Is there a way to easily bleed the line at the vacuum breaker once you turn off the supply? Seems just turning it off wouldnt do much good since the line will still be full of water. Should I run each station for 1 minute and bleed it off?
I knew better, but completely forgot too. My neighbor called about 1 today and it looked like a geiser when I got home. I saw 2 commercial ones on Hwy 6 shooting water 30' or so in the air. 2 friends called - samething. They should all have a cut off valve and a bleeder valve.
Take the cap that broke and blew off to the local plumbing wholesale business (not home depot or lowes). It should have the part number and mfg. It will all depend on the make and model. If it is a major brand, you should be able to buy the cap and parts. If not, the entire vac brkr may need to be replaced. Not always cheap and many are copper and soldered into place, thus a plumber may be required also. Not out of the question for it to cost someone $200 to fix.
I posted about this earlier in the week. Turn the water supply to the sprinkler system off and open one of hte zone valves for a few minutes to let the water drain out. If yours got damaged, we can usually rebuild them, unless the copper is cracked.
after reading the above I got worried about my sprinkler system. My yard guy installed it while I was out of town and although I told him to put a valve on the line I have no clue if he did or where it would be. It's not in the hole by the water meter. Everything else is long covered up. I went out an poked around in the meter box but its full of sludge and can't see anything. I got a trash bucket and put it over the two pipes rising out of the ground next to the front door that have valves on them to control the left and right laterals. Then I stuck a 100 watt bulb in a mechanics light under the bucket next to the lines. Hopefully that will keep them warm enough so they don't break. Only other way to turn off water would be at the meter box and that would be a real problem in the dark with all the sludge in the hole plus it would also turn off the water to the house. This is a must project for warmer weather.
I did the same as Super Dave, I could not find my main shut off so shut the valve at the head inlet, and drained. Remembering the cost of a new valve, As paranoida prevention I propped a sheet of plywood up on the pipes and placed 350 watt shop light inside shining up at the pipes. The side of my house looks like a UFO landed.
I wrapped and covered my back flow preventer. I was actually on the lazy side yesterday so I just ran the system before bed and again this morning before work. I now have a nice shiny lawn. No reaching into dark damp holes for me. :biggrin:
Was driving home today from an errand and noticed water all over the street. Looked and the top blew off my neighbors valve. Stopped and knocked on the door to let them know they had a problem. They wern't home so I shut off the valve so the didn't have a huge water bill. I shut mine off and wrapped the pipes. I didn't blead the pressure. I think I will go do that now.
4 of them in our hood blew off.One was our next door nieghbor and she wasnt home so i got it shut off after getting soaked and as soon as i got that one off the house 2 doors down blew and he wasnt home and got his shut off.So me and another neighbor went and shut the rest of the hoods off.
Those sprinkler vac. breakers have been popping like balloons here in Brazoria County. I own a plumbing supply here in Angleton and I got
a list a mile long of people I have to get repair kits for first thing Monday morning from the rep. warehouse.