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Depending on when you are reading this article, the summer heat is fast approaching, in full swing, or has just passed and you are looking for some help on deciding whether installing a lawn irrigation system is right for you. This article should help answer some of the questions that you may have, and some that you may not have even thought about.

It is important to be somewhat familiar with irrigation systems, their components, and the idea behind the design when undertaking a sprinkler installation project. The first step of an irrigation system installation is to measure and sketch your property including all hardscapes, trees, and shrubs. On your sketch, divide your property into different areas, labeled A, B, C, D, etc.; this sketch will be used later in the installation process.

The key to an efficient irrigation system is to determine the correct system design capacity. A water pressure gauge is connected to the faucet closest to the water meter, and the static water pressure can be read from this gauge. Water volume (another component involved in the efficiency of the system) provided as gallons per minute (GPM) requires a little more information. To get the necessary information for water volume, you need to know what size the water meter is and what size the service line is. A chart is then used with the water pressure and water volume measurements to determine your system design capacity.

Now you can use the sketch you created to design the placement and types of sprinkler heads. It is important to use the right type of sprinkler heads for the right area. A properly designed irrigation system with the right components will save you time, money, and keep your lawn healthy for years.

Now’s the time that you’ve been waiting for: installation. Good preparation and planning will help the install proceed smoothly. Refer to your sketch of sprinkler head placement and mark those areas with flags or something similar on your lawn. After marking the location of the sprinkler heads, you must now map out the route the piping will take throughout your yard with ground marking paint or string. After that, the hard labor and technical parts of the installation take place. The technical aspects of the installation is best left to a professional that has the experience to make the plumbing hookups; this ensures that there are no leaks.
Bio Green is happy to help with the design and installation of your new irrigation system. Call our office in Sterling, Virginia at (703) 450-0034 or visit our website at www.biogreenva.com.

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