Surface irrigation pipe & midwest winter?

Discussion in 'Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum' started by whereismyhat, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. whereismyhat

    whereismyhat New Member

    Jul 12, 2019
    Lake County, IL
    I have a question regarding running a lateral line. I was thinking of running a 1" PVC mainline from my rainbarrels which are about 150 feet from my garden/greenhouse. Everything is on a slight slope, with the garden/greenhouse sitting on the lower part of a slope. Can I run PVC (schedule 40) on the surface without having to worry about leaking after the first winter?

    I was thought maybe if I opened the lowest part of the PVC pipe and remove say remove the first 5-10 ft. section of the pipe connecting the rainbarrels and the rest of the line prior to winter, I might be in the clear?

    I just wondering if the winters (near Chicago), would be cold enough to put cracks in PVC joints [or the pipe sections] even with everything drained out and left out on the surface? It's not perpetually going to hold water. Nor would there be anything impacting/touching and no one would be walking anywhere near the PVC pipe during the winter.

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  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    As long as it has been drained I would think that you would be in the clear.
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