Houston Sprinkler Systems
A proper sprinkler system installation is designed to conserve water while maintaining adequate water levels so that your grass and plants can flourish. It starts with a proper irrigation design followed by a professional installation. Our State of Texas Licensed irrigators have installed sprinkler systems in Houston, Texas for over 15 years and are experienced in large installations for apartments, buildings, warehouses and single family homes. The installation processes for different property types can vary, but the principle of water conservation is the same. That is, we design the most efficient irrigation system in order to provide water to plants and grass without wasting water.
Sprinkler Systems Design Phase
When working with us (a State of Texas Licensed Irrigator), we use water hydraulics and recommended water pressure when designing your sprinkler system. This allows your system to be efficient in order to conserve water without sacrificing proper water coverage for your plants and grass. We will work with you and advise you about best practices of water conservation. One example is the proper designing of water stations. Landscape beds, grass and trees need to have their own water station. This flexibility will give you the ability to stop watering areas that have seasonal plants. You can also water different amounts of water to each planted area based on their specific water needs.
The ultimate irrigation design should only water green areas and provide only the amount of water needed for the grass or plants that are being watered. In other other words, allowing the sprinklers to water fences or concrete areas will waste water and do nothing for your plants. The design phase should take in consideration your grass, trees, and plants located in landscape beds. Sidewalk, driveways and other fixtures need to be taken in consideration when drawing up the sprinkler system design. Using the proper water sprinkler pop up heads and nozzles will allow the water to flow to the plants while minimizing wind loss. Where appropriate, drip sprinkler systems should be used.
With us, you will have a layout drawing of the irrigation system showing where every component of the system is located in your yard. This is very important to have in the event you want to add landscape, pool or patio features to your front or back yard.
Water Conservation No-No’s
- Do not water over sidewalks or driveways
- Do not water landscape beds, grass areas and large trees all with the same irrigation station.
- Do not add additional water pressure just so you can have enough water - Use water pressure as per best practice State Specifications
- Do not install pop up heads in an area less than 48 inches wide that is bordered by concrete on both sides. (as per State of Texas Law Requirements)
- Do not save money by installing a cheap Rain Sensor
Selecting the Proper Parts
We only use commercial grade irrigation parts so your system will have the latest advance parts therefore working more efficiently and last longer. Believe it or not, large sprinkler manufacturers such as Hunter manufacture commercial and residential grade parts. To the untrained eye, they look identical. However, the residential grade parts sold at large box home improvement stores dispense water less efficiently. For residential sprinkler installations, commercial grade parts will make our quote about 5% higher. However, it is better to pay for a quality product upfront rather than paying for it later with sprinkler repair calls and higher water bills. In the long run, the savings in your water will pay for the increase in cost of using commercial grade parts.
Sprinkler System Installation
Following the proper irrigation design is critical during installation. The selection of proper pipe sizes, valves, sprinkler heads and nozzles result in water conservation and lower water bills. Many irrigation installers will provide much lower prices than a licensed irrigator because they cut corners during installation.
Beware of unscrupulous or inexperienced installers. To avoid calculating proper water pressure needed, they may start with a larger pipe than needed. The reasoning is that they will end up with enough pressure so their pop ups will work. The problem with this is that they use too much pressure, which results in wasted water.
Another way unscrupulous installers cut corners is by joining water stations of grass and landscape beds at the same time. This practice is commonly used in backyards where you could have a landscape beds in opposite corners. The proper practice would be to separate the water stations and run the needed pipes to each landscape beds. Remember, grass and plants found in landscape beds need different watering time schedules. For example, flowers need more water than grass. If you have one station for for watering both, you end up watering the grass too much and/or the flowers too little. This also applies to shrubs and trees as well.
Programming and Watering Schedule
Proper programming of your irrigation system is important. For example, you can program your system to deliver the amount of water required based on the time of year.
Having a system that allows you to program the entire year is important so that you do not have to manually adjust your system when the seasons change. For example, in Houston, Texas and surrounding communities, January require 36% of the water as compared to the month of June. To learn more about water requirements for your lawn (Houston, TX), please visit our blog post titled; "How much water does my lawn need? ".
Followup After Installation
After installation, we visit your home again for an inspection of the entire system. We test to make sure that the spray nozzles are not clogged up with dirt and that they are spraying correctly. Occasionally, the pop up heads and rotters can shift or tilt due to loose soil. We make any necessary corrections during the follow up inspections. This is done one week and a month after installation. Of course, if you notice anything unusual, you can call us and we will visit your property upon your request.
Sprinkler Repairs if Needed
We warranty 100% parts and labor for a full year for any problems that may arise due to workmanship. As a rule of thumb, a system that does not give you problems the first year, will tend to last for 10 plus years without major problems. We work hard to achieve a proper design and installation so that your system can last as long as possible without needing repairs. Please visit the sprinkler systems repair page for more details on this service.