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How to Winterize Sprinkler System


Hey everyone, this time of year, we get a lot of questions about how to go about winterizing your sprinkler system. So I want to share with you what we do to get everyone’s sprinkler systems ready for winter. So we get this commercial air compressor as you see behind me hooked up to this truck, it’s a diesel compressor that pushes a lot of air. And so we connect this up to your sprinkler system. And we blow everything out, we get out all of your different lines, or different zones or garden hoses, and everything and so on, Mario is ready here, he’s going to go ahead and fire this thing up. And we’re going to show you how this works.

So like I said, we connect it up to your irrigation system, and we put it in a safe place, we’ll usually hook it up to the filter backflow preventer. If you’ve got one, or even a hose spigot or something like that, that’s usually how we go about hooking that up. And then what we do is we connect that in and we start flowing Ah, zone out. So you’ll see in just a moment here, yeah, he’s got this song going here. So he’ll start blowing out each song. And what’s amazing about it, is how much water comes out. You’ll see that head on the corner right behind me there, it’s still because that’s not just water going through there. like normal, that’s actually being pushed by the compressor with airs is pushing out that excess water, you can see it’s still pushing water out right now. And in a moment, you’ll see to start pushing out some water vapors. But basically, and a lot of people think, well, if I open up all the valves and let the system breathe, it’ll naturally drain out, which is not true for 99% of systems. Very, very few systems are designed well enough to drain out completely on their own. So the water actually never drains out. Usually, if you don’t just blow it out, like blowing it out is hands down the best way to guarantee that your system is going to be ready to go for winter and you won’t have spring problems in the spring with freeze damage so and you can see so it’s finally starting to spread some air out of there. And that’s what we do we get 100% of that water out of your system so you don’t have to worry about it.

And then the nice thing is that we can close everything because the waters off so we close all the valves, everything gets closed off. So that in the springtime, if you’re not ready to turn the water on yet, you don’t have to worry about the city coming out, or the canal company coming out and kick it on the water when you’re not ready. And then water getting everywhere and flooding your house or something like that doing it this way you can close everything. And you know you’re safe and you’re not you’re ready to go. When you’re ready to go, you know you turn it on when you are ready. So anyway, that’s how we go about doing that. The best time of year to do this is the first part of October, till about mid-November, early November, somewhere in that timeframe is the best time to get your system winterized. Because before that it’s kind of too hot and if you go later than that, sometimes you can already have freeze damage and it’s already starting to get pretty cold. So anyway, if you have any questions about that want to help. We’d love to help you answer any questions anything you need. Have a great day. Thanks

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