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How can I tell if I have a yard leak?

It’s usually pretty straight-forward for most people to tell that they have a leak. If there is a large pool of water, a wet spot, slow drops falling or water is gushing and spewing out of a pipe – a leak is pretty obvious. However, the most common and expensive leak that a homeowner may face is a yard leak. Yard leaks may not be that obvious to detect because the service line where underground pipes are buried is located several feet below the ground in your yard, or in the irrigation system.  Since a yard leak may not be that easy to spot, here are few tips and signs to help you determine if you have one.

Check Your Water Bills

One of the first signs of a yard leak may come in the form of a large water bill. If there is a significant increase in your bill that is not due to a seasonal change, such as filling up the swimming pool during the summer or taking longer baths during the winter, it may be due to a water leak. Compare your water bills from the previous months to see if it has suddenly spiked. If there are no obvious leaks, wet spots of dripping water faucets in and around your home, then it may be a hidden yard leak.

Telltale Wet Spots

If there’s a damp or wet spot in your yard, where water is pooling and the rest of the area is dry, that could also be the sign of a yard leak. As long as you don’t have a pre-existing low or uneven spot on the lawn where water usually collects either when it rains or the sprinklers have been on, you can pretty much conclude that the area has suddenly become soggy underfoot because of a yard leak deep below the surface.

Lush Patches of Green in the grass

If there’s an extra lush patch of green grass in your yard, it may be because of a yard leak. If there is an underground leak in your yard, the extra water leaking out will supply the surrounding grassy area with additional moisture that will help the grass to grow faster and result in a lush, green appearance. So if that lush green patch of grass suddenly appears, unfortunately, it may not be because of your green thumb – but because of a yard leak.

If you do suspect that you have a yard leak, or you notice a huge spike in your water bill, contact your plumber immediately. Your Allgood plumber has the experience, knowledge, and equipment to take care of any yard leak with minimal disruption you and your home. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call Allgood Plumbing, Electric, Heating & Cooling today at 678-534-7980.

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