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The Importance of Winterizing Your Sprinkler System

The Importance of Winterizing Your Sprinkler System

Your sprinkler system is an intricate network of valves, pipes, fittings, and other crucial parts. When not prepared properly for the cold winter, the icy weather can cause serious damage to the entire system. Water that is not blown out of your sprinkler system can cause your pipes, sprinkler heads, and manifold to crack and burst, resulting in very costly repairs and replacement.

Winterization is critical for keeping your irrigation system safe throughout the cold months of the year. If you live in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and the surrounding areas, here is why it is crucial to winterize your sprinkler system before the freeze sets in.


Frozen Water Causes Cracked Pipes & Burst Lines

After using your irrigation system, water remains inside your pipes. If you fail to blow out your pipes, then any remaining water in them will freeze. With no room for the freezing water to expand, your pipes will crack and burst in large sections. Frozen pipes are very costly and difficult to repair or replace because they are entirely underground. Fixing broken irrigation pipes requires digging and repiping the entire system. The key to avoiding this damage and a costly repair is to drain as much water from the lines as possible before they freeze and burst.


Winterizing Protects Your Sprinkler Head From Irreparable Damage

Water can, and often does, get trapped inside the sprinkler heads themselves. When this water freezes it expands and the...

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3 Reasons Watering Your Lawn with an Irrigation System is Essential

3 Reasons Watering Your Lawn with an Irrigation System is Essential

Does your lawn look slightly grayish or dull? If that’s the case, then it needs more water and that’s its way of showing it. Even if a lawn is well-fertilized, mowed properly, and treated for pests, there are still other factors that can affect the health of your grass.

One of these factors is how your lawn is watered. By installing a proper irrigation system, you can create a better quality lawn while saving money on your water bill. Here are three reasons why having a proper irrigation system in place is essential.


#1: Conserve Water and Save on Your Water Bill

Many homeowners are overwatering their lawns and don’t even know it. By using too much water, you can end up wasting it and spending more on your water bill.

An average lawn only needs around one inch of water a week, according to The Lawn Institute.

Water requirements do vary by grass type and season, as well as wind and shade factors. Another factor when watering a lawn is timing. It’s considered best to not try to water a lawn in the heat of the day, as water will evaporate much more quickly at that point. Watering in the morning is best as it’s cooler.

When you have a proper irrigation system installed by certified contractors like A+ Lawn & Landscape, you can feel safe knowing that your lawn is getting the right amount of water it needs. We take into account all variables when we design your irrigation system.


#2: Avoid Uneven Growth & Standing Water

Our newest irrigation client in Des Moines has seen a vast improvement with their lawn.

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