The official first day of autumn was on September 22nd, which means the cold winter months are just around the corner. This also means it is time to begin thinking about scheduling your fall blowout.
If you haven’t thought about providing a bit of TLC to your sprinkler system, now is the time to do so. Failure to winterize the system now, may result in serious damage this winter. The professionals understand how important it is to schedule your fall blowout and winterization, but if you aren’t sure about why this is necessary, you can learn more here.
The Importance of Prepping Your Sprinkler System for Winter
There are far too many people who believe they can just turn the water off and their system will be fine. Unfortunately, this is not the case. If you do this, there is still going to be water sitting in the sprinkler system. When freezing temperatures arrive, the water may freeze and expand. If this happens, the expansion will be too much for your system to handle. It can result in valves, fittings, pipes and other components cracking open or bursting. When spring time rolls around again, this may cost you quite a bit of money to repair and replace.
The Fall Blowout
The aforementioned situation is one that people in the landscaping business see all too often. The good news is, there is an effective and easy way to prevent any problems – schedule a fall blowout. During this process, the professionals will drain all of the remaining water out of your sprinkler system and ensure there is none left behind in your pipes. An air compressor is typically used for the blow out, which prevents any potential freezing that may occur.
The professionals will select the part of your lawn that is furthest away from your home, and work towards the structure. Your sprinklers will be turned on for two or three minutes, which allows the water to drain properly. After the water has switched from mist to just air coming out, then they will move on to the next one.
Once the system has been completely blown out, the controller or timer will be turned off. This will ensure the system doesn’t come on during the winter months, but you also won’t have to worry about losing your programming.
Additional Preventative Steps to Avoid Winter Sprinkler System Damage
If you don’t currently have a rain or freeze sensor installed on your sprinkler system, then you may want to consider having one put in. This offers a great way to monitor the outside air temperature and the amount of rain that has fallen. Also, if the temperature falls below freezing before the fall blowout, the sensor will keep the system from coming on and causing damage.
If you need to schedule your fall blowout, contact our team at The IDL Company today. We will help ensure your sprinkler system is ready for the winter months.