The Process of Installing a Sprinkler System

The process of installing a sprinkler system is more than just a few shovels and sprinkler heads. Take a quick look at what it takes to get a system installed properly and make sure you hire someone who can complete all these steps.

Step 1: The Estimate

The process of installing a sprinkler system is more than just a few shovels and sprinkler heads. Take a quick look at what it takes to get a system installed properly and make sure you hire someone who can complete all these steps. One of our irrigation designers meets with the client and walks around their property. They discuss different options for their irrigation needs from plant beds to parkways. Our irrigation designers also discuss the parts we use for installation along with warranties and many other subjects.

Once the price and everything is agreed upon, the client sends in a signed contract, deposit, and a plat of survey/landscape plan so American National can star the next step.

Step 2: The Permit

Almost every village requires a permit for a sprinkler system installation. Getting a permit is the only way to guarantee the sprinkler system is done legally within state and city codes. If you do not obtain a permit before installing a sprinkler system you can face heavy fines and also break city code and need to reinstall the system all together. American National fills out all the paperwork, turns in and picks up the permit for the client.

Step 3: Scheduling the Install

Once the permit is obtained we give you a call to schedule the installation of the sprinkler system. We find a day that works for you and get it on the schedule. Most installs only take 1 day!

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Step 4: Calling JULIE

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - calling JULIE - a free IL service that marks all utility lines on the property - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

After the install date is set we call JULIE which is a free Illinois service that marks all utility lines on the property (water, electric, cable etc). American National calls JULIE to come out prior to the install date to make sure we don't cut anything.

Step 5: The Install

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - American National work van - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

The day is finally here! American National shows up with a few trucks and a crew and is ready to install the system!

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - walking the property - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

First, one of our designers and our foreman walks the property to make sure everything is being irrigated that was on the contract.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - wire locater to confirm JULIE markings - the prcoess of installing a sprinkler system.

Then we use our own wire locator to confirm the JULIE markings and dig them out so we know where everything is.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - we wire the controller in the garage/basement - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

In the garage/basement we wire the controller so the system can run when the install is complete.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - rain sensor - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

Next to the controller we wire the rain sensor. This stops the system from running after it rained and is required by state law for every system.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - the sprinkler heads are installed and tested - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

Once the controller is wired and the heads are installed we test each head and adjust them for proper coverage.

Step 6: The Plumbing

While the crew is installing the system outside a licensed plumber is inside making a safe and legal connection for the irrigation system from your main water line. This work must be done by a state licensed and registered plumber.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - plumber will make a T from your mainline to set up the irrigation shut off valve and boiler drain - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

The plumber will make a T from your mainline to set up the irrigation shut-off valve and boiler drain.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - running a copper pipe from the connection inside to the outside of the house to feed the irrigation system - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

They will then run copper piper from the connection inside to the outside of the house to feed the irrigation system.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - backflow preventer installed - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

At the end of line, the plumber will install a backflow preventer. This is required by state law and prevents the water coming from the irrigation system back into your main water.

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Step 7: The Clean Up

While installing a state of the art irrigation system can get a little messy, if done correctly the clean up can make the property look as if no one was ever there.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - covering sprinkler heads and lines with dirt - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

We fill the dirt back in and fold the grass back over the lines/heads.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - flattening the grass and raking the excess dirt - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

We flatten the grass and rake the excess dirt.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - blowing off sidewalks of extra dirt - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

Lastly, we blow off the sidewalks and pathways and all extra dirt to leave everything the way it was before we got there.

Step 8: The Walk Through

While most companies might install and leave. We set up a final appointment to send one of our team members and walk thru the system with you.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - plumbing and emergency shut offs - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

They show you where the plumbing is and all emergency shut offs.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - tech showing how to use the controller - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

They show you how to use the controller and proper watering times.

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - double checking coverage and the system - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

Lastly, they double check coverage and the system is working and watering everything in the contract.

Step 9: The Service

American National Sprinkler & Lighting - a service tech will open the system every spring, backflow test it, and close it in the fall. - the process of installing a sprinkler system.

While some companies may install and disappear, our motto is “Install one time, satisfaction for a lifetime” for a reason! Every year the season needs to be opened in the spring, backflow tested, and closed in the fall. We call you to schedule all those appointments and can handle any repairs/additions along the way!

What Others Are Saying

"To those looking for a trusted and reliable sprinkler service with fair pricing and tremendous customer service, I recommend American National to you. The company is extremely organized, professional, high quality and fast service. I am a customer who appreciates great service when I find it and know it’s hard to find”

Eric Hurckes, Naperville, IL

“In this day, one doesn’t find all contractors to be commendable. We would like to express our appreciation American National Sprinkler & Lighting’s work—well done!”

Betty Bauer, Grayslake, IL 60030

“Your company did an excellent job with the installation. I am impressed with the conduct of all of your employees. They are polite, courteous and knowledgeable. I am an extremely pleased customer and have told many people about your company and excellent service.”

Dr. Steven & Gail Schubert, Buffalo Grove, IL