If you start with incorrect preparation, your lawn sprinkler may be harmed by freezing temperature levels. Here are some ideas from Conway Lawn Care Services on how to prepare your irrigation system for winter season conditions if you reside in an area where it freezes.
Winterizing Your Irrigation System
- Insulate your tools:
Your irrigation system has a water supply and you need to turn it off. The primary shut down valve for your irrigation system requires to be safeguarded versus freezing. Ensure it is covered with insulation (foam insulation tape and a plastic bag) to secure it from extreme winter season temperature levels and avoid it from freezing.
Any above ground piping requires to be insulated.
- Drain pipes
There is a need to eliminate the water from the pipelines and sprinklers so that it will not freeze/expand and break the pipeline. There are numerous methods to drain your pipelines: an automated drain valve or the compressed air blow-out technique or manually. Because there might be prospective security threats we suggest calling professionals on this matter.
- Remain in control:
For an automated system, you will require to “close down” the controller (timer). Many controllers have a “rain-mode” which just shuts down the signals to the valves. The controller continues to keep time, the program’s data is still intact and the clock continues to run throughout the winter. If your controller is accountable for triggering a pump, as a safety measure you must get rid of the wires that are linked to the Master Valve (MV) and typical terminals. This will avoid the possibility of the pump being inadvertently triggered which might cause damage from overheating.
- Secure valves and backflow preventers:
Insulate backflow preventers and valves if they are above ground. You can likewise utilize insulation tape for this. Make certain not to obstruct the air vents and drain outlets on backflow preventers.
Winterizing your irrigation system is easy, if you have more questions about lawn maintenance, call Conway Lawn Care Services
Conway Lawn Care Service
Conway, SC 29526