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How to Prepare Your Irrigation System for Winter

If you have owned a home for any length of time then you have probably learned how to winterize your plumbing but have you given any thought to your sprinkler system? It needs to be done in a very specific way to avoid mistakes that will cause costly repairs come spring. For that reason it is best left to an expert Atlanta Irrigation Company.

Why should you use an Atlanta Irrigation Company for winterization?

Winter Sprinkler Maintenance | Atlanta Irrigation CompanyIt saves money in the long run. They know all the ins and outs of the process so you can be sure that they will not forget a detail. Whereas if you do it yourself and skip a single step in the process then it could result in pipes bursting, valves cracking, pump houses splitting and various other headaches.

To begin the process of winterizing your own sprinkler system, you will need to:

  1. Drain the system – Some systems have an automatic drain function but are often unreliable. Over time your pipes can shift positions and there is no way to manually check them. It’s advisable to drain the system manually by blowing the water out using compressed air. It is crucial that you use the correct size compressor for your system so you can achieve the ideal pressure of between 40 and 80 psi. For this reason, the process is best handled by a Atlanta Irrigation Company
  2. Turn off the water supply – Look for a drain or waste valve between your water supply and back-flow device. It is often found below ground in a crawlspace or basement. Once you locate the valve, turn it off but do not force it.
  3. Drain the water pump – If possible, store the drained pump inside during the winter.
  4. If you are on domestic water, you will also have to winterize your back-flow device.

When you need any type of irrigation service it is best to call in a professional because of the complications that sprinkler systems can cause for your plumbing.  When it’s time to winterize your Atlanta sprinklers call in Georgia Sprinklers to get the job done.

 

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