As the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to fall, many people are looking forward to the holiday festivities. Some homeowners are looking forward to the lack of lawn care for their Mississippi or Tennessee home. While the colder weather is the best season for those who feel that they lack a green thumb, our sprinkler system experts are here and ready to help prepare your home for winter, preventing unwanted damages and high repair bills in the process.

Mow It Right is proud to be a proud provider of repair and maintenance services for your irrigation system in DeSoto County and Shelby County. Since 2009, our lawn care services have worked to create beautifully healthy, green lawns for our happy clients. From irrigation services to full-service sprinkler system repairs, our team of experts is here and ready to help you with any facet of your landscaping.

Part of preparing your lawn for winter involves preparing your sprinkler system for the freezing temperatures. Today, we’ll continue to look at sprinkler winterization tips to help keep your property safe and sound through the winter.

Winterizing your Backflow Device

Anyone who possesses an irrigation system that is connected to a domestic water line will need to service their backflow device. This handy piece of equipment is used to prevent backflow from your sprinkler line, which would effectively contaminate your drinking water with a wide range of materials, from pesticides to fertilizers and more. Your type of backflow device will determine whether or not you can use compressed air to blow out any residual H2O. Homeowners typically have an Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker (AVB), Anti-Siphon Valve (ASV), Pressure Vacuum Breaker, or a Reduced Pressure (RP) backflow device. It’s important to remember that AVBs and ASVs can benefit from compressed air while PVBs and RPs cannot!

AVBs. Homeowners with an AVB will find this device downstream of every individual control valve, each with the purpose of preventing backflow through that valve. The blow-out method will work when you open up each zone to supply air for water displacement.

ASVs. Anti-siphon valves represent a majority of the backflow preventer devices we work with, representing an option for homeowners that is both simple to install and very cost-effective. Homeowners will need to remove the valve in order to connect the air compressor.

PVBs. Pressure vacuum breakers are a convenient system, as they are identical to AVBs except that only one needs to be installed, and it will reside on the mainline leading to your control valves.

RP Devices. Reduced pressure units are intended to be the Cadillac of backflow preventers, often used for commercial applications. If you are performing sprinkler winterization on your home, chances are that you do not have an RP device. This expensive equipment is used for more than sprinkler backflow prevention, and should be treated by a professional for the best results.

There are many different brands and types of components to work with concerning sprinkler system design. While homeowners are able to to tackle the task themselves, we recommend seeking out professionals to service your irrigation system in DeSoto County. Next time, our lawn care company will continue on this subject by concluding with a few final steps for your sprinkler system. Mow It Right is proud to be your Top Rated Local® lawn care professionals, delivering a wide range of services to make your landscaping as vibrant as possible. Contact us to learn more or to schedule your winterization service!