pressurize.

How do you manually turn on irrigation valves?

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Quote from Youtube video: Turn the solenoid in the on or counterclockwise. Direction about a quarter turn then wait a few seconds until you hear water rushing through the valve.

How do you turn on a sprinkler valve box?

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Quote from Youtube video: If you go to your front yard you'll find a green irrigation control valve box go ahead and go to that box and where it says lift here go ahead and grab it at the corners give a little tug.

How do you fix a sprinkler valve that won’t turn on?

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Quote from Youtube video: If the controller is activating other zones. Okay we know it has power. But if the entire system won't activate make sure to verify power at the controllers outlet with a test light or voltage meter.

Should my sprinkler valves be on or off?

Make sure the sprinkler valve is closed, unless it’s the valve farthest from the main water source. You’ll want to leave this valve open and remove the sprinkler nozzle to allow air to escape when you turn on the water.

What causes a sprinkler valve to not shut off?

If your irrigation system does not turn off, you need to isolate the problem. This starts by checking the main water line and the controller. If those are working, then you need to locate the valves and check to see whether they are dirty, the diaphragm is torn, or the solenoid is broken.