Sprinkler Winterization in Lakewood, Colorado

Sprinkler Winterization

If you’re new to Colorado, you might not realize how important it is to winterize your sprinkler system before freezing temperatures arrive. While some sprinkler systems offer “self-winterizing” options, the truth is that anything short of a high-pressure blow out can leave traces of water in your system which can freeze over and cause hairline cracks, weaken joints, and do real damage.

If you want your sprinkler system winterized quickly, reliably, and affordably, our Lakewood sprinkler winterization experts are up to the job. Give us a call and let’s get you on the schedule!

Where do We Offer Sprinkler System Blowouts?

We’re happy to offer winter sprinkler blowouts in:

and throughout the western Denver area.

Should I Blow Out My Own Sprinklers?

While many people in Colorado try to blow out their own systems, store-bought air compressors don’t always have the necessary strength for the job. It’s also important to know what kind of sprinkler system you have before attempting a winter blow out. Less common poly pipe systems can only tolerate 50 PSI before cracking, while PVC sprinkler systems should generally be blown out at 80 PSI. Compare this with the 30-50 PSI that is typically found inside a system during normal operation.

Our technicians typically use trailer and truck-mounted compression systems that can deliver pressures well in excess of 80 PSI when necessary.

Other Factors That Impact Winterization and Freezing Risk

Sprinkler pipes that are closer to the surface, or partially exposed, are generally at a higher risk of freezing. As cold as it can get in Lakewood, the ground acts an an insulator, helping to protect deeper pipes.

Generally speaking, any sprinkler system pipes that are less than two feet deep are at risk of freezing. It doesn’t matter if most of your system is sufficiently deep if an important part of your system is less shallow—it will need to be blown out.

What Should I Do if I Can’t Winterize in Time?

If you forget to call an irrigation contractor before temperatures drop, consider protecting your exposed pipes with blankets or home insulation. Be careful though: this is not a long term solution, though it can get you through a new nights of harsh freezing.

It’s also worth mentioning that shallow, but not exposed pipes may not be frozen during the first freeze or two of a season. It can take several nights of freezing temperatures for the freeze to reach below the top layer of soil.

Do I Need To Shut My Sprinkler Timer Off in Winter?

For many sprinkler timers, yes. You can leave it plugged in (or leave the battery in) and leave it exactly where it is—just be sure to turn the timer to the “off” position.
Smart sprinkler timers, such as the Rachio controller, do not need any manual intervention.

Air compressor used to winterize sprinkler systems in Lakewood, Colorado

Let Us Turn Your Sprinklers On Next Spring

Once freezing temperatures have passed, smart homeowners know that calling us to handle their spring startups is a great way to have their system checked for signs of damage before it’s too late. To learn more, give us a call or read about how we handle spring startups for your sprinkler system.

Book Your Winterization Now

Our winterization schedule fills up quickly, so please book your job at your earliest possible convenience.

George was one of the few contractors who even called me back to rebuild my sprinkler valve box. He had a cancellation one day and came over the same day to do the work. It’s clear he knew exactly what he was doing, and in a few hours totally rebuilt my valve box. My sprinkler system has been dead for seven years, but now it works. He tested everything and gave me some recommendations about upgrading my sprinkler heads. So glad I found Green Mountain and gave them a call.

Eric Loveridge

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