What is Winterization?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by AssuredServicesCo, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. AssuredServicesCo

    AssuredServicesCo LawnSite Member
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    We don't do winterizations here in Dallas, however I was wondering from those of you up north, exactly what is involved in winterizing a system. Thanks.
     
  2. Broker

    Broker LawnSite Senior Member
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    You basically purge a system so there is no possibility of freeze damage. Easy service...
     
  3. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Don't do it here either, however it is done with compressed air, blow through the lines like water, to remove all the water to avoid freezing and cracking of any system part.
     
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's a strange winter ritual for some irrigators. :p
     
  5. True Cut Lawn Maintenance

    True Cut Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
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    From what i understand its EASY money compared to other repiars and such.
     
  6. Broker

    Broker LawnSite Senior Member
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    You are right.

    My customers ask me every year, so what do you do in the winter? But if you think about it, given the same number of customers as a southern company we do the same if not a little more work. We cram all of our installations in between may and November and have the additional start-up and shut down service that a southern company might not have if the owner does not need to get a winterization. This is just an opinion from what I see, what do you guys think?
     
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's payback time, is what it is, assuming one isn't doing the work for cheap. <img src=http://tinypic.com/iwj4bb.gif>
     
  8. sprinklerhead

    sprinklerhead LawnSite Member
    from MI.
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    Yeah it is easy money. We use compressed air, and on are pump jobs we fill them up with anti freeze. They have some companies that install a systems that don't need to be winterized but never work right after a couple of years. plus you still have to drain the PVB
     
  9. True Cut Lawn Maintenance

    True Cut Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
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    Plus in the spring you get to go out and give it a once over and turn the PVB back on and charge again, like i said from i understand its some of the easiest money to be made in Irrigation.
     
  10. sprinklerhead

    sprinklerhead LawnSite Member
    from MI.
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    i would rather be working all year round like the other guys on irrigations systems. we snow plow and its a headache.
     

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