Winterizing Your Sprinkler System

The cold air is here and it’s time to give your sprinkler system a well-deserved break. You should have your system winterized in order to protect the system from being damaged when it’s not in use.

You should have your system winterized before the first frost. While it’s important to continue watering your plants during the fall and during winter dry spells, a system not winterized can see pipes expand and burst due to water left in the system. Keep an eye on the weather as winterizing the system too soon could cause your sod and seed to dry out.

  1. To properly winterize a sprinkler system, an air compressor will have to be used. Should the temperature drop below 32 degrees, you’ll need to drain the system so the system doesn’t see costly damaged done to it. Follow these steps before we come out to finish winterizing:
  2. Turn off the main shut-off valve
  3. Remove the outlet drain plug/spigot
  4. Turn valves to a 45 degree angle
  5. Cover the backflow valve and all the copper with a large towel/blanket
  6. Place a 2-3 gallon bucket underneath the drain and open the drain valve. Close the valve once all the water has drained out.
  7. Turn on the sprinkler controller and activate your lowest sprinkler zone. This will drain out any remaining water. Turn off the controller.

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