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10 Steps for Installing a K-Rain Sprinkler System
Did you know that the average American family uses 320 gallons of water per day? According to the EPA, 30% of that water is used for watering lawns and landscapes as well as other outside uses.
If you’re a landscaping contractor who installs irrigation systems, you can help homeowners cut back on their outdoor water usage. You’ll also help residential clients save money on their water bills when you install a K-Rain lawn sprinkler.
10 Steps for Installing a K-Rain Sprinkler System
If you’re just starting to design and install lawn sprinklers, K-Rain has some simple steps to get you started:1. Draw a design: Grab some graph paper and a pencil to sketch the property where you’re putting in the lawn water sprinkler. Divide the property into zones and decide which sprinkler type will work best in each zone.
2. Choose the right sprinkler for the project: K-Rain has many parts to use in developing a residential sprinkler system. For your first project, we recommend the following:
- K-Rain K2 Pro K8000 for medium to large areas measuring 20’ to 48’.
- K-Rain K1 Rotor for small to medium-size areas measuring 15’ to 30’.
- K-Rain pop up spray heads for small lawns and landscaped areas up to 15’.
3. Space K-Rain sprinklers to meet head-to-head: Each sprinkler head should meet the spray of the next sprinkler head. Don’t mix rotors and spray heads together in the same zone.
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4. Start at the corners of your customer’s property and space your sprinklers on your graph paper: After you draw the sprinklers in the four corners of your client’s property, place more sprinklers at even intervals. Your sketch will serve as your guide when you install the sprinkler system.
5. Determine your water flow: Get a clock with a second hand or use your mobile device’s timer. You need a five-gallon bucket for this job too. Go to the outside faucet closest to the home’s water supply. Also, make sure there is no water running elsewhere in the house.
Turn on the water and time it to see how long it takes to fill the bucket. Use this formula to determine how many gallons per minute (GPM) it took to fill the bucket:
The number of gallons/number of seconds x 60 seconds. For example, if I filled my bucket in 15 seconds, here’s how I find the GPM: 5 gallons/15 seconds x 60 seconds equals 20 GPM.
6. Divide your customer’s property into zones: Ideally, you would divide your client’s property into hydrozones by grouping plants together by their watering needs. If you’re not breaking up the property into hydrozones, sketch the front lawn, side lawn, flowerbeds and landscaped areas on your graph paper.
7. Note how many GPM each sprinkler head uses—this will determine how many sprinklers you’ll need per zone.
8. Create zones with different valves less than your available GPM. You can add more valves if the customer decides to add more irrigation zones.
9. Draw the pipe layout: Position your piping based on your zoning diagram.
10. Design the valve manifold with in-line valves: Draw in pipes connecting all the zones to their valves. Always take the most direct route to the valve, keeping the sprinklers in a line or connected to a tee.
Pipes begin at the valve manifold and run to the appropriate zone. Keep the total number of GPM available, based on the bucket test for your sprinkler system.
Ask your dealer what pipes and valves you need to comply with municipal regulations and climate needs.
Finally, determine the valve and controller needs. Base the number of valves you need on the number of zones on the property. Set up the controller size by the number of valves used on the property.
Remember These Six Tips for Successfully Installing a K-Rain Irrigation System
You can design and build a K-Rain irrigation system when you follow the above steps as well as remembering the following points:1. Set your sprinkler timer for early morning watering. Not only does this protect lawns and landscapes from fungal diseases and root rot, but there’s maximum water pressure available too.
2. Don’t water in the evening to avoid lawn fungal diseases.
3. Don’t mix rotors and spray heads in the same watering zone. The sprinkler system will unevenly disperse water if you combine rotors and spray heads together in one zone.
4. If a sprinkler head isn’t working, check the filter by unscrewing the bottom of the sprinkler and cleaning out any dirt.
5. If your customer wants to expand their system in the future, make sure that you use a controller with more stations than what you need right now.
6. Make sure you winterize your customers’ irrigation systems if you live in an area where there are cold winters.
Join K-Rain’s Premier Contractor Program
If you’re diversifying your contracting company, then joining K-Rain’s Premier Contractor Program is the natural next step. Here’s what you get when you join our contractor program:
- You earn a cash rebate for your first K-Rain product from an authorized dealer.
- You continue to earn rebates with each K-Rain product you purchased from an authorized distributor.
- You can redeem your rebate for debit cards or distributor credit toward your next K-Rain product.
- You get top priority to homeowner referrals in your region.
- You have access to free online marketing tools.
If you’re ready to join the K-Rain’s Premier Contractor Program, sign up here.