insulating backflow

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Ferti-man, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. Ferti-man

    Ferti-man LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok, Lets get this going. I am not for insulating above ground pipe and back flows in winter after blowout. There is nothing in there to freeze! I do subscribe to insulating pipe in fall if running past normal blowout schedule and in spring if starting up early for obvious reasons. Why do most companies insulate in winter as part of winterizing? Either its a waste of time or I am missing something. :confused:
     
  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Because it makes them extra money
     
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ive never seen it done around here.
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    ....and for an extra twenty, we throw in a lullaby after we tuck the BP into its wintertime bed :p
     
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ok , how much are we supposed to be charging for that?
     
  6. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    I had one client this last fall want hers re-wrapped. It was the typical insulation and trash bag with duct tape, that had gotten worn down and torn. I tried selling her one of the FitRite insulation bags but she didn't want it stolen. Funny thing though. I think I charge her more than the bag would've cost..........
     
  7. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
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    To prevent sudden overnight freeze damage that will happen in mid October.
     
  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    But, as the OP mentioned, why worry about freezes after you've winterized? You have customers turn the water back on, and call you for another winterizing? Or are you making two service calls, the first one to apply an insulation wrap for the last few weeks of operation?
     
  9. Ferti-man

    Ferti-man LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am speaking specifically about after the blowout. No restart until spring. Agree with wrapping for late season customers, though I tell them there is no need. Plant material goes dormant with the colder temps. Turf and shrubs do not need any more water.
    I just see ads for winterizing that includes wrapping pipes and back flow after blowout! I do not do it.
     
  10. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    likewise.com
     

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