The importance of winterizing your sprinkler system

by Lloyd Gomez

The coldest season of the year always requires preparation to avoid damage or loss of things during these days, so attention to even the smallest details is necessary. Imagine that you left a plastic cup with water in the freezer, and the next day you find that it has broken because of ice. This is exactly what happens to the pipes of the automatic sprinklers when winter arrives, as there are residues of water inside, and after the first snowfall, they freeze and burst. To avoid this, you need to take certain precautions that will help you get ahead of this problem.

Empty the pipes as much as possible

Every time you use the sprinklers there is water left in the pipes, to prevent this from happening it is recommended that you stop using the pipes a week before the first snowfall, so pay attention to the news to avoid surprises. This will not affect your garden at all as you cannot water your plants during the winter. A good way to keep your lawn from dying during the cold season is to mow it alright, as it will not suffocate from the excess weight it receives. This will help you protect your sprinklers and know that your plants are not suffering the consequences. You don’t have to make too much of an effort, because just by turning off the water and opening the sprinklers they will empty themselves.

Blow out the inside of the pipes

If you have a system that does not allow you to empty them automatically, you need to hire the right staff to use the necessary equipment. If you don’t want to hire anyone you can look for a pressure pump to expel the water as much as possible and hope that nothing is left inside. This is very important since frozen water can damage both the pipes and the sprinkler heads, and being that this is an underground system you don’t want to know that everything has been damaged since it can be more expensive even than the installation, since in this case you are looking part by part for the affected area. 

Winter comes every year

Don’t let it take you by surprise. If you want to avoid the cumbersome process of finding the fault and repairing the pipes, it is recommended that you perform proper drainage on all sprinklers. You can either do this a few days before the first snowfall or work very quickly before the snow has a chance to take over. You can always hire the right people to do this, or do the job yourself, but the important thing is not to let it go because the cost in the future can be much worse than what it would cost to take these recommendations on time. The garden always requires your full attention to ensure that both your plants and what you use to keep them in perfect condition are preserved as much as possible, so don’t let these recommendations go unheeded.