Underground Watering System – Nanaimo

How to have a better underground watering system

11 quick tips on how to get a better and cost efficient underground watering system in Nanaimo. The most important question to ask, would be is your underground watering system installer certified.

  1. Underground watering zones are governed by the Gallons per minute (G.P.M) and PSI  from the house
  2. Building your zones to maximum GPM capacity isn’t good. High consumption on your street in Nanaimo can affect your zone running effectiveness ie evening use of dishwashers, showers, other systems. Always build a zone under capacity by 0.5-1.0 GPM to avoid problems.
  3. Always have an external shutoff on your mainline, and make sure it’s before the blowout connection. An external shutoff allows the neighbor to shut your irrigation system off if you‘re away and there is a problem. It also prevents pressure against your indoor shutoff when the system is being blown-out.
  4. Always mark the interior watering shutoff, for easy access.
  5. Different heads use different amounts of water. So you should keep beds and lawns on separate zones (Small heads like Micro-jets and Drip use Gallons per Hour, whereas Rotors and Spray heads use Gallons per Minute. You’ll never get them to work together for satisfaction.
  6. Running pipes under hardscapes without conduits or to save trenching, is done to save time for the company, but doesn’t save time or money for the homeowner in the future.
  7. The white wire in the valve box is always the ‘common’ wire.
  8. Electrical tape is never a ‘professional’ substitute for ‘Silicon filled’ Marrets.
  9. Burying the valves or valvebox, is the biggest sign of a non-professional underground system installation company. It means you have to go to them in the future!
  10. ‘Pipe-pulling’  the underground lines will increase your chances of problems if you want to aerate your lawn in the future, as it’s impossible to tell how deep your lines are.
  11. Anyone that says you don’t need to blowout your system in winter, shouldn’t be taken seriously.   

What underground watering services do we offer?

We are a full service company in Nanaimo offering design expertise and installation of underground watering systems, paving stone patios, paths, trees and shrubs, driveways, school grounds, custom fire pits, outdoor kitchens, walkways, retaining walls, pool decks – basically if it belongs in your yard we can do it! We take your ideas and vision, combine it with our practical knowledge, and then turn your yard into the outdoor space you have always dreamed of!

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