As fall descends on us and the temperatures begin their steady march down to freezing, it’s time to plan your sprinkler system winterization. This essential fall lawn service will save you buckets of money by safeguarding your irrigation system from the freezing temperatures to come. Here are a few tips to help you with your sprinkler system winterization.
To help protect your lawn, it’s important to maintain your irrigation system. Your sprinklers are the lifeblood of your lawn, providing your grass with the water it needs when it needs it. They’re also an investment that, if damaged, could cost you a lot of time and money to fix.
Winterizing your sprinkler system will help you avoid costly damage to the pipes and sprinkler heads throughout your lawn. In the winter, when the temperatures dip below freezing, any water left in the sprinkler lines will freeze. As the water freezes, it expands, causing pipes to burst and sprinkler heads to break. Fixing burst pipes and replacing broken sprinkler heads is an expensive and time-consuming chore that can be avoided by winterizing your sprinkler system this fall.
Timing for winterizing your sprinkler system comes down to the weather and it changes year to year. It’s best to aim for the middle to end of fall, making sure you contact your lawn care provider early to reserve your spot. Most people take care of their sprinklers between October 1st and Thanksgiving.
The bottom line is, winterize your sprinklers before the first hard freeze of the year. A hard freeze refers to when the air temperatures drop below 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Here in Yakima, WA, the first hard freeze last year was October 15th. This year’s first hard freeze is expected to be around October 17th, so it’s a good idea to plan your sprinkler winterization around that.
We can’t always account for the weather here in Washington. So, how can you protect your pipes from an early freeze? If the temperatures are expected to drop below 28 degrees Fahrenheit before you’re able to schedule your sprinkler system winterization, don’t panic. All you need to do is locate any exposed pipes and wrap them in old towels, blankets, or sleeping bags. This will protect them from the freezing temperature, giving you time to schedule your winterization service.
Sprinkler system winterization is an essential fall service that you absolutely can’t skip this year. Here at Colonial Lawn & Garden, we’re experts in lawn sprinkler system maintenance. Our fall sprinkler system winterization service will protect your pipes from freezing, saving you time and Make sure to call us at (509) 966-1655 or send us a message so you can schedule your appointment and reserve your spot.