After a proper leak detection was performed, he was in fact losing water. In the skimmer at the other side of the pool! It was nowhere near where he saw the puddle. Listening throughout the entire pool, using LeakTronics Push Mic in the trunk line and performing static pipe tests – there were no signs of a leak occurring anywhere at the back end of the pool where the saw the puddling.
Perplexed, he started digging. After a long and messy afternoon, Kevin discovered that the neighbors irrigation line, which ran closely along the fence between their properties, had a separation in the pipe … almost five feet away from where he saw the water! It had nothing to do with his property or his pool, it just happened to puddle up at the edge of his patio.
We want to say this again, don’t chase water!
Water takes its own path. It might come from a leak at an elbow, but then it comes to the surface ten feet away after running along the pipe and settling in the middle of the yard. You just don’t know where the source of a leak is until you perform a proper leak detection.
At LeakTronics, gear is designed to demystify those inaccurate assumptions that tell people a puddle means there is a leak. A puddle can form overnight when irrigation sprinklers run. Some hardened dirt can cause a puddle to sit for long periods of time after splash-out happens in a pool. Like in Kevin’s case, water can seep under the surface, through landscaping where it travels for many feet before puddling in an area you see – you just don’t know where it starts … without a proper leak detection.
Some time ago we shared a video about an Irrigation Leak Detection we performed. What began with the homeowner seeing puddling at the edge of the driveway turned out to be a pipe leaking under the middle of the driveway. The homeowner was ready to start digging up the lawn and instead, re-routed the pipe to avoid breaking concrete, once the actual leak was found.