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A quality sprinkler system starts with a quality design. This is the most critical step in installing a sprinkler system. Quality field work means nothing if the designer does not know what he/she is doing. You have two options for your sprinkler system design.
If you want to design your system yourself and save even more money, you can send us your design specifications and we'll send you a detailed parts list. You can take this parts list and enter the item numbers directly into our online store search funciton.
Our team of designers has a combined 62 years of designing experience. We will custom design your sprinkler system using the latest products from Toro, Irritrol, Hunter, Netafim, and more! We design all our systems by hand; no expensive CAD systems that over design or completely ignore areas of your yard. Our design fee is $200.00 for residential sprinkler systems.
DESIGN INFORMATIONWhether you choose option 1 or option 2 you will need to gather the following information.
1) A scale drawing of your property including your house, landscaping, trees, sidewalks, patios, sheds, etc. When you close on your house you usually receive a Certificate of Survey; otherwise your city office's building department will have one on file. On this you can draw in the above list of items. A landscape plan is the next preferred drawing; however, landscapers are not as concerned with scale and detail as surveyors.
2) Call your city office to check on local codes, building permits, etc. When you call your city office, tell them you will be installing an "Automatic, underground lawn sprinkler system" and they should be able to walk you through the rest.
3) Water pressure readings: To determine your water pressure you can borrow or rent gauges from your local hardware store. An easier way is to call your city's water department. If you have a well or you will use a lake pump please call the well company or pump manufacturer to determine gallons per minute available @ 55 pounds of pressure.
4) Back to your drawing: Now you need to think about where your water supply will be coming from (i.e. side of house, back of house, etc.) and where you would like your controller (the garage is the most common location). Clearly mark these on your scale drawing. Note: In most areas building codes require that a Backflow Prevention device be mounted just after the water supply exits the house. By code this device must be mounted 12" higher than any sprinkler head in the yard. To see a schematic drawing of the water source plumbing, click here.
5) Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.