Are you ready for the first snow of the season?! Weather forecasts are showing a chance of 2-4 inches Wednesday & Thursday.
Below are a few tips to make sure your home & yard are ready for the cold weather.
Snow Removal Service
Hope you’re as ready as we are for the first snow storm! Just wanted to give you a heads up on our plan of attack for the storm.
Commercial properties will be serviced every 2-4″ or as we deem necessary for safety precautions & operations of the businesses and patrons of the facility.
Residential properties will be serviced after the storm is over, within 24 hours (Usually within 6-12 hours).
We may be running a bit behind schedule due to this being the first snow – but we will be by! Please call or email us if you have any problems or issues with our plan and we’ll adjust it accordingly.
Feel free to tell your friends as well if they need help! We’ll add them to the route after all of our regulars, but we’d be happy!
Don’t bust a pipe!
Blowing air through your sprinkler system to clear out excess water is an important step in the maintenance of your sprinklers. If not completed during the fall, you might need to perform multiple repairs during the spring due to freezing and ruptured irrigation lines. Repairing sprinkler lines can be time-consuming, and replacing back flow prevention devices are expensive.
The most important step in winterizing your irrigation system is properly turning off the system. Watch this video on how to drain the irrigation system back. There is good information in it if you’re in a pinch to beat a freeze.
YouTube Video – How to Turnoff & Back Drain your Sprinklers
With temperatures dropping quickly, it is critical that you perform this step first! Once you have completed this, the irrigation system is ready for the blow-out.
Sprinkler pipes and back flow assemblies are at risk of freezing and breaking when temperatures drop below 32 degrees. Immediate damage can occur to pipes and sprinklers with the first freeze of winter. Further damage can result as extended freezing temperatures and wind chill cause the soil to freeze at the same depth of your irrigation pipes.
It takes a while for the ground to freeze to the depths of the irrigation lines, be sure to schedule your blow-out now to ensure the underground lines don’t freeze.
**Please note, we are booked solid for the reminder of this week for blowouts – if you be interested in being put on the backup list should an appointment cancel and/or scheduling service for next week, please fill out our online service request form here.**
Winterize your Home
- Winterize your home to extend the life of your asset by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
- Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment.
- Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
- Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
- Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
- Learn how to shut off water & utility valves (in case a pipe bursts): FEMA UTILITY SHUT-OFF TIPS
- Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
- Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow – or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
As always, thank you for your continued business & support. If there’s anything we can do to help, please call or email us – we’ll respond as quickly as we can.
Image by: Jan Tik