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Installing a new sprinkler system can be a big project, but it can be manageable.

If you’re considering getting new sprinkler system installation services, you might wonder what the process entails. Here’s a quick overview of the six steps a contractor will take when installing your new system:

1. Organize the Sprinkler Installation Materials

Your contractor might use many different materials and tools during the installation process, including PVC or poly piping, shovels, a backflow preventer, fittings, metal or pipe for above-ground connections, and many other tools.

Installing a lawn sprinkler system usually involves digging trenches and disturbing some landscaping, depending on the plot design.

2. Measure and Flag the Job Site

The contractor will need to take measurements of your property to determine where the new sprinkler system should be installed. Once the measurements have been taken, the contractor will flag the proposed sprinkler system location with bright orange flags.

The plot plan is where the pipe route will be, but the contractors may have to make certain adjustments based on your property:

  • Trees
  • Sidewalks
  • Driveways
  • Utility lines

3. Install the Main Water Line

The next step is to install the main water line. This is the large pipe that will carry water to the sprinkler heads. The contractor will dig a trench for the pipe and then lay the pipe in the trench.

4. Put in the Piping, Wires, Valves, and Sprinklers

Once the main water line is in place, the contractor will start installing the smaller pipes, wires, valves, and sprinklers. This is a process that takes some time, so be patient! The contractor will determine the best type of sprinkler for your needs based on the size of your property, the type of soil, and the amount of sun exposure.

5. Connect the New Water Sprinkler to Your Property’s Water Supply

The contractor will connect the new sprinkler system to your property’s water supply. This will usually involve tapping into the main water line and installing a backflow preventer to keep the water from flowing back into the supply line.

6. Install the Controller

Finally, the contractor will install the controller to operate the sprinkler system. The controller will be mounted on a wall or post and wired to the valve.

The controller is the “brain” of the sprinkler system. It tells the system when to turn on, how long to run, and how often to water. The contractor will program the controller based on your needs and the conditions of your yard.

7. Test the System

Once the system is installed and programmed, the contractor will test it to ensure it’s working correctly. This usually involves running through all the sprinkler heads to check for coverage and making sure the timer is functioning correctly.


If you’re considering installing a new sprinkler system, the process usually entails the steps discussed in this post. If you wish to know more about the sprinkler system installation process, it is best to consult a reputable irrigation and lawn expert. Depending on the size and complexity of the system, installation can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Once the system is installed, you’ll need to schedule regular maintenance to keep it in good working order.

Extreme Irrigation & Lawn can provide reliable sprinkler system installation services in Tulsa. Request a quote today!