FAQs About Irrigation Winterization

Winter is fast approaching, and before you know it you'll be covering plants and preparing for frost. There is still one more thing that you need to put on your to-do list - winterize your irrigation system. While this system may be extremely useful during the summer, and even during the winter in warmer climates, in the Midwest, you would do well to just have it shut off for the winter. Here are a few ways the best landscape company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you.

Protect Your System

Protection is main reason you want to winterize your irrigation system. When winter hits, the ground will begin to freeze - and in Missouri it will probably freeze and thaw, freeze and thaw. When the ground gets to a certain temperature, if your pipes have water in them, they will freeze and then bust because of the pressure. This will create a lot of extra work in the spring when you are ready to turn your irrigation system back on and find large puddles all of your yard instead of nicely spaced sprays.

An irrigation system is an investment that you make in your home, and like any investment, it need occasional maintenance and upkeep. Part of maintaining your irrigation system at the Lake of the Ozarks is having it winterized in the fall, and then inspected and started back up in the spring.

FAQs About Irrigation Winterization

Do you still have questions about what needs to be performed? Here are some FAQs to help you find the answers you need.

Can't I just shut the water off?

You can shut the water off, but you are taking a gamble that all of the water will leak out and evaporate before the first freeze hits. The reason this is not always effective is that your pipes aren't just perfectly level and horizontal, in fact, there may be several peaks and dips, and if the water gathers there, you're risking that it will not get cleared out and freeze.

What is the best way to clean out the pipes?

One of the best methods is to apply a bit of air pressure to openings of your pipe and clear out the excess water that way.

Can I use my air compressor to blow out my irrigation system?

While it may seem fairly simple to hook a nozzle up to your irrigation system and hit the power button, there is a lot more here at play. We use our expert knowledge in irrigation system winterization at the Lake of the Ozarks to make sure that the right amount of pressure is applied. If you add too much you risk damaging the valves and pipes, if you don't apply enough you won't get all of the water out. We've been doing this for years, and with those years of experience, we can help your irrigation system last longer.

What do I do when I'm ready to turn my system back on in the spring?

Call Paradise Landscaping! The spring is the perfect time to take a look at your irrigation system and make sure that nothing is broken or cracked. Before we fill the pipes back up we can perform our routine irrigation system maintenance to make sure everything is ready.

Irrigation Winterization at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Paradise Landscaping, we offer full irrigation service and repairs on all brands, which includes cleaning valves, heads, and flushing out lines. Winterization and de-winterization, as well as seasonal adjustments are all part of our comprehensive irrigation maintenance service. Are you ready to get your irrigation in tip-top shape for winter? Give us a call at 573-964-6515 today!

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