In our last article, we discussed about why lawn sprinklers need to be winterized. In this article, we are going to talk about how they are usually winterized.
We are going to discuss how they are generally done as well as how you might do it yourself. At the same time, we are going to keep an eye out on the special things that must be kept in mind while each of them.
It must be kept in mind that the best lawn sprinkler isn’t the one that is only functional and easy to use, but also the one that is easy to take proper care of so that it can be used for a long time period. This makes learning about the technical aspects of caring about your lawn sprinkler important. And of those things that you have to do in order to care for them, winterizing is one of the most important.
Now, as you know, water freezes inside the pipes and so the pipes have to be filled with air before the winter; this process is known as winterizing. For this, what people do is blow out sprinklers with air compressor. This is the simplest way to do it which can be availed for around 50 to 100 dollars even if you don’t have an air compressor.
How to Blow Out Sprinklers with an Air Compressor?
Frankly it is pretty easy to blow out sprinklers of all kinds, from impact through rotatory (click here for the difference between the impact and rotatory sprinklers) up to the oscillating ones (click here for the difference between impact and oscillating sprinklers).
It becomes even easier if it is done by following a few systematic steps. These steps are as follows:
- Firstly, you must turn off the supply of water. This is done by turning off the supply from the source. This is really important to do before you blow out sprinklers with air compressor.
- One the supply has been stopped, it is now important to drain the water that is still remaining in the pipe. If your pipe has a drainage valve within that part, then that’s a great thing. You can use that to perfectly drain all the water in the pipe, making the process almost complete right here.
- Thirdly, you must connect the air compressor to the blow-out port and turn it on. This would make it blow air inside and thereby push the water outside, making the inside completely dry and thus suitable for being left like that for the entire winter.
[You must keep in mind here that you can not even do half of the blow out in one go, you have to do it on a part-by part basis. This will take a while regardless of who does it and this is where you must have some patience. It will take long and look seemingly exhausting (and it is so) but this is really important for your sprinkler’s health.]
Blow Out Sprinklers Yourself
Now several people might suggest that instead of spending 50-100 dollars on this simple process every time, they might do it on their own. And that’s not a problem either. This process is fairly simple and the internet has quite a few training videos available for you.
However, you have to make a single time investment of about 150 dollars in order to buy an air compressor. You might also want to consider hiring the specialist one to see how exactly it is done. After that, the process is the same as earlier. With those simple steps and with a bit of time, you can winterize your own sprinkler!
So… what seems to be the better idea?
Here, you might wonder what the better idea would be. It seems reasonable to try and do it by yourself and save on the costs. It might also appear at the same time that a professional with experience makes it more risk free, making this a good question that we might attempt to answer.
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In this case, we suggest that if you don’t mind to spend a few bucks to get it done safely, use the professional. On the other hand, if you are looking to get it done at almost no cost, you can try and do it for free. But should try to do it yourself, it is still advised that you hire the professional at least one to see how they do it.
A small note on sprinkler cleaning
Well, several people might wonder about how to clean sprinklers at this point. This makes it important that we answer that question before ending this discussion.
Well, a sprinkler isn’t automatically cleaned just because water flows through it. It has to be cleaned properly as well. The Air-Compressor does clean it, but you might want to clean it properly to prevent it from getting damaged as well as to make it last long.
To get the most out of your investments, it is really important that you take care of your investments properly. Both winterizing and cleaning your sprinkler are actually part of taking proper care of your investments. Garden Sprinklers are actually a fascinating investment to make your garden more beautiful as well as to get tenfold the functionality of manual gardening with comparative ease.
Finally, it can be concluded by saying that what you finally do depends on you but you must do your research before you take a decision so that you can get the most out of your investment.