Why Is My Sprinkler System Leaking?

Sprinkler system of large home in California

Though having great curb appeal involves several aspects of the home, one of the largest contributing factors is your lawn – after all, it does take up a lot of space! And since this is so, we understand why so many of us work day in and day out to keep the grass healthy, growing and of course, green.

But how do we get it that way? If you speak to any lawn care professional, their number one recommendation will likely be “water, water, water!” However, sometimes our systems aren’t always ready to perform, which could certainly be a result of a leak.

That being said, has your system started to lose water unintentionally lately? If so, here are a few possible reasons why:

Clogged filters: After a while, it isn’t unusual for a sprinkler system’s filters to become blocked due to the natural debris that are found outdoors. Unfortunately though, this could cause your system to malfunction and release water without you knowing.

Poor drainage: If your system is leaking water even when it’s turned off, you may be experiencing low drainage. As Red Beacon describes it, “this situation occurs when the lowest sprinkler head on the system allows water to drain from lateral pipes due to gravity.” Should you notice a small leak or excess water around this particular sprinkler head, you may need to look into a drain check valve.

A hole in the line: Just like your pipes can crack, your sprinkler system’s lines can develop holes underground. If your lawn is starting to appear saturated, you may have to dig a little deeper to find the source of the leak.

Now that you are more familiar with the causes of a leaky sprinkler system, we encourage you to keep a close watch on yours to make sure that any issues are addressed as soon as they are noticed. Especially since those of us in California are experiencing such a drought, we should be doing everything we can to ensure that water isn’t going to waste!

Here at Barker & Sons Plumbing and Heating, plumbing is our specialty – and particularly leaks! If you experience a leak in your Orange County home this summer, be sure to give our team a call at 714.630.8766 so that we can solve the problem before too much water is lost. For more information about our services, check out the rest of our website today.