3 Signs You Are Losing Money to a Hidden Irrigation Leak
Irrigation systems add an undeniable amount of convenience to lawn care. Taking out a garden hose or watering can is a thing of the past with a good irrigation system installed. However, they do require some amount of maintenance to keep them functioning properly. If it has been a while since your last maintenance visit from a professional, you probably want to keep an eye out for signs of a leak.
Here are three signs you are paying for wasted water through a leaking irrigation system.
1. Brown Patches in Your Lawn
Brown patches, or areas of dead grass, are caused by both overwatering and underwatering. When your grass isn’t getting enough water, it dries out and dies. When it gets too much, the roots begin to drown, taking your green blades down with it.
In fact, if you have a leak, you could be experiencing both of these problems at once. Water is flooding where it shouldn’t and not being delivered to where it needs to be.
2. An Increase in Your Water Bill
To see if you have a leak anywhere around your home, check your water meter to see if it is continually ticking when the water is off. If so, check your appliances first, such as your:
- Washing Machine
- Water Heater
Also check for any wet walls, ceilings or floors. Ruling all of these out can point to an irrigation leak.
3. Soggy Areas in the Grass
Walk up and down your yard to check for soggy areas. If your shoes are going, “squelch, squelch, squelch” in certain areas but not all, that can indicate the specific location of a leak.
There are a few different causes for all of these signs, but when combined together, it’s a good sign your leaking irrigation system is the culprit.