In Kansas City, there’s pretty much a guarantee that snow and ice are going to be part of your winter. While there’s no question that the “white wonderland” created is magical, if you aren’t careful, it can wreak havoc on your sprinkler system.
One of the best ways to protect the sprinkler system in your yard is by knowing what could happen. Keep reading to find out about the detrimental effects of snow and ice to your system.
Frozen Water in the Pipes
The pipes that take water to your sprinklers aren’t buried very far beneath the ground. If the temperatures reach sub-freezing levels, this shallow depth means the water inside the pipes is going to freeze. When water freezes, it expands. Because the pipes have such a narrow diameter, there’s a good chance they could crack if too much water freezes.
Sprinkler Assembly Damage
The brass valve assembly on your sprinkler system is a safety feature designed to prevent the backflow of water into the main supply line. If water remains in this assembly, the cold temperatures may result in the water freezing and the water expanding, just like it does in the pipes. This can result in the entire assembly cracking. The only solution for this is to replace it, which can be expensive.
Sprinkler Head Damage
Falling snow and ice can result in your sprinkler heads freezing and cracking. This can happen in several ways:
- If snow or water gets to the inside of the sprinkler head, then the cold temperatures outside can result in the water freezing and expanding from inside. This can cause damage to the head or break it completely.
- Another issue is that the nozzle may rupture. This can result in improper spraying when the sprinkler is turned back on in the spring.
- The sprinkler’s supply line may also crack. This can result in no water coming out of the sprinkler when it’s used.
The Importance of Winterizing Your Sprinkler System
As you can see, there are quite a few issues that may arise with your sprinkler system due to snow and ice. The good news is, there is a way to prevent all these problems. Simply call the professionals to winterize your sprinkler system. During this process, they will remove all water from the pipes, supply lines and fixture themselves. This will ensure there is no water left inside the sprinkler to freeze when the temperatures get colder.
It’s not a good idea to put off having your sprinkler system winterized. Freezing temperatures are right around the corner. While there are some DIY tutorials out there, if you have never done this on your own, the best thing you can do is hire the professionals. They will ensure the process is done properly, and that your sprinkler system will be damage free come spring.