Winter Storm Gail has hit parts of the East Coast hard, with some places seeing a foot or more of snow accumulation. Gail is notable for its severity, but Delawareans will likely see other smaller storms throughout the season. Storms like these, with below-freezing temperatures and loads of snow and ice, underscore the need for home and business owners to winterize their sprinkler systems, smart irrigation systems included. Follow these three steps when winterizing smart irrigation systems, and be sure to work with the best at Sposato Irrigation.
Smart Irrigation Systems Still Need a Winter Blowout
Smart irrigation systems are ideal for today’s homeowner: with smartphone integration, weather tracking, and other high-tech features, these systems allow homeowners to water their lawns without setting foot outdoors. However, while smart irrigation systems have winter settings to keep them from watering in below-freezing weather, you should still get a winter blowout for your sprinkler system. Without a blowout, your irrigation system will still have water in the pipes and fixtures, increasing your risk of seeing cracked tubing or broken sprinkler heads once things thaw out in the spring. If you haven’t gotten a winter blowout yet, consult your trusted irrigation maintenance professionals.
Shut Off Your Smart Irrigation Controller
In addition to removing all of the water from your sprinkler system, you can shut off your smart irrigation controller or switch it to its winter settings. Some homeowners choose to deactivate their controllers entirely, while others simply cancel all scheduled waterings. Older irrigation controllers may need to remain powered while in the “off” mode to retain the existing settings and watering schedule, but homeowners with smart irrigation systems can likely rest easy knowing that their settings are saved.
Work With a Capable Team for Spring Start-Up
Once your smart irrigation system is winterized, you can relax until early spring. However, it is crucial that you work with a thorough team for spring start-up. Sometimes, damage that has been sustained during the winter’s freeze-thaw cycles remains undetected until the weather warms up. Your irrigation maintenance professionals must be able to address any repair concerns that arise when water is reintroduced to your sprinkler system. At Sposato Irrigation, our specialists perform inspections and calibrate our clients’ systems as part of our spring start-up packages. Reach out to our team to discuss winterization and spring start-up for your commercial or residential irrigation system!
Choose Sposato Irrigation
Sposato Irrigation is uniquely positioned to offer high-quality, affordable, and reliable irrigation services to homeowners and business owners in Sussex County, Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millsboro, Dagsboro, and Ocean City, MD. Thanks to our expertise, innovation and decades of professional experience, we can meet the needs of large properties and small gardens. To learn more about our irrigation installation, LED landscape lighting, and commercial irrigation maintenance services, contact us today. We can be reached at 302-645-4773. Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.