Whether you installed your sprinkler system on your own or had it professionally installed by a landscape company like ABC Scapes, you want to do everything you can to ensure the system works well and does its job to keep your landscape looking great. Unfortunately, even with the best possible installment, issues may arise that can lead to a sprinkler system leak.
The good news is, leaks are fairly easy to fix. It’s important that you identify and locate as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the sprinkler system or your landscape. Detecting leaks can also help prevent a high water bill.
What to Look For
The easiest sprinkler system leaks to identify are external leaks. These are leaks that show up when the sprinkler is on and functioning. Most sprinkler systems are set up so that the hoses and sprinkler heads are only active under pressure. The only way to see if they are in need of repair or have a leak is to either wait for them to come on or turn each part of the sprinkler system on one at a time manually.
You’ll be able to tell right away if a hose or head has damage. They will either be spraying way too much water or very little water at all. In some cases, you might even be able to tell if there is a leak by listening closely. If you hear the sound of running water like you would hear when it runs from a hose, you are probably safe to assume that you have a leak somewhere nearby.
Leaks & Damage
Dirt or debris getting stuck in one part of the head or another often cause sprinkler heads with leaks or damage. You can often fix this by brushing or rinsing the head off with a brush or hose.
A burst hose on the other hand, will involve a little more work. Depending on where and how big the break is, it could require just a simple patch or a complete replacement.
The more difficult leaks to detect are those that are underground. Obviously you can’t see these hoses or pipes, so you basically have to keep an eye out for what you leave behind. If you notice pooling of water in one particular spot on a regular basis, it’s safe to say there is a leak in the sprinkler system somewhere underground. Unfortunately, these types of leaks require more work, including digging down to find the leak.
If you have a leak in your sprinkler system and help, call ABC Scapes at 602-404-0568. We’ll help you locate the lead and suggest options on how to fix it right away.