Step by step, how to winterize irrigation systems.

As we have seen in the Gopher Lawn Care Busines Forum, there is quite a bit of money to be made when you offer your clients irrigation system winterization services. But it seems a lot of lawn care business owner just don’t offer it because they don’t know how to do it. Well thank to some of our members, here is a real quick and easy explanation on how to blow out an irrigation system.

The question initially popped up when a member asked “Where do you start from to blow out an irrigation system? What is the step by step procedure?”

Winterize irrigation systems

Winterize irrigation systems

Another member replied “here is how to simply perform this procedure.

  1. Turn off water to the sprinkler system.
  2. Hook air supply to back flow.
  3. Start your air compressor set the regulator to 90 psi (30) for drip.
  4. Go to clock timer go to zone 1 manual enter.
  5. The valve will open up and water will flow out.
  6. When air comes out repeat on other zones.
  7. If there is a drain in valve box open it and leave it open.
  8. If there is a drain after the shut off valve open it and leave it.
  9. Shut off compressor roll up hoses.
  10. Collect money.

Note :

  • Small electric compressors don’t work for this kind of job. They don’t have the ability to produce enough volume. The water will just run under the air flow and it won’t come out all the way.
  • Line up as many customers as you can and rent a tow behind air compressor. With only 2 blows, it will pay for itself.
  • I rent mine for a month for $750.00 and it pays for itself in a week.
  • I charge $60 dollars for 4 zones and then it’s $5.00 per zone after that.

At the begining of the season I’ll ask if the customer needs there irrigation “winterized” at the signing of the lawn care contract.

All of my marketing is done through word of mouth. My customers are all known by first name and come and chat nearly every time I’m around. Chances are I’ll ask how they like things. They usually speak up and say if there is anything else to do. That’s when I’ll ask of any thing that I think needs to be done to the yard.”

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