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November 08/2023

4 Common DIY Sprinkler Installation Mistakes

Whether you want to upgrade your sprinkler system or it’s your first time considering irrigation system installation for your lawn, always consult a professional. While this is a wise investment when it is done the right way, most DIY projects usually take a turn for the worst. Atlanta Irrigation Company can ease the guesswork from the process and guarantee a healthy, vibrant landscape. Your irrigation system comprises many components, and the slightest miscalculation can compromise the efficiency and durability of your unit.

You can avoid all these issues by hiring a trusted sprinkler repair service to handle the installation and provide regular maintenance. However, if you prefer a more hands-on approach, ensure you have the knowledge, skills and tools to do the job. Here are some common mistakes homeowners make when they tackle irrigation system installation.

Digging Without Checking

Utility lines run throughout your yard, leading to and from your home. If you conduct irrigation system installation yourself, you risk digging too deep or too close to these lines. A ruptured gas line is dangerous and compromises the safety of the entire premises. In addition, you could get electrocuted or, worse, start a fire. It can be challenging for inexperienced individuals to take on such complex tasks, hence the need to hire a professional for help. We thoroughly inspect your property before installing it to mitigate potential safety hazards.

Trench Depth

Another common mistake that leads to frequent sprinkler repair calls or unplanned replacements is making too shallow or too deep trenches. Industry experts recommend trenches between 7-10 inches to avoid cracking under the weight of various items on your lawn. If the pipe is lower than ten inches below the surface, it's hard to detect any damage until it’s too late. We leverage standard industry equipment to enhance precision and efficiency throughout the irrigation system installation process.

Watering Grass & Flowers Together

Most people are under the false notion that aiming your sprayers at your lawn, flower beds, and trees is a cost-effective strategy. This could not be further from the truth, as it kills flowers and grass. Perennial flowers, trees, and shrubs have deep root systems that spread beyond your flower bed. Since they can pull water from multiple directions, they don’t require as much water as your grass. Don’t focus too much on your trees and flowerbeds, but mainly on your grass. Routine inspections by a professional help detect any deterioration before it compromises the function of your system and the health of your landscape.

Sprinkler Head Zone Operation

Lastly, another major mistake most DIYers make during installation is failing to hire a professional sprinkler repair company to handle all the heavy lifting. We have a well-trained team of professionals ready to help you ensure everything works as expected. There are different sprinkler heads with varying precipitation rates, and we can help you install the most suited for your need. Incorrect zoning can cause significant run-off or over water in some areas.

Contact us at Atlanta Irrigation Company and schedule a consultation with our professional technicians. A functional and efficient sprinkler system is a wise investment, primarily if an irrigation company handles installation and maintenance.