Sprinkler Specialist

Sprinkler Specialist Inc.

Installing a lawn sprinkler system can help you efficiently water your lawn and garden, promoting healthy plant growth. Here’s a general guide to help you with the installation process. Keep in mind that specific steps may vary based on your local regulations, the type of system you choose, and your unique landscaping needs.

1. Planning:

Measure your lawn and create a detailed plan of the area you want to irrigate.
Identify water sources and check local regulations regarding water usage and sprinkler systems.
2. Gather Materials:

Purchase a sprinkler system kit or gather individual components such as pipes, fittings, valves, sprinkler heads, and a timer/controller.
Consider the water pressure in your area and choose appropriate components.
3. Tools:

You may need tools such as a shovel, pipe cutter, pipe wrench, Teflon tape, and PVC primer and cement.
4. Design the System:

Plan the layout of your system, considering factors such as water pressure, coverage area, and the type of plants you have.
Choose the appropriate sprinkler heads for different zones (rotor heads for larger areas, spray heads for smaller areas).
5. Install Backflow Preventer:

Install a backflow preventer to ensure that water from the irrigation system does not contaminate your drinking water.
6. Install Valves:

Install control valves for each irrigation zone. These valves regulate the flow of water to specific areas.
7. Lay Pipes:

Dig trenches to bury the mainline pipes. Lay the pipes according to your design, ensuring proper slope for drainage.
Connect pipes using fittings and secure them with glue or other appropriate connectors.
8. Install Sprinkler Heads:

Attach sprinkler heads to risers and place them in the ground according to your plan.
Adjust the spray patterns of the sprinkler heads to ensure proper coverage.
9. Connect to Water Source:

Connect the mainline to your water source, either a municipal water supply or a well.
Install a pressure regulator to ensure that the water pressure is suitable for your system.
10. Install Controller:

Install the irrigation controller or timer in a convenient location.
Program the controller based on your watering schedule and preferences.
11. Test the System:

Run a test cycle to check for any leaks, adjust sprinkler head positions, and ensure proper coverage.
12. Backfill and Clean Up:

Fill in the trenches and clean up the work area.
13. Maintenance:

Regularly check and maintain your system, especially before the start of each watering season.
If you’re not comfortable with any part of the installation process, consider hiring a professional irrigation specialist to ensure a proper and efficient setup. Additionally, be aware of any local regulations or permits required for installing a sprinkler system.