Winterizing your Sprinkler System: DIY or Hire a Pro?
We love DIY! A lot of our blog posts focus on teaching you how to do it yourself to save money, but sometimes it’s worth it to hire a professional for a job. Winterizing your sprinkler system is one of those jobs. If you google the task, you’ll find plenty of articles that encourage you to do the winterization of your irrigation system yourself, but here’s the thing: a sprinkler system is complex, and those articles will not prepare you for if something goes wrong. Here are five reasons why you should hire a pro to winterize your system:
Required tools: Do you have an air compressor that blows 50 cubic feet of air per minute? Most likely not. That means you would have to rent an industrial air compressor that costs more than just hiring a company to winterize your system. Purchasing one isn’t really cost effective either, not to mention having to store it year after year.
Running Diagnostics: One step that goes into preparing your sprinkler system for winter is checking for plumbing problems, broken heads or rotors. The person you hire has the knowledge required and will be able to diagnose any issues that could occur and fix it for you before it becomes a disaster. You can then decide to fix or replace pieces then, or wait until next season. Hiring a company to winterize your system means that you don’t have to think through or worry about missing a warning sign of a much bigger problem.
Proper storage: Some pieces of your sprinkler system may have to be removed and stored for winter, such as some backflow preventers. These pieces vary from state to state, so it takes a pro to know which one you have, and the proper way to store everything. Even the controller for your sprinkler system needs to be stored correctly without the battery. The last thing you want is for spring to come, turn on your system to water the grass and end up with water in your basement because the backflow wasn’t properly stored.
Peace of Mind: Burst Pipes will cause a lot of permanent damage to your lawn, not to mention your home. Having a professional come and service your system gives you the peace of mind that it was done correctly. Hiring the company that installed your system is ideal as they’ll know the system that was installed, and have on file all the moving parts that went into your sprinkler system as well as the proper way to store them.
Doing it yourself can be empowering, educational and fun, but there are just some jobs that are best left to the professionals. Electrical work, plumbing, and winterizing your sprinkler system are good examples of jobs to hire out. We want your autumn clean-up to be easy and hassle-free and hiring a professional to winterize your system will give you peace of mind and more time to enjoy the season.