If you own a sprinkler system, you already know how expensive they are. From digging up your landscape to replacing any damaged pipes, adjusting your system improperly can easily thin your wallet.
When it comes to a sprinkler system shut off for the winter, this is one thing to do correctly or it can cost you come spring.
The big question is: When do you turn your sprinkler system off for the year?
For many climates, it comes down to fall rain. But for other people, it’s more than just flipping a switch and turning off the sprinkler system. There are ways to prepare your system for winter and ensure you won’t have to spend hundreds (even thousands) on repairs.
Draining the System
You can drain your sprinkler system manually or automatically, depending on what you have installed. This is done using a manual drain valve, an automatic drain valve, or using compressed air.
You have to be careful clearing the pipes with air because using the improper amount of air pressure could damage pipes or blow the heads off of your sprinklers. Consult a professional before you approach this method.
Insulate Your Assets
Before the air and ground freeze, turn your water off. The main shut-off valve for the system should be protected from the freezing temperatures. You can buy special sprinkler insulation from most hardware stores. If you want to save a couple of bucks, use some straw and pack it in the box.
If you have any above-ground pipes, those must be insulated before winter comes. This is a preventive investment and helps you avoid costly repairs.
We’re in the age where you can control your system either through a programmable controller and even from your mobile phone. These tools give you full control of your irrigation system and all you have to do is turn the system to “off” or “rain-mode” and that’s it.
Doing this won’t reset any of your settings, it just tells the system not to run until you tell it to.
These are just a few ways to winterize your irrigation system around the home. If you’re unsure of how to proceed or how your system works, give Diamond Lawns a call. We’ve been in the business long enough to know the proper way to get your pipes ready for the deep freeze and avoid any future headaches.