Winterizing OKC Sprinkler Systems
Around this time of year, many people in Oklahoma City are starting the process of winterizing swimming pools, but did you it’s just as important to winterize your sprinkler system, too? If you don’t, sprinkler heads and pipes may be damaged, costing you tons of money. To avoid this from happening, Red Valley Landscape & Construction is discussing three methods for winterizing OKC sprinkler systems depending on what type of system you have at your home.
There are three water drainage methods for OKC sprinkler systems: manual, automatic, and blow out. Red Valley Landscape & Construction recommends the manual drain method when valves are located at the end and low points of the irrigation piping. Draining manual systems is simple—just shut off the water supply before opening all of the manual drain valves.
For people who have automatic drain valves, the first step in winterization for OKC sprinkler systems is making sure the valves are activated. To do this, turn off the water supply. This way when the pressure in the piping drops below 10 PSIs, the valves will automatically open, beginning the draining process.
Lastly, there is the blow out method. It’s best to hire someone to do this since it can be dangerous without proper tools, resources and safety gear. The blow out method requires an air compressor with a Cubic Foot per Minute (CFM) rating of 80-100 for mainlines of two inches or less. You can purchase these online or rent them from equipment rental yards if you choose to do so. If you want to hire someone, Red Valley Landscape & Construction offers irrigation & drainage services.
If you choose to do the blow out on your own, shut off the sprinkler system water supply, and with a closed compressor valve, attach the air compressor hose to the fitting. Then, activate the sprinkler system’s highest elevated controller station that is furthest from the compressor.
Next, close the backflow isolation valves. Then slowly open the valve on the compressor, which should gradually bring air into the sprinkler system. The blow out pressure should remain below the maximum operating pressure specification of the lowest pressure rated component and should NEVER exceed 80 PSI.
Beginning from the furthest station from the compressor, slowly working your way to the closest station to the compressor, activate each station. It may take two minutes or so per station, but each should be activated until no water can be seen coming out of the sprinkling heads. There you have it! Now you have all the knowledge you need to winterize your OKC sprinkler systems.
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