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Old 07-13-2012, 12:51 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Yes, I did have an inspection. The inspector said in this city they do not test the sprinklers.
Then you should have asked to look at it yourself. This one is on you.
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:31 AM
 
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Our sprinklers system had issues when we moved in. The previous owners also stated they worked. Apparently their idea of "working" and mine were not the same. They never winterized them damaging some of the components. We were able to fix it but yes it is a constant maintenance issue. Every spring we have to replace sprinkler heads, some costing as much as 25 bucks a piece. Then a valve went which required my husband to dig up a small portion of the yard to get to it. We live on an acre, in this heat our grass would be dead if we had to drag a hose out. I like having them but they are work.

You will have to be more specific on what is not working with them. We have a water shut off in our basement just for the sprinklers. You may have the water shut off to them not realizing it.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Phoenix AZ
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Sprinkler systems are made up of a bunch of $5, $10 and $20 parts. This is a good excuse for you to learn about those parts & how to swap them yourself. It's unlikely you'll spend more than $50 in parts to get them working again. Certainly not worth mediating over - you have no proof the sellers lied, and your inspector never checked them.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Sprinkler systems are made up of a bunch of $5, $10 and $20 parts. This is a good excuse for you to learn about those parts & how to swap them yourself. It's unlikely you'll spend more than $50 in parts to get them working again. Certainly not worth mediating over - you have no proof the sellers lied, and your inspector never checked them.

Good points.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC
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Good points.
This on all accounts. If inspectors don't test sprinkler systems in your city YOU should have. At any rate, sprinklers parts are cheap... there's a reason why the lawn aeration aisle in Home Depot is consistently one of the busiest asiels in the store during summer months.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:47 PM
 
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Thanks for all the comments. I definitely learned a lot thru this process. After spending $140 for the mediation, the mediator ruled in our favor and had to pay for the repairs, which was just about 1k.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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Thanks for all the comments. I definitely learned a lot thru this process. After spending $140 for the mediation, the mediator ruled in our favor and had to pay for the repairs, which was just about 1k.
Good for you!

A small note; Mediators do not rule in favor of anyone, they try to get the contesting parties to come to an agreement. Arbitrators can and do find for one party or the other and their decision is binding on both the parties.
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