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Winter To-do List for Sprinkler Systems
12/1/2016,  1:06:24 AM

It’s December and you don’t want to make the same

mistakes you made last year in your home landscape.  

Preparing your sprinkler system for the winter season

is quite critical as lower temperatures can have a huge

negative impact on both your landscape and budget.

Here are a few tips you can use to prepare your

sprinkler system for the winter as well as next season:

Be careful Not to Winterize Too Soon
You don’t need to winterize your sprinkler system too

soon especially as there still may be more warm days

ahead of the winter season. This is best for carrying

out a longer watering season for your fall plants.

So, when temperatures start to drop a bit, don’t immediately cut off your sprinkler process as there may be more warmer days remaining.  However, it is usually a smart idea to shut off and winterize your sprinkler system for your entire property by mid-December.


Winterizing Your Sprinkler System
Most importantly, don’t let the water stay in the pipes, valves and sprinklers during the winter season, the water may get frozen inside them and can end up breaking your pipes. It will certainly be a costly repair.


If you’re like most people and are not an irrigation expert, you’re probably not able to do a winterization correctly.  You should contact an Irrigation Professional to remove water from your system with their expertise, professional irrigation tools, and processes.

For the Do-it-Yourselfers, even after draining water from your system, it is likely that there may be some water still left inside pipes that can freeze, expand or crack them.  If the freezing water is currently experiencing a backflow, it can harm the other internal parts of pipes or valves. So, you should always hire an experienced professional to inspect your system thoroughly.  Now is probably the best time to schedule an for inspection as winter is just around the corner.  

If an expert finds minor things needed to be repaired or has recommendations to improve your system, you can get things done now and prepare your sprinkler system for the upcoming spring season.


                                                                                                                      Smart Ways to Save Money

​                                                                                                                      According to the US Environmental Protection Agency                                                                                                                           (EPA), people often end up wasting 50 percent of the                                                                                                                             water they use for their sprinkler systems at home as                                                                                                                           they often end up over watering their sprinkler systems.
 
                                                                                                                     Even if you’ve installed your system a few years ago, it is                                                                                                                      highly likely that the market has more innovative and                                                                                                                            efficient products that can make your sprinkler system                                                                                                                          more efficient.  Professionals can install smart clocks,                                                                                                                            advanced heads and nozzles that you might not have in                                                                                                                        your current Sprinkler system.
 
Use a Smart Sprinkler Control

Smart Sprinkler Controller is like a thermostat of the

sprinkler system, which informs you when it’s the best

time to water and how much to water. You can also use

local weather and landscape conditions to make an

organized watering schedule. Smart Sprinkler Controller

can be programmed to maintain your watering schedule.

It also has the flexibility to adapt for any temperature or

seasonal change.  It uses less water and makes your

landscape look attractive, beautiful and most importantly, it can save you money.


​                                                                                                                  Adjust or Upgrade Your Spray Heads

​                                                                                                                  You may also need to upgrade or adjust your spray heads                                                                                                                   to consume less water and having a certain spray angle                                                                                                                       where water can be consumed to lawn and plants in an                                                                                                                       efficient manner. With some simple adjustments or newer                                                                                                                   heads, you can be certain to spray the correct amount of                                                                                                                     water and also avoid spraying water on sidewalks,                                                                                                                                 driveways, or other neighbor’s lawns. Have a professional                                                                                                                     analyze your sprinkler system during the                                                                                                                                                   winterizing process or in the spring when you turn it back                                                                                                                     on.  They can look at the spray heads for the best                                                                                                                                   efficiency, your system’s age, and intelligence.  


Savings Potential With Just a Few Changes

















Best Worry Free Option
In short, a professional can carry out the winterizing and/or upgrading process thoroughly to avoid any mishap and it just might just save you significant money in the long run.
 
We hope you take these ideas into consideration. Note: The Green Team Landscaping & Masonry Team does not provide irrigation services.  If you would like a recommendation for a reliable and affordable Irrigation Professional that can help or if you have any questions, feel free to call me.  Matt @ (973) 524-3095. Hope that helps!


Further Reading  ​

1. General Information and Methods:  http://mostfeed.com/blog/article/25076/winterize-your-in-ground-sprinkler-system#.WD_HJ_krKUk

2. The Real DIY'ers can read more here:  http://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com/Winterizing-Your-Irrigation-System-DIY-s/7347.htm


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