Once the cold of the winter months comes, you don’t want to be leaving your sprinklers or irrigation system running as they usually would. If the water inside these was able to freeze, it would cause them serious problems and likely could lead to them shattering, from withing the pipework or sprinkler heads. You don’t want to have to deal with the costly repairs of fixing that in the spring, so every year you are going to want to winterize your system. At Lawn Sprinkler Irrigation Rochester Hills | Repair & Installation, we can help you do that annually through our widely trusted winterization service. You can count on us to help you protect your installation in the cold and we can promise you results every single time.
But before we can begin any winterization process, we must be carrying out a full inspection into the system first. You wouldn’t want any issues to go unnoticed, only to get worse while you're not using your system and costing you a hefty amount in the new year. So, our team must take a thorough look across the system to be certain. We’ll check all of the pipework, sprinklers, and the controller, making sure that we are putting any issues right when we find them.
Following on from this, we will begin preparing the exposed parts of your irrigation system with insulation. The main valve needs to be fully shut down and wrapped in insulative material and protective plastic, to make sure that it doesn’t succumb to any freezing problems. On top of this, any exposed piping, tubes, or additional valves should be properly covered and protected from the cold, as well.
After everything has been physically protected, we can begin shutting down the automated side of your sprinkler system. You wouldn’t want there to be any unexpected issues over the winter so this is a step that cannot be missed. We’ll begin by removing any programming that is in place, before setting the control to go dormant, until it is ready to be turned on again. At the same time, we’ll find any sensors or weather detectors that you have installed and make sure that these are covered up and switched off so that they aren’t going to continue to have any control over the powering of the system.
Once all of the technical parts of the system have been shut down and everything has been sufficiently protected, we will be able to begin removing the water from the system. We’ll do this steadily and slowly so that the change in pressure doesn’t cause any problems, making sure that every last drop has been able to leave. And, once it has been totally cleared, we can tightly secure all of the valves and piping, to make sure that it will remain that way until the warmth of the spring months can return.