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Warning Signs of a Water Leak in Your Yard: What You Need to Know

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Discovering a water leak in your yard can be a stressful and costly ordeal. Unfortunately, many of these leaks go unnoticed until substantial damage has been done. At Instant Plumbing and Rooter, we believe knowledge is power. Recognizing the early signs of a yard leak can save you from bigger headaches down the line. 

The Origin of Yard Water Leaks

Main Water Line Leak

A main water line leak needs immediate attention. If you suspect a leak in your main water line, don’t wait. The longer the issue persists, the more expensive and complex the repair will become.

Sewer Line Leak

Sewer line leaks are often caused by invasive tree roots that break through the pipe. If you observe a foul smell outdoors or see patches of unusually healthy grass, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a sewer line leak

Leak in the Irrigation System

Leaks in the irrigation system can be tricky to detect since they’re underground. These leaks can be costly over time. Learning how to read your water meter can help you identify potential issues in your irrigation system. For leaks with your sprinkler system, it’s best to consult with your landscaper or gardener.

Key Indicators of a Yard Leak

Unexplained Spike in Water Bill

An unexpected increase in your water bill is often the first red flag. Even minor leaks can waste an astonishing amount of water, contributing to higher costs.

Lowered Water Pressure

If you notice inconsistent water pressure in your home, especially from faucets or sprinkler heads, this could be an indicator of a leak somewhere on your property.

Puddles and Runoff

Pooling water in your yard is a clear sign of a leak. However, the location of the puddle might not necessarily indicate the source of the leak. Professional assessment is often needed to pinpoint the problem.

Bright Green Patches

A particularly lush area in an otherwise dry yard can suggest underground water leakage. Your broken line may be providing an unintentional water supply to that patch of grass.

Audible Signs

If you hear the sound of running water in a quiet part of your home or yard, don’t ignore it. This is often a clear indicator that water is escaping from your pipes.


Structural Damage

Cracked sidewalks, warped walls or sinking driveways can be signs of a longstanding leak that needs immediate attention.


FoulSmelling Water

An unpleasant odor near your water outlets usually indicates that wastewater is not being correctly drained due to a leak.

Warning Signs Of A Water Leak In Your Yard: What You Need To Know
Warning Signs Of A Water Leak In Your Yard: What You Need To Know
Warning Signs Of A Water Leak In Your Yard: What You Need To Know
Warning Signs Of A Water Leak In Your Yard: What You Need To Know

Next Steps to Take

If you notice any of these signs, particularly multiple symptoms, don’t hesitate to call us at Instant Plumbing and Rooter. We specialize in leak repair, providing you with peace of mind and topnotch service. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I check for a leak in my irrigation system?

A: Start by ensuring that no water is being used in the home, then check your water meter for any signs of leaks. If you see spurts of water near your sprinklers, it could indicate a broken seal.

Q: What causes low water pressure during a leak?

A: When water escapes through a leak, it disrupts the normal flow of water, causing decreased pressure in your faucets, showers and sprinklers.

Q: Are sewer line leaks dangerous?

A: Yes, a sewer line leak is a severe issue that can lead to harmful wastewater seeping into your yard, posing both health risks and environmental concerns.

Q: How can I prevent leaks in my yard?

A: Regular maintenance and inspections can help in early detection and prevention. Also, be mindful of planting trees away from sewer and water lines to avoid root intrusion.

For any more questions or concerns, Instant Plumbing and Rooter is just a call away. Located in Glendale, AZ, we serve most of the valley and are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

About Us

Instant Plumbing and Rooter LLC is a family-owned and operated plumbing business in Phoenix, AZ. We’re a family of reliable professionals that use the latest techniques for dependable plumbing services. Since 2001, we have been taking care of our community’s plumbing needs promptly and professionally.

Through our work, we aim to change the perception of plumbers in our community. Our goal is to make homeowners like you more informed, as well as show others that being a plumber is not just about unclogging toilets.

A plumber brings hygiene, sanitation, and comfort to everyone, and that’s what we’re here to help you with.

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