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How to Install a Sprinkler System

A sprinkler system is an ideal way to make sure your garden lawn receives enough water during the hot and dry summer months. It is a particularly efficient way to water the lawn, ensuring that only minimal amounts of water are used, and that water is spread evenly across the lawn area. In this article, we will look at how to install a sprinkler system, and the benefits of doing so for you lawn.

Different Types of Sprinkler

Before we explain how to install a sprinkler system, it is important to look at the different types of sprinkler system, and the component parts that make up the majority of systems. There are two main types of sprinkler system: pop-up and rotary. With minimal differences in actual piping, the main difference lies in the nature of the sprinkler head.

The rotary head is permanently above ground, whereas the pop-up head retracts to aid mowing the lawn. Regardless of the type of head you choose, you will be operating an underground system which has largely the same component parts, piped in to your household water supply. The first consideration before building your system is planning, and you should take care to consider all the essential elements before you begin tearing up your lawn.

Another element to consider is water pressure.Many homes have insufficient water pressure to water the whole lawn at once, so sprinkler systems are typically split into different circuits. Each circuit waters a specific area of the lawn and has it’s own control valve. You will need to establish the flow rate in gallons per minute (GPM) and water pressure in pounds per square inch, that your house’s exterior hose bibb has.

Once you know the capacity of your home’s water supply, you can determine how many circuits you need and the size of each circuit. The sprinkler head manufacturer’s instructions should contain a chart showing GPM rating; just divide the gpm capacity of your water line by the rating of each head to find the number of sprinkler heads that you can put on each circuit.

Don’t forget to check with your local building authorities and get any required permits before starting any work.

Installation

-The first step to install a sprinkler system is to build a manifold, which directs water to the various sprinkler heads through the piping network.

-Next, dig the ditches for the piping which should be around 10 inches deep and relatively level to avoid later problems.

-Next, connect the piping work and release the valve at the manifold to text for leakages. Any leakages should be tightened at this point to avoid later problems.

-Once everything has been connected up in accordance with the installation guide you will have received from the manufacturers, you should test your system thoroughly before recovering your turf. And that, in a nutshell, is how to install a sprinkler system.

Benefits

The benefits of installing a sprinkler system are largely twofold: beneficial for the lawn, and for your wallet. Every lawn needs some form of watering during the summer months, and a sprinkler system is one of the most effective ways to do this. It spreads water evenly across the lawn whilst in operation, ensuring that no one area dries up.

Additionally, it saves water which would otherwise be lost be spraying just a fine mist. This way you can also cut down on your water bills as well.

Plan Ahead

Installing a sprinkler system is a complex process, which requires a great deal of planning and dexterity. If you are looking to guarantee effectiveness, it is perhaps recommended that you seek the help of a professional who will complete the job within a short time frame, and to a satisfactory quality.

Alternatively, if you think you know how to install a sprinkler system competently, then you can save yourself some money in the process. There are also various publications out there to help you on your way, although it is a particularly detailed and complex procedure, which is certainly not for the feint hearted! Either way, a sprinkler system is a valuable addition to any garden, and can be achieved without too much hassle and fuss in any garden.

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