There’s no question that winter conditions are on their way. Do you know what this means for your lawn – or your sprinkler and irrigation system?
Both your lawn and your sprinkler system can suffer serious damage if you don’t take the proper precautions before freezing temperatures arrive. The good news is, there are a few steps you can take to protect your lawn, garden and your sprinkler system. Keep reading to learn what those steps are.
Ensure Your Garden Soil is Moist Before a Freeze
One of the first things to understand is that freezing temperatures can cause serious damage to grass roots if the soil is completely dry prior to it freezing. As a result, you need to do what you can to ensure your garden and lawn soil is moist before temperatures drop below freezing.
It is a good idea to turn your sprinkler system on during the warmest time of the day when you anticipate freezing conditions. You need to make sure the temperature outside is over 37 degrees when watering the grass. Never run your sprinkler system during a hard freeze as this is going to result in serious damage to the system.
Protecting Your Sprinkler System
If you want to ensure your sprinkler system is not damaged during a hard freeze, then it may be smart to install a rain or freeze sensor. This sensor will ensure your system’s controllers shut off automatically based on the current weather conditions.
For example, these innovative sensors can help your system not run unless the temperatures are above 35 degrees. It will also stop your system from coming on during a hard rain, which will help conserve water and reduce your water bill.
Winterizing Your Sprinkler System
Remember, in Kansas City, freezing temperatures are a given. If you want to make sure that no damage occurs, then having your system winterized is the best option. This will remove all water, ensuring that when freezing temperatures arrive no damage will occur.
However, when you opt to winterize your sprinkler system, you should not use it. As this just allows water to enter back into the pipes. You can still safeguard your lawn, just use a traditional water hose, rather than your sprinkler system.
Call the Professionals for Help
Making sure that your sprinkler system is protected from freezing temperatures doesn’t have to be difficult. However, it is something you need to do before winter arrives. At The IDL Company, we can help with this. We can winterize your sprinkler system and help ensure it does not incur any damage during the colder months of the year.
Your sprinkler system is a huge investment. As a result, you need to make sure it is properly cared for and maintained. Call us today to set up an appointment.