Sprinkler System Design 101

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Why a sprinkler system?

If you want to install a sprinkler system, chances are that your home either does not have one, or your old system is not working properly. Automatic sprinklers are best for almost all lawns, due to the simplicity of setting the timer and letting the sprinklers do the watering. For one installation it saves you many hours having to hand water your lawn.

When designing a sprinkler system on your own for your home, it takes a lot of planning, time and effort. If you don’t mind the intense process, then this is something that wouldn’t be too hard for you. There are various guides that you can find online to help you with the process, walking you through step-by-step until the job is finished. However, if you have neither the time nor the patience for this long process, there are contractors who are available to do this job for you.

 

Get Your Information

The first thing that is done when creating a sprinkler system design is to collect all of the information that you’ll need. This involves finding your water pressure (PSI) and water flow (GPM) measurements and finding your sprinkler coverage. It’s quite helpful to have a blueprint of your property and to measure your lawn to give yourself a picture of what you’ll be dealing with.

 

What Do I Need?

Once you have done all of your research and have collected all of your data, you need to determine the type of equipment that you’ll need.

  • Water meter
  • Backflow preventer
  • Mainlines
  • Valves
  • Elevation pressure loss
  • Sprinkler heads
  • Laterals
  • Adjustments

As you can see, the equipment that you’ll need is far more extensive than just buying the sprinkler heads. The specifics of each of these items are contingent upon the data that you first collected.

 

The Installation Process

The next step is to place the sprinkler heads. This step depends upon how large the property is, what type of sprinkler heads are being used, in addition to where you want to place each sprinkler. After this, then you create valve zones and draw in where the pipes go in addition to their sizes. After making sure that you calculate pressure loss and that everything is working properly, the sprinkler system design is finished.

 

These steps will usually stay the same regardless of if you’re creating a sprinkler system for residential or commercial land. There are various tools that are available online that will customize the tools that you’re going to need for your project, depending upon the size and shape of your land, and the other unique details about your property. This task is not necessarily an easy one to accomplish, which is exactly why there are companies who offer their services to do this for you.

If you would like an estimate about designing a sprinkler system for your property, give us a call at (407) 378-5366.