Preparing your sprinkler system for the winter must be done efficiently, carefully in order to prevent costly replacements and repairs. The process mostly involves removing the water from the system, as water tends to freeze, leading to breakage in pipes, valves, fittings, pumps, sprinklers, or other system parts.
Taking the important steps for protecting your sprinkler system now will prevent costly repairs in spring season. Here are some of tips you can follow to prepare the system for the coming winter.
- Before the temperature starts to freeze, secure that the irrigation system’s water supply is turned off. The shut-off valve should also be protected with insulation.
- Make sure to shut down the timer or controller if your irrigation system is automatic. Almost all controllers have a “rain-mode” or “off” setting which block the signals to the valves. If the controller can activate the pump, remove the wires connected to the “common” and “MV” for precaution. On the other hand, if you use the rain-mode setting, you are shutting off the controller and unplugging the transformer, preventing the pump from overheating. To save electricity, cut the power if the controller has a dial or more manual clock, while you can switch to rain setting if it has a digital one.
- Drain the pipes to remove water from the system. The water has a tendency to freeze which breaks the pipe and other important irrigation system components. You can try out using manual drain valve, automatic drain valve and compressed air blowout methods. But, to avoid risks, it is better to contact a local irrigation specialist.
- Protect the pipes with insulation. The system valves should be protected from the cold temperature to avoid future irrigation system problems. Remember that any aboveground sprinkler system piping should be insulated.
Know more on how to take care of your sprinkler system in our blog as we regularly update it with new guides and insights. For a more professional advice or help at a very affordable price, contact us at Georgetown Irrigation Specialists, where we are currently servicing Williamson County Texas area at any season.