Installing an irrigation system yourself can be a great way to save money, saving you up to half the normal price of systems installed by a professional. It is important to note that Installing a sprinkler system can be a frustrating task, especially if it is your first time. However, there are some simple do’s and don’ts that can save you time, money, and stress.
Check Water Pressure
One of the first things you want to do when getting ready to install an irrigation system is to check your water pressure. This is extremely important for determining where and what type of irrigation system to use. In most cases you can call the water company to find this measurement. In some cases, this information may not be readily available and may need to be manually measured. To measure your water pressure attach a standard size pressure gauge to the nearest outside water faucet. This will give you an accurate reading of water pressure, make sure to record this number for later use.
Divide Your Land Into Sections
It is important to figure out which areas of your yard need to be watered early in the planning process. Different areas may need more water or different types of irrigation methods to be effective. Get a layout of your lot and divide it into sections, try to group similar plants together if possible. You can learn more about the different types of irrigation systems, as well as how to divide your lawn into effective sections at RainBird.com
Identify Water Supply Line Size
Figuring out your water supply line size can be one of the most difficult parts of the process, but it is also one of the most crucial. Identify the piping that runs from your water meter to your house. Measure the circumference of the pipe, a popular method is to wrap a string around the pipe and mark the amount of string used. Use the table provided to determine your supply line size. It is important to repeat this step at least once to ensure accuracy.
Identify the Type of Your Water Supply Line
It is worth noting that not all irrigation systems are compatible with every type of supply line. Water supply lines are made from three different materials: copper, galvanized metal, or PVC. If you proceed without determining what type of material your line is made of the products you purchase may be incompatible. The simplest way to tell is the color of the pipe. Once you found the type of line you are using record it, along with the size of the pipe for further use.