Is Your Home Ready For Winter?
With winter fast approaching and temperatures dropping it is time to start thinking about winterizing your home. In this article we will cover what areas/items you need to prepare for winter as well as how to do it. These small tasks may seem minute, but can save you a lot of time and money in the life of your home.
If you live in a state like Colorado where things can get cold quickly, be sure to pay attention to free warnings for your area. If you get the notification on your phone, it is probably time to winterize your sprinkler system.
Call in a professional
Calling a professional to prepare your sprinklers for the winter months is going to save you time and energy, but will cost you money. The average cost is about $50-$70 in Denver for active sprinkler systems. That being said, you can be sure that the winterizing is done correctly. There are many companies that offer sprinkler services in the Denver Metro Area. Below is a list of reputable that may service your area:
DIY Sprinkler Winterizing
If you want to save some money, you can winterize your sprinkler system yourself. There are a couple ways to do this, but the most common is blowing out your sprinklers. To do this you will need the following items:
- 10 cfm Air compressor (you can rent this from your local home improvement shop)
- Air Hose
- Quick connect hose adapter
Once you have all of your materials you can start the process by shutting off the main water supply to the sprinklers. This ensures that no more water will get into the system. After you shut off the valve, it is time to connect your compressor. In order to do this in you need to first set your air compressor to either 80 psi for rigid pipelines or 50 psi black, flexible polyethylene pipe. Now you can connect it to the compressor to the blow out port (see photo below)
You need to be sure that the valves on the back flow preventor (in the picture above it is the black knob at the top of the pipes) are closed. Once the air compressor is connected you can turn it on. The sprinkler heads will pop up and release any water that was left in the pipes. When there is no more water coming out of the sprinklers, turn off the air compressor immediately. And that’s it! Blowing out your system is a quick and effective way to make sure your underground pipes do not crack and break during the winter months.
If you are unable to get your hands on an air compressor another option is to manually drain your sprinkler system. This can be accomplished by doing the following steps:
- Turn off the main water supply to the sprinklers
- Locate the manual drain valves and open them
- These valves are usually located at the end points or low points of your sprinkler system
- Once the drain valves are done, release any water between the shut-off valve and backflow device
- Pull sprinkler heads out to drain water from them
- Once all water is drained completely, close the manual drain valves
This method is much more work intensive. If you have questions, be sure to call a professional to ensure you are doing the draining correctly.
Other ideas to winterize your home
There are many other ways you can get the interior of your home ready for the cold months. Here is a list of simple things you can do in minutes:
- Put up heavier drapes over windows
- Invest in under door draft stoppers for any doors that are in contact with the outside
- Here are some options
- Close off your fireplace flue to keep cold drafts out
- Add insulation to your home or replace as needed
- Re-caulk/caulk your windows
- Change the filters in your furnace
- Invest in a programmable thermostat that keeps your home at exactly the temperature you want
- Cover your grill and disconnect your propane tank
- For other ideas, check out this website
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Here’s a great video that the city of Broomfield’s Parks and Recreations department put together that explains how winterizing a sprinkler system is done.