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Winterizing your sprinkler system is one of the most important things you can do as you prepare your lawn for winter. Though Orlando does not reach sub-freezing temperatures as often as the northeastern states, it’s still important to protect your sprinkler system to avoid serious damage. By following these simple steps you can reduce the chances of damage to your sprinkler system this winter.
Drain the Sprinkler System Automatically
If there is any water in a sprinkler system when it is freezing outside, the PVC or polyethylene piping of the sprinkler system is at risk of overexpansion, which causes cracking. If you have automatic drain valves, drain the sprinkler system this winter by shutting off the main water valve and turning on the system controller. Pull up on the sprinkler heads and open any back-flow devices to ensure all of the water is drained out.
Drain the Sprinkler System Manually
Many sprinkler systems, even those with automatic drain valves, have a few manual drain valves. Found at the end and low points of the piping, the manual drain valves should be opened after the water supply valve is shut off.
Flush the Sprinkler System with Compressed Air
A low pressure, high volume air compressor with a compressor regulator that is capable of 10 to 25 cubic feet per minute of air volume can be used to flush the sprinkler system of water. Just make sure that you rent or buy only this type of system, because other types can present a safety danger. Call an irrigation company to perform this service if you want to ensure a thorough flush is performed.
For more tips on preparing your sprinkler system for cold weather, call the experts at Sprinkler Repair and Landscape Lighting at (866) 781-2838. We have served the Orlando and Central Florida areas since 1982. All of our products and services come with a six-month warranty. Visit our website to learn more about the residential and commercial services we offer.
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Watering your lawn keeps it fresh, healthy, and green—but are you using too much water? Following a few simple water conservation tips will lower your water bill and improve the health of your yard.
In this video, you will learn how to tell when it’s appropriate to water your lawn. If the grass does not spring back after you walk on it or you notice the blades are curling or appear gray-green in color, it’s time to water. Grass needs about an inch of water each week to stay healthy, so keeping track of how much water you’re using will prevent overwatering.
Is your sprinkler system set up to use the right amount of water? Call Sprinkler Repair Inc. today at (407) 792-0128 for testing or troubleshooting of your home irrigation system. You can learn more about using your sprinkler system wisely on our blog.
Your home’s irrigation system is an invaluable tool during the spring and summer, keeping your lawn healthy and lush. As the growing season comes to an end, cooler temperatures can cause problems if there is water left in your pipes. It’s important to take the proper steps to prepare your irrigation system for winter weather to avoid damaging your sprinklers.
Shut Off the Main Valve
Shutting off the main valve to your irrigation system will prevent water from entering the pipes during the winter. Turn your sprinkler system on, then find and close the main valve. Watch your sprinklers to ensure that water stops flowing completely. You should also be able to hear the lack of water flow inside the pipes, signaling that the valive is shut.
Open Drain Plugs
The main drain plug is located on the main sprinkler line at the lowest point; there may also be additional drain plugs throughout your system. Turn off your sprinkler system and locate all the drain plugs. Carefully open these plugs; your system may incorporate levers for this task, otherwise you may need a wrench. Wear eye protection, as these plugs may be pressurized and can cause injury. If the drain plugs in your system include caps that are removed completely, store them in a safe place until they are needed in the spring.
Blow Out the System
The final step in winterizing your sprinkler system is removing any remaining water in the pipes. Turn on your air compressor and set it to 70 PSI. Set the sprinkler system to zone one and inject air until the pressure drops to 40 PSI. Allow the tank to charge up to 70 PSI again and blow out the pipes three or four more times to remove all standing water. Repeat this process for all watering zones.
If you need help winterizing your sprinkler system, the staff at Sprinkler Repair Inc. will be happy to help. Contact our Orlando office at (407) 792-0128 to schedule sprinkler maintenance, repair, or installation. You can find more information about maintaining your irrigation system on our blog.
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