As the weather approaches freezing temperatures, it’s important to make sure that all the water is out of your sprinkler lines to prevent damage and the expense of sprinkler repairs. Winterizing sprinklers is the process of removing all water from your lines and equipment to ensure frozen water in the system doesn’t cause any damage in the winter months. Winterization is an essential part of properly maintaining your lawn sprinklers. Here are a few Winterizing Sprinklers FAQs which will hopefully help answer all your questions.

Winterizing Sprinklers FAQs

You might think that because your sprinkler system is underground it is immune to freezing, but in locations where the ground can freeze for months on end, that isn’t the case. Frost in the soil will go deeper and deeper the longer temperatures stay below freezing.

If water is left in your system when the ground freezes, it will also freeze inside the pipes and expand causing bursts or cracks. A burst may or may not be noticeable, depending on when the frozen water can leak out of the pipe. Small cracks are often not noticed for months or years. A crack can waste a lot of water, and eventually the crack can grow, causing a major underground leak that can be difficult to track down.

The process of freezing and thawing is already hard on your system, but when water isn’t removed each winter that process decreases the life expectancy of each system component. As water cools, it contracts until it reaches 39 degrees. As it reaches 32 degrees, water will expand as it turns to ice adding stress and pressure to any system component it touches. Here some are winterizing sprinklers FAQs.

When’s the best time of year to winterize my sprinkler system?

We recommend getting on our schedule well before any sign of winter.  As soon as your seasonal lawn maintenance comes to close, is a great time to get your sprinklers taken care of as well.

It’s well below freezing and I have not had my sprinklers winterized, can you still help?

Yes, even after the first freeze there’s still much we can do to help your sprinkler system through the winter.

What do you do to winterize sprinkler systems?

Along with shutting off systems water source and draining backflow preventers, we use our commercial grade air compressors to rid each individual station of any water that can cause damage to your sprinkler system over the winter months. Professional sprinkler winterization comes with a guarantee and piece of mind that your sprinkler system will withstand our winter months and be ready to go for spring.

How much does it cost to have my sprinklers winterized?

Residential sprinkler system winterization cost is very similar to our standard service call prices.  There may be options out there for less, but please be aware, these low prices do not offer the professional service a licenced and insured business for the past 20 years can offer.  We will be in business in the spring and are only a phone call away anytime of the year.

Do I need to be home for the winterization?

No you do not need to be home as long as the sprinkler system water source is shut down and drained from the inside. We will take care of the rest and let you know when your system has been winterized.

My neighbor doesn’t professionally winterize their sprinkler system, do you think I need to?

Sprinkler winterization in our region or just part of the maintenance similar to your vehicle.  Years of winterizing a sprinkler system properly is much less than one years repair cost of a freeze damaged sprinkler system.

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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.