Tips for Winterizing Your Irrigation System – As winter approaches, and freezing weather starts to find ways into our homes, there are some necessary “to dos” for winterizing your home irrigation system in order for it to remain high functioning and damage free. Follow these tips below to keep your irrigation system healthy and safe.
When it comes to clearing out water, you typically have 3 options to do so: Manual Method, Automatic Drain Method, and the Blowout Method. If you are not a DIY kind of person, irrigation professionals are always available to safeguard your home for the winter. Websites like www.angieslist.com or www.hunterindustries.com can help you find the right professionals for the job.
Manual Method: If your irrigation system has manual valves, follow these steps.
- First you must locate the manual valves and the end and low parts of the irrigation piping. You need to turn off the water supply and open the manual drain valves to drain the irrigation system.
- After draining the water, you should open the drain valve and let out all backflow water located between the irrigation water shut off valve and backflow device. If you have sprinklers, make sure you pull them up to drain the bottom of the sprinkler body.
- Close all the main valves once all water is drained.
Automatic Drain Method: If your irrigation system has automatic valves, you should follow these steps.
- To activate the automatic drain valves, you should turn off the water supply (usually located in your home’s basement.)
- Once water is drained completely, like in the manual method written above, you should open the drain valve and let out all backflow water between the irrigation water valve and backflow device. Also make sure you drain any sprinklers you may have.
Blowout Method: This method involve using an air compressor and eye safety protection. If you are doing this at home, rental of CGM air compressor is necessary. Through this process, the compressor cleans out access water in your irrigation system. When using the blowout method, it might be best to let a contractor do the work, as it can be extremely dangerous, if performed incorrectly. Step-by-step directions can be found here.
It is essential that all water be removed from your irrigation pipes before the freezing weather hits. You can do it on your own but calling a professional may be the way to go if you have any doubts about doing it yourself. Whatever you choose, you may want to ensure you protect your home in these winter months to keep your home healthy and happy for years to come.