Tips To Winterize Your Lawn Sprinkler System In Katy, TX

Nov 23 2015

Freezing temperature can be harsh on the lawn sprinkler and lead to costly damages, so it is crucial that you winterize these systems before the temperature dips. With this, you can avoid breaking of components that occurs due to freezing and expansion inside valves, sprinklers and pipes. Here are some tips to help you winterize your lawn sprinkler systems.

  • Deactivate the timer: If you have an automated sprinkler system, make sure you deactivate or reconfigure the settings. This will stop the system from turning on. You can either set the controller into ‘rain mode’ or completely shut it down. However, when you cut the power supply, the preset data is deleted and you need to reprogram it when required.
  • Drain the water: All the lawn sprinkler systems have a drainage system, so make sure you drain the water out of the sprinkler system to avoid getting it frozen during cold months. 
  • Shut off the water supply: It is crucial to shut off the main valve of the sprinkler system and insulate it. The valve should be made freeze proof by placing it below the frost line, wrapping it with insulation and placing inside a heated room. Also, insulate any exposed pipes and backflow valves. 
  • Blow out the system: To winterize the system, mechanically introduce air into it and remove all the water. If you are not able to manage the task on your own, consider hiring a professional sprinkler repair company. If you plan to do it on own, then you must have the required equipment and you should know how to do it safely. Make sure you use the right type of air compressor.
  • Remove backflow preventer: It is essential to remove the backflow preventer from the system to avoid backflow. You can either siphon it or pump it out with the help of a vacuum. Narrow the opening by attaching duct tape and draining above the ground valve. You can also use pipe-heating cables to prevent backflow.
  • Remove the hose from the hose bib: If the hose that connects to the hose bib has water, it can break when the temperature drops, so make sure you remove the hose from the hose bib and close the valves to prevent any leakages.
For more tips on winterizing your lawn sprinkler system, feel free to contact DK Sprinklers at (281) 794 – 4891 or visit 7338 Windy Port Lane, Richmond, TX 77407.