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Common Mistakes To Avoid During Sprinkler System Installations

Updated: Mar 12

Installing a sprinkler system in your lawn or garden can be a daunting task. But with a bit of know-how and the right tools, you can avoid common beginner's mistakes and have a reliable irrigation system in no time. Read on to learn more about the basics of installing your own sprinkler system.

Choosing the Wrong Size Piping

When selecting piping for your home sprinkler system, always make sure to use the correct size. If the pipes are too small, water will not be able to flow freely through them, causing back pressure and reducing the system’s overall efficiency. On the other hand, if the pipes are too large it can lead to clogging and reduce water efficiency. Be sure to consult with a professional or refer to manufacturer instructions if you are unsure about which size of pipe is best for your application.

Failing to Calculate Proper Water Pressure

Water pressure is an important factor to consider when installing a sprinkler system. Underestimating water pressure can cause the water to not reach all the sprinklers, while overestimating it can result in areas of your lawn being over-watered and having runoff. It is essential that you use a pressure gauge to accurately measure the water pressure in order to set the correct Sprinkler’s head diameter. This will ensure that your sprinklers are providing even coverage and run effectively without any waste.

Installing the System Too Close to a Foundation

One of the most common mistakes people make when installing a sprinkler system is running pipes too close to a foundation or other structure. Pipes that are installed too close to or beneath the foundation can damage it over time due to the soil shifting and being exposed to water pressure. To avoid this mistake, always ensure that your pipes are at least 6 inches away from any hard structures and at least 12 inches below the surface of the ground.

Not Sealing Connections Properly

Ensuring that all sprinkler connections are properly sealed is essential for a successful and efficient system. Without proper sealing, your sprinkler's performance can be significantly reduced due to leakages in the piping. To ensure a secure seal, use PVC tape around each joint and double check that it is tight before testing your system.

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