How to Properly Drain Your Denver Sprinkler System

Colorado in Autumn is a magical time and place. Changing leaves on the trees make for a stunning sight. Warm days are not quite yet disappeared, but enjoy them while they last. Crisp early mornings and one-day hints that winter is coming sneak in between the gorgeous sunny days.

For many homeowners, the changing of the leaves signifies the end in sight after a summer-long stint of lawn maintenance and revitalization. Shorter, cooler days and longer nights begin to stunt lawn growth, and it might be time to throw in the towel and prepare your sprinkler system for the Denver winter ahead.

Call a Denver Sprinkler Repair Specialist

Properly winterizing your sprinkler system can require intimate knowledge of the system, itself. That’s what it’s recommended you call a trusted Omni Sprinkler and Landscape professional for any Denver sprinkler repair needs. Not properly winterizing your sprinkler system could result in costly sprinkler repair next Spring.

However, if you’re a DIY-er and simply MUST do it yourself, there are two common methods in use:

Blow Out

While the traditional way to winterize, most homeowners do not own or have access to an air compressor, which is recommended to properly blow out your Denver sprinkler system. If in this category, call a trusted Omni Sprinkler and Landscape Denver sprinkler repair technician to ensure the safety of your sprinkler system from freezing and cracking.

Quick Drain

The unpredictability of Colorado weather can make scheduling a consultation with an Omni Sprinkler repair technician before the first freeze tricky. Far too often, people find themselves sitting in front of the 10 o’clock news only to find out about a freeze warning THAT NIGHT! Clearly, there’s not enough time to completely and properly blow out your sprinkler system – or better yet have a trained Omni sprinkler repair technician do it for you – before the impending freeze.

  1. Locate the sprinkler main shutoff valve and turn this to the ‘Off’ position and open the inlet valve. This can typically be found in a basement or cellar. Be sure to place a bucket under the open valve!
  2. Locate the backflow prevention device, typuically just outside your home near the foundation. Open both petcock valves with a screwdriver.
  3. Open the backflow shut off valve between your backflow prevention device and the line in to your house.
  4. Water will drain from the backflow device to the awaiting bucket under the open inlet drain valve.
  5. Be sure to leave all ball valves at 45 degrees.
  6. YOU’RE DONE! You’ve saved the day.

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