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Idaho Bureau of Occupational License, Boise ID 83702
Phone Number: (208) 334-3233
Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business ManagementMs. Cindy Knight, Owner Mr. Michael McDonald, Owner
GARDEN & LAWN SPRINKLER SYSTEMS
Hours of Operation
|Monday through Friday: 8AM-5PM|
Method(s) of PaymentCheck, Cash
3835 E. Sweet Pea Ct.
Boise, ID 83716 (208) 841-8901 Directions
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Complaint: They were terrible to work with!! I would never recommend this company to anyone!! He was supposed to fix a valve on my sprinkling system. He came out and tried to fix my old valve, after a few hours on the phone asking for help, he decided to replace the old valve. He also rewired the entire system, which didn't need to be done, and then didn't check to see if it was working. I called him when I got home because the new valve he installed was leaking. He told me to try tightening it by myself. I also told him three of the zones were not kicking on when I turned on my sprinkling system that previously worked before he came out. I called the office and she told me she would call me back, which she never did.Meanwhile my grass is dying since the sprinkling system did not work. I had to call another company to come fix his work. They had to completely rewire all the "new" wiring he just did, and fix the valve he installed. It was leaking because he installed the valve incorrectly and the "new" wiring he did wasn't correct. It didn't have a solid ground and had to be completely redone. I called the office back and told her all of this information. She again told me she would call me back. Which she never did.I then got a very large bill in which they only took off $58. He did not fix anything, in fact he made it worse and I had to pay another company to come fix what he had done. They will not deduct anymore due to his lack of knowledge and laziness. The part he installed was only a $20 part, and the rest of the original $300 is untrained labor.
Desired Settlement: I do not want to pay for bad labor. I will pay for the parts that were installed (the valve), but I had to pay another company to come fix it.
Business Response: Our Tech called the customer on the way over to her home per her request. Customer told Tech that she had ordered the parts to fix her valve on-line and that they were at her home waiting for him. Upon arrival our tech discovered that customer had ordered the wrong parts. Tech then called customer again to let her know this. Customer was indignant with our Tech insisting that here parts were correct, and went on and on about the valve and her parts. Eventually Our Tech was able to convince this customer that her parts were incorrect, at which point she had him rebuild the old valve with our parts. Once the valve was rebuilt our Tech went through the system to test it. At this point he discovered that some of the stations in the front yard weren't coming on. He again called her and left a message letting her know what he discovered. Later this customer took it upon herself to call our Tech on his unlisted number, at which point she told him that the valve he worked on was weeping, and asked "what can I do to fix it myself, so I don't have to wait for you to come back out?" At which point our Tech told her to twist the top of the valve by hand. She said nothing about any other zones not working.
1/. Our rate for service calls is $65 for the first hour and $58 for each hour thereafter billed in 15 minute increments + any materials used. That time runs the whole time we are working on your job. It doesn't matter whether we are physically working on your problem or whether we are discussing the wrong parts you purchased online to save money. The price is the same. As to his experience, our Tech has over 21 years of experience and is very well trained in sprinkler repair. When he diagnosis that pre-purchased valve parts are incorrect, they are.
2/. Our Tech did not rewire your entire system. He simply wired in your valve that he repaired and an additional valve that was missing a connector. In-fact he even called you to tell you that some of the zones in front were not working. He could have fixed this, had you answered the phone when he called.
3/. You admit that when you discovered an issue, rather than calling our office, at the listed and advertised phone number, you chose to call our Tech directly on a unlisted, unadvertised number. You then asked him how you could fix your problem yourself, and explained how to you. Had you called the office we could have had someone come out to take care of the problem. It is unknown if you tried to fix the problem yourself of not, You claim that you called another company to come out, and you admit that you didn't call our office about the problem prior to calling the other company. Only about the bill. Which we adjusted, deducting an hour of labor, taking the bill from $218.39 (NOT $300 as mis-stated in your complaint) down to $160.39 Furthermore, our office called you back 3 times, and you never answered the phone. The bill was the result of your job and you not wanting to listen to an experienced Sprinkler Technician when he clearly told you what was wrong with your internet parts. As such I don't think it should have been adjusted at all, let alone adjusted more.
Better Business Bureau:
I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to ********* ** ********, and have determined that this does not resolve my complaint. For your reference, details of the offer I reviewed appear below.
Their response is a lie.
1. Their tech did not call me and tell me my zones weren't working. In fact, I told him to do what ever needed to be done to get my sprinkling system working since my grass was dying. Why would I hire them to do a job and then not complete it?
He said he had a hard time replacing my valve and didn't want to charge me anymore money. He said everything was working, and asked if I wanted him to program my sprinkling system at the timer. I told him, "No if it's all the zones are working, I can program it myself." He also said he wasn't going to rebury my box in order to save me money. I was also fine with this. What I wasn't fine with was him leaving my house without fixing my sprinkling system. It didn't work! He spent a long time on the phone trying to figure out how to fix it. A professional would not charge me time for his inexperience. I called a "professional" company to fix my issue in which he did not do.
2. I called the tech to tell him the valve was leaking. I also called the office. I never received a return phone call. This is a flat out lie. You told me you would check with the tech and get back to me. In fact I had someone else call to speak with you regarding the "fixed" valve and you never returned that phone call either. I did call your published phone number and had no resolution.
3. I have before and after photos of the valve. The entire box was rewired. I also have a person from A-1 plumbing who I had to rehire to come out and fix what your tech did in order to get my sprinklers working. He is willing to testify to the issues.
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Business Response: 1 - Our tech did call you. Originally was under the impression that he had to leave a message. However, under further investigation, I have learned that he actually spoke to you. And yes he did tell you about the front zones. You originally hires us to fix a valve, not your front zones. When he spoke to you, you told him you would take care of that. As to the time it took to fix the valve... Some valves are more of a pain than others to repair. Regardless, the cost of repairing them is time and materials. The only thing he did wrong was allow you to tie up his time on the phone. That goes to the fact that he may be overly polite. Trust me, he needs no help repairing a valve.
2- You were called back. By me personally. I was interrupted while doing a job in the field by our office. Long story short, they told me a customer called and had an issue with some work our tech had did. Subsequently I called you when I finished my work with the customer I was currently helping. I tried twice and neither time did I get a person. Note my phone that I use in the field comes up as blocked, restricted, etc. On another occasion I was interrupted by our office while working in the field. Again I called and, the same thing.
3- Again, Our tech did not rewire your entire system, just the valves he worked on.
We already discounted your bill. You didn't call our office until after you had someone else come out. Had you called before to get the problem resolved, we would have taken care of it.
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Complaint: I just spoke with an incredibly RUDE woman on the phone named *****. I paid them for a sprinkler blow out last fall and im not even sure if they did it. I never recieved an invoice or a receipt. I just turned my sprinklers on and there are breaks everywhere all the way back to the main. ***** didn't even care that because of her negligence it is costing me thousands. She didn't even offer an apology. I will never do business with them again and incourage everyone else to do the same.
Desired Settlement: A good faith effort to at least replace what they negligently did not do that caused failure in my system.
Business Response: After a straight week of freezing and below freezing temperatures, and while snow was falling, *** ********* realized that he had better join the party and get his sprinkler system blown out. That’s right; on he finally decided to call for a sprinkler blowout. Our scheduler informed him that the next available day we had open for a winterization in his area, was November 26th (we schedule on a first come, first serve basis. Based on where you are located). After some time trying to push his way to the front of the line, in front of the customers who scheduled before him, he accepted his scheduled service date, and went on with his life’s priorities. Notwithstanding the temperature being 17 ° (well below freezing), on , our tech performed the blowout as contracted. When performing the service our tech noted that the backflow and drain valve had both cracked due to the current and previous freezing temperatures. Our tech had to spend extra time thawing out the valves and backflow, so he could save the rest of *** *********’s Sprinkler System. The visible existing damage was noted on the schedule and on December 4th a Paid Invoice/Receipt with the damage noted was mailed to *** *********. April 28, 2014 – *** ********* calls our office in a tirade, because his Backflow is broken and his pipes are leaking and demands that we reimburse him. Notwithstanding his condescending attitude and snide comments. Cindy, the woman who answers our phone, took the time to research our blowout schedule, phone log and quick books and found that, as stated above, *** ********* called in on and scheduled his blowout for . When she explained this to him, he had more snide comments to make, going on and on about having to wait a week to get the blowout done. She then reiterated that he was scheduled for the next available day, which he was ok with at the time he made the appointment, and that he should have called sooner. At which time he hung up on her and went on to bash us on the internet. The moral to this story is as follows: 1st, don’t wait until the last minute to call to schedule your appointment for a sprinkler blowout. It makes absolutely no sense to put this off once you stop watering; 2nd, if for some reason you do wait until late November, don’t expect next day service, your not the only one who has hasn’t had this done yet. The slots for this service fill up quickly, and the waiting line grows as a result. We do our best to accommodate people however; there are only so many hours in a day. And finally 3rd, if you are late, in getting this service done, bear in mind: It is your responsibility to take the steps necessary to make sure you get your sprinklers winterized before it freezes. Don’t blame the sprinkler blowout company for your failure to schedule before it freezes.
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Complaint: We hired Aldape Sprinklers to blow out our sprinkler system in the Fall 2012. Aldape Sprinklers found a leak in our turn off valve at that time. However, they did not tell us that we had a leak in our system. This spring we discovered a split pipe below our backflow valve that was caused by the slow leak in the turn off valve. The leaking turn off valve allowed water to get into our system and then froze and split the backflow device. When we alerted Aldape about the problem they admitted to us that they had failed to tell us about the leak. Not only did they refuse to take any responsibility for the damage, the refused to even come out and look at the problem. Aldape did not take responsibility for failing to properly blow out our sprinkler system. Because of their negligence we had to spend an additional $230 to get the backflow valve replaced.
Desired Settlement: We are seeking a refund for the cost of replacing the backflow device in the amount of $233.57.
**** ***** goes on and on and on in her complaint. The crux of it is as follows:
** ******* claim that they hired us to blow out your sprinklers in the Fall of 2012 is correct. To be exact they had us blow out their system out on November 16th. The date is relevant as there were several consecutive days of freezing temperatures starting around October 25th. In-fact, during the week leading up to the blowing out of their system the temperature was consecutively in the teens and twenties. This explains why we noticed that their above ground backflow device (not their turn off valve) was leaking, when we arrived to do their blowout.
** ******* claim that we admitted that, “we had seen a leak in the turn off valve” is Not True! I informed the Vondes that we noticed that their backflow device was leaking (not their turn off valve). This was resolved when we shut down their system using their turn-off valve, (the main sprinkler valve in the ground). No more water to the system = no more leak.
Bottom line ** ******* backflow device was damaged prior to us blowing out their system. Most likely as a result of the below freezing temperatures that took place between October 25th and their scheduled blowout in the middle of November. As such we will not be taking any responsibility for, or paying for the repairs of their pre-existing damage.
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Complaint: In the summer of 2011 I ask Mike of Aldape Sprinklers for a quote to install an irrigation pump sprinkler system. He quoted me for $2,650. I then asked to see how much it would be for a city water only & a dual system. I was quoted for $2350 for city water, $2,650 for pump & $2,900 to $2,950 for a dual system. I decided to go with city water only at $2350 with the plan to hook up the irrigation pump the following summer.The following summer, I had Mike complete the dual system. Based on the information & verbal agreement he had provided to me the year before, I was anticipating a charge of approximately $600. What I received was an invoice for $1521.12. That is more than 2.5 times what I was quoted and verbally agreed to. Mike never provided an updated quote written or verbal stating other wise.Additionally, not including the 14 hrs of labor which in my mind he is grossly over estimating because I was home to witness the work, there are 16 itemized expenses. One of them is a water proof box for $12.16 which he had to cut open to plug in the safety stop device making it no longer water proof, and he has a $58 "shop trip". What is that? Lastly, after 16 itemized charges such as clamps for a $1.04 to the pump for $269.75, he has an additional misc. charge for $112.58. What could those possibly be if he already itemized the items to the dollar clamp?Bottomline, there is a gross miscaculation from $600 to $1521.12. This amount that I am being charged is certainly not right and I feel that I am being taken advantage of. I have already paid Mike $600.00. I feel that this is all that I owe him. He continues to contact me for the difference & now threathens to file legal charges and ruin my credit.Mike claims that the quote is a year old and only valid for 30 days. I understand that, but prices in the valley for labor and materials have not increased by 2.5 times and we had a verbal understanding from before that he did not provide an update written, verbal or otherwise.
Desired Settlement: I am a fair person and willing to come to some sort of fair compromise. In fact, per Mike's recent calculations that he forward to me via email, I informed him that I would be willing to pay an additional $500. But that is my absolute most that I am willing to pay. This compromise doesn't sit well with me because I still feel that I am being taken advantage of. Regardless, I find that to be more than reasonable.
I. In April of 2011 *** ******** asked us to quote a sprinkler system for him. He requested that we quote it as a Pump Only System, as a City Water Only System, and as a Dual Connection (Both City and Pump) System. We also quoted the option of having a dedicated drip line.
II. On May 1, 2011 we provided *** ******** the requested quote. It specifically listed the different connections as follows:
· Irrigation Pump System Only - $2650.00
· City Connection System Only - $2000.00
· Dual Connection System – $2900.00 – $2950.00
III. Additionally this quote listed an Option for an additional Sprinkler Zone dedicated to a Drip Line for watering the flower beds. This option was an additional $350.00.
I. As a result of the quote described above, *** ******** opted to go with a “City Connection System” (Quoted at $2000.00). Additionally, ** ******** opted to go with the Option of the additional sprinkler zone dedicated to a Drip Line for watering his flower beds. (Described in ¶ III., above)
II. On July 2, 2011 *** ******** subsequently signed a Contract with Aldape Sprinkler Service to provide these described services. For a total of $2350.00, with 50% to be paid up front and the Remaining Balance to be paid at completion of construction.
III. Also on or about July 2, 2011 and pursuant to the terms in ¶ 4a of the contract, *** ******** paid the deposit of $1175.00. Said payment was made by check.
IV. Upon completion of the original project, on or about July 14th, 2011 *** ******** made a second payment to Aldape Sprinklers of $1075.00. This left an unpaid balance owing on the account of $100.00 (Note: *** ******** has made no effort to refute this).
V. This same Contract at ¶ 5, specifically states as follows:
“Variations & ModificationsAny variations including, but not limited to, modifications, omissions or additions that are made to this agreement, and are not expressly listed above in paragraph 2, must be agreed to in writing by both parties detailing the price and specification of such variations. In the event that written documentation is not obtained for any reason, parties agree that, modifications, omissions or additions will be billed at a rate of $55.00 per labor hour + materials.” (General Landscaping and Construction Contract ¶ 5)Mr. Rodrigue’s Complaint
I. The first part of Mr. Rodrigue’s Complaint claims that the final bill was different then the original quoted price. Quoted from over a year before and further over a year beyond the quote’s stated validity. The reasons for the difference are as follows:
a. The Original Quote was only valid for 30 days.
b. At the time of the original quote and the subsequent contract and installation of the City Water System ($2000.00) with the added option of the Dedicated Drip Line ($350.00), Mr. Rodrigues’s front yard was a configuration of dirt and weeds, thus making for a very quick installation. Shortly after the original installation *** ******** laid SOD. When *** ******** had us convert the system to a Dual Connection System he expressed concern about us tearing up his new lawn. As such we took great care (and extra time) to cut his SOD back then hand dig the areas to be worked in, so as to do as little damage as possible to the new lawn.
c. When *** ******** contacted us to do the modification (change to a Dual Connection) to the original installation, he was told that he would need to get power ran out to his irrigation area. Specifically that he would have to have an electrician put in 220V with a Relay Box and a power outlet where the pump was to be located. Although he indicated this had been done, it was not completed when we arrived. Rather the electrician had put in an empty box for a Relay and had left the wire bare at the pump. Therefore, I personally had to make a Shop Trip to purchase miscellaneous electrical materials, in order to complete the job. Obviously this took additional time and materials, and subsequently caused additional cost.
d. The 14 hours of labor *** ******** was charged for included 2 Labors for 6 hours each (12hrs). And myself at 2 hours on the job. This is less than the time actually spent on the job. Additionally, the rate of $45 is less than the agreed to and contracted rate of $55.
e. Additionally, *** ******** signed the contract described herein. This Contract specifically covered any modifications and the associated cost to the original work to be performed. He is therefore bound by its terms.
In construction and most every other situation, it is obvious that the overall cost of doing a complete job at once is going to be less expensive, than doing a partial job and later coming back, disassembling the original work, and making modifications thereto. Work has to be redone, new parts have to be added, etc. This increase in cost becomes especially relevant when after the original work is completed, the homeowner beautifies the finished work area (Laying SOD), then later has the original work modified. Had we torn up Mr. Rodrigue’s new SOD, then that would be a different issue for him to complain about. In this case had *** ******** done everything at once the cost would have been $3300.00, by doing part, then modifying it later, it cost him $3871.12, a difference of $571.12.
*** ******** ignored our invoice ($1521.12) for over a month before sending a check for $600.00. As such his account has incurred $38.82 in interest and late fees. His remaining balance is $959.94. This is the amount we are willing to accept as final payment. At this point I am willing to blow off the $100.00 he owes from the original contract. If we have not received the $959.94 by Friday, November 16, 2012, we will file legal action against *** ******** for the full balance due, including the $100.00 as well as the full labor cost outlined in the original contract. And yes this will have a negative effect on his credit rating.
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