Winter is coming. After all the fall services of aeration and leaf removal, there are only a few left to worry about for homeowners. After crossing off hiring a reliable snow removal company, there is only one more thing to think about. Winterize sprinkler systems. Let’s go over who needs to do this, why, and when they need to be done. We will even cover in the spring how to restart your system.
Not everyone can or knows how to winterize your sprinkler system. It is important to contact a local professional. Irrigation specialists and landscaping companies will be able to winterize sprinkler systems correctly. Who needs to get their system winterized? Any commercial or residential property with a sprinkler system in an area where the ground freezes.
Why & When
Why do you need to winterize your sprinkler system? When the ground freezes it can freeze your pipes located on your property underground. Even though you do not use your sprinklers in the winter, this can damage your system. It can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
What happens when they are winterized is there is a large amount of air pressure pushed through your pipes to clear out any remaining water. This removes anything that can freeze in the system. This should be done before the ground reaches a freezing temperature. Mid to late November is usually best. Sometimes it can be stretched to early December pending the weather. It is always better to do it late than never to winterizer sprinkler systems.
In the spring contact the same company who did the winterizing and they can restart them for you. What that means is they will come out and program the system for you. It will be set to what your lawn needs in the spring and will need to be reprogrammed when the weather gets hot and dry in the summer. They will also make sure all the zones are working and no heads were damaged during snowfall.
Sprinkler systems can transform your lawn. It is important to take care of them. The small act of winterizing sprinkler systems each year can save you thousands of dollars in damage. Get on the schedule to have yours done this year before it is too late. Always consult a professional before starting any landscaping projects.
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