Winterizing your sprinkler systems and what happens if you don’t

A close up shot of a burst sprinkler pipe

Sprinkler systems help millions of homes in Canada and the United States enjoy a lush and healthy lawn. These irrigation systems are a vital component in helping you achieve a visually-appeal and green lawn, but they aren’t a set-it-and-forget-it solution. A sprinkler stopper helps mitigate a range of issues. 

Like any other system in your home, your sprinklers need regular maintenance in order to perform their best. Winterizing your sprinkler system is a step that you need to take or you could experience anything from a small inconvenience to a major disaster.

What Might Happen if You Don’t Winterize Your Sprinkler System

While the severity of winter varies depending on the area of the country you’re in, even a single freezing incident can cause issues for your sprinkler system because of the water that’s left behind.

  • broken sprinkler heads

Water that freezes in the sprinkler heads can easily break them. Unfortunately, you probably won’t know about it until you turn on your sprinkler system in the spring and experience the deluge of water everywhere.

  • cracked fittings and pipes

Similar to above, water that is left in the pipes all winter often freezes. This can expand the fittings and the pipes resulting in cracks.

  • busted backflow devices and valves

Ice that results from water that freezes in the sprinkler system can damage the valves and backflow devices. The damage could be so severe that it is unable to be repaired. You might need to replace these parts before you can use your sprinkler system in the spring.

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    Preventing Sprinkler System Damage with a Sprinkler Stopper

    For the best results, you should plan to winterize your sprinkler system before the freezing temperatures occur on a regular basis at night. However, even if the temperatures are already dipping, it’s not too late to take action.

    First, turn off all the water to the sprinkler system as well as the power. Once you complete this step, remove any of the devices that you have to monitor your sprinkler system.

    Drain the valves of water if your system has them installed. Otherwise drain the water from the pumps and pipes.

    A sprinkler stopper can help prevent damage to your sprinkler system by shutting off the water to it. This small tool can be kept in your toolbox so it’s at the ready when you start your winter maintenance.

    Taking a few minutes to winterize your sprinkler system properly can potentially save you money, frustration, and headaches in the spring. Using a high-quality sprinkler stopper is a quick and easy way to do so.

    Shutgun is a family of sprinkler stopper tools that has been UL tested. Learn more about how they can make your winterization easier by contacting them today.

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