Whether you’re ready for it or not, the temperatures are dropping and old man winter is starting to make his entrance. Before the temperatures really start to drop and the Denver area starts getting frost, you need to winterize your irrigation system stat! Preparing your sprinkler system for the winter will only make it last season after season. Not doing so could cause breakage and busted pipes. Read on to find out why winterizing your sprinkler system
is essential from your Denver sprinkler service!
Shut Off Water
First things first: shut off your main water supply to your sprinkler system. If you have a manual drain, you can open them at all of the water access points. Most likely, though, your system should have an automatic drain that is designed to pump water out of the sprinkler system when the source is turned off. During a routine inspection, you should check to make sure all of your automatic pumps are functioning properly before you start winterizing your pipes.
This step can be tricky, so it’s best to leave it to us, the professionals. A blow is where we use an air compressor attached to the water supply system, and blast compressed air throughout the pipes. This flushes out any water that may remain in the pipes. This is probably the most effective way to get rid of any water in your system. When performing a blow out, there are so many steps that a professional must take to prevent damaging your sprinkler heads, rotors, valves, and backflow system. You also need to use the right air compressor at the right pressure. Read up on how to perform sprinkler blowouts in Denver
. Also be sure to check the backflow preventer to ensure that you system is completely out of water. Typically, valves and drains are left open on the backflow preventer at a certain angle to prevent cracking or breaking once those temperatures drop below freezing.
The Risks of Not Winterizing
You may be asking yourself if you really should winterize your system, and the short answer is yes. For many reasons. If water is left in your pipes over the winter, and then freezes, it’s very likely that ice will expand and break or crack your entire sprinkler system. Once spring comes around, and that ice thaws out, that water can come inside the house or underground, causing flooding and leaks. This is a hefty price to pay for something that is so simple, and easy, to do!
At Water Solutions Company, we perform winterizations throughout the Denver metropolitan area, and we have for
years. For the last two decades and counting we’ve provided thousands of clients with sprinkler winterizations. Don’t make the mistake of passing up on essential winterization care for your beautiful lawn and home. This process prevents unnecessary winter damage to your system, so contact us
today for more information and to schedule a service time!