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When Should I Turn My Sprinklers Back On?


Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes bright blooms and warmer weather! Although spring officially starts at the end of March, there can be confusion on when to turn your sprinklers on after a long, cold winter.

Why do I need to wait until spring to start my sprinklers?

Experts will tell you that the correct time to turn that irrigation system back on is: whenever the frost thaws. Winter weather can be hard on your sprinklers (this is why we go through all those winterization steps every year).

Your sprinklers don’t know when it’s too cold to run–they’ll simply do what they were programmed to do and run on their set schedule. Waiting to turn on your sprinkler system until night temperatures don’t fall below freezing will protect your entire system. But what’s the harm of turning them on a little earlier?

Your Sprinkler System vs Cold Weather

Freezing temperatures can cause the water in your supply lines to freeze, which puts major strain on your sprinklers as they try to start-up in the morning. Freezing temperatures are hard on your sprinkler system, and since spring can be fickle with its weather, waiting until we’re far enough into the season can save your sprinklers (and your wallet).

An easy way to tell when it’s safe to water your lawn is by watching the weather. When your area is consistently keeping temperatures above freezing–day AND night–you’re in the clear to begin your sprinkler start-up.

Don’t forget the inspection! The team at Advanced Home Services can help you get your sprinkler system back up and running this spring and make sure that everything is in peak condition. Contact us online or by phone at 208-745-9406 to schedule an appointment today!

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