outdoor sprinkler leaks

Having a spike in your water bill can be quite frustrating, especially if you know that your water usage has been minimal and if you have been using water-efficient equipment. 

If this is the case, you should check if you have any leaks. 

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 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 worn out parts, or water leaking between the fittings and loose wiring. 

In case you are planning to do the repairs yourself, then they need to conduct an estimation of what will be required.

If you do need to replace any components, it’s best that you buy them before testing the other parts of the system. 

This being the case, the valve boxes should then be repaired. 

If you prefer to hire a professional to check it out and do the repair, 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 large, then it is advised 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 problems. 

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 of the things 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 spraying heads will be a sign of a cracked lateral line.
  • Water spurts 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 tools to help locate the issues in the sprinkler system. 

However, they are time-consuming and may not detect the leak successfully. 

It is therefore advised for you to get the help of experienced plumbers and sprinkler technicians to help you find the leaks, and repair them without causing any damage to the lawn.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

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