As fall temperatures continue to creep down closer to freezing here in Michigan, it’s time for us to protect one of our most important lawn investments: our sprinkler system. Sprinkler system winterization is absolutely necessary here in the mitten state. We all know that winters here in Michigan are cold (really cold), and those freezing temperatures can cause extensive damage to irrigation systems across the state. Here are some tips to help you avoid costly damage.
The sprinkler system in your yard may be the most important feature for the health of your landscape. Without it, you’d need to manually water your lawn with hoses and moveable sprinklers. Not only would this be time-consuming, but it’s also incredibly inefficient as well. Your irrigation system ensures your grass, plants, and trees get the right amount of water at the right time of day.
Winterizing your sprinkler system will ensure you’re avoiding costly damage that can happen to your sprinkler lines and heads when freezing temperatures settle in. If you forget to winterize, the results can be catastrophic. Any water that’s left in the lines will freeze and rapidly expand. This rapid expansion results in busted lines and broken sprinkler heads. Repairs will be costly and time-consuming as these lines will need to be dug up and the heads replaced. Sprinkler system winterization can save you tons of time and money.
Timing is everything when it comes to sprinkler system winterization. The deadline will be the first hard freeze of the season. A hard freeze describes when the temperatures drop to 28-degrees or below and stay there for more than a couple hours. Last year, our first hard freeze was on November 10, 2018.
Generally speaking, the window of opportunity will be in the middle of fall. Aim to have your service completed between October 1 and Thanksgiving. Contact Images Landscaping now to reserve your spot.
Here in Michigan, we know that it’s best to expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather. So, what do you do if the first hard freeze happens before your scheduled sprinkler system winterization? Your best bet is to find any above-ground pipes and wrap them with insulation. This could include professional pipe insulation or old towels, sleeping bags, and blankets. If you want to avoid this problem altogether, then schedule your sprinkler system winterization service as soon as possible.
Don’t skip this essential fall service! Sprinkler system winterization will help you avoid costly and time-consuming damage next year. Here at Images Landscaping, we offer premium sprinkler system winterization services along with landscaping and hardscaping services.