Attractive commercial and residential Kansas City landscaping comes at a price: water consumption. Automatic irrigation is a landscaper’ friend and irrigation master valves go one step further to increase water conservation.
Benefits of Master Valves
A master valve is installed where irrigation lines meet the main water supply. Then they are electrically wired to a master valve circuit. In this way, master valves act like a “back up system” of sorts. Some of their many benefits include:
- Shutting down a zone valve. If a zone valve develops a leak, or doesn’t shut completely off, the master valve will sense it and shut the zone off. It usually won’t shut it off until other zones have run their course, but it keeps the zone valve shut until the leak has been repaired.
- Breaks in the main line. If the main water line breaks, the master valve will wait until the zone programming has run its course and then shut the water off to the main line.
- Flow Sensors. You may want to consider purchasing a master valve with a flow sensor. When installed correctly, they memorize the amount of water used by each zone and then shut the water off when/if the sensor detects a noticeable increase.