Irrigation is important year-round, but during the winter it's essential to take extra precautions to protect your system from freeze damage. If your irrigation system is not properly winterized, icicles can form on the water lines and pumps, causing them to freeze and break. This can lead to costly repairs or even loss of irrigation service altogether. Here's what you need to know to winterize your irrigation system:
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1. Check Your Irrigation System for Damage. Before you do anything else, make sure your irrigation system is in good working order by checking for any damage. This includes checking for frozen lines, clogged filters, and missing sprinkler heads. If there is any damage, take appropriate action before proceeding with the winterization process.
2. Protect Your Irrigation System from Freezing Weather Conditions. Next, protect your irrigation system from freezing weather conditions by installing a freeze protection device if necessary. A freeze protection device will keep water moving while it's cold outside, preventing pipes from freezing and causing problems down the line.
3. Make Sure Your Tank Is Full of Water. Next, make sure your water tank is full prior to winterizing the irrigation system. Winterization can cause excessive stress on the system and can result in a rapid loss of water pressure that could damage your sprinkler heads, components or even your house.
4. Use an Irrigation System with Low Flow Rates for Outdoor Areas With Low Need For Water During Cold Weather Conditions.
If you don't have enough space to install an additional water source such as a pond, consider installing an irrigation system with low flow rates for outdoor areas with low need for water during cold weather conditions.