The installation of a sprinkler system is important to any homeowner with a lawn. You want to be sure that you nurture your lawn and keep it well manicured. Although many hire professionals to install their systems, others choose to install the system themselves. If you are handy with tools, installing your own is a great way to save money, while also ensuring that it is installed exactly as you want it. Before you install your own sprinklers, there are a few things you should know.
Be prepared for the cost. Having a sprinkler system will definitely increase your monthly water bill, and it is a cost that you should be prepared for. The area in which you live can also determine how many times you will need to water your lawn with the sprinkler system. If you live in an area that is damp and receives consistent rainfall, you do not have to worry about watering your lawn as much. However, if you live in a hot and dry area, you may need to water your lawn several times per week, and you will be using several gallons of water per week, which will bear a high cost.
Use your existing water meter. If you own your own home, you already have a water meter installed to measure the amount of water the household uses. When installing your sprinkler system, cut some cost and use the water meter already in place rather than to have a new one installed. Depending upon where you live, your city or local township can charge you several hundred dollars to install a new water meter.
Choose the right sprinkler head style. The type of sprinkler head style you choose is largely dependent upon the type of home you own. A smaller lot will most likely use the pop up style heads. On the other hand, larger lots with more open space and large lawn areas will use the rotary heads. It is recommended that large properties use the rotor heads that rotate and can throw water further than 15 feet into the distance. If you have a large lot, you definitely want a sprinkler head that can cover large territory. It will save you both water and money to do so.
Maintain the sprinkler system. You should not assume that you no longer have to worry about the sprinkler system once it has been installed. Much like with any other piece of technology, you have to maintain it and look after it if you want it to keep functioning properly. Sprinkler heads are commonly damaged during lawn mowing. Periodically check to see if any of your sprinkler heads have been damaged, and if they have, replace them using the exact same heads you currently have.
Before you make any decisions regarding your sprinkler system, consult with a professional contractor to seek advice. Although you want to save money by doing it yourself, you also want to make sure that the job is done right.