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Facts About Sprinkler Stop-And-Waste Valves

Understanding Your Sprinkler System

Most homeowners with a lawn in the United States have an installed sprinkler system. If there wasn’t one, the grass would be dead and yellow all through the summer. Even though so many Americans own sprinkler systems, how many of them know how they work?

How many know the names of all the parts of a sprinkler. For example, what is a stop-and-waste valve? This article will not only define a stop-and-waste valve but it will also explain where it is and how it works. It will also discuss the costs of not taking care of your plumbing system.

What Is a Stop-And-Waste Valve?

what are waste valvesSo, what is this valve? The stop-and-waste valve is the valve in your sprinkler system that allows you to turn off your sprinkler system without turning off all the water on your property, like in your house.

The valve also works to drain water from the irrigation sprinkler system while not in use to prevent pipes from bursting due to water freezing in them during the winter. This process of draining water is also called wasting, therefore the “stop-and-waste” valve.

Basically, it can also be called the sprinkler shut off valve. This valve usually consists of a two-way valve with a knob on the top so you can turn it off and on. Most valves today are made of copper.

Where, and How, to Use It

Your shut-off valve is usually located four to five feet underground so it can be a part of the water pipe system. That hole in the ground with the plastic covering on it located at a random location in your yard? That’s the valve. Most people will usually only turn the valve twice throughout the year.


The first time is during the spring so you can use your sprinklers. The second time is in late autumn early winter when you no longer need to water your yard. Since it is located so far underground, you will need a T-bar, which is two bars stuck together in a capital T shape, to turn the knob on and off.

The Price of Problems

sprinkler stop and waste costA lot of problems can arise if your stop-and-waste valve isn’t working correctly. First off, if the water is not drained from your sprinkler pipes before winter, those pipes are likely to burst because of the water that has frozen in them.

Also, if water is leaking out of your valve, the area of your lawn surrounding the valve could go dead because of overwatering.

Not only that, but your bills are sure to increase because the leaking water and the water in the area around the valve might make it harder for you to use the T-bar to turn the valve off.

Most of these plumbing emergencies would occur if your valve has become worn. Most valves are known to last twenty to thirty years after being installed. However, this is for high-quality valves.

Low-quality valves are known to have the nob snap off while turning it with the T-bar, which would also mean you can’t use the valve. It’s always a good idea to work with your local plumbing company to ensure everything is working properly.

About City Plumbing Philadelphia

If your stop-and-waste valve needs fixing, City Plumbing Philadelphia is the company to call. Their available services not only aim to provide any of your plumbing necessities, but they can also handle any heating and air conditioning needs you have. They guarantee your satisfaction.