As the temperatures start to drop and the frost sets in, it’s important to take steps to protect your sprinkler system. A frozen sprinkler pipe can burst and cause serious damage, not to mention the cost of repairs. But don’t worry, winterizing your sprinkler system is a relatively easy process that only takes a few minutes. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it.
1. Start by turning off the water to your sprinkler system at the main shutoff valve. If you’re not sure where this is, ask your local irrigation specialist or refer to your owner’s manual. Turning off your water can keep your lines from getting damaged or busted by frozen water trapped inside them.
2. Once the water is turned off, open up each valve in your system one by one and let the remaining water drain out. Doing this will help prevent any residual water from freezing and causing damage over the winter months. This can save you thousands of dollars in replacements and repairs.
3. Next, disconnect all hoses from the outdoor faucets and drain them completely. Once they’re empty, store them indoors for the winter so they don’t freeze. You can hire a sprinkler service company to do this for you as well but if you like to do things yourself this is an important step.
4. The last step is to blow out your entire sprinkler system with compressed air. This will remove any remaining water from the pipes and help prevent them from freezing over and bursting. Be sure to use compressed air only—never use an air compressor, as this can damage sensitive parts of your system.
5. Once you’ve completed these steps, your system should be good to go for the winter months ahead! Please keep in mind that Texas still has warm parts of winter so you may want to be careful with disconnecting your system just yet. Stay aware of the forecast ahead and when cold fronts are coming. We usually have a good notice for freezing temperatures before they arrive.
By taking a few simple precautions, you can help prevent costly damage to your sprinkler system this winter. So don’t wait—follow these steps today and rest easy knowing that your system is protected against the cold weather ahead.
Hiring sprinkler system solutions to handle all your sprinkler needs even in the winter can be the best decision to save you time and money on your needs. Don’t mess up your expensive sprinkler system and allow professionals to winterize your system for you soon. Connecting with us can save you time if you need us quick!