The cold temperatures in winter leave your sprinkler system vulnerable. Winterizing sprinklers in Burlington County, NJ involves flushing out any water currently in your system so it doesn’t freeze when the temperatures drop. Once done, we shut off the water so there is no risk of sprinklers filling up with water before next spring. Failing to take these steps may lead to unfortunate problems later. Here are four reasons to address winterizing now:
- Avoid frozen lines: This is the biggest threat to unwinterized sprinkler systems. During deep freezes, you likely avoid pipes freezing at home by keeping water moving at a slow drip and opening up cabinets under the sinks so heat reaches the pipes. This same luxury does not exist with your sprinkler system. All of the plumbing is underground, where water remaining in your lines can freeze and rupture your sprinkler system. If you do not detect the blown pipes in winter, you will discover it in spring when your sprinklers do not work or your yard instantly floods, rather than receives only the needed water. So, unless you want to risk expense and more work next spring, address your sprinklers now.
- Maintain expensive components: It’s not just your pipes that can be damaged with freezing temperatures. Sprinkler systems today have many fragile components that help with water flow and timing. The valves and your backflow preventer can sustain damage when pipes freeze and require replacement when spring and your watering needs return. You will pay more to repair these parts than you would to hire us to thoroughly flush water out of your system in the first place. Even if we have a warm winter this year, keep in mind that it only takes one deep freeze to destroy your system. It’s not worth the risk.
- Keep your warranty: If your sprinkler system is still under warranty, winterizing on time each year is likely one of the conditions for keeping it. Customers who fail to keep to maintenance schedules often lose that warranty because it’s assumed the neglect caused the damage, not defects in parts or installation. If you install a sprinkler system that has a service guarantee or warranty, assume winterizing is part of that agreement. Since winterizing guarantees better functioning anyway, there’s no reason to skip it.
- Easier yard maintenance: When it’s time to activate your sprinkler system in spring, chances are, your yard is thirsty. If you want your lawn to turn green and your garden to flourish, you need your irrigation system. The only option is to manually set up the sprinklers yourself, turn on the water and hope you remember to turn it off before you flood your yard. That can become your permanent routine if you damage your sprinklers badly enough that you cannot afford the repairs.
Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. offers sprinkler system services throughout Burlington County, NJ. Do not skip winterizing sprinklers! Call us today to schedule a free estimate and rest assured that your sprinkler system will be there for you next spring.