Snow this past weekend making my winterizations more challenging

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DIXIECONTRACTING, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. DIXIECONTRACTING

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    With the snow last week I find myself digging out heads to winterize which is taking me longer never had to do that before. LOL

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  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Why dig them out? If they called this late , they get what they get.
     
  3. DIXIECONTRACTING

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    They did not call late I am still doing blow outs and I'm sure you know if they don't pop the system won't empty
     
  4. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    Why dig them out ? The ground isnt frozen . They should pop up all on their own .
     
  5. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    Why dig them out?
    I would like to know the end head was clear of water.
     
  6. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    ever blown out in freezing temps? The heads DO have a hard time popping uppp... If you pull them up they generally do fine.


    How is this late ? it's not winter yet

    Man we winterize for 2.5 months to 3 months . Even get late people wanting to do it in january. We charge 3x our normal rate
     
  7. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Three snowstorms, 9 degrees yesterday morning, 16 known freeze damage issue, and its not late? Different climates.
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  8. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    true that.

    The last few nights have made 32-35 here.

    we got cold snaps late novemeber and december.
     
  9. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have had my compressor out in 12 inches of snow behind my plow truck blowing out systems . The rotors shoot water and air thru a foot of snow . I have had to use the torch to melt ice in backflows and the heads still pop . And if they dont at that point there isnt anything I can do until spring .

    On the bottom of every invoice

    " blowing out a irrigation system is not an expressed or implied warranty or a guarentee against damages"
     
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    A good hand on the compressor ball valve will be able to slowly open the heads up if one was late to winterize. (Not that I've ever been guilty of it).:dizzy:
     

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