3 Surefire Ways to Detect an Irrigation Leak
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Home irrigation systems are generally set to run during the night so they can enjoy their yards in the evening and not waste water during the daytime. However, this makes it hard to tell whether or not your irrigation system has a leak problem. There’s a difference between poor drainage, excess irrigation, and irrigation leaks and it may be hard to tell what’s causing the excess water in your yard when you wake up in the morning. Here are a few surefire ways to detect an irrigation leak:


Any farmer will tell you that this explosion of water is both the best and worst sign that there’s a leak. Water shooting vertically into the air means there’s going to be a major puddle and maybe yard damage down below, but at least you know exactly where and what the problem is. Just be sure to shut the system down before it causes serious trouble.

Green Slime

If you’re starting to see a slimy green growth over the edge of your curb, there’s a good chance you’re either over-irrigating your lawn or you have a slow leak in your irrigation system. Of course, if you see water actively running over the curb and off your lawn, you’re definitely over-irrigating and should slow the flow a bit.

Check the Meter

If your system has a separate meter or sub meter, open the accompanying box and look for a moving needle when your irrigation system is off. If it is, you’ve got a leak in the system and you should shut it down and contact a leak detection specialist immediately.

Clearwater Leak Detection has cutting-edge tools and techniques that can find your leak fast. By isolating the specific area around the leak itself, we can minimize excavation and damage to your yard while repairs are made. To book an appointment, give us a call or use the contact form to get in touch.

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