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Curse At Your Sprinkler System Less With A Freeze Drain

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Burst sprinkler pipes can make the saintliest person angry. If you don't winterize your sprinkler system, it can be completely ruined. Even when you winterize it properly, you may still find problems when the spring comes again. One of the best ways to prevent problems caused by freezing is to use a freeze drain.

Why Winterize?

Before getting into the mechanics of a freeze drain, you need to understand the winterization of sprinkler systems. As most people know, water expands when it freezes. When you put a full bottle of water in the freezer, it will burst. The same thing happens with your sprinkler system during the winter. If the pipes are full of water, it will freeze, causing them to burst. They would need to be replaced in the spring.

Winterization is the process by which the water is removed from the sprinkler lines. It is usually done by turning off the water, then opening a valve to allow the remaining water to drain out.

How A Freeze Drain Helps

Problems can still happen after winterization since small amounts of water remain in the sprinkler pipes. Although it is only a few drops, it can still cause connectors or sprinkler heads to burst. A freeze drain prevents this from happening.

Freeze drains are activated by pressure. When the system is on, the pressure causes the freeze drain to close and keep the water from leaking. When the system is off, the pressure is gone. This causes the freeze drain to open, allowing water to seep out into the ground. Leftover water in the pipes can escape after winterization is complete.

How To Install One

You can install a freeze drain on your current sprinkler system or on a new system. Ask a sprinkler supplier or contractor how many your system should use. It is recommended that three be installed in each zone. They should be installed at the lowest points of the zone to make sure all the water gets out.

If you are installing freeze drains on your current system, you will need to do some digging. After turning the water off, dig up the pipe in the place you want to install the freeze drain. Cut the pipe to make room for a tee fitting. Put the tee fitting on the pipe with the freeze drain installed in the bottom of the "T."

Prevent burst sprinkler pipes by installing freeze drains on your system. For professional help, contact a group like Rainscape Inc. Winterization alone is not enough to prevent every problem.

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9 September 2014