U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Charlotte
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 01-07-2015, 02:08 PM
 
367 posts, read 561,114 times
Reputation: 309

Advertisements

I just heard on WBT that it's very important to winterize your backflow preventer and to flush out any trapped water in the irrigation and BFP.

My house is a year old and the BFP has an insulated cover. I turned off the irrigation system back in November, but the BFP is a little over my head. I've watched a few videos on YouTube, but I'm not very confident.

Do any of you, who have irrigation, do this yourself?

How hard is it?

Here's a pic of what I have:
Attached Thumbnails
Winterizing irrigation... advice needed-2015-01-07_16-11-23.png  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-07-2015, 04:59 PM
 
249 posts, read 370,787 times
Reputation: 176
I have not tried to do it myself but I found out the hard way. A few years back when we had a hard freeze I had a irrigation pipe burst. I highly recommend spending the money getting it done asap
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-08-2015, 05:06 AM
 
Location: West Rowan , NC
67 posts, read 53,718 times
Reputation: 132
Just turning off the system is not enough. Here are instructions I received from my irrigation company for winterization. Really easy.

1. Close Valve on Irrigation Meter at the street.
2. Open Cover at Backflow Preventer
3. With a screw driver, turn the small screw on the 4 test ports, 90 degree’s. This will open the valves and water will come out. (leave them open)
4. Turn the 2 Ball valves on each side of the backflow to the closed position, then to open and repeat several times, this allows the water to escape behind the ball valves.
5. Turn the 2 ball valve to a 45 degree angle, in between open and closed.
6. Go to the controller and open the lowest zone in your yard and let run for 2 hours. Water may or may not weep out.
7. Finally, turn off the controller to the off position


Also, you can duct-tape insulation around the BFP.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-08-2015, 06:20 AM
 
Location: livin' the good life
2,148 posts, read 3,669,888 times
Reputation: 1239
another thread on winterizing or irrigation system fyi
Winterizing Lawn Sprinklers
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-08-2015, 02:11 PM
 
367 posts, read 561,114 times
Reputation: 309
Thanks folks- esp Grey_Mama!

Last night I ended up buying one of those heated electrical cables and wrapped it around the backflow preventer... I also cut the BFP off.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:



Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Charlotte
Similar Threads
View detailed profiles of:
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top