Fancy Sprinkler System

December 17, 2009 at 1:56 am 2 comments

Back in August when Jeff and I moved into our first home, we thought it was pretty cool that our home had a sprinkler system!  There are little sprinklers under ground in the front yard, back yard, tree lawn, and even by the plants in the front yard.  With the control panel we are able to set what day, time, and how long the sprinklers will turn on.  The system can even sense if the ground is already damp from rain and will not turn on then.  The previous owners certainly must have spent a lot of money getting the whole thing installed.


Once it started getting colder out, I knew we would have to drain the sprinkler system, but I had no clue how!  If we didn’t do it, the pipes could freeze and burst and that would be a real mess!  I searched online to try to figure out how to do it but I wasn’t finding anything useful.  Some websites said there are 3 different ways to drain the sprinkler system, depending on what type of system you have.  I decided we would have to hire someone to drain it so it would be done right!

So this Tuesday we had a plumber come out to drain the whole system.  Couldn’t really wait much longer, it probably should have been done by November.  He was here for about an hour and it cost us $120.  The plumber nicely told me that he is able to do the spring maintence on the sprinkler system, which I don’t even remember what all that involves!  At this point the sprinkler system just feels like a waste of money for us.  We have to pay probably about $200 or more per year just to have it up and running not to mention the water cost.  And I have never really been one to care much about yard work, plants, or how the lawn looks.  But on the other hand, we need to do the necessary sprinkler system maintenance.  I doubt we will live in this home forever, so the people who move in after us would probably like to know that the system works as well as be able to use it!  It would really be pointless to have this expensive sprinkler system if we didn’t take care of it.  I think it could be a good selling point when the time comes!  At least for now Jeff and I can rest assured that it has been drained and winterized!


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  • 1. The Handyguys  |  December 17, 2009 at 10:45 am

    It might be worth figuring out what your system will take to winterize and do it yourself.

    As for spring. I don’t think there is much to do except turn on the water, controller, set the timers and make sure the head spray patterns go where you want them to.

    You don’t want to waste water by watering the street or driveway.

    Oh, and belated congrats on your new home.

    Handyguy Brian

  • 2. Kim  |  December 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks Handyguy Brian, you have a lot of great information on your site!


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