Winterizing a Sprinkler System in Kansas City

Winterizing a Sprinkler System in Kansas City

Winterizing a Sprinkler System in Kansas City can seem overwhelming because if you mess up the damages that can result if done incorrectly can cost up to 1000’s of dollars. In order to make sure you are correctly winterizing a sprinkler system in Kansas City. Today we are going to discuss 3 major steps of a winterization. Here are the 3 steps that could save you from freezing damage when winterizing a sprinkler in Kansas City:

Step 1: Make sure that the water to the sprinklers is off

When we first arrive to house to winterize the sprinkler system this is the first thing we check. if the water to the sprinkler system is  slightly cracked to the sprinkler system. You will notice that the amount of water coming out of the sprinkler heads during the blowing out process will not stop. If the water is not completely shut off, you could run the risk of slowly filling up the sprinkler lines with water and they could freeze! even after the blow out!

Step 2: Attach an air compressor to the sprinklers main line

This can be done in many ways. One way is through the back flow device. Another way to attach the air compressor is to a part called a blow out T. This part is typically located where the water goes from the house tap into the ground, this is the most common ways of winterizing a sprinkler system in Kansas City.  The final place the can be used to attach an air compressor to the main line is the master valve.

P.S. when handling PVC in colder temperatures its important to remember that PVC is brittle. So do not crack the PVC

Step 3: get the water out of the pipes

After the air compressor is connected to the sprinkler system and the water is off you are now at the most important part of Winterizing a Sprinkler System in Kansas City, getting the water out and replacing it with air. The most effective way to do this is with an air compressor. Another way to do this is through drains that were installed for this reason. Lastly the last way to get the water out of your sprinkler is through King Drains, these are automatic drains that drain the irrigation line automatically when the line becomes pressurized.

(Optional) Step 4: Take off your back flow device

This only applies to backflow devices that are above ground such as RPZs or PVBs. After you have completed the step 3 you can remove you backflow device from the outside of your house and place it in a heated area. This will help prevent tears in the rubber seal that can be caused from colder weather.

How can R&S help!

R&S Lawn and Sprinkler has been in business for the past 20 years. We are different from other sprinkler companies because we do warranty all of our sprinkler winterizations. In order to claim on this warranty though we do require that we start up your sprinkler in the spring. This also can exclude previous problems that were found during the winterization. So call today at (816)532-4999 to get on our winterization list, to put your mid at ease. Remember to sign up early because you dont want to be left to freeze.