Winter’s almost here, let’s winterize that lawn! Number 1 on the most important list of late fall chores is to winterize your sprinkler system. It’s important to know how to avoid a cold weather catastrophe. Read on to find out how the professionals at Custom Lawn & Landscape can prepare your backflow preventer and sprinkler system for winter weather.
Step 1: “Blow Out” Your Sprinkler System
“Blowing out” your sprinkler system involves using an air compressor to blow out any water that is remaining in the system before the first hard freeze.
Why is this important? Water left in pipes and sprinkler heads will expand and freeze when temperatures drop down into the twenties and cause them to break. If you are lucky and the pipes don’t break, sprinkler system components will likely still be damaged. Rest assured they will malfunction when the time comes to turn your system back on. Forgetting this step could cost you thousands in damage, so make sure to call Custom to schedule an appointment!
Step 2: Don’t Forget About The Backflow Preventer
The backflow preventer performs a crucial task in a sprinkler system — it prevents contaminated water from “backflowing” into your drinking water! It’s essential to prepare this device for winter because the consequences of it failing can be hazardous to your communities health.
In the U.S., there are numerous documented cases of illness resulting from the backflow of hazardous substances. To avoid damage and to protect your family’s health, it’s crucial to have the professionals drain your backflow preventer properly.
Don’t have time to get your system winterized properly? Take these steps to protect your system for a short term, overnight freeze.
- Cover the above ground components of your sprinkler system.
- Make sure your sprinkler system is not set to run.
- Click Here to schedule your professional, guaranteed sprinkler winterization ASAP!