As the colder weather creeps in, homeowners everywhere are working to prepare their homes for winter. From gathering snow shovels and scrapers to fertilizing the lawn, wintertime brings with it a unique set of tasks that should be done properly to ensure an optimal outcome when the warm weather returns. Your sprinkler system is one thing that definitely requires attention to avoid a disastrous outcome. While handy for watering your lawn consistently, your sprinklers need the proper care to avoid complications once the temperatures drop below freezing. Mow It Right is proud to offer a comprehensive line of services for irrigation systems in DeSoto County and Shelby County, delivering customer satisfaction across Mississippi and Tennessee.
Our irrigation services include winterizations for your sprinkler lines, yet we understand the reward of doing the job yourself. Read on for a few pointers that may prove helpful when winterizing your sprinkler system.
The sole goal of winterization is to remove the water from sprinkler systems in order to avoid freezing. If H2O is left in your lines, it can freeze and expand, cracking the PVC or polyethylene pipes in the ground. When it comes to getting the water out of your lines, you will generally have three methods to choose from.
There will be valves at each end of your irrigation system, and if one of the valves happens to be at the lowest point of your piping, you will have the option of going manual. This style relies on gravity to feed water out of the lines, typically in a basement or anywhere that is considerably lower than the yard. Manual users will need to work through their systems, removing the drain cap to release the water between your valve box and the backflow device. Your backflow device will typically have two test cocks that can be opened as well. Be sure to work thoroughly through each section to ensure that there is no water remaining in the lines or the sprinkler bodies.
These convenient systems rely on pressure to determine whether or not proper draining can be achieved. Automatic drains rely on a stop system, such as a ball valve, to release water once the pressure drops below a preset point. You’ll need to turn off the water supply and activate a drain station to get started. Follow the same check system, inspecting the backflow devices and sprinklers to remove any remaining moisture.
This method is most recommended because the previous two systems may not be fully effective in removing water. Homeowners will need to rent or buy a compressor to ensure the best outcome. If you use a small compressor that can’t provide enough power, the air will push out some water and then flow through the rest, leaving water behind. If a compressor with too much power is used, the excess pressure can damage your sprinkler heads and may result in more damages to the sprinkler system itself.
Winterizing your sprinklers will help to keep everything safe and watertight once the springtime comes back. Next time, we’ll look further into blowing out your sprinkler system for maximized success. Mow It Right is here to offer a full range of services for irrigation systems in DeSoto County, from seasonal inspections to full sprinkler system repairs. Contact us today if you want to learn more or if you need help winterizing your system!