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Water Leak in Your Yard can be very alarming

Water Leak in your yard may be a serious matter.  Are you noticing water surfacing in your yard or an unusual odor coming from outside!?  Water leaks in your yard account for thousands of dollars in repairs and they cause damage to your home!  The first step is to locate the source of the leak, and then determine the best course of action.

Where does a water leak in your yard come from? Below are the three main places:

  • Sewer Line- The typical signs of a sewer leak include the obvious stench of sewage. This stink is usually accompanied by unusually green and lush grass.
  • Main Water Line- higher than normal water bills and water surfacing in the front yard.
  • Irrigation System- Signs that the leak is coming from your irrigation system include flooding around the base of a particular sprinkler head or water spurts in the spaces between sprinklers.

Sewer Line Leak

Sewer lines that develop leaks are generally related to tree roots that grow inside the pipe.  The tree root causes expansion inside the pipe and the pipe begins to break apart.  Another sign that you have a leak is if you are frequently dealing with clogs in your home.  Also, watch out for bubbling sounds coming from your toilet that is an indication of clogged pipes!!  Learn more information about sewer line repair.   A little trick to see if the water leak is in your sewer line is to pour a few ounces of dye down the toilet and flush several times.  Wait about 30-60 minutes and check the leaky area in the yard and if the dye shows up you have a leak in your sewer line!!

Main Water Line Leak: Take these steps below

  • Locate your homes shut-off valve. These are typically going to be located along an outside wall or in a utility area.
  • Cut off all the water supply to your home
  • Locate your water meter and open the cover to read the meter for a leak. If either arm on the screen is moving you have a leak the main service line.

Don’t overlook those soggy areas in your yard, because they may indicate a leak below the surface.  If it hasn’t rained lately and you have wet spots than it may be worth getting that plumber out to take a look!!  Learn more information on a water line repair.

Leak in the irrigation system

Checking for a leak in the irrigation system is pretty simple!! First, you need to turn on your home’s water shut-off valve and make sure no one is using any water in the home.  You don’t want anyone using sinks, toilets, running laundry, etc… Next, locate your water meter and read for leaks.  The most common area for a leak to be in an irrigation system is in the pipe between the backflow preventer and irrigation valve box.  A malfunctioning valve inside an irrigation box could also be the culprit. Spurts of water at the base of a sprinkler––indicates a broken seal where the nozzle or riser meets the supply line beneath.

Calling out a professional plumber

Now, that you have located the water leak in your yard there is no time to sit back and wait!!  Your final step is to call out the professional to get the work you need to be done!! This will ultimately save you time, money, and any further damage to your home.

If you’re located in the Indianapolis area please get in touch. Here, at Carter’s My Plumber, we offer only the best!! As soon as you give us a call we will set you up a time for one of our licensed, professional Indianapolis plumbers to meet with you and discuss your options.  Home repairs can be scary and costly and we offer quick turn around time at a fair price!!  Give us a call today at 317-859-9999 or request service quickly and easily online.  We can’t wait to hear from you and give you that peace of mind back that you deserve 😊

Kelson Carter

Article reviewed by:

Kelson Carter, aka, The Prince of Plumbing

Kelson is a 3rd generation Plumbing Contractor. His family business is located in Greenwood, Indiana, and provides Residential Plumbing Service to the Indianapolis Metro market.

Kelson grew up watching his grandfather and father do plumbing. After graduating high school, Kelson went to Trade School and became a Licensed Master Plumber and Licensed Plumbing Contractor. He is also Certified in Backflow Prevention. He currently owns and operates Carter's My Plumber with his parents.


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