Leaking irrigation systems is always a cause for headache and concern, and can cost you a lot of money depending on how severe those leaks might be. Having an unusually high water bill is always something to be alarmed about, and almost always signals a water leak somewhere that should be found and repaired as soon as possible. If you can find the source of the leak, the repair bill is almost always less than what the leak will cost you in the long run.
Leaks or broken irrigation system pipes can come from a number of sources, such as excessive frost, ground shifting or moving, frozen pipes or driving heavy machinery or cars across your yard, which can crush buried pipes. Once you suspect or think your irrigation system has a leak, you should have it fixed immediately to avoid any erosion, damage the foundation of your home, or attract unwanted guests like insects or other subterranean animals attracted to the leaking water.
In order to find the source of any leaks in your irrigation system, you should examine your yard for any soggy areas, as well as any standing water. It’s also worth checking for any places that may show grass that’s especially thicker or of a brighter green than the rest of the lawn, which may signal a smaller leak.
Irrigation system repairs involve digging up the leaking pipe and putting in a new section. Pipe can be cut either with a hacksaw or pipe cutter, or sections of pipe can be purchased from a home improvement store. Make sure that the new section is glued into place and sealed properly. Your local landscaper can give you other advice on checking, finding and replacing any section of your irrigation system.