Time to Winterize Sprinklers: Cold weather is settling in

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It’s already November? When did that happen?

winter is here

Cold weather creeps up quickly!

As a kid, I counted the days from the beginning of school to my birthday in November, and each day seemed to creep by. I had two paper chains I made each September, one with links to tear off until my birthday, and another one I shared with my sisters to tear off  until Christmas break, when we could go sledding every day.

It seems though that no matter how hard I try these days, I just can’t hold on to time. Months race by.  Before I know it, I’m a year older and the winter is creeping up on me. I find myself stomping through the mud to seal up house vents, and praying it won’t rain when I’m sprinkling de-mosser on the roof.   (And in the Pacific Northwest, it rains a lot!)

Hopefully you’re a little more prepared for winter than I usually am. Although it seems like just yesterday you may have been tuning up irrigation systems for spring, it’s already time to winterize sprinklers!

Some of you have undoubtedly experienced some cold weather by now.  The Coloradoan wrote up a guide on how to blow out sprinklers that the Fort Collins area will be dipping below 25 degrees tonight: Brrrr!  With the possibility of snow, ice, and cold weather right around the corner, this is a great time to remind your customers to prepare their sprinklers for the winter. This will prevent the catastrophic busted pipes in winter, and help reduce costs for them in the Spring.

Growing up, I watched my dad do all sorts of winterization for our house. We’d typically get about 2 or 3 feet of snow in January and February, and I was no stranger to knocking off feet-long icicles from our house eaves.  Even so, when it came to our sprinklers, my dad called up our local irrigation guys. They’d come over and finish a job in an hour or less that would have taken a lot of finagling for my dad. Without an air compressor, it would have added that much more time every Autumn to rent one–and we’d have spent more in fuel and rental equipment than having it done.  When you want a job done right, it’s sometimes just easiest to call a professional.

So, if you haven’t yet, catch up with your backflow customers to see if they need their sprinklers blown out before cold weather sets in. Then you’ll be ready to settle down for a long winter’s nap!

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