Does a home inspector check the landscape sprinkler system?

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Home inspectors in Florida are not required to examine or test the sprinkler system according to the Florida Administrative Code’s Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors at 61-30.806(3)(f). The standards of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) also specifically exempts irrigation systems from a home inspection, and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) does not even mention them in their standards. 

    But the average homebuyer is understandably concerned that the sprinkler system is functional; so, even though it is not required, some home inspectors include an evaluation as part of their regular inspection, while others offer to do it an extra fee, and a few simply don’t do sprinklers.

    Click on any of the links below to read other articles about what is required to be included, or not, in a home inspection:

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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about “SPRINKLER SYSTEMS":

 Why is a backflow preventer required on lawn sprinkler systems?

• What is the difference between regular tap water and recycled/reclaimed water for landscape irrigation? 

 • What problems does a landscape sprinkler system have when it is not used for a long time? 

What devices are code approved for backflow prevention at a sprinkler (lawn irrigation) system?

 Why is the cover plate of some water meter boxes in the ground painted purple?

• Will a sprinkler system work without a vacuum breaker (backflow preventer)?

• Does the receptacle outlet in a garage for a sprinkler control panel have to be GFCI-protected? 

 What is the average life expectancy of a landscape sprinkler system? 

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