Don't Forget to Winterize Your Automatic Sprinkler System

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RBSprinklerHead.jpgWinter has not fully set in so if you have not had your in-ground sprinkler system winterized, now is the time to do it. The approaching holidays keep everyone busy, but if you wait much longer, it may be too late!

Your sprinkler system saves you time, money, and keeps your landscape looking its best during the spring and summer months. However, it is best to think about the winterization process once cold weather arrives and the grass goes dormant. Winterizing your sprinkler system means you take the steps necessary to ensure that your system's pipes will not freeze and break during the cold winter months.

There are two types of pipes typically used in sprinkler systems. These are Polyurethane and PVC. Though Polyurethane pipes are known for being more durable than PVC, they can still succumb to the effects of freezing temperatures and burst. Making sure your sprinkler system is adequately protected during the winter months can save you a lot of money in the long run.

It is best to have professionals to winterize your sprinkler system since the system must be “blown out" by using an air compressor. Homeowners can get hurt during this process, so if you aren't sure of what you are doing, then it is recommended to hire a professional. It is money well spent, especially if you are injured or have an unforeseen accident with your sprinkler system.

Long® Fence services and winterizes all makes and models of automatic sprinkler systems. You can get a free estimate today. However, if you want to do the job yourself, be sure to follow the sprinkler system’s manufacturer’s guide.

If you don't have an irrigation system, be sure your hoses are drained, rolled up, put away, and your sprinklers are stored for winter. Turn off all sources of outside water and drain exterior pipes. Your pipes, faucets and hoses will last much longer when properly maintained.

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