Stop and Waste Valve Replacement
At least twice a year in Utah, you probably turn your stop and waste valve, also known as your sprinkler shut off valve, on or off with a special tool called a T-bar. The stop/waste valve (sprinkler shut off valve) is connected to your water line and controls the flow of water to your sprinkler system.
In the spring, you turn your valve to the on position to allow water into the sprinkler system. When the sprinkler system is no longer needed in the fall, you turn the valve to the off position to help avoid your pipes from freezing. This valve is called the stop and waste valve because when it is in the off position it stops the water entering your sprinkler system, and opens a hole on the sprinkler side of the valve that “wastes the water” or rather, lets any water left in the irrigation pipe drain out. To be extra sure that there is no water left in your sprinkler system it is advisable to blow out the pipes with an air compressor.
A professionally installed commercial grade stop and waste valve should last 20 – 30 years. But, these valves do wear out and will need to be replaced. When they do, you’ll likely notice it in spring or fall when you need to adjust the position of the valve to make your sprinklers ready for the season.
Signs that your stop and waste valve may need to be replaced:
- You get an unusually high water bill.
- Water is leaking from the access pipe of your stop and waste water valve.
- The stop and waste valve access pipe is full of water.
- You find that turning the valve with the t-bar has become difficult.
- When you turn the valve it doesn’t change the flow of the water.
Replacing a stop and waste valve is something that is best left to the professionals who can obtain commercial grade parts (we use all brass and copper fittings) and have the tools to get the job done right. Replacing a stop and waste valve requires a hole to be dug about 4’x4’ in size. The hole is usually dug with excavation equipment, but can also be dug manually. Once the commercial grade fittings are in place we refill the hole that was dug and leave a 2” access riser in place for easy access to your new stop and waste valve. This job can typically be done in less than a day.
Call the plumbers at Black Diamond Experts if you find that your stop and waste valve is ready to be replaced.
We provide stop and waste valve replacement service in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Orem & surrounding areas.