Fall is the time to drain and winterize your irrigation system. Buried irrigation lines can freeze, leaving you with burst pipes and broken sprinkler heads. A few simple steps can save you some spring time Irrigation Irritation.
- Using the main valve, turn off the water that feeds the system.
- Turn off the automatic controller
- Remove water from the system by opening the drain valves.
- Remove above-ground sprinkler heads, shake any remaining water out and replace them.
Perhaps you don’t have drain valves or are unfamiliar with the system – Hire an irrigation professional to use an air compressor to blow out the system. The $75-$150 charge is worth making sure the job is done right and not having repairs to make in the spring.