Your sprinkler system plays an important role in keeping your lawn looking its best. While sprinkler systems are generally hardy pieces of equipment, the effects of snow and ice can impact their overall performance. If you live in Burlington County, NJ, it’s smart to look into spring startup services to get your system in top condition after a cold winter. Here’s what you need to know about the effects of snow and ice on your sprinkler system and how you can make sure your system is ready to go as soon as the spring rolls around.
A cold winter can cause the pipes to freeze
As a general rule, the pipes for sprinkler systems are never buried too far below ground level. Since winters in Burlington County, NJ aren’t exactly known for being mild, you’ll likely experience plenty of sub-freezing days during a typical winter. Since the pipes are buried near ground level, you can safely assume that the water within them will freeze and expand. As part of annual spring startup service, your sprinkler professional will examine your pipes and fix any cracks or damage resulting from freezing.
Cold temperatures can damage the sprinkler assembly
Your sprinkler system is equipped with a brass valve assembly as a safety feature. It prevents the backflow of water from entering the supply line and freezing during cold weather. It’s always a good idea to wrap this device in a backflow blanket all year round. If your assembly sustains damage during the winter, water is able to enter, freeze and break it entirely. Your sprinkler technician will check this important component during spring service and repair it if necessary.
Ice and snow can cause sprinkler head damage
In-ground irrigation systems are prone to sprinkler head damage due to snow or ice. A skilled technician can take care of any sprinkler repairs during your spring startup service. There are several things your technician will look for, including the following:
- Broken sprinkler head: If the water is able to get inside the head, it can freeze and expand, completely breaking the head. A full head replacement is required for your system to work properly.
- Ruptured nozzle: The effects of snow and ice can also cause the nozzle on the sprinkler head to rupture. The nozzle is also prone to clogs from landscaping debris that collects during the fall and winter seasons. Your technician will perform a thorough inspection of your nozzles to ensure each one sprays properly during the warmer months.
- Broken supply line: When cold temperatures crack the system’s supply line, you’ll notice that no water comes out when you turn it on. This is no way to start the growing season off right—have your technician replace the line when necessary.
A cold winter in Burlington County, NJ can impact the performance of your sprinkler system. Whether you need sprinkler repairs or a simple system inspection, it’s smart to get it done before the weather starts getting warm. Contact Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. to get your sprinkler system ready for the spring growing season.