The Area’s Leader for Winterizing Irrigation Systems
Serving the regions of Evansville IN, Bloomington IN, Owensboro KY and Henderson KY with Irrigation Winterization Services
Winterizing irrigation systems is the process of preparing them for the cold winter months to prevent damage caused by freezing temperatures. This is particularly important in regions where temperatures drop below freezing, as water left in the irrigation system can expand when it freezes, leading to cracked pipes, valves, and other components. Proper winterization helps extend the lifespan of the system, reduce repair costs, and ensure the system’s optimal performance when spring arrives.
Why Winterize Irrigation Systems:
Prevent Freezing Damage: The main reason for winterizing irrigation systems is to prevent freezing damage. When water freezes, it expands and can cause pipes, valves, and other components to crack or burst. Winterizing removes water from the system, eliminating the risk of freezing.
Avoid Costly Repairs: Repairing or replacing damaged components can be expensive. Winterizing the system reduces the chances of freeze-related damage, helping property owners avoid significant repair costs.
Maintain Efficiency: A properly winterized system will function efficiently when it’s time to use it again. Damaged components can lead to leaks and inefficient water distribution once the system is turned on in the spring.
Preserve Investment: An irrigation system is an investment that adds value to a property. Winterizing helps protect this investment by preventing damage that could lead to system breakdowns or replacement.
Prevent Water Waste: A damaged irrigation system can leak water, leading to waste and potentially higher water bills. Winterizing prevents leaks and ensures water conservation.
Extend Lifespan: Regularly winterizing the system can extend its lifespan, allowing property owners to enjoy the benefits of their irrigation system for years to come.
Turn Off Water Supply: Shut off the main water supply to the irrigation system to prevent water from entering the pipes.
Drain Water: Open drain valves and low points in the system to allow water to drain out. This can often be done manually or with automatic drain valves.
Blow Out with Compressed Air: Using an air compressor, blow out any remaining water from the pipes and components. Start with the zone farthest from the compressor and work your way back.
Protect Valves and Controllers: Insulate exposed components, such as valves and controllers, to prevent potential freeze damage.
Regular Maintenance: Winterizing is also a good time to conduct general maintenance, such as inspecting for leaks, checking sprinkler heads, and ensuring proper system operation.
By taking the time to properly winterize your irrigation system, you can prevent freeze-related damage and ensure that it’s ready to perform efficiently and effectively when the growing season returns.