In areas that are prone to freezing or for long periods on inactivity, we recommend winterizing your drip system. Winterizing is the process of removing water from a drip system that would other damaging the tubing and components during freezing weather.
Start by shutting off your water faucet or mainline that supplies water to your drip system. Remove any hose timers, its batteries and store in a dry location. For irrigation valves, removing the internal rubber diaphragm will extend the diaphragms life.
Remove all drip hose end caps and allow the water to drain completely. To “blow out” your drip system, use of an air compressor is recommended as long as the pressure is limited to 30 psi or under. Higher pressures can result in damaging your drip tubing or components. Once the water has been removed, replace the end caps. This will help to keep out any dirt or insects.
In areas of harsh prolonged freezing, we recommend rolling up your drip tubing altogether. Removal of your drip tubing can easily be done by installing Direct-Loc fittings during the initial installation. These fittings make removal and installation of your drip tubing quick and easy.