Brrrr…… Good Morning Y’all! There is a tiny ity bity slightly chilly feel in the air today, and I’m Loving It! Even the slightest hint of cooler weather makes me want to put on my big camo shirt, dark green scarf, tight jeans, chacos, & a knitted beanie… curl up with a big ol’ cup of joe and enjoy a relaxing fire with good company! Mmmmm…. Yummy sounds so good!
Until then I’ll be wrapping my exposed pipes up so I don’t have to worry about them when I am chillin’ by the fire… hehe. Basically, you only need a few things to get this job done.
- Pipe Insulation
- Black Electrical Tape
That’s it! Super simple & Easy to do! I usually pick up insulation from Mardis Hardware or Alamo Lumber here in Bay City, they’ll also have plenty of the black tape as well.
So we’ll start off by walking around the house taking note of how many pipes from the sprinkler system we have exposed above the ground that need to be wrapped.
I always recommend taking a couple helpers along… do your best to keep them from distracting you… haha!
I just love his cute little tongue! hehe… 😛
If you have pipes that were wrapped years ago but the insulation is barely hangin on, go ahead and rewrap them this year! It will save you a lot of headache and heartache later when you’ve got a cracked pipe, in the debt of winter, that is putting you into debt trying to get it fixed! haha. Well it might not be that expensive, but it’s a lot easier to work with water sooner than later, I know that much from experience.
Now that we know how much work we’ve got on our hands let’s get started! Take your insulation and hold it up to the pipe to measure about where you will cut it. Hold your hand in place to mark your measure, with your free hand take your cutters and slice the insulation all the way through. Place the insulation around the pipe. You’ll want to make sure you cover all “exposed” pipe with insulation, so continue this step until you’ve got enough insulation cut to cover your pipe.
Last step and you’re done, it’s that easy! Take the black tape and start wrapping it around your insulation. I like to wrap in a consistent pattern… doing that along with the pretty black color makes for a nice look. Sometimes winterizing pipes can make them stick out like a sore thumb, so I use this method to minimize the noticeability of my “winter look”.
OH! and you know that pesky little thing you have sticking out of the ground? usually near the side of your house, attached to your sprinkler system?
Ya, That Thing! This thing is called a Backflow. It should be turned on already, meaning the levers should be running parallel with the pipes coming out of it (this is the ON position). Right before that freeze blows through go out and turn the handles to where they intersect the pipes (this is the OFF position). Then go find one of your valves, which are the little things in the circular boxes with green lids placed strategically throughout your yard. Turn one of these on by hand… the remaining water in the mainline of your system should flow out of the heads connected to the valve you just turned on. When the water stops flowing that means you have emptied your mainline, in doing so you have reduced the risk of your Backflow freezing/cracking/breaking/costing you money! YAY!