Preparing Your Irrigation System for Winter

Preparing Your Irrigation System for Winter

October 11, 2019

Winter is just around the corner, and if you have an irrigation system on your property, it’s important that you take the proper steps now to prepare that system for winter before the first frost arrives. Here’s some information from our team specializing in irrigation system repair in Briscoe County, TX that will help you get all set up for the oncoming cold:

  • Insulate: After shutting off the water supply to the irrigation system, make sure that you protect that shutoff valve from the cold. A simple way to insulate it for the winter is to wrap it with foam insulation tape and a plastic bag—that should be good enough to get it through the winter and prevent any freezing from occurring. If there isn’t a main shutoff valve associated with the system, it’s probably a good idea to install one—this will not only make matters more convenient, but also help you better protect your system. Finally, if you have any piping for the system located above ground, you’ll need to insulate that as well. Make sure to use the same foam-insulating tape or foam-insulating tubes. You can find all of this equipment at most home supply or hardware stores.
  • Shut off the controller: With an automatic system, you’ll need to make sure you shut off the automated controller so it doesn’t try to start it up. You might even consider removing the wires that connect to the master valve just to prevent the pump accidentally activating. You want to keep the equipment off all winter long.
  • Drain: Any water that gets left behind inside pipes or sprinklers could quickly turn into a safety hazard when the temperature dips below freezing, as it would expand and potentially crack or burst those pipes. There should be several methods to drain your pipes and sprinklers: automatic drain valves, manual drain valves and/or the use of compressed air running through your system. It’s probably a good idea to work with a professional irrigation system technician to make sure you get all of the water out of the system before you can feel comfortable for the rest of the winter.
  • Insulate any additional components: If you have any other additional components that should be protected, such as backflow preventers and valves, you should insulate them as well if they are located above ground. You can use the same insulation tape you used for the pipes and the other components in the earlier steps. However, you need to be careful with backflow preventers—you should not block any air vents or drain outlets, as this could result in some damage to the system.

These are just a few of the steps you should take to keep your irrigation system in good condition throughout the winter months. For more information about winterizing your irrigation system, or to schedule irrigation system repair in Briscoe County, TX, reach out to the team at Four Seasons Irrigation today. We’d be glad to answer any questions you have.

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