It’s that time again, when the cold weather is making its way to most areas of the country and even the globe. This year, some places that normally experience relatively mild temperatures or warmer weather are also feeling the brunt of the winter air. If you’re in one of these locations and you have a misting system installed in your outdoor space, it’s time to think about putting it away for the season. Here are a few helpful tips for winterizing your misting system so it’ll still be in tip-top shape when it comes time to use it again.
Unplug unit. The first step in preparing your misting system for winter is unplugging it from any power source (if applicable). Store the cord safely by either removing it completely whenever possible, or tying it up tightly using wire ties.
Turn off the water supply. You’ve probably already done this, but if not, make sure the water source going to your misting system is turned off. You don’t want any unexpected surprises when you go to disassemble everything.
Remove garden hose and store. This tip technically applies to your home more than your misting system, but it’s still a step that should be included in your winterization process so it’s worth mentioning. Be sure to remove your garden hose completely from both the unit and the water supply spigot. Drain it properly and store it away for the season.
Disconnect and drain all hoses. The hoses that are connected to your mister could still contain water, which must be fully drained prior to storage. Otherwise, mold could form within while the hoses are stored away for the season. There’s also a greater possibility that deterioration could occur if the hoses are not properly drained.
Remove and dry misting nozzles. The same theory as the hoses holds true for the nozzles that spray the mist from your system. Carefully remove them and dry any moisture prior to putting them away.
Store parts in a heated environment. Most of the smaller parts of your misting system, like the hoses and nozzles, should not be stored where they might end up freezing. Place them into a sturdy box or container and store them in a place that will be sufficiently warm throughout the colder months, such as a closet inside your home.
Note: You should never use antifreeze to winterize your misting system! It may seem logical to use this product, since it’s also used to prepare other pipes and hoses for winter, but remember that antifreeze – particularly the one used for vehicles – is highly toxic. You don’t want to be spraying a poisonous substance on your family or your guests next summer when you’re using the unit again.
These are just some basic suggestions for protecting your misting system against the cooler weather that is to come. The best way to keep your unit safe and working properly is to speak with one of our representatives. He or she can walk you through the steps that are specific to your particular product for best results. Give us a call today at 800-504-6478. And as always….stay warm, my friends!