I spent several years renovating old homes and working in the construction industry. During this time, I installed and worked on several sprinkler systems. If you have no experience installing a sprinkler system, this article will help you decide if you’re committed to the costs and difficulties associated with the project. Use the lessons I learned as a guide to creating the perfect plan for your sprinkler system.
Consult several different sprinkler system manufacturers
The prices on sprinkler systems vary significantly. Ensure you are receiving the best bang for your buck and gather quotes from a minimum of three different manufacturers. Make sure they have been in the business a long time as you will need spare parts that could be specific to the system you choose. The manufacturer will provide a sprinkler system layout for you based upon your dimensions and pressure per minute of your water source.
Hire experienced labor
If you plan on installing the system yourself do yourself a favor and hire an extra set of hands or two. The job requires an extensive amount of manual labor. Beyond the labor itself, if you don’t get the fittings secured correctly you will spend a significant amount of time fixing leaks in the system. Once you get the system buried and sod down you don’t want to be digging it up to fix these issues. According to Popular Mechanics installing your sprinkler system yourself can save upwards of 40% versus hiring a contractor. Use a portion of that money on help that has experience in sprinkler installation.
Buy high quality parts
Sprinkler systems made of poor quality piping, heads, or bad workmanship can end up leaving costly repairs over the long-term. Spend the extra money upfront hiring experienced help and buying new high quality parts. The parts will normally come with a warranty should any prove faulty, saving you the burden of added costs later.
Before you begin check for underground utilities
Check with your local jurisdiction for any buried cables or other obstacles. I stress this, I have accidently cut through poorly routed lines that were buried several feet from where they were supposed to be. Although you cannot help that, you can do your best to minimize your impact on current underground utilities. While you are inquiring on buried utilities also ask if you need a building permit to install your system. Some places require a permit and the fines can be expensive if you are found non compliant with county code.
“Install an Underground Sprinkler System” – Lowes
“How to Install a Sprinkler System” – diy network