Your sprinkler system is a way that you can ensure that your lawn is beautiful and green. At times, the system can become corroded, leading to a delay in the water that comes from the unit. You also want to protect your system in the winter so that you have a green lawn in the spring and summer.
Shutting It Off
The first thing that you need to do in the winter is to shut off the water source. Freezing temperatures can cause the lines of the sprinkler system to bust. Wrap the valve that controls the main system so that it doesn’t freeze. Foam or blankets can be used for wrapping.
There are corrosion monitoring systems that you can have installed that will give an indication as to how much corrosion is in place. This will help you determine when you need to clean the sprinklers and if you can let them go for a few more weeks. When the system gives an alert, then you can use the proper materials to clean the sprinkler heads so that there is a smooth water flow. You also need to turn off the timing system. This is what controls the sprinklers to raise out of the ground at certain times of the day and night. You don’t want the unit to continue working if there isn’t water to go through the hoses.
Drain The Water
Most systems have a back flow system. This is what stores that water for the system to use. Once the unit is off, drain the water from the system. You also need to drain the water from all of the hoses. Siphoning is often the easiest method to get the water from the system. Drain the valves as well so that they don’t freeze in the winter.
Ready For Spring
Create a chart so that you know where the sprinkler system is located in the yard. This will give you an idea as to where you need to start working if the corrosion monitor goes off, alerting you that there could be a blockage preventing water from escaping the sprinkler head. Make sure you clean each sprinkler before they are used in the spring. A bit of vinegar can be applied to the each head to help keep corrosion from building. Apple cider vinegar sometimes works best. You can mix it with a bit of lemon juice for a better effect on the system.