There’s no question that winter can be rough on your sprinkler system. The cold temperatures, short days and harsh winds can be rough and cause serious issues. In some cases, the severe conditions are so extreme that you may find yourself having to spend thousands of dollars on repairs or even replacement parts to return your sprinkler system to proper, working order.
Unfortunately, in many times it’s too late by the time people realize that their sprinkler system has been affected. The damage may go on unnoticed until you try to turn the sprinkler on next season. If there’s a breakdown, it can leave your flowers, shrubbery, trees and lawn in a compromised state until the professionals can come out to make the needed repairs.
The first step to follow to help keep your sprinkler system functioning and safe during the winter months is to know the possible effects of snow and ice.
Damaged Pipes Due to Frozen Water
The majority of sprinkler systems are only buried a few inches in the ground. Due to the shallow depth of your pipes, it makes them very susceptible to freezing during colder temperatures. As the water inside the pipes starts to expand due to freezing temperatures, the possibility of serious damage grows.
Remember, sprinkler pipes are much narrower than other water pipes. As a result, they are unable to take all the swelling from the frozen water. Eventually, they will crack due to all the pressure. If this happens, you will have to replace the entire length of pipe to fix the issue.
Damaged Sprinkler Assembly
The primary water supply is always protected by a safety feature that is called the brass valve assembly. If you fail to turn the water off, it can cause irreparable damage to this crucial component. The water that lingers in your sprinkler pipes will put the assembly at risk of freezing and expanding. If this happens, you will have to pay the high cost of replacing the entire assembly.
Cracked Sprinkler Heads
If you have ever crushed your sprinkler heads with your car or lawn mower, you know how fragile they are. Believe it or not, falling ice and snow may have the same effect. Snow or water inside your sprinkler head can cause it to break as the liquid freezes and expands inside. The spraying field may be compromised if the nozzle ruptures the next time you turn the system on. If that isn’t enough, the supply line may crack because of the high temperature fluctuations.
To prevent these issues, you need to shut off the water, turn off the controller and remove all the liquid from the pipes before winter begins. These are all essential steps to ensure your sprinkler system is protected. If you need more help, or repairs, be sure to contact the professional team at The IDL Company.