November 23, 2016

It’s Time to Winterize Your Irrigation System

I’ve been dragging my feet a bit on an important homeownership task: learning the appropriate time to winterize our recently-installed irrigation system. After all, we’ve only seen one mild frost and temperatures have been extremely comfortable in recent weeks. But a few days ago Joe Marques from Anthony’s Landscaping stopped by to winterize our system, and I was grateful to be home to chat with him about the process and to snap the image above while the system was undergoing winterization.

“When temperatures are consistently under 60 degrees during the daytime and over 30 degrees at night, your lawn becomes dormant and stops growing,” explained Marques. “This when you should winterize your irrigation system.”

To winterize the system, “we turn the water off and use an air compressor to force air through the underground pipes to remove any water,” he explained. “The main plastic pipes installed underground can take a week in the low 30s, but the harder, plastic fittings that connect to the sprinkler heads can break when exposed to low temperatures.”

So, for those of you living in the NYC-metro area, don’t let the recent warm days and the sun fool you — winterize your sprinkler system now to save it from any damage.