View Full Version : is there a "standard" for depth of irrigation pipe install

09-24-2002, 11:01 PM
it seems now and then while aerating i hit a underground pipe on new installs.i get the client to sign off on improperty installed systems. if i damange them it's on them...

any input on this?

is it irrigation contractor courtesy to repair them?


09-25-2002, 12:40 AM
Every now and then when pulling pipe, we run into hard ground which does not allow the blade to go deep, thus keeping the pipe closer to the surface. If the employees are putting it in and don't give a s**t they will not dig it up and bury it. If I am there and do the pull, I will make sure it gets buried. Same with any job, if you have employees it will never be done to your standards.

Pipe should be anywhere from 6-12 inches. No point in putting it deeper. And the aerator is our worst enemy.

09-25-2002, 08:18 AM
Ant- you posted this question last year. Whats changed?

Unfortunately there are no hard and fast standards but there are standards for acceptable work by reputable and knowledgeable contractors.

Some years ago I worked on a standards document for the Irrigation Association of NJ. At that time we adopted an informal practical minimum standard of 3 times the od of the pipe or 6" which ever is greater.

I know from practical that Gloucester County has some stiff soilo in many places and some very lame irrigation contractors combined with consumers that by on price. That is why your problem exists. In Camden and Burlington Counties which tend to be a little more affluent in some areas the problem is not as chronic. It happens but we seldon see it.

My advise is this. Once you damage pipe on a job never aerate there again. Try to find out who the intalling contractors are that install this crap. Then see if prospective aeration jobs have sprinkle done by them. You could write a disclaimer or not do them at all.

A reputable and quality contractor should be embarassed by this and repair for free. That is probably not reality though.

09-26-2002, 06:57 AM
thanks for your replysl ...i know we talked about this before...
but still like more input...

Green Pastures
09-26-2002, 10:31 AM


10-09-2002, 07:58 PM
so....the answer to your question, NO.