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Old 10-18-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Benbrook, TX
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Pretty soon my wife and I will be spending our first winter as homeowners in North Texas.

Do I need to do something to "winterize" my sprinkler system?

I want it to keep watering my pansies but of course don't want to bust any pipes if we get a freeze. I don't know what I'm talking about (came from winterless San Diego). What precautions do you guys take?
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Old 10-18-2008, 03:54 PM
 
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until you have a "hard" freeze you don't have to do anything to it...you might want to just have it cycle less frequently...
if you heard that weather is going to freeze turn it off--don't want them to run and put ice on the sidewalks or edges of the street--bad for plants as well...
commercial locations dont do that lot of times and you get ice on sidewalks after they have run early in morning...
most sprinkler pipes are buried deep enough in this latitude that the pipes themselved won't burst...
and the water is supposed to basically drain back after a station is done so there is not supposed to be water left in lines when they are finished...
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Old 10-18-2008, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Check to see if your sprinkler system has a master valve. If it does, the master valve shuts all water off to the entire system when the sprinklers are off. As a result the system isn't pressurized when it's off and nothing needs to be done to winterize it.
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