Keeping your lawn looking great in the summer is important to you, and you have been able to keep it green and lush through an efficient sprinkler system. What you need to remember is that what you do during the winter also affects how your lawn will turn out next year. This means knowing how to winterize your sprinkler system, which will help save your lawn and save you money.
Sprinklers need maintenance, and not just during the spring or summer when you will rely on them the most. Once you see temperatures fall into freezing range, you need to be comfortable that your sprinkler system will survive the season, and come back ready for action next year. Properly preparing your sprinkler system is actually a relatively simple process.
First thing to do when it comes to winterizing your sprinkler system is to shut off the water. Some systems will have a main valve that is near your water meter. Your system might also have valves that help prevent backflow, and those will need to be shut off as well.
With the water off, you cannot forget to turn off the timer. Many systems rely on the timer to run the sprinklers each day automatically, but some may also have a rain mode. This rain mode is essentially a way to power down the timer resetting none of the programming, and turning your system into rain mode can be safe and efficient on your system as you wait out the winter.
Probably the most important step is to drain the water from the system. It can be a long process, but draining the water means there won;t be anything left to freeze. Just as the pipes in your home can freeze and burst, your sprinkler system is vulnerable to the same potential damages if water is left in the lines.
Automatic draining is possible with some sprinkler systems, and that can happen once the main valve has been shut off and the water pressure drops. Some water will remain inside the valves, so you will need to loosen each valve to allow air to flow into the system and water to flow out.
Manually draining the system is not much of a difference, as you will still need to locate shut-off valves at the ends of the piping. This calls for you to open the valves slowly once at a time to let the water run out. Again, do it slowly, as the system is still holding a lot of pressure.
If your system is built for it, then you may blow out your system. This process involves hooking an air compressor to the pipes and forcing all the remaining water out of the sprinkler heads. Blowing out your system is not something you should do on your own, and it may be worth it to call a professional to complete the job.
Protect not only your sprinkler system but also your lawn and your home by winterizing it every year. The time and cost of maintaining your system will always be better than the cost of repairing or replace it all. For more information on winterizing your sprinkler system, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.