winterizationThe official months of winter in the U.S include December, January and February.

Not to mention that our beloved groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow which means 6 more weeks of winter for us. Even when the weather seems to be warming up, there is always a chance for a cold night and a frozen irrigation system. You might be wondering why that would even be a problem during the winter when you don’t use your sprinklers. Winterization protects your irrigation system from freeze damage so that your equipment is ready to go in the Spring. This saves you time, money and a whole lot of frustration.

What is Winterization?

Winterization is the act of removing or blowing out excess water from pipes to prevent freeze damage. It is most common when a property becomes vacant for a period of time during freezing winter months. This includes those going on vacation, break, or even a trip to see the family.

Irrigation winterization can be done even when the home is still occupied. This involves only the sprinkler system, not the entire plumbing system.

How does freeze damage occur?

Freeze damage occurs when there is water left in the pipes during extreme temperatures. The leftover water then freezes into ice and can expand and crack an irrigation system. This ice expansion causes ruined seals, cracked pipes and broken valves. Needless to say, a broken irrigation system can lead to a rough start during the Spring months.

Let a professional handle it.

There are many methods used to winterize an irrigation system and it can get tricky. Avoid the freeze and the stress by calling the prompt and courteous Nichol’s Reliable Lawn Care & More at 479-502-2192.