As winter’s frosty grip tightens over Canada, it’s time for households to begin winterizing their gardens, preparing them for the colder months.
A crucial step in this process is your irrigation system’s Winterization (blowout). Ensuring your hoses, sprinklers, and other irrigation components are properly winterized is essential to prevent damage and plumbing leaks during freezing temperatures. This process involves expelling most of the water from the irrigation system to protect it from the harsh winter conditions.
Keep reading to learn how to effectively winterize your irrigation system, ensuring it remains intact and ready for use when the warmer spring weather returns.
1. Shut Off the Water Supply
The first step is to shut off the water supply to your irrigation system. This might seem obvious, but it’s a crucial step. Ensure the water is completely turned off to avoid water entering the system during winterization.
2. Drain the Pipes
Once the water supply is off, the next step is to drain all the water from the pipes. Several methods exist, such as manual draining, automatic draining, or using an air compressor to blow out the lines. The method you choose depends on your system’s design and personal preference.
3. Inspect and Repair
Before the onset of winter, inspect your system for any repairs that might be needed. Look for leaks, check the sprinkler heads, and ensure all components are in good working condition. Addressing these issues now can prevent bigger problems in the spring.
4. Professional Blowout
If you’re uncomfortable doing the winterization yourself or your system requires a blowout, consider hiring a professional like Naiad Irrigation Systems. A professional blowout involves using an air compressor to blow out 99% of the water using a compressor with sufficient CFM’s, without too much pressure.. This is often the most effective way to ensure your pipes are drained and safe from freezing.
Don’t Forget to Plan for Spring
While winterizing your irrigation system is a task focused on preparation for winter, it’s also an opportunity to think ahead to spring. Make notes of any upgrades or changes you want to make to your system for the next season. This proactive approach can lead to a more efficient and effective irrigation system when the warm weather returns.
With Naiad Irrigation Systems, you have the option of upgrading to a Wi-Fi underground sprinkler timer, which can save up to 50% of water bills!
Beat the Freeze
Winterizing your irrigation system is crucial in preparing your property for the cold months ahead. Following these steps can protect your system from damage, saving you time and money when spring arrives.
Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in maintaining the longevity and effectiveness of your irrigation system. So, as winter approaches, ensure your irrigation system is ready to weather the season.