Initial Planning for Underground Sprinklers in Grand

Underground sprinklers in Grand Rapids are important to provide water to the living landscape around your home. You can try to rely on Mother Nature to give enough rain to do the job but she has been known to be very fickle in the past, perhaps watering should be seriously considered. The traditional way has been to drag your hose out, attaching a rotating or oscillating water sprinkler to it and walk away, then come back, move it, walk away again. This process goes on and on until the entire lawn has been watered. Not only is this time consuming and tedious, it does not necessarily get the right amount of water to where you want it to go.

There is no doubt that underground sprinklers Grand Rapids takes the entire process and automates it, directing water to exactly where it’s needed and when its needed. Installation of an underground sprinkler system is something best left to the pros but if you want to make it a DIY project, it can be done, but not simple mind you. The planning of the project and the purchasing of the proper materials are the keys to success and don’t think that it is going to be done in a day, the installation will most likely take a few weekends.

There are a number of resources on the internet which will aid considerably in planning the installation of your underground sprinklers in Grand Rapids. It is highly recommended that you study in detail the planning procedure; it’s still not too late to hire a pro. Part of the planning process is determining the exact nature of your turf and ornamentals, the water demands are different for different types of grass. The soil type is also important, sandy soil soaks up water quicker than clay and if the system you design provides more water than is necessary to wet the ground it will just run off and be wasted.

Before you install underground sprinklers in Grand Rapids check with the City Engineers and determine if you need a building permit. By law you have to check for any and all existing underground utilities, to do this work in co-operation with the various local utility companies who will be able to pin point their underground lines. There are also watering ordinances which can come into play at any time during a particularly dry period, make sure you understand them before you start digging.

Prior to making any determinations on sizes or quantities of pipe, nozzles and fittings you will need to determine a number of things. The water pressure in psi (pounds per square inch), the water meter size, the water service line size, the water flow rate in gpm (gallons per minute)and the type of backflow prevention that is required by local codes are all mandatory.

To avoid all the planning and all the work that has yet to be done on your underground sprinklers in Grand Rapids, it will be in your best interest to call on Sanderson and DeHaan, the experts at allowing you to “make your own rain”

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