Rocky Mountain Irrigation (RMI) is highly efficient when it comes to installing new irrigation systems for both residential and commercial clients of all sizes. From start to finish, RMI will design, install and maintain systems for full and partial lawns, and we also offer project planning. New installation for all residential, homeowner association and commercial properties include initial set up service, maintenance and system shut-off services. We pride ourselves on providing the most efficient system in the industry that will fit your lawn needs and focusing on water management and conservation.
System Additions & Redesigns:
Have a system installed and you need to incorporate more heads or need a redesign? We offer new additions and redesign services that will improve your current setup, and maximize the water conservation and performance of your irrigation system:
- Design, installation, and maintenance of additions to existing systems
- System redesign to incorporate new landscaping, pools, home additions, patios, and decks
- Eliminate wet or dry spots
- Eliminate overspray onto unwanted areas
We will work with you every step of the way to ensure you always know what is going on with your lawn. Each step of the installation process is broken down into steps that we take to provide you with the most comprehensive irrigation system. View our latest projects here.
A team member will meet with you and perform a site visit. If you are unable to meet in person, a series of questions will need to be answered in order to give you a rough estimate. We highly recommend your presence during the site visit in order to make a thorough assessment of your project and to answer questions that you may have.
A service advisor will meet with you to review the project area and go over all the details that will affect the system design i.e. water pressure, service size and access to main water line. Next we will discuss your watering needs and determine areas that you may or may not want watered. Any future plans of changing your yard (pools, landscaping, and additions of any kind) will need to be discussed at this time to determine the right design for your watering system. An on-site estimate will be made available to you after the site assessment. Any questions you may have can be answered for you during this time.
Utility Mark Out
Upon receipt of deposit and signed contract, we will initiate the call for a mark out of your property, as required by law. Underground public utilities WILL be marked with appropriate flags/markers (phone, cable, electric, gas, and FiOS) by the utility company. This process can take 5 – 10 days to complete. NOT MARKED BY UTILITY COMPANY: gas lines for pools, grills or electric lines for light posts and sheds. Any private lines will be located by RMI based on the information disclosed by the homeowner.
In order for a local utility official to perform an inspection on proper backflow prevention and a rain sensor, a permit must be submitted to your local construction office along with a fee. In most cases, a drawing of the system on a survey/plot plan is required. RMI will complete the permit and submit it to the local municipality construction office. Once approved, you will be notified to submit the permit fee, which usually runs between $50 – $175 depending on the municipality. You will then be provided with the permit documentation and a contact number that will be needed to perform an inspection.
Upon early arrival on installation day, we will go over any last minute questions and or details before commencing. At this time we will determine a timer location, any changes to the system or yard, location of auxiliary hose spigots, install flags where sprinkler heads will be and determine your availability for a demonstration after system completion. Once details have been finalized, RMI will begin installation.
Plumbing the House
RMI will need access to your house to make the connection for the sprinkler system. During this time, the water could be turned off for up to 5 hours. RMI will install a marked (to prevent accidental turn on) shut-off valve to ensure that the system can be shut down for maintenance, or for winter. A PVB (backflow prevention device) will be installed on the outside of the house and is required by law to prevent water from coming back into the house.
For installing pipes, we use a vibratory plow which allows us to minimize the damage done to your lawn. This machine slits the pipe into the ground without opening a trench. An average yard needs approximately 1,200 feet of piping.
Head and Valve Installation
Once the pipe has been installed, small holes are dug so that the connections can be made. Grass and soil will be carefully removed and excavated. Connections are then made for each valve and sprinkler head in the yard. Once completed, the removed soil and grass are returned to the holes and each spot is tamped to compact the soil to its original density.
Timer and Rain Sensor Installation
Ideally, the timer is placed inside the garage for easier accessibility. The rain sensor is normally installed within the gutter or near the roof line on the house.
Once connections have been completed, RMI will backfill and tamp the entire yard. Debris and any trash will be raked up and concrete surfaces will be swept.
Head Adjustments & Pressure Testing
Your system is now ready to be tested. Water is turned on and the piping will be checked for leaks. Once we have determined there are no leaks, then the heads are adjusted for proper coverage.
Timer and System Demonstration
You are now ready to know how your system works. We will walk you through how to program the timer, operate each zone and each head. For the hands on owner, we will show you how to adjust the rotor heads and provide you with a key that is used for head adjustment. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have with your system. We are not only here to install but here to ensure that your system works flawlessly throughout the season.