We Don’t Want To Burst Your Bubble — What To Do When Water Pipes Burst
Many people love to live in Florida due to the mild winters and the vast difference in temperatures from the winters experienced in the North. That being said, it is not unheard of to experience cold and freezing temperatures from time to time. If preparations to your irrigation system are not made in time, you might have a watery mess and added costs on your hands when your outdoor water pipes burst.
Why Do Pipes Burst?
Have you ever put a water bottle in the freezer and left it, only to find that the bottle has exploded or become drastically misshapen? Water pipes work in the same way. Water expands as it freezes. While the pipe is frozen, you will not have an issue; however, once the ice begins to melt, the water behind the frozen section of the pipe builds up, and the added pressure can cause the pipe to burst. You may not have an issue if your pipe freezes once, but the more stress that is put on the pipes, the greater chance you will experience costly damage.
How to Prepare Your Pipes
It is important to be sure that the water is shut off to your irrigation system. The main shutoff valve, as well as the pipes that are part of the system, need to be protected from the cold weather. We recommend using foam insulation, tape, and plastic bags to protect your irrigation equipment. We are more than happy to help winterize your equipment or offer suggestions.
What To Do If Pipes Burst
Unfortunately, accidents can happen, and we want to help you be prepared if your pipes should burst. The most important thing when your pipes burst is to stop the water supply. Be sure to shut the water off as soon as possible. Next, inspect your property to see where the leak is coming from. Check your main irrigation system, all sprinkler heads, and walk your property to see if there is an issue with an underground pipe. It is best to call us as soon as possible and we can help fix the situation.
If you have any questions about winterizing your irrigation system or experience any issues and need assistance, we are happy to help. At Challenger Irrigation, we are happy to serve Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus counties.