With winter right around the corner, it is important to take care of all the outdoor aspects of your home, from putting the garden to bed, to wrapping bushes and shrubbery, to probably the most important task, winterizing and shutting down your irrigation system.
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that shutting off the water pressure and draining the water manually can do the trick. Unfortunately, unless all the water has been removed from your system there is a still a chance that there could be some remaining that could freeze, expand, and then damage the pipes. Costly repairs could be necessary if there are unseen breaks, leaks and pressure issues in the spring. Irrigation winterization should be done by someone who has experience shutting down your particular system or is a professional in this area. You really don’t want to find out next spring that some of your pipes are damaged because the shutdown was not performed correctly. That would be a costly mistake!
While there are a couple methods to closing down an irrigation system, there are common tasks that should be completed, whether you are choosing the manual method or the blow out method. These tasks include:
- Shutting off water pressure
- Draining the mainlines
- Blowing out or draining the entire system
- Winterizing the entire system, including the backflow
- Shutting off and checking all valves
- Inspecting all sprinkler heads for damage
- Inspecting all aspects of the system and troubleshooting for issues
Do you need help with your irrigation system? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, and visit our website.