Cost to Install a Lawn Irrigation System

Updated: March 2018

Lawn Irrigation System Installation CalculatorZip Code
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Irrigation System Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: Retractable sprinklers, PVC connector piping/tubing, solenoid operated zone valves and timer. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
534 square feet$296.74$447.67
Irrigation System Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to install lawn irrigation system with favorable site conditions. Locate solenoid valve(s). Plan sprinkler spacing and pipe location. Excavate pipe trenches to 0.2m/8" below grade. Fabricate pipe runs and sprinkler connections. Install pipe runs. Test and adjust flows and patterns. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
534 square feet$296.74$447.67
Irrigation System Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to install lawn irrigation system including: connectors, fittings, fitting primer and adhesive.
534 square feet$296.74$447.67
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
Totals - Cost To Install Lawn Irrigation System   
Average Cost per Square Foot  
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For a basic project in zip code 47474 with 500 square feet, the cost to Install a Lawn Irrigation System starts at $1.50 - $2.35 per square foot*. Actual costs will depend on job size, conditions, size options.

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Cost to Install a Lawn Irrigation System - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS! Explore the full range of sprinkler system new installation labor options and material prices here.

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Lawn Irrigation System Installation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Lawn Irrigation System Installation jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Lawn Irrigation System Installation. Add 13% to 22% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.
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  • Unit Pricing Data: Menards Irrigational Materials and Supplies Menards, Mar 2018, Website
  • Unit Pricing Data: Home Depot Irrigational Materials and Supplies Home Depot, Mar 2018, Website
  • Unit Pricing Data: Lowes Irrigational Materials and Supplies Lowes , Mar 2018, Website
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  • Sprinklers and Watering Systems Scotts; Merideth Publishing, Jan 2009,
  • The HUD PATH Rehab Guide The Rehab Guide Volume 9: Site Work U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development and Research, Mar 2011, Editorial Staff
  • Manual of Standard Estimating Practice American Society of Professional Estimators, Jul 2012, Editorial Staff
  • The Building Estimator's Reference Book , Mar 2012,
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