It doesn’t freeze too often in Florida, but when it does, home and commercial gardeners are left scrambling for crop heaters,newspaper, and rose cones. It also poses a threat to home and commercial irrigation systems, since the water inside these underground pipe can potentially freeze and burst, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent freeze damage.
Tips for preventing freeze damage to your Florida irrigation system
1. Run your system shortly before it is expected to freeze.
One of the best ways you can keep your irrigation system from freezing and bursting a pipe is to run your system shortly before the temperature is expected to dip below 32 degrees. This keeps the water flowing in the pipes and helps to prevent a problem.
2. Cover your back flow valve if it is above ground.
Obviously, the parts of your system that are located above the ground are more vulnerable than those in the insulated ground. This is especially true of the back flow valve that can crack if not protected.If yours is located out in the elements, simply covering for the night will be sufficient to avoid a problem.
Using your irrigation system to prevent damage to your plants and flowers
Of course, your irrigation system can also be useful in preventing damage to your plants and flowers during a hard freeze. Spraying alight mist over your plants before the sun hits them in the morning or, better yet, right before the freezing temperatures hit, will help protect them from freeze damage.
To learn more about preparing your Florida irrigation system for freezing weather and for all of your irrigation needs, contact Domers at 863-763-3417. We’ve been helping central Florida business and homeowners with their irrigation needs for more than 90 years.