Fall Is Coming, Is Your House Ready?

posted Oct 9, 2017, 10:44 AM by Vineyards Website Admin   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 10:44 AM ]

While the weather may say otherwise, it is that time of year for you to have some basic maintenance done on your home & property. For those with irrigation systems, we are coming to a time where you really should consider getting your system winterized. As you may be aware, water freezes at 32 degrees F, but what you may not know is when it does freeze it expands. Many times the only place freezing water has to go is out, so that can cause splits in pipes and fittings. When it thaws the split becomes very apparent once water pressure is returned. 

Irrigation systems are mostly underground and if deep enough freezing may not be likely, but there are winters where the frost line can reach the sprinkler line and it this happens then bad things can happen. So in the “better safe than sorry” world you should consider having your system winterized. The process is that the system has high pressure and volume air put into it and the existing water is blown out of the pipes (of course the water is turned off to the system first!).

Another important system that many homeowners have is a whole house generator. These are to be serviced at least once a year with the service being an oil and filter change at a minimum. Many also have spark plugs and the air filter changed, but given the little run time this may not be necessary. It is also good to have a general inspection of the system and the integrity of the starter battery checked.

Don’t know who to call? Try CLICKING HERE to see the homeowner contractor referral page. Happy Fall!