What Does a Rain and Freeze Sensor Do and Do I Really Need One?

The short answer is yes.  You need one.  Think of the times you’ve seen someone’s sprinklers running during a downpour or sidewalks turned to a sheet of ice (even though we haven’t had any precipitation in days.)  Every sprinkler system should have a functioning rain and freeze sensor in my professional option. 

The reasons why are pretty straightforward. 

The rain sensor is literally a no-brainer!  You no longer have to keep up with local rainfall and remember to turn your sprinkler off during a rain.  Even more important you don’t have to remember to turn it back on afterwards. 

The freeze sensor is much more important.  Because most cities in our area require them, but most important is the liability factor for you as a home owner.   

It is your responsibility as a home owner to keep your property safe.  The last thing you want to happen is for your sprinklers to run during freezing temps, only to have one of your neighbors take a nasty fall on the sidewalk in front of your home while walking their dog.  Having a functioning freeze sensor means you have gone a long way towards keeping you and your neighbors safe.

If you have a newer sprinkler controller, the wireless rain and freeze sensors are fairly easy to install.  The toughest part is finding a spot on your home that you can reach with your ladder that doesn’t have trees overhanging it (they block the rain).

If climbing a ladder isn’t your thing, or your sprinkler system is older and you’re not sure what to do, give us a call at 972-495-6990 or email me at [email protected].  Our certified sprinkler technicians can install a sensor as well as do affordable sprinkler system inspections and tune-ups that will guarantee appropriate and adequate water coverage for your lawn.