If you want to install an underground sprinkler system in your garden, then you have to be prepared with the kind of work that you’re up to. But there are a lot of advantages to installing this equipment in your home. Through a sprinkler installation, watering the entire yard is done by simply flipping the switch.
Here are the steps on how you can install sprinkler systems. If you intend to make this a do-it-yourself project and you’d like to make sure that you’re doing things right, this guideline could help you out. Here are the things that you should do:
1. Do some planning.
Before doing anything, you have to know where the utility lines and cable are buried in your yard. That’s how you can map where in the yard you can place the sprinkler system. Measure the size of your yard to determine the right water pressure so that every part is covered. Making a diagram would help a lot. You should also mark the yard with flags so you’ll know where the sprinklers should go.
2. Connect to the water line.
The best way to install a sprinkler system is to find a spigot. However, professionals tap into the main water line. Whichever way you want to do it, you need to install an anti-siphon valve to prevent brackish water, fertilizers, and lawn chemicals from entering into the main water supply.
3. Start digging.
Dig a trench that’s six to eight inches deep that slopes at an angle of 45 degrees. Place the sod on one side and the soil on another when digging. This makes filling the trench a lot easier. If you can rent vibratory plow things can get a lot simpler for you.
4. Install a valve manifold.
To install the valve manifold, you need a hole that’s slightly bigger than valve manifold. Place the valve box into the ground and attach one end of the manifold assembly to the main water line. Secure the clamp to tighten it.
5. Run PVC pipes.
Connect a 3/4-inch PVC pipe to valve manifold’s open end. Continue to lay the pipe along the trench. If you need the pipes to run off the main line, use T-connectors. You should also attach risers at each flag. For that, you need the 90-degree connectors. You will need to glue sections together. Don’t apply too much adhesive. Do so smoothly and thinly.
6. Install sprinkler heads.
Find the right sprinkler to irrigate your entire landscape. But before attaching the sprinkler heads, be sure to flush out water throughout the system. This will clean out all the debris. Attach the heads to the risers and Level it with the soil. Fill all holes and trenches with sod and dirt.
7. Install the controller.
There’s a timer included in every sprinkler system kit and its job is to control the frequency and length of the water. Connect the wires as it shows on the manual. See if the system is working and fine-tune it to ensure all parts are covered.