Plumbing Forum - Professional & DIY Plumbing Forum > General Plumbing Discussion > General Plumbing Help > Prepping for winter?



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-13-2010, 02:43 PM   #1
mikej
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2
Default Prepping for winter?

I live in south Texas and it just started hitting freezing to where I have to wrap my faucets. Is there anything I should do for my automated watering system? I've had it off since late fall but now that I'm thinking about it couldn't the water in those pipes freeze too?



__________________
mikej is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2010, 08:51 PM   #2
Conway
Senior Member
 
Conway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 187
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Good question. I never thought about it. Have you gone back and reviewed the instruction manual?



__________________
Conway is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2010, 12:03 PM   #3
majakdragon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Lafe Arkansas, Arkansas
Posts: 297
Default

Sprinkler systems should be drained when turned off for the season.

__________________

If you have never made a mistake, you probably haven't done much.

majakdragon is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2010, 06:59 PM   #4
mikej
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2
Default

I tried to find out how to do it but I can't even find the manual online. Any body here know hot to drain one?

__________________
mikej is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2010, 07:35 PM   #5
havasu
Moderator
PLF_MODERATOR.png
 
havasu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 6,547
Liked 504 Times on 419 Posts
Likes Given: 72

Default

Many irrigation lines can be drained by going to the lowest point of your irrigation line, and removing the sprinkler. You would then need to break the seal at the valve to allow air into the lines. I've also heard you can use an air compressor by forcing air into the line, but again, the valve would need to be opened fully to bleed out any excess water.

__________________
havasu is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-15-2010, 05:34 PM   #6
irrig8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikej View Post
I live in south Texas and it just started hitting freezing to where I have to wrap my faucets. Is there anything I should do for my automated watering system? I've had it off since late fall but now that I'm thinking about it couldn't the water in those pipes freeze too?
I had this whole thing typed up, step by step and I accidentally hit the back button.

Try this:Winterizing Your Irrigation System

If you need more help, I'd be more than happy to assist.
__________________
irrig8 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-21-2010, 03:17 PM   #7
speedbump
Water well and pump tech
 
speedbump's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Riverview, Florida
Posts: 939
Liked 55 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

Most folks use an air compressor to blow them out. It's not full proof, but it will get most of the water out in most cases.

speedbump is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-01-2010, 06:27 PM   #8
donald1
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 34
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by majakdragon View Post
Sprinkler systems should be drained when turned off for the season.
yes he sounds real.
__________________
donald1 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-29-2011, 02:56 PM   #9
DCPlumber
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Green Bay, WI
Posts: 16
Default

I winterize/drain approximately 225 houses each Fall. I also winterize a dozen or so lawn sprinkler systems. I tow a 4 cylinder diesel air compressor behind my work van and hook on to the main water line that feeds the sprinkler system. All of the sprinkler systems in our area of Rain Bird systems. There is a setting labeled "test all valves". It opens each zone for 2 minutes while I apply a lot of air volume, not just pressure. I go through the cycle three times. In ten years, I've never had a sprinkler system freeze and break, and it gets down to -15 degrees F here. I'd say it is fool proof if it is done correctly. I can blow out a 10 zone system, including travel time in about 1.5 hours. Fairly inexpensive to the average homeowner that afford a 10 zone system.

__________________
DCPlumber is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-16-2012, 03:08 PM   #10
cswanson
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Albertville, MN
Posts: 1
Default

The air compressor method is probably the best way to go about forcing the water out.



__________________

Chris Swanson, Advanced Irrigation
Minneapolis Sprinkler Systems

cswanson is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Tags
outdoor watering, sprinklers, winter prep

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
RE: Tank not heating water during winter choc-holic Water Heaters and Softeners 7 10-12-2012 06:05 PM
Winter, Pipe ndowens General Plumbing Help 1 12-17-2010 12:03 AM
Winter questions turtlerace General Plumbing Help 6 01-13-2010 02:39 PM