It’s not unusual after heavy Florida rains to find that you have standing water in your yard. However, if you notice wet, soggy areas in your yard that just don’t seem to dry up, you may have water leaks in your yard and you probably have one of the problems we will outline going forward. One of the easiest ways to help determine this is to locate your main water meter. Usually this is in the front yard near your curb or the road. Most meters have what is called a leak detection dial. If this dial is spinning you have a leak. If your meter doesn’t have a leak detection dial, turn off all sources of water and make a note of the meter number. Wait about 15 or 20 minutes and check the number. If it remains the same you don’t have a leak, but if it has moved, it indicates that you do have a leak. While you may not have a leak in the main water line, it doesn’t mean that you don’t still have a problem.
Signs You May Have an Underground Plumbing Problem
- High Water Bills – If you start seeing your water bill increase for no apparent reason, you probably have a leak somewhere in your system.
- Repeated Drain Clogs/Toilet Issues – If you are experiencing persistent drain clogs or your toilets don’t seem to flush properly or have a weak flush, you could have damage to your pipes. It is also a sign of poor water pressure that could be caused by hard water or pipe corrosion.
- Low Water Pressure – If the water pressure in your home seems to be getting lower and lower it’s probably an indication of corrosion in your metal pipes. This can be caused by hard water that causes mineral deposits to build up in your pipes to the point of restricting water flow.
- Your Water is Discolored – Water that enters your home and is discolored, or has an odor is an indication of pipe corrosion or contaminated water. This is something that you should not take lightly. Your best course of action is to immediately contact a professional plumber. This is not only annoying, it’s not healthy for you and your family.
- Sink Hole Damage – Florida is notorious for sink holes due to the high levels of limestone deposits in the ground and a low water table. In fact, Hillsborough, Hernando and Pasco county account for 2/3 of all reported cases of sinkholes in Florida. Sinkholes can cause extensive damage to your homes water system, but also can cause expensive damage to your home’s foundation. If you suspect a sinkhole, contact a professional sinkhole remediation company.
- Root Intrusion – If you have older trees on your property, it’s quite possible the cause of your leaking pipes is root intrusion. Growing, spreading roots are incredibly powerful forces and can easily damage any kind of pipe, whether in your homes water system or your sprinkler system.
Other causes of standing water or soggy areas in your yard:
- Septic System Issues
If your home has a septic tank, issues with your septic tank and septic drain field can lead to wet, soggy areas in your yard. It’s a good rule of thumb to have your septic tank pumped at least every 3 to 4 years. This is a minimal expense compared to the cost of having to dig up your existing septic system or fixing your septic systems drain field.
- Sprinkler System Issues
Sprinkler systems are very susceptible to leaking. Cracks and breaks can occur in the PVC joints as well as the PVC pipe itself. If your home has a sprinkler system you will have a separate green box near your main water meter. Inside your sprinkler box there will be shut off valves to cut off water to the sprinkler system. After doing that, inspect the leak detection dial of your main water meter. If the dial is still turning, then you know the leak is elsewhere and not in your sprinkler system. If the dial isn’t moving, then the source of the leak is your sprinkler system.
- Drainage Issues
If your gutters aren’t working properly to divert water away from your home, consider extending the downspout so that the water will be properly dispersed and not pool. Check the slope of your yard. Is it sloped in a way that will funnel water away from areas where it can gather? If not, you may want to consider having your yard re-graded. In extreme cases, you might need to consider having a French drain installed to syphon and disperse water.
Why Choose The Clean Plumbers?
The team at The Clean Plumbers handles all types of residential and commercial plumbing jobs, from installation and repair to emergency services and maintenance. If you suspect you have damaged pipes or a leak somewhere in your home’s water system, you can count on the professionals at The Clean Plumbers to assess the problem and provide the remedy quickly and efficiently. Contact us today!