Cooler temperatures mean it's time to winterize your pipes

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

It's fall and winter is around the corner. Now's the time to winterize your swamp cooler and sprinkler system.

Kevin Keiefer drains swamp coolers for the winter. He says many things can go wrong.

"Most of those lines go through the crawl space and if it bursts during the spring it could take your ceiling out, ruin your furniture, carpet, it could be a mess," he says.

Here are a few tips to make sure you winterize it right and avoid a mess:
1. Shut off water supply
2. Disconnect overflow
3. Drain cooler
4. Pump water out of pipes
5. Put airtight seal on cooler

Keiefer says if you're not afraid of heights, anyone can winterize their swamp cooler. But if you're hesitant, Keiefer says you should hire a professional.

Sprinklers systems on the other hand are a little trickier. You start by shutting off the water, but a air compressor is necessary to finish the job.

"In doing it yourself you would have to have a compressor and all the cuplings and fittings we have here in order to get it done," says Bill Arcieri, a Home Depot sales associate.

Arcieri says you need just the right amount of air to make sure your pipes are clear. He says it's probably best to just hire a professional.


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