Benefits of Winterizing Your Sprinkler System
In most parts of the U.S., temperatures can drop rather quickly in the winter months, including here in Bakersfield. Your sprinkler system can suffer in the winter, like any other mechanical plumbing system located outside of your home.
The components inside of your sprinkler system can freeze, even if the temperature isn’t below freezing outside. Also, if you set your sprinkler on a timer, the water inside can freeze if too much time has passed since its last cycle, which will result in the sprinkler head cracking and bursting.
Winterizing your pipes will keep them safe from weather-related destruction and benefit them all year long! Here are some of the benefits of taking extra steps to protect your sprinkler system.
Stops Cracks in Their Tracks
Even if your sprinkler isn’t being used, water can stay in your irrigation pipes long after you’ve used the sprinkler. As the temperature drops for good and winter makes its way in, excess water can freeze and expand. When the water in your sprinkler expands, it will cause your pipes to eventually crack and burst.
Sometimes cracks happen instantly if the temperature is cold enough Other times, as more water builds up as temperatures drop, cracks can form over time. We suggest keeping an eye on your sprinkler and examining it carefully for cracks. When temperatures rise again, the frozen water will melt, and gallons of water a day will be wasted due to leaks.
Avoid Violating Your Warranty
Sprinkler systems usually include a manufacturer warranty, or when one isn’t included, you can sometimes purchase a warranty for your protection. Depending on the manufacturer of your sprinkler system, if you don’t properly drain your sprinkler, your warranty may not cover the damage from freezing.
Some warranties include a recommendation that you drain the water from the sprinkler using air pressure, known as the blowout method. In some cases, manufacturer warranties alert customers to follow these instructions to avoid your warranty being voided if the sprinkler is damaged from expansion.
Adds An Extra Layer of Protection
Just like if you were to winterize your home’s plumbing system by installing insulation to save your pipes from bursting in the winter, the same thing applies to your outdoor sprinkler system. Winterizing your sprinkler can help it last longer because it provides an extra layer of protection against the elements.
Adding an extra layer of protection to your sprinkler system will allow you to use your system in the winter to keep your grass crisp and green. Nothing’s better than a healthy lawn year-round.
Extends the Lifespan of the Sprinkler
Sprinkler systems can be costly, especially when you have to buy a new one sooner than when you’re ready. Shopping for a new sprinkler system can be removed from your list of things to do if you take the right measures to protect it from cold temperatures.
Winterizing your system will also help prevent the pipes from rusting early. Several components in your sprinkler are susceptible to rust like the sprinkler head and valves.
Winterizing Is Easy
We know what you must be thinking, but contrary to what you may think, winterizing your system isn’t too complicated to do. Once you take the steps to learn how to winterize your system, it can be pretty cut and dry. However, if you decide that it’s not a project you want to do yourself, you can always rely on your local plumbing experts to assist you and do it for you.
Keeping Your Sprinkler System Working
Winterizing your sprinkler system may not seem like a big deal to you, but we know how damaging it can be to leave your system out to dry in the winter. Our team at HPS Plumbing Services is here to help you keep all aspects of your home’s plumbing in check all year long! We can repair or winterize your sprinkler, inspect your home’s plumbing, and more.
We want to hear from you! Contact us today at (661) 426-2166 to schedule your appointment and speak with one of our plumbing professionals.