It always starts with planning – lots of planning! You will need to know the size of your yard and what you are planning to water. Here are a few tips that you can use to make the installation of your irrigation system go smoothly.
Always Know your Goals
You need to know the primary goal of your sprinkler system. This will help you choose the right parts and will help you with budgeting. Here are four of the common reasons why individuals might choose to install a sprinkler system.
Having a sprinkler system saves you time so that you can enjoy more of your day. Rather than having to drag out a hose to manually spray the lawn, you can relax and let the system do it for you.
Sprinkler systems will conserve water. It can make sure your property gets all of the water it needs without having to waste it. Manual watering will leave some areas dry and can compromise the health of your lawn.
Many people install sprinkler systems to save money and add value to their home. Installing an automated sprinkler system will help you save both time and money while also adding real value to your home.
The most obvious reason for installing an automated sprinkler system is convenience. It saves you the hassle of having to stand outside with a hose every day. Plus it will keep water away from your driveway, sidewalks, and patios.
Additional Tips for Installing Irrigation Systems
Yards are normally separated into different zones and each of these zones will require an average of 15 gallons of water per minute. Most residential yards consist of only one watering zone though but commercial properties generally require a large and complex system. One example of a large property would be a soccer field. For these types of large properties, installing heads around the outside of the area is always the first step since it establishes all of the hard lines.
Here are some additional tips that you will need to follow in order to properly install an irrigation system. These are usually the first steps you will take before installing the system.
Do a visual inspection of your yard so that you can familiarize yourself with obstacles and other areas that might be a problem. I also recommend that you draw a map.
You will also need to contact the utility companies that service your area and ask them to flag utility lines so you don’t accidently dig into one of them.
Look closely at the capacity of the water system so that you can design your system accordingly.
You’ll need to determine the water source you will use for your irrigation system. This will help you plan the entire system. Then you find this source and hook your system into it.
Once you have connected to your main water source, then you will need to determine how much water pressure you’ll have access to. This step might require help from your water company.