As winter weather sets in, our thoughts turn to warmth indoors. But first, you need to consider intentionally protecting the assets around your home. Although the climate in the upstate of South Carolina is not the frozen tundra of the far north, we still experience multiple deep freezes each winter season. If you have not prepared your system for winter, you may experience significant damage or loss when spring comes around and you re-energize your sprinkler system.
WINTERIZING YOUR PRESENT SYSTEM
If you have an irrigation system it would be wise to winterize your system. This is easily done by first turning your irrigation timer off. Turn the dial on your timer (which is usually in your garage) to the “Off” orinactive position.
Next, turn off the water supply at the meter – if you have a separate meter for irrigation. If there is not a separate meter (a common situation in our area), the system needs to be turned off at the “back-flow preventer” – the device which is usually located near the water meter. Some systems have a separate control valve. If you need help locating the cut-off valve, or want to be certain to cut off the system correctly: Eastside Lawn and Irrigation would be able and glad to assist.
SERVICING YOUR PRESENT SYSTEM
Winter also is an excellent time to service an irrigation system. Scheduling appointments for any irrigation service during the regular “busy” season (spring and summer) may be challenging because of the heavy need for landscaping service. During those seasons there is usually a greater demand for professional help, but a limited supply of irrigation specialists. Service providers can often be several weeks out on scheduling during the busy time. However, appointments can often be scheduled within one week or at the most two weeks during the winter season. Eastside Lawn and Irrigation would like to provide consultation, estimates, and timely service.
Winter is also an excellent time for scheduling an inspection of your irrigation system. A yearly sprinkler check is advisable, and scheduling in the winter or early spring is an ideal time.
Contact us today to plan a good inspection and winterization of your system, so it will be up and running smoothly when your lawn is ready for spring!