The top choice for irrigation systems is in-ground sprinklers. They are buried in the ground, out of sight, whereas other watering devices are very visible when connected to garden hoses. As a homeowner or commercial property owner, you might feel the urge to try installing an in-ground sprinkler system yourself. Maybe you’ve done it before, maybe not, but you may feel like you’re good to go once you understand the process and have gathered the right tools for the job. However, not being sure of your abilities is a good reason to leave irrigation system installation to the professionals.
Here’s a look at the three most common mistakes many people make when installing an irrigation system in Burlington County, NJ.
Digging before checking for underground utilities
No matter why you’re digging down into the ground, never start a digging project until you’ve checked with the county about the underground utilities running through your property—electricity cables, gas pipes, telephone lines and water and sewer lines. By not locating these utilities first, you risk putting yourself and others in dangerous situations, like exposure to live electricity or severing the water main. Hitting a utility line will seriously delay your project, be expensive to fix and likely not please your neighbors very much.
Installing sprinkler heads incorrectly
In order for you to know the best height at which to place the sprinkler heads, you must first determine the desired coverage area. Sprinkler heads that are in charge of spraying grass should be positioned closer to the ground to keep the water from overshooting the sprinkler’s spray zone. Need to water hardy bushes or medium-height delicate plants? Water from heads that are close to the ground are less likely to do a good job. Instead, raise sprinkler heads higher so the water can reach the targeted plants.
Trenches not the right depth
Irrigation system pipe trenches that are too shallow or too deep can cause watering inefficiency. Most trenches dug for in-ground sprinkler pipes need to be at least seven inches below ground level—any shallower and pipe installations become vulnerable to weight passing over head. This is especially of concern when it comes to sprinkler pipes for residential irrigation systems, because these pipes are made from PVC. PVC cannot withstand a whole lot of pressure, so the weight from heavy objects (like vehicles) above ground will likely crack the pipes.
However, troubles can also arise from digging the trench too deep. While the maximum depth should be capped at 10 inches, keep in mind that pipes buried deep down can make inspections difficult and make it harder to detect pipe breaks and cracks. The fact of the matter is that all underground sprinkler piping will need minor repairs and maintenance at some point.
Understandably, do-it-yourself sprinkler installation is not everyone’s cup of tea. For more information about professionally installing an irrigation system in Burlington County, NJ, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. Call us today to schedule an appointment!