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Call 811 Before You Tap Into Your Main Line

Hit a gas line or an electrical line with a shovel and you’re in for a bad day. Safety first. Call before you Dig. Adrian Sanchez here; let’s get started.

I wanted to make a short little video about a couple of important things that you need to do before you get started installing a sprinkler system or trenching your yard. One of the first tasks you’ll do when installing a sprinkler system is to tap into your main service line. Many areas require that you obtain permits before doing this. There are a few water districts that require that the mainline only be tapped by a certified irrigator. You’ll need to check with your water district before making access to the line to ensure that you are within local laws and codes.

Tap After Your Water Meter – Not Before

A reminder that when tapping a line it needs to be after your water meter, not before. Water districts tend to frown on attempts to get free water. Also, do not tap into pipes that run through your house or any building, for the purposes of an irrigation system. That will restrict flow to your irrigation system, possibly damage your pipes, and create unnecessary noise in your house. And if you have a water softener installed you are now supplying the entire yard with that water softener. Not good for the lawn or your wallet.

811 is a free nationwide FCC-designated phone number that will help you to notify your utility companies and arrange for marking of the utility lines.  It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional irrigator or a property owner, before trenching or breaking ground in your yard, call 811 to notify any utility companies that may have lines buried on your property. They’ll send someone out to mark the property with flags or paint to indicate where utility lines are buried. 

You can also check out “call 811 dot com” for more information. The service is free and calling 811 could prevent a costly damage claim. Not to mention, it could save your life and property. So please call 811 before any digging project. Be safe, and do it right.

Remember, Sprinkler Warehouse has everything for your irrigation needs so, your trees, lawn, flower beds, and gardens are lush and beautiful. And if you have any questions about our products chat with one of our superb customer service agents on They know their stuff and they’ll get you squared away. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for helpful tips, tutorials, and general sprinkler instruction. For Sprinkler Warehouse, I’m Adrian Sanchez.  Later, IrriGator.