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Winterizing Pumps & Spray Tips

winterizing pumps

By following a few tips, you can avoid extra time repairing your spraying equipment at the beginning of the spraying season.

1. Prevent Freeze Damage by Draining your System

One of the easiest problems to avoid is freeze damage. Simply drain your system –tank, hoses, pump, strainers, etc. Be sure that you loosen check valve diaphragms to ensure more complete drainage. This simple task will protect your equipment from damage caused by freezing.

2. Flush Pump After Use

One of the most common causes for faulty pump performance is "gumming" or corrosion inside the pump. This can be avoided by flushing the pump with a solution that will chemically neutralize the liquid that was pumped. Most residues remaining in the pump will dissolve, leaving the inside of the pump clean for the next use. Flushing is also a good practice for the entire system.

3. Use Antifreeze to Prevent Corrosion

After draining your system and cleaning the pump as directed above, flush with a 50% solution of permanent-type automobile antifreeze (Prestone, Zerex, etc.) containing a rust inhibitor. Plug the ports of the pump to keep air during storage. This process will coat and protect your spraying components from corrosion.

4. Don’t forget about the Spray Tips

Even though they are one of the smallest parts on a sprayer, spray tips also need to be winterized. Remove spray tips and tip strainers and rinse in water. Tips made of corrosion-prone (metal) materials can be sprayed with a light weight oil (WD-40 or similar oils). Once dry, store spray tips and strainer in a container to avoid damage from dust and outdoor elements.