Why Is My Sprinkler System Leaking?

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With the hotter weather, you can take full advantage of your sprinkler system; however, most sprinkler system leaks are caused by increased water demand in the spring and summer months, which wastes water and results in high water bills.

When checking your irrigation system, you might notice that a section of your lawn is flooded. With the help of a professional, you can identify the problem and have it fixed properly.

How to Tell If There’s a Leak in Your Sprinkler System

Sprinkler system leaks pose more than just a threat of wasted water and high utility bills. If a leak is substantial or untreated, it can cause further issues. Sinkholes and subsurface cavities can form, causing damage to property and utility lines. In addition, uneven watering by a malfunctioning sprinkler system can damage plants and ruin portions of your lawn.

Here’s what you should look for to identify a leak in your system:

  • An increase in your water bill

You probably have a sprinkler leak if you haven’t been using more water indoors yet receive a significantly higher-than-normal bill after starting irrigation. However, there could also be a possible leak somewhere inside the house. Install a dedicated irrigation meter to determine whether the problem is indoors or outdoors.

  • Low water pressure

Like other pipe leaks, low water pressure could reveal what’s happening inside a system. When it’s too low, it could indicate a problem with the water flow, indicating a leak. Sprinkler heads will usually emit very little water. In certain situations, the sprinkler head might not pop up at all.

  • Puddles around a sprinkler head

Some areas of your lawn may be dry due to uneven watering. If there’s a leak, you will find an excessive pool of water near a sprinkler head or in other areas of the lawn that indicate excessive water flow.

  • Dry patches on your lawn

A lawn that looks too dry is a telltale sign that your sprinkler system needs attention. You might note that while some areas are dry, others might be green. This can assist you in locating the subsurface sprinkler line that might have broken. 

  • Sprinkler system damage

If you think there is a problem, look for cracked pipes, broken solenoid valves, and damaged sprinkler heads. It’s best to hire a professional to do this during your post-winter inspection to ensure that everything that needs attention, gets attention.

First Things First: Turn Off the Water

The first step is to prevent leaking from becoming a significant problem. To begin, go to the Controller and turn off the irrigation for the zone where the leak is occurring. If this does not stop the leak, you may need to temporarily turn off the sprinkler system’s water supply.

Water that continues to flow through the system after being shut off suggests a faulty valve, which should be addressed before investigating other parts of the system.

Broken Sprinkler Head

A broken sprinkler head frequently causes flooding. Sprinkler heads can be break if they are run over by a car or other piece of large equipment.

If you see a sprinkler head that is not spraying water adequately, this is a likely source of the problem. Start at the beginning of the sprinkler line and work your way to the end when inspecting, cleaning, or replacing sprinkler heads. If all of the sprinkler heads appear to be in good working order, hire a professional who can examine underground.

Repair Sprinkler Leaks with Help from the Pros!

Fixing a sprinkler leak early on allows you to discover problems faster and reduce risks. You can trust Austex Sprinklers to fix irrigation issues without causing substantial damage or water waste. Wherever the leak is, Austex Sprinklers has the experience for your sprinkler repair. ​​Call us today at (512) 721-8564 to schedule an appointment.

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