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Signs That You Need Leak Detection Services


Water leaks can be difficult to identify, and irrigation leaks/pool leaks can be even more challenging. If you suspect, you have a water leak we recommend checking the flow indicator on your water meter. If the flow indicator is spinning on an analog water meter or flashing on a digital water meter while no water is being used, you most likely have a leak in your water service or irrigation system. We recommend shutting off the irrigation system at the main valve or backflow preventer (if possible) to see if that stops the flow indicator from flashing or spinning. If the flow indicator stops when you shut off the irrigation system, you most likely have a leak in your irrigation system. If the flow indicator continues to spin or flash, you most likely have a leak in your water service. Occasionally, there will be visible evidence (like water puddling, cracks, sinkholes, high water bill, etc.) that the line is leaking or has broken. 

Leaks inside your home can be easy to find but, leaks outside can be more challenging. A sudden increase in your water bill can indicate a water leak in your system, especially if you’ve been using less water than usual lately. In order to fix a leak, you first need to identify the leak’s source using leak detection services. Then a plumber can come repair the spot that needs fixed, instead of replacing the whole line. Water leaks require immediate attention before they cause extensive damage and high water bills. Call CNI Locates for expert assistance with water leak detection services, irrigation leak detection services, pool leak detection services, etc. 

Irrigation Water Leak Detection: Signals To Help You Find The Source

Tired of struggling with irrigation leaks? Here are the most apparent leak detection signs to help you detect and look for optimum solutions.

  1. A Spout of Water 

Would indicate a sprinkler head is broken or there is a leak in the irrigation line. Sometimes it can make the water shoot into the air. If an irrigation leak is discovered, the water pressure will drop significantly in the system. 

  1. Waterlogged Area Between Sprinkler Systems

May indicate a slow, constant leak in an irrigation line beneath the ground’s surface. When water leaks occur between sprinkler heads, a lateral line leak is typically the cause. 

  1. Constant Seeping Water from An Irrigation Head

May indicate a leaking or weeping valve beneath the ground. Hydraulic seals may have worn out, and water might constantly be leaking. It could also indicate that the valve is obstructed, preventing it from closing completely.

  1. Taller, Denser, or Greener Grass Patches

If you notice a change in the grass, it could indicate that a pipe beneath the ground is broken or cracked, allowing too much water into the area.

  1. Water Dripping from The Curb

May indicate over-watering or poor drainage. It could also indicate a malfunctioning irrigation head or lateral line leak. 

  1. Growing Fungus on A Nearby Curb

Indicates a slow leak in the irrigation system unless you are overwatering the area. Small leaks can become big problems if they aren’t fixed.

  1. Flow Indicator Is Spinning or Flashing at The Water Meter

If your flow indicator on your water meter is flashing on a digital meter or spinning on an analog meter while no water is being used, you may have an irrigation water leak. We recommend shutting off the main irrigation valve or valve at the back flow preventer for the irrigation system (if possible) to see if that stops the flow indicator from spinning or flashing. If the flow indicator stops that means you most likely have a leak in your irrigation system.

Methods to Help Homeowners Fix/Stop Irrigation Leaks

You should act if there are clear indications that something in your irrigation system requires quick attention and that tells you that your landscape may be at risk. The best way to stop irrigation leaks is to install professional equipment to watch for leaks or use the help of leak detection experts. 

Some tools can help you find a leak, but they can be expensive and take a long time to figure out how to use them correctly. If you need help finding a leak, our experts can quickly and effectively analyze many different types of leaks. We use state of the art equipment to send compressed air and acoustical pulses through your water line that we can listen for with our amplified leak detection microphones that help to determine the location of the leak. 

Pool Leak Detection: Signals to Help You Find the Source

Leaks inside a pool or spa can be even more challenging to find. Environmental factors like wind, humidity, and sun exposure play an essential role in the water level, and just because your pool or spas water level is lower than usual does not mean it has a leak. Below are some signs that your pool or spa has a leak

  1. It loses more than a ¼ inch of water a day
  2. You need to add water more than once a week
  3. There are cracks in or around the pool decking
  4. Your pool deck is sinking or lifting
  5. Your grass/soil around the area is wet or soggy
  6. If the bucket test shows signs of a leak (see the paragraph below for instructions on how to perform a bucket test)

If you suspect, you have a leak we recommend performing some tests to see which part of your pool may be leaking. 

  1. To check if the water loss is from evaporation or other variables, you should place a bucket in your pool and fill it to the same level as your pool, after 24-48 hours if your pool water level is lower than the buckets water level, you most likely have a leak. 
  2. If the first bucket test shows signs of a leak you should see if you have a leak in your pools filtration system by first shutting off the pump and then lowering your water level below your pools return lines and skimmer, and if possible, plug the main drain (at the bottom of the pool). Then perform the bucket test again. If your pool continues to leak, you most likely have a crack in the pool liner. If the leak stops when you lower the water below the return lines and filter, and have your main drain plugged, you most likely have a leak in your pools filtration system. 

Methods to Help Homeowners Fix/Stop Pool Leaks

After you have identified which part of your pool or spa is leaking, you should hire an expert leak detection service to identify the location of the leak. Please follow these steps to help us perform an accurate leak detection test. Clean or vacuum the pool to where there is no debris (the water should be as clear as possible). If your pool is full of algae, fungi, or mildew it can be almost impossible or dangerous to find the leak. We also recommend filling the pool up to its normal level after identifying the cause of the leak. If the cause isn’t leaking, it can be more difficult to find. 

Hire Our Professional Experts to Save You Time and Money!

Stopping a leak as soon as possible enables you to detect problems quickly and reduces risk, allowing you to remedy minor issues without causing substantial damage or water waste. C-N-I Locates LTD can assist in identifying the causes of residential leaks, commercial leaks, municipal leaks, military facility leaks, factory leaks, apartment & condominium leaks, school leaks, medical facility leaks, etc. We will not only look for signs of leaks, but we can also help locate the utilities around them, so no utilities are damaged during the repair process. Contact us today to learn more about our reliable leak detection services. (877) 826-1177 or email [email protected]