Sprinklers & Irrigation
Considering a Sprinkler Installation for your Home? Here’s what you need to know
Landscapes of the home need water to thrive. When you rely on natural rainfall you may not be able to provide your landscaping the water it needs to survive. The type of grass and plant life you have on the acreage of your home will help determine just how much water is required. If you have found that you need a home irrigation system, it is important to learn what steps you must take in preparation. You can install the irrigation system yourself or hire a professional to do the work for you. A plan must be created based on your landscaping and the correct components purchased to have a successful install.
Underground Irrigation System
One option you have for the home is an underground irrigation system. You must check the type of grass you have to see if this option would be beneficial. The soil type will also affect if this unit type will be the most efficient. Clay soil will not absorb water as quickly as a sandy soil type. If you provide too much water, then you will have runoff and your yard could be flooded.
Before you can have an underground irrigation system installed with sprinkler components, you will need to see if a building permit is required in your area. Underground utilities will need to be checked and you can do this by contacting the local electricity department. Watering ordinances must be researched in your areas as well as if a licensed and professional installation is required due to local regulations.
Water Pressure Needs
The water pressure needed will have to be determined during your project. There are two measurement types when considering water pressure, working and static. Working is when the water supply is on and static is when the water supply is off. A pressure gauge is used to determine the pressure reading. Water meter size, service line size and flow rate will also need to be determined.
This project is not for the regular DIYer unless you have a great deal of time on your hands to learn the different aspects of installation. Along with these measurements, the sprinkler system will also have to be mapped. This takes precision. Several elements must be considered including shrubbery, flower beds, trees, sidewalks, fencing, slopes and areas with shade and sun.
When you have several of these features, more than one watering zone may be required. The mapping of the sprinkler system will include the watering zones and this ‘map’ will be created by the scale of the yard placed on graph paper. The water meter will need to be marked and other areas to ensure the proper irrigation of the property.
A professional landscaping specialist can help you with mapping your property as well as the install of an irrigation system. You will find that the installation will be done correctly so that you can enjoy the beauty of your landscaping as it is regularly watered and maintained. Consider hiring a professional for the job, especially if you do not have the know-how yourself!