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BLOW OUTS

WHY MIKE'S BACKFLOW?

Mike's Backflow have done over thousands of sprinkler blow outs in the Treasure Valley. Our service area for sprinkler blow outs is primarily in Meridian, Boise, Garden City, Nampa, Caldwell, Eagle, Star, and Kuna. We service residential and commercial systems as well as large acreage or farm property.

WHEN SHOULD I WINTERIZE?

October 1st thru November 15th (temperature permitting) is the optimal time window to winterize and blow out your lawn sprinkler irrigation system. Mike's Backflow will have already scheduled your planned maintenance visit and will be contacting you to remind you of that day and time window. We guarantee all our work.

SPRINKLER BLOWOUTS

Each year before the first freeze, the ritual of irrigation "blowout" becomes the priority for all irrigation systems in regions where the frost level extends below the depth of installed piping. We offer blowouts for both residential and commercial customers.

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RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLER BLOW OUT RATES

RATES GOOD FROM OCTOBER 1 THROUGH NOVEMBER 9

Appointments made after November 9 will be charged by the hour at our Standard Service Rate of $55.

Up to 6 stations - FREE (Just pay a $45 trip fee, $55 trip fee after November 9)
7 stations - $50
8 stations - $55
9 stations - $60
10 stations - $65
11 stations - $70
12 stations - $75
Above 12 stations - +$5 per station

  • WE SCHEDULE SPRINKLER BLOW OUTS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. BASED ON WHERE YOU ARE LOCATED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • BLOW OUTS PERFORMED AFTER THE FIRST FREEZE ARE NOT GUARANTEED.
  • CALL FOR COMMERCIAL RATES.

WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE YOUR SPRINKLERS BLOWN OUT?

Being located in a region where temperatures can dip below freezing for an extended period of time requires every exterior lawn sprinkler system to be winterized, blown out, and shut down at the end of the season. The process will help to assure that the coming winter and freezing temperatures do not damage your lawn sprinkler system's components and piping. This service needs to be performed by not only a trained lawn sprinkler technician, but it requires the correct use of specialized equipment.

Mike's Backflow are trained in the proper procedures to winterize and blow out any size underground lawn sprinkler, garden, or drip irrigations system. The equipment used is specifically regulated to deliver the precise amount of compressed air (based on manufacturer specifications) that will correctly remove the residual water in all of the systems' main lines, lateral lines, manifold, and solenoid valves. When properly performed, the sprinkler heads, solenoid valves and piping will not be compromised by excess pressure or friction by an improperly regulated air compressor.

If not performed properly, damage can result to the irrigation system and will be evident the following season when the sprinkler system is started up again. That is why it is very important to avoid the seasonally advertised "SPECIAL" for this service. In the end, it will cost you more money to repair the damage done by a "DIY guy" or handyman who is not fully licensed, insured, trained, or equipped.

When winterized correctly, your lawn sprinkler system will be ready to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at it over the winter season. As spring rolls around again and the temperatures begin to increase, you can be assured that the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Mike's Backflow will be on the job and ready to do it all over again.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE MIKE'S BACKFLOW TEAM

  • 1 You will be reminded of this appointment between 24-48 hours before
  • 2 A uniformed Mike's Backflow technician in a trade marked service vehicle will arrive at your home within the time window for your scheduled appointment. They will have the proper equipment and knowledge to perform the correct procedures to shut down and winterize your home's lawn and garden irrigation system.
  • 3 Your lawn sprinker's main water service or well supply will be shut down or disconnected.
  • 4 A specially regulated air compressor will be attached to your irrigation system and the system will be charged with the proper amount of forced air.
  • 5 Mike's technician will work through each individual zone completely forcing out all the residual water in the main lines and lateral lines. A mist or "whistling" will be emitting from the sprinkler heads. This is a sign your irrigation lines have been properly winterized.
  • 6 A tag will be placed on the main shut off valve notifying anyone to "DO NOT TOUCH" - the system has been winterized.
  • 7 Any booster pumps, well lines or filters will be drained and the electrical sources will be shut down or disconnected.
  • 8 Upon completion of this service, your irrigation water supply will be shut down for the season and the control timer will be placed in the "rest" mode.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WINTERIZE A SPRINKLER SYSTEM?

Winterizing an irrigation system is essentially a way to protect yard irrigation systems from damage during the freezing months of winter. What some people may not know is that if you do not prepare your sprinklers, valves and pipes for the onslaught of freezing weather, you will end up with a damaged sprinkler system when spring arrives. This would mean huge costs in repairs or even the replacement of your entire irrigation system.

When a yard sprinkler system is winterized, what happens is all water from all your sprinkler heads, pipes and sprinkler valves is removed. This is done so that when freezing temperatures happen, the water remaining in these sprinkler parts do not freeze up and damage them. Since water expands when ice is formed, the tendency is for your pipes and other sprinkler parts to crack from this expansion. Winterizing prevents such damage from happening.

Draining your system using the blow out method is not as easy as it may sound. Since you will need to use pressurized air to remove all of the water from your irrigation system. There are also rules that need to be followed when this method is used to clear sprinkler system pipes and heads of water for winterization. This is why you should entrust this task to professionals at Mike's Backflow.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

  • PHONE

    (208) 713-9951

  • EMAIL

    mike@mikesbackflow.org

  • ADDRESS

    P.O. Box 1677
    Meridian, ID 83680

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY BY APPOINTMENT

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