How to Find a Leak in a Sprinkler System

Find a Leak in a Sprinkler System

It is fairly common to have a sprinkler system these days, but what happens when the sprinklers start to have a leak? Sprinkler repair is not always an easy process, so we’re going to explain the basics. That way you’ll know what to expect if and when you need to call in the experts at Andy’s!

Signs You Have a Leak

Before a professional can come and fix the problem, they have to know it exists. That means you need ways to identify a leak in your sprinkler system in order to get help in the first place. Thankfully, most leaks make it clear that something is wrong. These are the most common signs that your sprinkler system has a leak.

Spike in Your Water Bill

If your water bill jumps and you don’t know why, you likely have a leak. That doesn’t mean it’s in your sprinkler system, but if you’re sure you don’t have a leaky faucet or running toilet, the sprinklers are a likely source of the issue. If you can pair a high water bill with any of the signs below, then you know the issue.

Keep in mind that not all sprinkler leaks will raise the water bill. If a leak sits between valves, then the leak will only present itself when the sprinklers are turned on. This can make things a bit more complicated. We highly recommend you give the experts at Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting a call to schedule an appointment and have one of our technicians take a closer look at the issue.

A Dying Lawn

Unexplained dead patches or fungus in your lawn can be a hassle to resolve. There are many potential causes. If this sign is also paired with a high water bill, you probably have a leak in your sprinkler system.

Wet Spots in the Yard

Wet spots can be the most obvious sign of a leak, but sometimes they’re more subtle. Oftentimes, you’ll need to look for smaller wet spots when any of the previously mentioned signs are apparent. Combining these signs together can definitely help you get to the root of the problem.

Overt Damage

The most obvious sign that you have a leak is an unwanted fountain of water somewhere. Also, flooding and indications of water damage can suggest a pipe has burst. Whenever you have observe any of these unfortunate signs, call the experts at Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage & Lighting to schedule an appointment. Water damage can be extensive and expensive, and it can happen very quickly!

Finding the Leak

With the leak indicators listed above, finding the source of the problem can be much easier. When the cause of a leak isn’t obvious, there’s a process to locate the problem, and it involves experience-based professional tests.

In the 30-plus years we’ve been in business, the experienced professionals at Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage, & Lighting have serviced tens of thousands of homes and businesses, and utilize that knowledge to help diagnose and fix even the most stubborn sprinkler leaks. 

Exposing the Area

At Andy’s, the reason we put so much effort into locating a system leak is that many problems happen underground. That means that the repair process ultimately requires digging, and we want to dig up as little lawn as possible. 

Making Repairs

The last step in the process is replacing broken parts. It’s the most straightforward, and as long as we can get to the problem, we can usually fix it right away. When the repairs are finished, we’ll test the whole system to be sure there aren’t any other problems. And don’t forget that all Andy’s repairs are backed by a 1-year labor warranty.

Each step of our repair process is pretty straightforward, but it’s the years of experience and professional training the make the way we do it the best way. Don’t hesitate to call Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage, & Lighting if you start to see signs of a leak in your sprinkler system.