Let this weekend’s warmer weather and daylight saving time change spring you forward in deciding to install your own underground water sprinkling system. An efficient, correctly installed sprinkler will enhance your lawn, protect your home’s foundation and save you money.
Why do it yourself?
Installing an in-ground water sprinkling system is surprisingly simple and cost-effective. Do-it-yourself installation can potentially save you 30 to 40 percent off of the cost of a professional installation. However, it’s a somewhat ambitious job—and you’ll get your hands dirty. But with the right plan, equipment, desire and hard work, you’ll likely realize substantial cost savings (and self-satisfaction).
Below is a step-by-step guide to follow. Whether you’ll plan everything on your own or seek some assistance from a local home center, be certain to contact Texas811 to schedule a representative who will mark the location of utility lines on your property before you dig.
Steps to plan and install your own sprinkling system:
Make a written outline of your action plan for sprinkling system installation.
Check your local codes to determine what may require professional assistance.
Call before you dig! Contact Texas811 at least two days prior to ANY digging. Your property will need to be surveyed and marked to avoid disrupting existing utility lines. It’s free, it’s easy and it’s the law.
Determine and obtain all of the necessary tools needed, including a trencher, PVC pipe and sprinkling equipment. Your local home center can help; you may also search online.
You have options, depending upon how much or how little outside involvement and advice you seek for your sprinkling system project. Be sure to do your homework and due diligence before formulating a plan and then putting it to the test. Decide what will work best for your own needs and budget. But whatever your plan, be sure to Call before you dig! In Texas, the number to remember is 811.