Irrigation Winterization

The V formations of bird migrations across the nation are a declaration of the implementation of hydration fixation through irrigation winterization!  (Translation: when the birds fly south, it’s time to get your sprinklers ready for the winter!)

Nobody wants to turn on their irrigation system in the spring to begin watering their greening turf only to find that their sprinkler system is sprinkling where it shouldn’t be!  If not noticed immediately, the damage will not only be to your irrigations system, but to your lawn as well.  It’s important for any irrigation system in a location where the frost level is below the depth of the piping to be winterized in the fall months.  It’s not merely a matter of draining the system because some water will inevitably be left behind and can freeze and expand, cracking PVC pipes.  Even if the more flexible polyethylene pipes are used, as is common in regions where freezing is a potential, they can still rupture with the freezing of any water left in them.  Internal parts can also be damaged if water is not completely removed.

How is your irrigation winterized?  The main goal is to remove all of the water from the system.  We first shut off the main water source and then make sure all of the pumps are working properly.  We then attach an air compressor to blow out any leftover water.  If not done by a professional irrigation technician with the right air compressor or the right pressure, your system could be severely damaged.  By hiring our highly trained irrigation technicians to winterize your irrigation system, you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that when you turn on the sprinkler system in spring, the only surprise will be how smoothly your system runs!

Before you have just any landscape company do the job, ask a few questions.

  1. Is the vendor experienced in complete irrigation system blow outs?
  2. How long have they been doing them?
  3. Are they fully insured?
  4. Are they fully licensed?

It’s important to note that damage that occurred to your system may not be discovered until you turn on your system in the spring.

Your irrigation system is essential for a lush, beautiful landscape.  It’s an expensive piece of equipment that you want it to last for many years, and the best way to do that is with regular, appropriate maintenance which includes preparing it for the cold winter months.  Proper maintenance can add years to the life of your system.

Winterization should be done early in fall.  It’s important to have your irrigation system treated as soon as possible in case Mother Nature decides to show up to the party early!  Call Bluegrass Landscape and Maintenance to schedule your irrigation winterization today!