Baby It’s Cold Outside!

The recent dip into below-average temperatures may have many reaching for extra layers and seeking the comfort of a warm fire. However, it’s crucial not to forget about the well-being of your home’s plumbing and irrigation systems during this chilly spell. Taking proactive steps now can prevent the inconvenience and potential damage caused by frozen pipes and systems. Here’s how you can safeguard your home and garden against the colder weather.

Protecting Your Pipes and Irrigation System

Locate Your Main Water Valve:
Knowledge is power, especially in emergency situations. Ensure you know where your main water cutoff is before you find yourself in a situation where you need it urgently.

Drain and Disconnect:
Prevent freezing by draining your pipes and disconnecting hoses from outdoor faucets. This simple action allows water to drain fully, reducing the risk of ice forming and causing damage.

Insulate Exposed Pipes:
Keep your pipes warm by wrapping any that run through unheated spaces with insulation. You can find special wraps at hardware stores, or for a DIY solution, repurpose a pool noodle by slicing it lengthwise and wrapping it around the pipe.

Caring for Your Plants

Mulch and Cover:
Shield your plants from the cold by mulching around their roots and covering them if necessary. This extra layer of protection can be vital for the survival of more delicate species during extreme cold.

Maintaining Your Irrigation System

Winterize Your System:
If you haven’t already had your irrigation system winterized by professionals like Sprinkalawn, ensure the lines are drained to prevent freezing. Also, turn off the system at the controller, and disconnect the faceplate if possible to protect against power surges.

Delay Reactivation:
Resist the urge to turn your system back on too soon after a cold snap. Wait until you’re confident the weather will stay above freezing to avoid creating icy hazards on driveways and sidewalks.

Respond to Freezes Promptly:
If you suspect your system might have frozen despite your best efforts, contact a professional immediately. Ignoring the problem can lead to increased water bills and significant damage.

Planning for Warmer Times

Schedule a System Check:
As the cold retreats, now is an excellent opportunity to have your irrigation system evaluated. Sprinkalawn’s experts can assess your current setup and make any necessary adjustments or installations, ensuring you’re ready for the spring thaw.

Ready for a Hassle-Free Winter?

Don’t let winter weather catch you off guard. Contact Sprinkalawn today to schedule your maintenance or to discuss new installations. Taking action during the quieter winter months means you’ll be fully prepared to enjoy your garden as soon as warmer weather returns. Plus, you can still take advantage of our winter discount on new systems and zone installations – but hurry, this offer won’t last forever!

Warm days are just around the corner, but your preparations today can ensure a seamless transition into the spring. Reach out to Sprinkalawn for all your irrigation needs and weather winter with confidence.