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how to detect sprinkler leaks

Having a spike in your water bill can be quite frustrating, especially if you know that your water usage has been minimal. If this is the case, you should check if you have any leaks inside or outside of your property.

Indoor leaks are pretty easy to catch, but outdoor leaks can be quite tricky, especially if you have an irrigation system. Below is a DIY guide on how you can locate leaks in your sprinkler system.

How To Find A Water Leak

To find a leak in your outdoor sprinkler system, you will be required to check the irrigation controller first. After that, you should check the valves next, and lastly, the sprinklers.

The Irrigation Controller

Normally, the controllers do not leak water, but they have an electrical clock that controls the spring valves of the sprinklers and tells them when to release water and for what period. In the controller, you should check the programming to ensure that it has not been altered or returned to its default settings as this will increase the water usage. 

These irrigation controllers may keep the sprinklers running for hours on end sometimes, which can increase your water bill significantly.

Wet Sprinkler Valves

Once the irrigation controller has been checked, you need to locate the valve boxes and inspect them. You should check if they are dry or flooded; if dry, then that means that they are in perfect condition. However, if they are wet, it is vital to check for any wear and tear, or water leaking between the fittings and loose wiring. 

In case you are planning to do the repairs yourself, then you will need to conduct an estimation of what parts are required. If you do need to replace any components, it’s best that you buy them before testing the other parts of the water system. 

This being the case, the valve boxes should then be repaired. If you prefer to hire professional leak services to check it out and do the repairs, you should list down all the problems to make the task easier for them.

Sprinkler Stations

Before getting to this step, you should ensure that the valves and controllers are working fine. If the area is too big of an area, then it is best to get a friend to help you out. One person will need to be near the controller so that they can turn the different stations on and off, and the other will be around the sprinklers checking for any significant water leakages. 

The person at the sprinkler should carry some alert flags to mark the areas if they find any issues. The stations should be turned on one by one to ensure that leaks are found. Below are some tips that the walker should look out for:

  • Water geysers will indicate some missing spray heads.
  • Flooding around the base of the sprinkler will show that some valves have malfunctioned, and are not shutting off the way they should.
  • Water spraying between the spray heads will be a sign of a cracked lateral line.
  • Water spurting out at the sprinkler base will be a sign of a broken seal.
  • Water situated on the grass between the sprinklers will mean that an underground pipe is leaking.

With the above steps, you should be able to determine where the outdoor leak is coming from. You can also purchase some leak detection equipment to help locate the issues in the sprinkler system. However, they are time-consuming and may not detect the leak successfully. 

After exploring ways to detect outdoor sprinkler leaks, your last option would be for you to get the help of experienced plumbers or sprinkler leak technicians. They will help you find the leaks, and repair them without causing any further damage to your outdoor landscaping. Call Austest Pipeline Solutions on 1800 535 533 to learn more or get in touch today to get a quote.

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