Summer is approaching, and the need for a sprinkler blowout is dwindling, but still relevant along with the need for any repairs that may have sprung up due to your previous sprinkler blowout in Denver.
For those of you who are unsure, blowing out sprinklers is essentially the process of blowing all the excess water out of your sprinkler system, including the lines, pipes, and sprinkler heads themselves so that it can remain winterized all winter. Frozen water has the power to crack boulders down the middle since water expands as it freezes. If you leave water in your sprinkler lines before winter and the temperature drops below 32 degrees, you could have an extremely damaged sprinkler system come spring and summer when you need to use them again.
A professional knows exactly how much pressure and volume to use when using an air compressor to blow out sprinklers. Many homeowners typically use a standard use air compressor which just isn’t powerful enough to force all the water out, and usually causes the remaining water to drain into low spots and cause freeze damage underground in your sprinkler system.
Backflow assemblies and sprinkler pipes are the most at risk components of any sprinkler system that isn’t blown properly. These components are at risk of holding water and freezing when the temperatures drop below freezing. This can cause immediate damage to pipes that are exposed to the elements as well as sprinkler heads during the very first freeze of winter. Even further damage can happen as the ground freezes at the depth of the underground pipes. IF these underground pipes are holding water, the water will expand and crack the system, which is a difficult fix that you won’t find until you try watering again in the spring and find a lake-sized leak in your yard!
A properly winterized sprinkler system can be the difference between hundreds of dollars in repairs and damages or an easy spring start up.
If your sprinkler line did get damaged, there are several things to look for. Be sure your sprinkler heads are clear of debris and did not get damaged during the winter. You should also check on your backflow assemblies.
If the problem doesn’t seem to involve these, try to run the system and find the leak. Once the leak is pinpointed, you will have to dig up your system and replace the pipes that cracked during the freeze.
If you are unsure about where your leak is, be sure to contact a licensed sprinkler technician. A technician’s trained eye will be able to detect and diagnose the problem, perform repairs, and make it easier on you, the homeowner.
Colorado Sprinkler Service has been serving the Denver area since 1995. With over 20 years of experience, we can make your sprinkler system shine by blowing it, repairing it, and of course installing it.
Be sure to contact us today for a quote!