An underground (or pop-up) sprinkler system is one of the more popular irrigation system selections, as it doesn’t take away from the beauty of your landscaping but provides even watering for a more professional look. Oh – and did I mention that they make the most efficient use of water? They are not difficult to install, but there is careful planning involved. Here are some tips to help you out as you install your underground sprinkler system.
#1 Tip to Install Underground Sprinkler System: Get any permits you may need before anything else. Check the local codes and regulations for your city; then get your permit and have your local utility companies come out to mark any buried lines. Plot your property by obtaining a lot survey (or measure its dimensions manually). After you have plotted the general geometry of the yard, house, driveway, sidewalks, and fences, mark the locations of all the water spigots.
#2 Tip to Install Underground Sprinkler System: Choose your sprinkler heads. The sprinkler heads determine the rest of your design and they are a key component to your installation. There are spray heads, impact rotors, gear driven rotors, and more to choose from. Do some research to determine which sprinkler head type is the best choice for your application.
#3 Tip to Install Underground Sprinkler System: Figure out how many sprinkler heads you need. You will also need to determine the size and types of pipes to purchase, using measurements of the area where you will be installing the underground sprinkler system. If you are unsure, you can always ask at the store where you will be purchasing the sprinkler heads.
#4 Tip to Install Underground Sprinkler System: The pipe material will depend on manufacturer’s recommendations. Some systems use flexible pipe, plastic or metal inserts and clamps. Others use PVC pipes and fittings. Again, check the manufacturer’s recommendations before purchasing your pipes and fittings.
#5 Tip to Install Underground Sprinkler System: Make sure to test the system to know that it has been properly installed. Do this before burying any of the lines or heads in case you need to make any changes. Turn the dialer “on” and check performance of the system; then turn it back “off”.
Underground sprinkler systems promote a healthy look for your yard and gardens, and they provide even watering for a professional look. Besides, they can be programmed with start and end times. Who has time to spend moving sprinklers around or turning them on and off every day?
How to Install an Underground Sprinkler System
How to Install a Sprinkler System
How to Install an Underground Sprinkler System on a Budget