Winterizing Drip Irrigation Systems in Prescott

Winterizing drip irrigation systems in Prescott winterizing drip irrigation systemsis an easy process that is important to do now as the weather turns from balmy to cold. Winterizing drip irrigation systems that are connected to hose bibs requires immediate action when nighttime temperatures approach freezing due to the potential for damage to the timer and/or hose bib itself.

  1. Disconnect your battery operated timers now since freezing temperatures will break their inner workings.  Store the timers in your garage or home after removing the batteries.
  2. Disconnect your hoses from the hose bibs as soon as possible.  The vacuum formed when still connected inhibits the frost protecting anti-siphon hose bibs from draining.  This increases the possibility of freezing in the hose bib and even in-wall piping.  Store your hoses in your garage to increase longevity and pliability.
  3. Unscrew the end-caps on your irrigation main lines to allow them to drain. If you have figure 8s at the end of your lines, then simply remove the poly tubing  from one of the ends and allow to drain.  
  4. Once fully drained, replace the end cap or return the poly tubing to the original crimped position in the figure 8.  This prevents debris and insects from making their way into the tubing. 

Please remember that your landscape plants DO need water during the winter, though at less frequent intervals.  Plants’ roots continue to grow through the winter.  The roots require supplemental watering in the absence of significant precipitation, whether rain or snow.   You can reattach your irrigation system for periodic manual use during the warmth of the mid-day.  Simply follow the process for draining as outlined above.

Note that a rain or snow event of .25″ or more of actual water content can be considered a watering cycle.   So, install a measuring device to record precipitation amounts.  Melt any snow accumulation in the measuring device to determine the amount of actual precipitation.  Snow varies widely in the amount of moisture contained.  However, a generalization is that 1′ of snow equals 1″ of actual water content.

Please feel free to contact us if you need an at-your-home consultation about Winterizing drip irrigation systems.