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Preparing Your Sprinkler System For The Winter

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When it comes to your yard and making sure that the landscaping looks great, there is perhaps no more important aspect than your sprinkler system. The sprinkler system provides the necessary water to the yard so that it can grow green and lush. It is important to take good care of your sprinkler system so that it does not encounter any problems. It is especially important to make sure that before the cold weather hits, your sprinkler system is properly prepared so that it does not freeze the pipes and destroy the sprinkler system. Below are some tips to make sure that you properly get your system ready for a cold winter ahead.

  1. Turn Off the Main Water. In most sprinkler systems there is a main water line that comes from the street and into your yard. You will want to turn this valve off so that water cannot continue to come into your yard and your sprinkler system pipes. There is typically a green box in your yard that will have this valve. In most cases, all you will need to do is turn the valve 90 degrees.
  2. Drain Water from Pipes. After you have turned the water off to your sprinkler system, you will want to blow the water out. The easiest way to do this is to use an air compressor to blow out the system. By using a hose bib or quick coupler, you can attach the air hose to the irrigation system and blow out much of the water. This will prevent the water from freezing in the pipes and causing leaks and cracks.
  3. Insulate Piping. There are certain areas, such as the main shut off valve and the above ground piping, that should be insulated. These pipes can be wrapped in insulation so that they are less prone to freezing. This can be done by purchasing inexpensive foam pipe insulation to wrap around the pipes. This is quite easily done and makes a hug difference.

By making sure that you winterize your sprinkler system early enough, you will ensure that there are no leaks or breaks when the spring comes and you can get the sprinklers on for a healthy and green lawn. This will allow you to use your sprinkler system year in and year out without having to do any major repairs. It can save you hundreds of dollars and a lot of time on repairs. For assistance, talk to a landscaper like Futurescapes Inc.