With Atlanta’s unpredictable weather lately, it’s a great time to start preparing your home for winter. Despite the temperate climate here, we still get below freezing temperatures on many days (and don’t forget the ice storm this past January!), so it is necessary to winterize your sprinkler system to keep it safe from frozen, cracked pipes or a cracked body. You do not want to leave any water in your system during the winter.
There are three main methods of preparing your system for cold weather: manual drain, automatic drain and blow out method. The method you choose will depend on what type of system and valves you have.
For a manual drain, the first thing you need to do is turn off your timer or the shut off valve to make sure your system does not come on. Open the various valves throughout the system, and let all of the water drain out. When freezing temperatures are on the way, you can also wrap your back-flow valve with a towel or some other kind of material and cover it with a plastic bag then duct tape it on. Disconnect your hoses and let any excess water drain out. To get an automatic drain, you add drainage emitters to release water. The blow out method utilizes an air compressor.
Winterizing your sprinkler system is not difficult, but mistakes can be costly. If any of this sounds too challenging, you can always hire a professional to handle the task.
Here are a few companies in the Atlanta area who handle sprinkler systems: