Is Winterizing Sprinkler Systems Really Necessary?
The last of the leaves are raked and bagged and all that remains of your Halloween candy stash is the waxy candy corn that nobody else will eat. But before you hang up your landscaping tools for the season, consider adding one more step to your fall routine that can save you hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars in unexpected repairs: winterizing underground sprinkler systems.
According to HouseLogic.Com, homeowners with ¼ acre of land spend $3,000 – $4,000 to have underground sprinkler systems professionally installed. If you have a larger yard you probably paid over $5,000 to have those sprinklers installed. Any way you look at it, your underground sprinklers are a significant investment in your home and your landscape design.
Winterizing Sprinkler Systems Protect from Damage
Underground sprinklers efficiently use zones to distribute irrigation exactly when and where you want it. But as temperatures begin to drop below freezing; the water leftover in your pipes can turn to ice. As this residual water turns to ice, it expands which can cause your irrigation pipes to crack and burst without your knowledge.
These compromised pipes remain stagnate through the cold weather and then just as we begin to bask in our spring temperatures, that ice thaws and melts back into water which can now flow through the broken pipe and seep into your home or pool in your yard. (Or your neighbor’s yard.)
The only way to fix a burst pipe is to replace it. The cost to replace pipes lying below ground can quickly add up as you consider materials, labor and the cost to repair any landscaping that must be torn up to access the irrigation pipes. Repairs on a burst pipe can run into the $300-$400 range in no time at all.
If you are lucky enough to avoid initial seepage from a broken pipe, count your blessings. But imagine the damage that can be done when you unknowingly start up your system for the new season and water flows freely through the broken pipe to the path of least resistance like your newly refinished family room in the basement or your neighbor’s yard. Those repairs will be very costly and are usually not covered by your homeowner’s insurance.
Avoid Costly Sprinkler Repairs
You can avoid broken pipes and seeping water by simply having your sprinkler system drained each fall. There are many videos that you can watch to learn how to drain your sprinkler system yourself, but for real peace of mind consider hiring professionals like Sprinkler Repair Omaha to use their equipment and their experience to drain your system and avoid costly repairs.
According to HomeAdviser.com, the average cost to winterize sprinkler systems professionally is around $83. A small price to pay to avoid broken pipes, preserve your investment and keep your home (and your neighbor’s home) dry.
So once you have finished off all the candy corn and put the last few leaf bags at the curb, consider adding one more item to your fall to do list: drain your underground sprinkler system. You will be glad you did.