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CANative

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Would you condition the appraisal on inspection?

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Randolph Kinney

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No, my sprinkler solenoids are exposed above ground. It is low voltage and as long as the wires are protected (taped or capped), they operate just fine in the rain.

However, maybe your situation is different in that your box could fill up with water and the electrical could short if the solenoids are operated (wires are live with current- voltage) underwater, if there are any pathways for the water to contact active wires or connections. It is low voltage DC that feeds the sprinkling system from the control box. There is a fuse or breaker inside the control box of the sprinkler system that protects against a short circuit.
 

CANative

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It's not the electrical that is the issue. It's that they are below the sprinkler heads/emitters so the anti-backflow would not operate and contaminated water could back flow into the potable water.
 

Randolph Kinney

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So you are saying either it does not have a back flow preventer or if does, it is below ground and not according to health and safety code.

Why not condition it?
 

CANative

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Yes. The built-in backflow preventer will not work if the valves are below the sprinkler heads or emitters.

I was just trying to get back up that I'm not be unreasonably cautious.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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plumbing inspection? Some check valves are designed differently I think. Kind of like a stop and waste valve
 

Randolph Kinney

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Yes. The built-in backflow preventer will not work if the valves are below the sprinkler heads or emitters.

I was just trying to get back up that I'm not be unreasonably cautious.

Personally, I don't inspect plumbing or electrical. Why? Beyond my expertise and scope of work, unless it is obvious to my knowledge like bare wires or standing water. Is this FHA?
 

CANative

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Yes. FHA. The boot in the photo is my brothers (Jeff - retired appraiser and expert in landscape systems). I would never have known.
 

CANative

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Okay... "retired." :)

My scenario, IMO, falls under "Faulty or defective mechanical systems (electrical, plumbing or heating/cooling).
 
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