It’s hard to think about the cool weather months right now while we are right smack in the middle of summer. Who wants to think about snow, ice and cold temperatures? Definitely not me! But believe it or not, now is the time to start preparing your home and lawn for fall and winter. One such priority is thinking ahead regarding the winterization of your sprinkler system. The temperatures can drop quickly in Denver, so you don’t want to be left out in the cold, as the saying goes but prepared and ready for anything.
Why is Winterizing Your Sprinkler System So Important?
Is it really necessary to winterize your sprinkler system? After all, the daily average temperature in the winter here in Denver is in the 40s, and why not save a few bucks? The truth is, winterizing your irrigation system helps you save money in the long run. And the temperatures do dip below freezing at times, especially at night. When this happens, you run the risk of catastrophic and costly damage. Any water that is left inside your sprinkler lines will freeze and expand. This can cause your underground lines to rupture and your sprinkler heads to crack and break. Fixing these burst pipes and broken sprinkler heads can be a time-consuming and expensive task. Just by winterizing your sprinkler system this fall, you can avoid costly damage and repairs.
It May Be Part of Your Warranty
Your warranty could be voided if you don’t winterize. Depending on who installed your sprinkler system and whether there are details in your contract regarding winterization. Many warranties state that all labor and parts are void if the homeowner fails to arrange for blowout and winterization services.
How Do You Winterize Your Sprinkler System?
While you can perform the tasks of winterization on your own, you want to ensure that it is done correctly, or you again risk costly damage and repairs. The following steps are crucial to ensuring there is no damage, and your system will work again properly next season.
Shut off the Main Water Supply
This might be in your garage or underground. If the main shut-off is outside, make sure it is protected against freezing and well insulated.
Drain Your System
Draining your system involves one of three methods, manual drain, auto drain, or the blowout method. If you are unsure of which method to use, contact a professional such as NationScapes. We winterize, repair, and handle routine maintenance of your irrigation system.
When Is the Best Time to Winterize Your Sprinkler System?
Timing your sprinkler system for winterization depends on Mother Nature. The general rule of thumb is to have the service performed before or during the middle of the fall. The most common time frame for sprinkler winterization is between October 1st and Thanksgiving. You will want to ensure you have it scheduled for before the first hard freeze. A hard freeze is when the air temperature outside drops to 28 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Keep your eye on the weather, and make sure you plan ahead. While this may seem a long way off, at NationScapes and many other companies, we book up fast. Your best bet is to plan and schedule early. Schedule ahead and get in the books before time gets away from you and you are too busy. Then, when fall hits, you will be prepared and ready for what comes next.
When You’re Ready to Winterize Your Sprinkler System, Contact the Pros at Nationscapes
NationScapes knows and understands irrigation systems. It is our specialty. We install, repair, and maintain your sprinkler system so you don’t have to. We offer an annual sprinkler maintenance program to help you with all your system’s needs including winterization. Our maintenance program provides priority scheduling to ensure your system is up and running when you need it without you having to place a call. During the fall, NationScapes will ensure all your pipes, heads, valves, and other irrigation components are dewatered and deactivate your water supply.
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