How to Prepare Your Irrigation System for the Winter

It’s time to prepare your commercial irrigation system for the winter. Here are some tips on how to do so.

Turn Off the Valve

The first step is to turn off the water. You need to do this before the temperature outside reaches the freezing point. Locate your main valve and shut it off.

Insulate

Your next step is to protect the main valve. It should be located in an area that is protected from the cold. If it isn’t, you should insulate it. You should also insulate any pipes that are sticking out above the ground along with the backflow preventer.

Shut Off the Controller

You should also shut off the automatic controller. You don’t have to shut it down completely; it should still be able to run and keep the time. However, it should not activate the water automatically. If you want, you can shut it off entirely.

Drain the Pipes

Drain your irrigation system’s pipes to prevent them from freezing and exploding. There are a number of ways to do this. They include using the manual drain valve, the automatic drain valve, or using the compressed air blowout method. It’s highly recommended that you get a professional to do this for you, as it can be complicated and dangerous.

Get Help

It’s best to get a professional to help you out with preparing your irrigation system for the winter. This way, you can be sure that nothing goes wrong and that everything will be in working condition once the spring comes around.