As winter nears, expert gives sprinkler winterization advice

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) With Reno’s climate, early November is the ideal time of year to winterize your sprinkler system.

Cesar Marin of Signature Landscapes showed us the process, which as he says, if not done right, can be quite costly.

“Best case scenario it’s just a $300 to $400 repair” Marin says. “Worst case is that you are looking at $2,000 to $3,000 to have your entire system re-done.”

As Marin showed us, the first thing you do is to shut off the isolation valve, which isolates the irrigation system from the main water supply. You then move to the other side and open the drain.

Next, turn the screws as he calls “bleeders” to let the water in the pipes flow out.

Then there is the area where he says the most mistakes are made. The knobs should be at a 45-degree angle for the winter.

“What they do that is see, their back wall preventer has 2 valves. They don’t realize that all the water is still there and fully pressurized.”

For more information on sprinkler winterization from Signature Landscapes, click here