Is it too late to winterize your sprinkler system?

Is it too late to winterize your sprinkler system?

The answer is no! Not until we have a deep long freeze.

With it already getting below freezing, the cold has not yet caused too much damage to lawn sprinkler systems. The bad news is, you are running out of time.

The colder it gets the lower the frost goes in the ground and damages more of your sprinkler system. Right now your sprinkler system has not had much damage because only a small part of it is above the ground. Bellow the ground the frost line has not hit the sprinkler system yet in most areas.

How does damage occur? It happens from water freezing and expanding about 10% of its size causing things to split and crack. The majority of sprinkler repair we do in the spring is caused by not having a sprinkler system properly winterized. We can still blow out your water in your sprinkler now. Contact Us

During the Fall season, the cold temperatures start to penetrate the soil and begins to freeze the ground. The cold temperatures have not yet penetrated to the depth that would hurt the majority of your sprinkler system. This depth is known as the frost line. The frost line is the depth in which everything above it freezes. Sprinkler lines are typically between 6 to 12 inches deep, the frost line varies goes much deeper than sprinkler system pipes. To avoid damage, pipes with water in them need to be buried below that line, such as your water line to your home.

 

In Northern Minnesota, the frost line can reach 100 inches and Northern Texas it can reach 20 inches. If the frost line hits your underground pipes in your sprinkler system it could total your sprinkler system, causing lots of damage.

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Once the lines freeze, the water turns into ice and expands, the expansion causes damage.

To avoid the damage you need to winterize your sprinkler system.

We are still winterizing sprinkler systems! Give us a call and save money in the spring.

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