I'm by no means a plumbing expert, but I can't see how the two would be related. Just in case, I thought I'd still run this problem by you guys.
I installed the Rachio, and then turned on zone 1 manually just to test it out, and immediately heard a crazy noise and went outside to see my bell valve gushing water into the air.
Could the Rachio somehow operate so differently from my old controller that it would lead to too much water pressure going through the pipes or something? Or is there something I could have possibly done wrong installing it? (I doubt that...I have 6 zone wires and a Com wire...pretty easy.)
OR...is it just a massive coincidence that this problem happened at that exact moment?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts on the matter.