Your irrigation system may be one of the last things you’re thinking about when winter arrives, but it’s still an important step in your to-do list. If proper winterization steps aren’t taken, a drop in temperature can lead to serious irrigation issues, from costly repairs to water damage. The tips below will give you confidence that your irrigation system is ready for spring.
How Can You Winterize Your Irrigation System?
1. Drain Everything
The first step is to drain all of your piping. Trapped water will expand when it freezes, which can damage pipes and connecting parts. Before freezing temperatures arrive, flush your system and faucets. If you’re not familiar with the intricacies of your system, reach out to a residential irrigation professional.
2. Insulate Exposed Pipes
For further protection, insulate any exposed piping that runs from your home, including faucets. You can get easy-to-install wraps to apply and remove for the winter season. If you want a more permanent solution, spray insulation is also an option. Don’t forget to insulate any hoses connected to your system, as even those labeled “weatherproof” can still become damaged.
3. Turn Your System Off
Once you’ve drained your system and protected the piping, turn your irrigation system off completely. Disconnect piping from the water supply if possible, or turn the water supply off if it’s separate from the rest of your home. Also, disconnect the timer. You want to eliminate the possibility of any surprise incidents, and even if your efforts seem like overkill, nothing can replace the peace of mind you get knowing your system is protected.
If you need assistance winterizing your irrigation system, the team at USA Hoich Irrigation of Omaha, NE, can help. Serving residents all over Nebraska since 1984, they’re proud to bring experience and superior workmanship to every job. From general repairs to sprinkler installation, they’ll ensure your system meets all your needs. Call (402) 896-5899 to schedule an appointment or visit their website to learn more.