How to Prepare Your Sprinklers for Colder Temperatures this Winter
There’s no doubt that the temperatures fluctuate in the Houston area. One minute it’s warm, and the next minute you’re grabbing a heavy coat on your way outside. Now in late fall, temperatures are on a downward trend, and it’s essential to adjust your sprinkler system accordingly.
During the spring and summer, your sprinkler system is in a heavy watering pattern. By November, the heat has subsided, and it’s raining more. Unless you lower your sprinkler’s water distribution levels, you’re more than likely overwatering. For less water, you need to adjust the programming on your controller. We recommend dialing back water distribution levels by no more than one inch per week through mid-December.
Prepare Sprinklers for Winter with a High-Quality Sprinkler System Winterization
With winter approaching, there is no task more important that winterizing your sprinkler. After turning off the water, it’s critical to evacuate all the water from your system. Pay special attention to your PVB, even if you insulate your PVB, to make sure there is no condensation remaining.
When temperatures dip below freezing, any water left in your system can freeze and cause the pipes to burst, resulting in extensive damage. Unless your winterization is performed to the highest quality standard, you could be looking at a partial or complete sprinkler system replacement come spring.
Some people may try to prepare their sprinklers for winter themselves, but we recommend leaving the job to a professional. Only a sprinkler expert has the experience, expertise, and diagnostic tools to properly winterize your system. Anything less, and you’re putting your sprinkler system at risk.
When Conserva Irrigation of North Houston comes out for a sprinkler system winterization, we turn off the water and expertly drain all the water from your system. We take special care with your PVB to ensure that any condensation does not freeze. As part of our process, we offer a 12-point sprinkler inspection to evaluate your system above and below the surface, checking for any necessary repairs. This way, you can take care of any problems before you turn the water back on in the spring.
Stay on Top of Sprinkler System Maintenance When the Temperatures Turn
As the seasons change, so do the needs of your landscape. At Conserva Irrigation of North Houston, we offer seasonal maintenance packages to keep your sprinkler system operating at peak efficiency year after year. Our maintenance visits are scheduled in advance, so you’ll have peace of mind that your system will function the way it should throughout the watering season and remain protected from freezing temperatures during the winter.
Each time Conserva comes out for sprinkler system maintenance, we check your programming and weather sensors to ensure that watering distribution levels are running optimally for the time of year. We also evaluate your entire system for necessary repairs and ways to increase efficiency. During our process, we examine every sprinkler head in every zone, check for leaks and line breaks, and assess each component for proper programming, functioning, and efficiency. Since our trucks are fully stocked with top-of-the-line products from Toro®, we can almost always take care of any repairs or efficiency upgrades on the same visit.
Our goal is to deliver a precise amount of water to your landscape at optimal times of the day. When working with clients throughout the Houston area to increase efficiency, they report reductions in water usage from 40%-60%. With a sprinkler system maintenance package from Conserva, you can do what’s right for the environment and save money on your water bill in the process.
We are your sprinkler system experts, serving The Woodlands, Spring, and all of North Houston. Call us today to schedule your free system inspection, service, or maintenance.