Shovel & Thumb Sprinkler Repair and Installation is a business division of technicians operating under OR State LCB #9252. We are your reliable source for irrigation system repairs, maintenance, upgrades, and installations.
SPRINKLER WINTERIZATION IN PORTLAND, OR
PORTLAND SPRINKLER WINTERIZATION
It is extremely important to check the sprinkler system when you start it up in the spring, but it is more important to preserve it for the winter when it will not be in use. This is an arduous process which involves having a deep understanding of irrigation systems.
Sprinkler system winterization is necessary because the remaining water left inside the pipes can end up causing huge damage. This can result in costly repairs when you decide to start-up the system after the cold season.
Our expert irrigation technicians are accustomed to all sorts of sprinklers and will do a sublime job preparing your system for the frost ahead. Spending on a professional service like ours can be a great investment that can save you a lot of money.
TIME TO WINTERIZE AN IRRIGATION SYSTEM
You should winterize the irrigation system before frost sets in. If you have components of the system above ground, it is necessary to winterize the sprinklers before the cold season arrives. A strong frost will certainly damage the piping.
Those with underground systems have a little bit more flexibility, but they should still winterize their systems within a week of the first fall frost to avoid significant damage.
In Portland, OR, the first frost usually occurs between mid-October and the beginning of November. As such, it is important to winterize your irrigation system in September. The frost season ends during the first week of April, that is when you can begin the spring start-up of the sprinkler system.
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PROFESSIONAL SPRINKLER BLOW OUT
There are 3 main techniques to drain an irrigation unit.
There is the manual way, which involves shutting off the main supply before draining all the water from the pipes. At the end, the boiler drain valve is used to remove the water within the backflow preventer. However, this method can easily leave some water in the system, especially when done by an amateur.
The automatic method is a bit more reliable. It involves using automatic drain valves to remove the water from individual irrigation zones before making use of the boiler valve. Like the manual draining method, there is a chance that water remains inside the pipes or backflow prevention device.
The most effective method is known as the “blow out”, which makes use of compressed air to remove all the water from the irrigation system. Yet, there are safety precautions involved with this particular technique. Only a trained professional should handle the required machinery to winterize the equipment.
EFFECTS OF AN IMPROPER WINTERIZATION
Most of the piping utilized in sprinkler systems is PVC. If water is not properly drained during the winterization, it will expand when it freezes and crack the pipes. Even alternative piping materials such as polyethylene can be ruptured due to the excess of water. In the worst-case scenario, it is possible for the freezing water to damage the entire irrigation system.
An extremely deep frost can cause the pipes to shatter completely. Nevertheless, a system that has been properly winterized might only lose a small part of the piping. Whereas, an improperly winterized system may break the entire pipe.
Lastly, the backflow preventer valve may be damaged if water is left in the system. Remember that this is the valve that separates the drinking water from the irrigation water. As a result, protecting the backflow preventer is extremely important to avoid contaminating the potable water supply.
SPRINKLER ACTIVATION AFTER THE WINTER
After the frost season has passed, it is time to start-up that irrigation system again. You can begin the spring sprinkler activation in Portland between April and May.
Nonetheless, the spring start-up process can be as complicated as the winterization and should ideally be left to the irrigation professionals. The spring start-up involves checking all the individual components, including the pipes to see if they were damaged by the frost.
Proper maintenance will ensure the longevity and efficient functionality of a sprinkler system. Through vast experience and technical knowledge, our expert irrigation technicians can ensure your system is properly optimized. Call us now to book an appointment!
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Being a preferred local company with many years of experience means that we have an intricate understanding of the irrigation systems in the Portland area. There is no project too small or big for us, we have you covered with an effective solution. From simple sprinkler tune-ups to major system overhauls. Our technicians service both residential and commercial properties.
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Most inexperienced individuals, that lack the proper knowledge or training, end up making common mistakes that deteriorate the overall functionality of an irrigation system. We operate a team of licensed technicians with the necessary years of experience to guarantee quality irrigation solutions.
Our staff is not only professional but also friendly, polite, and ecstatic to answer any questions you may have about an irrigation system. Call us now to experience our incomparable customer service. Due to our convenient location within Portland, you can expect a rapid response and affordable prices.