Have you ever wondered what to do if your sprinklers freeze and break? All American Sprinkler and Landscaping in Denver, Colorado has all the information you need. We’re moving into the cold winter months with our first snow already on the books. If your system is not winterized correctly, it is in danger of major problems as the temperatures drop.
So, here’s what to do if your sprinklers freeze and break.
Find the Leak
If it turns out that your sprinklers have frozen and broken, the first thing you will need to do is find the place (or places) where it is leaking. Sometimes this will be pretty obvious and other times, not so much. Here are a few tips on how to find it.
Underground pipes are less likely to have this problem as the dirt surrounding the pipe insulates it from cold temperatures. For this reason, start your search with the above-ground pipes, it’s easier! Pipes are more likely to break at joints, so check those first.
If the crack occurred in a pressurized pipe, you will find a geyser shooting up, and the leak will be easy to find. If by some chance one of the underground pipes did rupture, the best way to find it is to search for a wet area, soaking the ground around the broken pipe.
Repair the Leak
You generally can’t repair a leaky pipe or valve since a patch is usually not sufficient to handle pressurized water on a regular basis. Instead, you will have to replace the cracked portion. Repairing a leaky valve is as simple as removing the old one and installing a new one.
If the break occurred in a section of pipe, you must cut out and remove the portion of tube where the crack occurred. Replace your sprinkler system pipe it with a slightly shorter portion of the new pipeline and use couplings to attach it securely. You can find telescopic PVC couplings that make it easier by having a piece that slides out to connect to the original pipe once the new hose and couplings are in place.
Avoiding leaks is as simple as draining the system before winter sets in. Water can’t freeze in the pipes and cause cracks if there isn’t any water in the system, no matter how cold it gets.
Firmly close the main line supply valve to ensure that water isn’t trickling into the system. Then open all the valves and leave them a half turn open all winter. This will drain the system and ensure that if there is a little water left in the system, it has somewhere to go if it begins to freeze. We also provide sprinkler winterization services if you’d like us to take care it for you.
So now you know what to do if your sprinklers freeze and break. If this happens to you, be sure to contact us at All American Sprinkler and Landscaping. Of course, our experts recommend not allowing the pipes to break in the first place. So, if you haven’t already winterized your system, we recommend getting it taken care of as soon as possible.