As summer quickly comes to an end and fall creeping up just around the corner, it is safe to say that cooler weather is coming soon. With that being said, as temperatures start to drop, it may be time to consider winterize your sprinklers. What does this mean exactly? The most common term for winterizing your sprinklers is known as a sprinkler blowout.
A sprinkler blowout is used to describe the events before the water in your sprinkler lines freeze. The water that remains inside those lines will need to be blown out in order to prevent freezing. So, with that in mind, how can your properly complete a sprinkler blowout? Below we will be highlighting a few of the simple steps that are necessary in completing a sprinkler blowout. Therefore, without further ado, let’s go ahead and get down to business:
Step 1: Shut of the water
The first thing that needs to be done in this process is to shut off the water supply that is running through your sprinkler system. You will not need to shut off all of the water in your house.
Step 2: Connecting the air compressor
Next you will need to connect the air compressor to the irrigation system using the coupler. It is important to avoid blowing compressed air directly through the backflow device. Once this is done you will need to find the sprinkler station that is the furthest away from the compressor and turn it on.
Step 3: The Valves
Close the backflow valves and slowly open the valve on the compressor. Next you will need to gradually add more air pressure and continue this until you start to see water coming through.
Step 4: Simply continue this process until all you see/hear is air coming out of the sprinkler heads.
While this process may be fairly simple, it may be best to still consider allowing a professional to take care of things properly. Our team at Altitude Sprinkler & Landscape specializes in a variety of sprinkler services including sprinkler blowouts. In addition to this, our team also offers services such as sprinkle system repairs and tune ups as well as irrigation system design and installation and so much more. Therefore, if you believe it is officially time to winterize your sprinkler system, feel free to visit our website and fill out our contact form or simply give us a call with the number listed on our website.