Posted on October 29th, 2019
As fall descends on us here in Massachusetts and the temperatures creep closer to freezing, it’s time to get your sprinkler system ready for winter. This fall lawn service is incredibly important and will save you a lot of money by protecting your irrigation system from freezing this winter. Here are a few essential tips for sprinkler system winterization.
Your irrigation system is one of the most important features in your lawn. The sprinkler system provides your grass with the water it needs to grow and thrive. They’re also an important investment that will cost you a lot of time and money if you need to fix it in the spring.
Winterizing your sprinkler system allows you to avoid catastrophic damage to sprinkler heads and pipes. When temperatures here in Massachusetts drop below freezing, any water remaining in your sprinkler lines will freeze and expand. This quick expansion causes sprinkler heads to break and pipes to burst. Fixing these burst pipes and broken sprinkler heads can be a time-consuming and expensive task. Just by winterizing your sprinkler system this fall, you can avoid any damage and repairs.
Timing your sprinkler system winterization depends entirely on the weather. The general rule of thumb is to plan the service for the middle of fall. It can sometimes be stretched to the end of fall, but that depends on when we get our first hard freeze. The most common time frame for sprinkler system winterization is between October 1st and Thanksgiving. Make sure you contact Turf Unlimited now to reserve your spot.
Keep your eye on the weather forecast to make sure you winterize your sprinkler system before the first hard freeze. A hard freeze is when the air temperature outside drops to 28 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Here in Massachusetts, our first hard freeze for the fall of 2018 was on October 19th.
Here in Massachusetts, we know how dependable the weather is. That’s why it’s best to expect the unexpected. So, what happens if the first hard freeze happens before you can get your sprinkler system winterized? When temperatures are expected to drop to that 28-degree mark before you can to schedule your winterization, stay calm. Just locate any of the exposed pipes and wrap them up in old blankets, towels, or sleeping bags. This protects the pipes from freezing and gives you more time to schedule your winterization service.
Sprinkler system winterization is a fall service that can’t be skipped. Here at Turf Unlimited, we’re the experts in sprinkler system maintenance and installation. Invest in a sprinkler system winterization service so you can protect your pipes from freezing. This will save you time and money in the spring.