Fall is coming to a close, which means winter is on its way. When winter finally arrives, you can say goodbye to the bright greens of summer, and say hello to snow – in many cases, quite a bit of snow.
While it may be tempting to join all the hibernating animals, your lawn is going to suffer down the road if you don’t prepare it for the coming cold. To make sure your sprinkler system, plants and entire yard is ready for colder weather, use the tips and information here.
Get Familiar with the Sprinkler Package Chart
When you have a sprinkler system installed, you should receive a sprinkler package chart, which lets you know where each component is located. It will also have information regarding the flow rate and nozzles for each sprinkler installed. It is important to become familiar with this chart before you get started.
Flush the Sprinkler System
Your sprinklers may become clogged because of the small nozzle size. By flushing it once a year, you can get it working properly again. You can flush the system by removing the sand trap from the pivot and then flushing it for a few minutes. This will force any lodged materials or debris out. You can also call the professionals, who can flush the system for you, if necessary.
System Pressure Analysis
It is important for you to check the system’s pressure by using a pressure gauge. This is attached at the pivot point, pump and the endpoint of the pivot.
While systems will vary, generally, you should look for a pressure that is at a minimum of five psi over the pressure regulator rating. For example, if you have a 15-psi pressure regulator, then your gauge should read 20 psi. Compare the numbers to see if everything coordinates with what your sprinkler specifications outline.
Drain the Pipes
Because you live in an area that often experiences freezing temperatures during the winter months, it is imperative that you drain all the water before the first freeze. If you don’t then the pipes underground may freeze and break.
There are a few ways to drain the pipes. You can use the manual or automatic drain valve, a compressed air blow out. However, there are a few possible risks with this process, so if you are unsure of what to do, it is best to call the professionals for help.
Make Sure You’re in Control
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, then you will have to shut the timer down. In most cases, your controller will have a “rain mode” or “off” setting. This will shut off the signals to the valves. With this, your controller will keep time, but won’t activate the valves.
If you are unsure of how to handle the above steps to prepare your sprinkler system for winter, then call the professionals from The IDL Company. When you do, they can ensure your system is winter-ready and prevent serious issues that may otherwise occur.