Winterizing Your Irrigation System

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Irrigation Systems on Commercial Properties

Commercial properties depend on irrigation systems to ensure the property remains hydrated. However, if the appropriate steps are not taken to protect the system in the winter, the extreme weather can cause the pipes to burst, resulting in costly damage to the property.

Irrigation professionals help businesses ensure the system is effectively emptied and prepared for the colder months. The winter can come without causing any significant damage with the appropriate action.

Winterizing Methods

Depending on the types of valves used for irrigations, landscaping professionals will likely use one of two winterizing methods: manual and blowout. To drain these systems by manual valve, shut off the irrigation water supply and open all the manual drain valves. These can be found at the low points or very end of the irrigation piping. Be sure to check that all water has been successfully drained from the piping system.

The blowout method is a popular method for winterizing. This can be done by shutting off the water supply and closing the compressor valve before attaching the air compressor hose to the fitting. From there, the air pressure will force out the excess water in the system. Once the water is forced out, leave the valves open at a 45˚ angle for any remaining water to drain out on its own.  It is crucial to be careful when using this method as it can lead to significant injuries if not done correctly.

Types of Valves

Before performing any winterizing task, it is crucial to understand the specifics of your irrigation system. There are a few different types of sensors and controls every property manager should be aware of:

  • Hydraulic controls
  • Outdoor mounted controls
  • Rain sensors
  • Indoor mounted controls

While winterizing can be performed with DIY methods, it is best to hire a professional landscaping contractor versed in irrigation systems. They understand the intricacies of a system and are less likely to experience errors.

As the weather gets colder, it is an excellent time to ensure that your irrigation system is ready for the winter season. Contact a Diaz Group to schedule an appointment with a qualified irrigation professional.