Orlando sprinkler installers help keep lawns properly watered and looking their best all summer long. However, we recommend you winterize your sprinklers at the end of the watering season to prevent water from freezing in the pipes and causing damage.
If you're wondering when to do this, our professionals can help you and explain the potential outcomes of prompt winterization versus not winterizing. This way, you can make an informed decision. Here's what you should know about winterizing.
When to Winterize
When temperatures begin falling, we recommend you consider winterizing your system. Your lines should be blown out or drained with an air compressor before the first hard freeze, which happens when the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Beware that some of the most important components of your sprinkler could sustain damage if they still have water in them when temperatures drop below the freezing point. Be sure to keep an eye on weather reports on the television or in the newspaper for when to expect the year’s first freeze.
Ideally, you should winterize your system at least one week before the initial freeze takes place. During this time, your grass will survive the absence of regular watering because all plants will be preparing for the winter season as well.
If you don't blow out the pipes before the season's first freeze the water inside will probably freeze. With no room for expansion of the freezing water, the pipes could burst or crack in huge sections. Frozen pipes are one of the most difficult and expensive repairs to make because of their placement underground.
The key to preventing this kind of damage is draining as much water as possible before the lines freeze. In the event that your pipes freeze, you can count on Orlando sprinkler system repair to restore the functionality of your sprinklers.
Benefits of Winterizing Your System
Avoid Possible Damage
Freezing temperatures can seriously damage your system because when water freezes, it expands. For instance, 11 ft3 of water will become 12ft3 of ice. This hydro-expansion can cause sprinklers, fittings, valves, and other components of your sprinkler to break and burst.
Draining the system of water is the only way to ensure that it will still be in functioning order comes the arrival of spring.
Keep Your Warranty Intact
While some people depend on the force of gravity to pull excess water from the valves, pipes, and other components, we strongly recommend you blow out your sprinkler instead. In fact, numerous sprinkler services void their parts and labor warranties if a system breaks due to negligence on the part of the homeowner when it comes to winterization.
Although hiring someone to come and winterize your sprinkler system will cost you some money, overall, the expense of winterizing is nothing compared to having to replace the entire system because of damage caused by freezing.
Why You Need Our Professional Services
Your air compressor simply isn't powerful enough to blow out your sprinkler system and can cause more damage than good.
At Ground Source, we use state-of-the-art equipment to complete the job correctly. The blend of low pressure and high volume from the appropriate compressor decreases the risk of damage during the winterization process, giving you peace of mind that your system will be in good condition throughout the winter and when spring arrives.
Proper Certification and Education
When it comes to blowing out a sprinkler system, we don’t advice our customers to rely on their DIY skills. Our professionals know when to shut off specific valves, regulate the air compressor, and where the activation of every zone and station should occur to ensure the task occurs safely and correctly.
We Will Prep Your Sprinkler for Spring
When we come to service your system, we won't just winterize it. We'll also review it, and look for heads that don't function properly or those that have low positioning. Correcting these errors is crucial to a smooth transition into spring.
You might think that hiring our professionals to winterize your system will be more expensive but taking the DIY route could set you back thousands or hundreds of dollars if you do it wrong. If you decide to winterize your system without professional assistance, you're at risk of making an error that could ultimately cost you more than hiring a professional to accomplish the task.
Winterizing your system takes away some of your valuable time if you do it yourself and you could use that time for other things, like enjoying the fall weather before the temperature drops or doing other yard maintenance that needs to be completed before winter. Thankfully, you can count on our professionals to handle the task correctly and quickly, giving you more time for other winter preparations.
Sprinklers are an effective and easy way to provide your lawn the water it needs to grow. However, it's easy to forget about them since they're automated. Unlike the pipes that run throughout your home, sprinkler systems must undergo winterization by conducting a yearly blowout to prevent damage.