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Should I Have An Irrigation Master Valve?

This article is a short comparison between the pros and the cons that come with having an irrigation master valve. From low flow valves to high flow valves, clean water valves to dirty water valves, low-pressure valves to high-pressure valves, Sprinkler Warehouse has it all! Browse our versatile lineup of sprinkler valves below. Choose from K-Rain, Hunter, Rain Bird, Irritrol, Toro, Signature and also Weathermatic. Click here to browse our selection of valves at the Sprinkler Warehouse.

Pros Of Having An Irrigation Master Valve :

  • Fail-safe valve
  • Greatly reduces any water loss due to a leaky station valve
  • If your mainline breaks, the master valve allows the mainline to be repaired without shutting off the water supply
  • Can be used in conjunction with a flow sensor and controller that detects flow rate change (Highly Recommended)

Cons Of Having An Irrigation Master Valve:

  • Leaks can be overlooked when systems run at night
  • Stretching and contracting of the pipe can occur leading to mainline pipe failure, especially at higher pressures
  • In addition the chances of water hammer can increase if there is a pinhole in the mainline or leak in a zone

Above as a list of examples for the various pros and cons of having an irrigation master valve.