Preparing your Omaha home for winter is an essential step to take annually in order to avoid costly repairs. Sprinkler winterization in Omaha is key to making sure you don’t end up with a soggy mess come springtime. What can you do to avoid costly repairs in the spring when temperatures begin to climb? One place to start is your sprinkler system in Omaha, Nebraska.
What happens if you don’t winterize your sprinkler system in Omaha?
While most people like to hold off on calling professionals unless it’s absolutely necessary, the choice for sprinkler winterization in Omaha becomes a lot more tempting when they realize how expensive repair costs would be if their sprinkler system freeze.
The biggest risk you run by not winterizing is your backflow preventer freezing. The problem here is that freezing tends to warp the components, causing permanent leaks.
What is a backflow preventer?
For the uninitiated, a backflow preventer is a handy little component in your pipe system which allows water to go in one direction, but not the other. Irrigation systems are routinely installed with backflow preventers because they constantly circulate, disperse, and soak in water that is used to water your lawn.
Outdoor water is susceptible to all kinds of impurities. It can become tainted with fertilizer, carry dangerous bacteria, or all other manner of icky gunk you wouldn’t want to drink. Because your irrigation system draws from your home’s water supply, these devices prevent your sprinkler water from creeping back into your system and getting into the water you’d drink or shower with.
Frozen Pipes, Heads, And Valves
Your backflow preventer isn’t the only sprinkler component that’s in danger, though it is the most commonly affected. However, there are other parts of your irrigation system which are in danger of freezing.
- Pipes: Extreme frost conditions can cause them to freeze, which, in many cases, causes cracking and fracturing.
- Heads and valves: Your sprinkler heads and valves can also freeze, which cause similar problems that happen with the backflow preventers. Seals can break, causing leaks, and it can also affect the spray behavior from the sprinkler head.
When should I winterize my sprinkler system?
The best time for sprinkler winterization in Omaha is in the fall, before the first freeze hits the area. That said, you can still take steps to get your sprinklers ready for cold temperatures anytime during the colder months.
There are advantages of taking care of your sprinkler system before winter begins. If you wait until after the first freeze, damage could already be done to your sprinkler system’s pipes, valves and seals. Repairing this type of damage can be a big job, involving not only the repairs themselves, but also digging up your yard to access the underground system and then rebuilding your landscaping once the job is complete.
Sprinkler Winterization in Omaha
If it’s financially feasible for you, it is always best to hire an Omaha professional to blow out your sprinkler or irrigation system.
Warning: If you decide to blow out the system on your own, be careful! Remember that most air compressors go up to 120 psi, but 50-60 psi is generally recommended for blowing out the sprinkler system. Pressure above 40 psi can cause damage to your system if done incorrectly.
Also, safety first! If you blow out your own sprinkler system, wear goggles and never stand directly over irrigation pipes, sprinklers, or valves while the air compressor is running.
At Pioneer Underground Lawn Sprinklers in Omaha, we offer comprehensive winterization services. Knowing the cost difference between preventative maintenance and repairs is a compelling argument enough to pursue winterization, but we also offer our guarantee that we put our clients first and commit to the best possible job we can do.
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Contact Pioneer Underground Lawn Sprinklers to schedule a free estimate on a system install or to find out what you can do to make your existing system more efficient. We welcome commercial and residential clients. And remember, whether you need our services now… or later in the season, Your Healthy Lawn is Our Passion and we are only a phone call away! Call 402-934-7900 to schedule your service.