Hey folks, the other day I saw Rachio’s fine article about how to winterize your sprinkler system and it occurred to me: in my 20+ years of owning a home in Texas, I never even knew this was a thing. I’ve always just manually shut off the system at the beginning of winter then turn it back on in the spring. Never even thought about blowing out the pipes. This brings up 2 questions:
- To anyone here in Texas (Dallas area): do you recommend doing this? I know we get occasional freezes, but we certainly don’t go for weeks or months with frozen ground, so I’m skeptical this is really necessary here. That said, I know I’ve had to replace pipes over the years. I’ve assumed that was due Texas’ shifting soils and the tree roots I’ve got going through my yard. I know it’s just speculation, but interested in what other folks do in the area.
- For those who don’t worry about blowing out your pipes: do you actually turn off/put in stand-by the Rachio? Or do you just leave it alone year-round and let its smarts do their thing?