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Winter is will be here before you know it. If you have automatic sprinklers, now's the time to get them prepared for the colder temperatures. If you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures, you'll want to make sure you get your sprinklers winterized before the cold weather arrives. Here are four steps you should take to winterize your sprinklers.
Disconnect the Valves
Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your sprinklers, especially the equipment that's located above-ground. To protect your sprinkler system from damage caused by freezing temperatures, and to prevent flooding hazards caused by frozen water valves, you'll need to remove the valves and the backflow preventers. Carefully unscrew them from the main sprinkler controls and cap off the pipes with threaded PVC caps. Dry the valves and backflow preventers thoroughly, and place them in a safe place until spring.
Disable the Automatic Timer
If your sprinkler system is connected to an automatic timer, you'll need to disconnect it for the winter. Disconnecting the timer will prevent the sprinklers from coming on when it's no longer needed. When sprinklers come on during the winter, they not only waste water, they also allow the sprinkler lines to fill with water, which can lead to frozen sprinkler pipes. Protect your sprinkler system, and save water by disconnecting your timer each winter.
Shut Off the Water
The best way to protect your sprinkler system this winter is to shut off its water supply. If you're going to be staying home this winter, shut the water off at the sprinkler system. This will disconnect the water supply to the sprinklers, without disturbing your household water supply. If you're going to be boarding up your home for the winter, and heading someplace warm, turn the water off at the main water valve. This will protect your sprinklers and your home from the freezing temperatures.
Blow Out the Water
If your sprinklers are equipped with a water removal valve, you should have the water blown out of the sprinkler lines. To make sure it's done properly, you should have your landscaper take care of it for you. Once the sprinkler lines have been blown, all of the water will be removed from the lines, which will prevent your sprinkler lines from freezing.
Now that winter is almost here, make sure your sprinklers are ready for the cold weather. The tips provided here will help prevent damage to your sprinkler system during the freezing temperatures. Talk to the service that installed your lawn sprinklers to see if they have any special tips for your particular system.