Check your Irrigation System, Home Inspection Tip of the week

When I perform home inspections in Gilbert AZ, I take a moment to look at the sprinkler valves, sometimes I can not locate them because they are buried and the box they are in is covered with vegetation.

Take a moment and Check your irrigation system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly-working sprinkler heads.

Did you accidentally mow over a sprinkler head and you’re just now realizing that it’s not working properly? Bad Sprinkler valvesvalves and broken irrigation pipes can spell major damage and higher water bills if you’re not careful. Many local builders install the valves close to the house, while this is common practice it can result in damage to the home when valves leak and allow moisture to migrate under the footings. I suggest monitoring this area on a regular basis. If you have to repair the valves, consider doing a little more work and moving them away from the home.

If your valves are connected to PVC plumbing, make sure the PVC is protected from damage, not just from the dog or lawnmower but from the suns UV rays as well. PVC is not designed to withstand the suns UV rays. Simply painting the pipes may be enough.

Scott Warga, is the Qualifying party for ACSI American Construction Specialists and Investigations LLC,(ROC216772) a dual licensed residential and small commercial contractor. He is also a qualified Gilbert Arizona home inspector certified by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration (#38062) and was appointed to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration’s Enforcement Advisory Committee. He has years of construction experience and has performed residential and commercial property inspections for over 10 years. He has specialized in forensic inspections, investigating failed, damaged and defective construction for over 5 years. He is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), (#205826) and currently sits on their board of directors. He has been an instructor of home inspection at Mesa Community College, for Inspection Training Associates, a Kaplan Professional School and Arizona Sun-Tech Home Inspection School. He has served as District Chairman & Vice President for the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors and an approved instructor for both them and the Arizona Department of Real Estate. If you need an Arizona Home Inspector, he is your guy

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