As much as you may not want to admit it winter is just around the corner, at least here in Colorado. For some of you winter may have already arrived but it shouldn't be too late to take care of these items before we have freezing temperatures for many days in a row.
All of these items are well within the skill level of most homeowners, although winterizing your irrigation system may be better left to a professional if you are not familiar with your system or have any concerns.
1. Be sure your sprinkler and irrigation systems have been winterized. It’s not difficult to shut down your system for the winter by yourself but if you want to include some added protection from preventing damage due to freezing you may want to hire a professional to inspect it, shut it down and blow all of the water out of the system. Click on the picture to the right for a graphic description of the steps required to shut down a typical sprinkler system.
2. Disconnect all hoses from exterior faucets, also know as hose bibs. Even hose bibs that are designated as frost free can still freeze and burst if a hose is left connected to the faucet and the water was not drained out of the hose. You may want to even consider installing insulation and/or protection, too.
5. Check all gutters and downspouts to be sure water will be directed away from walkways and driveways to reduce the chance for icy patches that can cause falls and injuries.