Protecting Irrigation Pipes in the Winter

Protecting Irrigation Pipes in the Winter


Like the plants and trees in your landscape, your pipes and hoses need extra insulation this winter. Here are 4 steps you need to take to
protect your landscape investment. Disconnect and drain garden hoses when
they’re not being used. When temperatures freeze, water won’t ice up in the hose and expand and burst. Wrap exposed pipes to help you avoid costly repairs. Use pipe insulation, burlap, duct tape, or an old towel to protect outdoor pipe. Supplies can be found at local nurseries
or home improvement stores. These items are worth the purchase to help prevent damage to your irrigation system during the Winter. Don’t forget your backflow prevention
device, also called a vacuum breaker. Most Valley models aren’t freeze proof so
they can burst in a cold snap, leaving you with water loss and steep repairs. One quick and cheap preventive measure is to drape a towel lightly over your backflow, or apply an insulating pipe wrap. Take care not to block any openings. Then take a bucket, or other cover that touches the ground, and place it over the entire device. If you want something more attractive, local retailers sell decorative covers like this one. Finally, locate your water shutoff valve and learn how to turn off your water at it’s source. That way, you can cut off leaks and
breaks immediately if they start. Know how to turn off irrigation backflow device as well. It takes just a few hours to winterize your landscape. So don’t wait for a freeze to protect pipes or hoses, or you’ll wind up with a big, expensive mess. For more information to help your landscape whether the cold season, visit SNWA.com and search Winter
Landscape Tips.

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