Don’t forget to winterize you irrigation systems before the cold temperatures are here to stay.
The importance of preparing sprinkler systems for the onslaught of a deep freeze will prevent costly repairs to your investment and ensure you’re ready to go next spring.
Many mistakes can happen without the proper irrigation equipment experience. So always use a trained lawn care professional to preform sprinkler winterization.
Its typically inexpensive, and great piece-of-mind for the irrigation system you probably spent a few thousand dollars to install. A good relationship with your lawn care specialist will help to guarantee the best possible results year after year.
How to properly winterize your Irrigation System:
Winterization of your sprinkler system will take a large air compressor, not the kind typically used for residential home use but probably one large enough to bring by truck. Air pressure must be regulated for the size and length of the pipes, not enough pressure will force air above the water, leaving some behind. Too much pressure may cause serious damage to your system.
Each zone of the system should be blown out individually, and while the pressure is on, be sure to check each of the individual sprinkler heads for any leaking or bubbling. This may indicate that the head has been damaged and may need maintenance. Any water left in the heads will surely damage it.
This is also, a good time to schedule a spring tune up for your irrigation system, discuss with your lawn service professional and change you might like to large to the system or major changes in landscaping you plan o make.
Make notes of any problems, or changes you want to make so it can be reviewed again come springtime.
It is important your lawn sprinkler system has no broken heads or pipe, so no dirt or other contaminants can enter your system over the winter. It is also important to keep pipe contaminant free, for proper head and valve operation next spring.
Get ready for your sprinkler winterization
- Finish any over seeding or lawn aeration service prior to beginning your winterization
- Clear any over growth of plants or debris Don’t forget your fall clean up.
- Double check your system to make sure all zones function properly before winterizing
- Make sure all heads are performing properly and enough water pressure is available. If this is not working properly, it may indicate damage to underground pipes or sprinkler equipment and should be repaired before you begin.