If your sprinkler system becomes frozen during the winter months, it can lead to quite a few issues com spring. Without a properly working irrigation system in place, your plants may be at risk of being underwatered and dying. The good news is, there are a few tips you can use to help prevent frozen sprinkler pipes during the colder months of the year, which can be found here.
Shut the Water Off
The first thing you need to do when it is cold outside is to turn your sprinkler system completely off. Be sure to shut it down at the main valve. In most cases, you will find this valve in a special “house” where it won’t freeze. If this protective box is not present, it is a good idea to install one before everything freezes outside.
Turn the Controller Off
After the water is shut off, you should also turn your automatic timer off, which is referred to as the controller. In some cases, you will find the timer has a “rain mode” setting. If not, then you will have to disconnect the controller from the power source. If you have an outdated timer, it may be time to consider updating it.
Remove all Water from Sprinkler System Pipes
It is important for you to remove all water from your mechanisms and sprinkler pipes to help prevent issues related to cracking, expanding, freezing and bursting. The best method to remove the water is to blow the pipes out; however, if you aren’t careful or don’t know what you are doing, it may result in serious damage. If this is the case, then the best option will to be to hire a professional service to handle the blow out process.
Become Familiar with Your System
It is a good idea to get to know the ins and the outs of your sprinkler system before you do any of the aforementioned steps. Some of the things to know include:
- The locations of the drain valves: These are at each pipe’s low point. They should also be at high points, so air can be easily released.
- Slope: When your sprinkler system is installed, there should be a slope to provide for better draining.
- Easy-to-read chart: You can remain organized if you create a chart of where different sprinkler components are located.
- Auto-drain valves: You can minimize the time spent on the winterization process by installing automatic drain valves.
If you want to ensure your sprinkler system makes it through the winter months without issues or damage, make sure to use the information here. You can also call the team at The IDL Company to schedule service and ensure your system is protected against the cold.