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FAQ

How much do you charge to come out and repair my sprinkler system?

  •  We charge a $65 Minimum Service and Diagnostic Fee, which gets us to your door and includes the first 45 minutes of service.  After that our rate is $58 per labor hour (billed up by the quarter hour) + any materials.

  • We charge an additional $50 for use of wire tracker unit, if needed.

  • Our rate for Emergency Service Calls (drop everything and come running) is $100.  We will solve your emergency then schedule the remainder of the job for repair during normal work hours, at our normal rate. (Suggestion – Try shutting the water off at the Main Sprinkler Valve. Typically this will eliminate your emergency.)

What are your business hours?

  • Our work hours are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays.  We charge $100.00 per hour for after hour’s service. The only exception to this is in Blowout season when we work from sun up to sun down 7 days a week.

What is meant by "minimum service call fee"?

  • It’s the minimum we charge to visit your property, whether we are there ten minutes or 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, we charge our regular hourly rate, which is $58 per labor hour. We are generally able to fix most problems within an hour or two.

If you do the repair in an hour and a half, will I get charged for two hours?

  • No, you will only be billed for an hour and a half. (in the event this is a minimum priced job, you will be billed the minimum).

What’s it going to cost to fix my system?

  • It depends on what the problem is and how long it takes us to fix it, but here are some ballpark figures for standard services, to give you a general idea: Replacing a RPZ ($600 Minimum - $800), Replacing a DCVA ($400 Minimum - $600), Replacing a PVB ($320 Minimum - $400), Replacing a Main Sprinkler Valve ($800 Minimum + permit and inspection fees), Replacing a Drain Valve ($350 Minimum), Replacing a Station Valve ($180 Minimum - $290) + the cost of Rebuilding Manifold if Necessary, Rebuilding a Station Valve ($120.00 Minimum - $150), Adding a head to an existing zone ($90 - $160 depending upon the distance), Adding a zone to an existing system ($600 - $750), Installing drip irrigation ($1.60 per foot up to 100ft, $1.35 per foot up to 250ft, and $1.05 per foot up to 500ft), Installing a pressure regulator ($280), Replacing a solenoid ($88 - $125), Installing a rain sensor (Standard Installation $100 - $150 if it’s wired, $165 for wireless), and Installing a new controller ($185 Minimum - $400 depending on the number of zones and whether it’s indoor or outdoor).

    These are ballpark prices for standard service. Sprinkler Systems are underground, thus hiding the details of their configuration. Additionally, “standard service” means normal situations. If we are adding a spray head and have to dig a trench 0-15 feet, that is standard service. If someone wants us to add a spray head 100 feet away (distance exaggerated),  it would be $58.00 per hour plus parts. Replacing a rotor cost about $85, Replacing a rotor buried under concrete cost $58.00 per hour plus parts… I think you get the picture.

    Bottom Line - We will bill actual hours required beyond minimum pricing to correctly fix the problem. 

How soon can I get on the schedule?

  • It depends upon the time of year and scope of work. In the spring (Start-up Season) and fall (Blowout Season) we’re often so booked we might not be able to get to your place for several weeks, but the rest of the year we should be able to get to you within a week and quite often just a day or two.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

  • Not a problem, pick up your phone and call our office at 841-8901. Let them you know that you need to cancel or reschedule.  (Important: If you fail to call and cancel, You will be billed a $65 Service Call Fee! No Exceptions, No Excuses!

What if I have an emergency—I have a major leak—and need someone to come out NOW?

  • Shut off the water at the main valve. You no longer have an emergency.
  • Our rate for Emergency Service Calls (drop everything and come running) is $100.  We will solve your emergency then schedule the remainder of the job for repair during normal work hours

Do you install new systems?

  • Yes, we do. Please fill out our online form and we will get out to your property as soon as possible to give you an estimate.

Do you give free estimates?

  • Yes, we do, for new systems and large-scale projects in excess of $1500. For small repairs, we may provide a verbal "ballpark" estimate over the phone if you request one based on your description of the problem. We will bill actual hours required to correctly fix the problem.
What if I just want a Consultation?
  • We provide general sprinkler and landscape consultation services.  This includes an on-site visit to discuss and or access projects. The cost for this Service is $79.50 for up to 1 hour of Consultation.

How soon can I get a new system installed?

  • Just sign the contract, return it to us along with a deposit of half the total price, and we’ll put you on the schedule.

I’m happy with the estimate you sent me and want to get on the schedule. What do I do now?

  • Just sign the contract, return it to us along with a deposit of half the total price, and we’ll put you on the schedule.

How do I pay?

  • We accept Checks, Cash. Credit Card payments can be made through our website.
Sprinkler  Blowout FAQ

Q: Why do I need to blow out my sprinklers before the first freeze?

A: Sprinkler pipes and backflow assemblies are at risk of freezing and breaking when temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Immediate damage can occur to exposed pipes and sprinkler components with the first freeze of winter. Further damage can result as extended freezing temperatures and wind chill conditions cause the soil to freeze at the same depth as the underground pipes. In many cases, homeowners are not aware that their pipes have sustained damage until they begin watering in the spring and discover leaks in their yards! A sprinkler blow out is a wise investment to prevent costly damage and lost time in repairs.


A: Generally there are three types of water sources sprinklers systems are connected to; city (domestic), pressurized irrigation, or a well. City and well water are generally on all year around and pressurized irrigation systems generally have water flowing from approximately April 15th to October 15th. Regardless of what water source your home is connected to, you must have your water valve shut off going to your sprinkler system before it can be blown out. We will turn off your sprinkler water when we blow out your system and we can turn your water back on in the spring if needed. See our spring startup special on this website for more information about our spring startup service.


A: If your sprinkler system is connected to a domestic (city) water supply, you will have a backflow system. Backflow systems are mandated by the State of Idaho for protection on all sprinkler systems. They serve as a barrier to prevent contamination from entering the domestic water supply from the sprinkler system. Backflow assemblies (see diagram below) may be located above or below ground level and, like sprinkler pipes, must be properly winterized for protection from freezing and breaking. This is your most vulnerable part of your sprinkler system because generally the piping is above ground and exposed to the elements. If you have pressurized irrigation to water your lawn, you will not have a backflow system. 


A: We Make Sprinkler Blowouts Easy. Simply contact us using our Sprinkler Blowout Contact Form or Call (208) 841-8901 to get on the schedule. We will then show up on the scheduled day, Blow Out your system, then head on to the next job. You do not have to be home for our technician to blow out your sprinkler system. Some shut off valves and Valve Boxes are located in the backyard, so he will need a clear path (with an unlocked gate) from either side of the house. If there are any dogs on the property, they will need to be put in their kennel or inside the house. The technician will also pull a large hose connected to his compressor that he will connect to your sprinkler system to complete the sprinkler blow out.
1. The technician will turn off your sprinkler water (valve usually located below ground) to prevent water from entering the system after he completes the blow out. This valve must stay shut until you are ready to turn your water back on in the spring. See our spring start up special on this website if you would like us to come and turn back on your sprinkler water. (If this valve is re-opened before spring (April 15th or later) your sprinkler blow out is no longer under warranty.)
2. Next the technician will manually open up your sprinkler valves at the valve boxes and then provide compressed air to blow out the water from your sprinkler pipes. The technician does not need access to your sprinkler control box in your garage. We ask that you turn your sprinkler controller to "off" or the "rain" setting until spring.
3. If your sprinkler system has a filter on it, the end cap is removed and water is blown out to prevent damage to the filter and filter assembly. If there are any spigots connected to your sprinkler systems, we will open and ensure they are blown out also.
4. After all water is removed from your sprinkler system, filter, and spigots, all valves are closed and the filter and filter end cap is put back. Your sprinkler system in now winterized and ready to be turned back on in the spring. In the case that the technician determines a valve or filter cap should remain open or removed to assist in evaporation, he will then leave it open or off. Be sure to check that the filter cap is on and that any open valves are closed before you turn your water back on in the spring.


No. We open your sprinkler valves at the valve boxes located in your yard. On rare occasions if we cannot manually get the values to open properly at the valve box, we will ask if we can gain access to your control box and turn the valves on using the electronic controller.


A: No. The technician only needs access to your sprinkler water turn off valve and valve boxes. You are welcome to leave payment under the doormat or make payment on this website or over the phone.

Q: What time or time range will the technician be by to blow my sprinklers out?

A: Please note that it is typically not necessary for anyone to be home for a sprinkler blowout. We simply need access to the front and back yards. Given this and, that we do between 20 and 30 blowouts a day we don't make any guarantees as to times / time ranges on blowouts (just the day). The order they are done is determined by logistics and logistics alone. 


A: No. Our air compressor is regulated to maintain an even pressure of 60-80 PSI, which is safe for all sprinkler system piping and fittings. If you have an existing crack in your piping or broken sprinkler head, the compressed air will force air out these openings. Your technician will make a note on your receipt and these will need to be repaired before turning back on your sprinkler system. We can come back in the spring and perform most repair work. Be sure to sign up for our spring startup special on our website.


A: Turn it to the "Off or "Rain" position.


A: No. Blowing out your sprinkler system will not protect the main water line from freezing. Fortunately, if you are a customer of United Water, they offer a low-cost protection plan to cover the cost of repair or replacement should homeowners experience a leak in their main line. This service is known as Leak-Guard and is available to most Treasure Valley residents. Please inquire about the availability in your area by calling 362-7304.

Q: It is going to freeze. What can I do to protect my system from damage before it is Winterized?

A: Here are some tips to limit damage to your sprinkler system should the temperature drop below 32° before you get it blown out:

  • Turn Off The Timer

Automatic irrigation systems have a controller or timer. Most controllers have a “rain” or “off” mode that shuts off the signals to the valves. Turning it “off” allows the controller to keep all the essential programming information stored in it. The only change is that the valves will not activate. If you unplug or cut the power to your controller, be aware that you may need to reprogram it in the spring.

  • Close The Main Valve

Nearly every system has a main water valve that when turned, will shut off the flow of water to the irrigation system. The main valve is usually located outside, but may be inside the garage, basement or crawlspace, depending on the system set up. Shutting off the main valve will prevent any flow of water and help protect the system from freezing up.

  • Drain The Pipes and Backflow

After Closing the Main Sprinkler Water Valve, Open the Drain Valve.  Usually this is near the main valve, some systems, may have additional drains located in the valve boxes throughout the yard.

  • Insulate The Above-ground Pipes

It’s also a good idea to insulate any aboveground pipes, valves and backflow preventers. Wrap the valve in insulation (foam insulation tape and a plastic bag). Most home supply stores sell self-sticking, foam-insulating tape and foam insulating tubes for this task. You can also purchase a Heat Tape from these same stores. Attach it to the above ground pipes as well.

Note: That these "Tips" are in no way a substitute for proper Sprinkler System Winterization. Aldape Sprinkler Service, Landscape & More makes no guarantees as to there individual or cumulative effectiveness.



A: Give us a call! We will gladly come to your home and turn back on your water, check and adjust all your sprinkler heads and perform any light maintenance that may need to be done. If there is extensive redesign or replacement work that is needed, we may refer you to another affiliated company. We guarantee our work if we performed the sprinkler blow out.


Yes. Please call our office at 208-841-8901 for a customized quote.


Given that Sprinkler Blowouts are already a discounted service, we offer no additional discounts for multiple properties.


No. We service the communities of Boise, Meridian, Garden City, Eagle, and Kuna.


Price is based on how many stations/zones you have on your property. For a per Zone quote, simply go to our Main Sprinkler Blowout Page by clicking here. You are also welcome to call us at 208-841-8901 to receive a quote for service.


We gladly accept cash, check, credit or debit cards. You can either pay online at this website with credit/debit card or you can pay the technician directly (cash or check) when he comes to perform service or you can leave payment at the front door. Please make checks payable to: Aldape Sprinkler Service & More
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