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Bumgardners Landscape | Preparing Your Sprinkler System for Winter

Preparing Your Sprinkler System for Winter

When creating a business, you know the importance of having a beautiful green landscape and well-watered plants. In Oregon, the weather can get cold, but not everyone experiences regular below-freezing temperatures. However, you don’t want to be unprepared when those days come. If your sprinkler system isn’t winterized, you may have some costly repairs come spring if you wish the grounds to be thoroughly watered.

Dealing With Burst Pipes

Parts of the sprinkler system are above ground, and these are more susceptible to cold damage. This includes pieces of the irrigation system like pipes or a pressure vacuum breaker. Even underground sprinkler systems are vulnerable to damage. If freezing temperatures reach far enough into the soil to your underground irrigation system, the water still left inside the pipes could freeze and expand, breaking the pipes. 

The last thing you want when you turn on the sprinkler system is to unwittingly send water through cracked and broken pipes. If the problem isn’t caught, you could flood the grounds. Dealing with the repair costs of broken pipes is much more expensive than ensuring proper winterization of the system.

Preventative Measures

Winterizing sprinkler and irrigation systems means getting all the water out of the pipes so that there’s nothing to cause damage when the temperature drops. Draining the water or blowing air through the system should get the water out, and it’s important to do this to all portions of the irrigation system, including underground pipes.

Services to Protect Your Commercial Grounds

If you’re unsure about the process or have a large irrigation system, hire a professional landscaping team to properly shut down your sprinklers before winter and start them up again in the spring. That way, you don’t have to worry about ice damage. Contact our experts at Bumgardners Landscape today to see how we can help your landscaping look its best.