It’s been a long, hot summer, but it’s finally starting to cool down. Now that we’re halfway into September, now’s a good time to start preparing for winter. Winter Utah hits fast and hard. One day, the weather is nice and pleasant and then it turns biting cold overnight. It usually comes around late October, but it can come as early as September. That’s why you should blowout your sprinklers to protect them from the coming cold.
A sprinkler blowout is using pressurized air to blow the remaining water out of your pipes. As anyone who paid attention in grade school science should know, water expands when it freezes. If it’s in a closed space, it can expand and burst its container, and that includes your pipes. Some people think that because the sprinklers are buried, they don’t need to have their pipes blown out, but this is not the case. Your pipes are only buried a few inches under the ground, nowhere near deep enough to be insulated from the cold. Furthermore, the pipes connect to the sprinklers above ground, fully exposed to the cold weather.
Sprinklers need to be blown out before it gets cold. Maybe you’re wondering why that means you should do it now. After all, it isn’t cold yet. It doesn’t usually start to get cold until October right? Well, that’s the thing: it doesn’t usually get cold until October. The weather can be unpredictable. At any point during the fall, we may get a sudden cold snap. Even if it only lasts for one night and warms up again by midday, if it gets cold enough to freeze your irrigation pipes, the damage is done. It can be expensive to replace damaged pipes, especially when you have to dig them up to find the leak.
This isn’t something you want to wait on. We’re past the point where lawns will need regular watering to keep green and the dry heat of summer is yielding to cooler temperatures and brief showers of rain. That will be enough to keep your lawn going until the snow falls, so you shouldn’t need your sprinklers anymore. Given that, it’s better to make sure you get your sprinklers winterized now so you don’t forget and end up kicking yourself for waiting too long.
This is especially true if you live in areas of higher elevation. In Cache Valley, where our business is headquartered, in Brigham City, and around the Bear Lake Area, the higher elevation means the cold comes sooner and may hit harder. The closer you are to the mountains, the harder it will be to predict when the cold snaps will start to hit.
Don’t Wait Until the Lawn Care Professionals Get Booked
Another reason to get it done now is that once it gets closer to the cold, everyone’s going to want do sprinkler blowouts. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to find a professional who can squeeze you in. Wait too long, and there might not be any open appointments left before it gets too cold. It’s just better not to take any chances.
As the old adage goes, better safe than sorry.
We at CV Lawn King are experts in all things related to yard maintenance. That includes winterizing your sprinklers. We the tools and experience to get the job done right. We can determine how much pressure you need to clear your sprinklers of water so they won’t burst in the cold.
Get in touch with us today. We’ll get that taken care of you as fast as possible so you don’t have to worry.