The grass, shrubs, and trees only scratch the surface of the extent of your landscape. What’s underground is the other part. It’s the underground world of your irrigation lines connected to everything from sprinklers to valves, which are all critical infrastructure for keeping your landscape thriving.
Do you know the location of your landscape’s irrigation components?
Understanding the layout of your irrigation system is essential to locate components for a seamless repair accurately. Before you dig into any landscape project, it’s highly beneficial to understand how your irrigation system is mapped, especially if you plan on adding to or upgrading the system,
Irrigation Mapping: Different Than the As-Built Plan
An irrigation map identifies your commercial property’s irrigation system’s key components, including the many parts you don’t see. An irrigation map is color-coded, showing where one zone ends and another begins, marking every valve and sprinkler head. It also identifies the location of irrigation clocks and identifies the mainline for the system.
An irrigation map portrays what exists on your property, and this is an important distinction between the map and an as-built irrigation plan. An engineer creates an as-built plan before installing the irrigation system. But, during installation, the irrigation technicians can make changes based on your landscape’s needs; irrigation systems don’t always get installed as planned.
The irrigation map will portray exactly what irrigation components are on the property and where those key components are located.
Creating An Irrigation Map for Your Property
The process begins with identifying the mainline and irrigation clocks. From there, all valves are located using a valve locator. All wires leading to a valve are recorded.
Commercial properties can contain multiple irrigation clocks and dozens of valves. Once valves are located, measurements and location are marked. From their, sprinkler heads are identified and recorded.
Landscape Irrigation Mapping Saves Time and Money
If your irrigation system requires service, an irrigation map will guide technicians directly to components they need to diagnose so they can solve problems. Otherwise, repairs and even general service can take longer while technicians essentially guess at the location of valves.
If your property does not have one, it may benefit you to consider getting one. Irrigation maps reduce service time and ease the process if you upgrade your irrigation system or add additional enhancements.
Curious to learn more about what “lies beneath” on your commercial property? Call us anytime at (877) LMP – PRO1, or fill out the contact form below, and we’ll get in touch with you.