Winterize Your Sprinkler System In New Jersey
A sprinkler system is a fairly large investment into your the care and maintenance of your property. This being the case, people often want to protect their sprinkler systems in the colder, winter months. With these months rapidly approaching in many regions, it’s time to winterize your sprinkler system in New Jersey. By using compressed air to blow out the sprinkler system you can ensure that your your sprinklers will continue to work for many years.
Many people will ask, if the sprinkler system is underground, why does it need to be winterized? Although it may seem that being buried would keep the system from freezing, that is not necessarily true. In times of freezing weather, which we see our share of in New Jersey, the frost level will sink deeper and deeper and the season progresses. To truly be safe from freezing, the system would need to be buried as deep as the water lines to your house. Instead of taking the chance, go ahead and winterize.
Why Winterize A Sprinkler System In NJ
- There are too many variables to rely only on burying your system. You don’t know how deep it is, or what is under the ground with your system.
- Sometimes the cold can last longer than expected and the frost line will sink deeper and deeper.
- Windy spots can cause the cold to go deeper in that area.
- Concrete retaining walls, soil conditions, mulch or the lack thereof, vegetation, and other things influence how deep the frost can travel.
The Consequences of Not Winterizing A Sprinkler System In NJ
- Pipes can and often will crack if they freeze when filled with water.
- Pipe fittings can also crack.
- The the most expensive parts of your system are vulnerable to breaking from freezing temperatures. These being the anti-siphon devices and valves.
- All metal parts will be affected by periods of alternating freezes and thaws. Even if you get by for a few years, this cycle will eventually cause pipes to split.