Whether it’s an office, home, farm or park, a landscape leak is a possibility that we should be prepared to deal with in almost every situation.
Your landscape could be anything: a back garden, three acres of land, a large industrial plot with office blocks and warehouses, a hotel complex or parkland. All of these various types of landscapes are features which will provide an opportunity for leaking water.
Irrigation systems are a common cause of leaking water. Often used in drier climates and particularly with larger areas of ground, they are usually fitted underground and provide a much-needed water supply to keep grass and plant borders healthy. However, they do present a potential leak risk, with the added problem that if a leak occurs, it will likely be hidden from view. It is an expensive step to dig up a whole irrigation system to locate one leak. Whilst areas of pooled water or soggy grass can indicate an area where a leak is occurring, identifying the precise location is difficult.
Water features are also commonplace in homes and hotel grounds and can be a very effective way to add a little ambience and enjoyment to an area but anything above a certain size will require pipework to be laid to feed these water features, again often buried under concrete or pathways. If a leak occurs it could be anywhere along this network of pipes, and may not be in the same place that it first becomes visible. It could also be your fittings, valves, or pumps that leak.
Larger landscapes such as golf courses and parks may have drainage systems. These will be designed to remove heavy or excessive rain or flood water away from the area and into the main drainage system. These pipes and drains will often be below the course itself and on such a purposefully uneven and transient landscape, identifying a leak could be a difficult task.
Complexes such as theme parks and hotels are likely to be home to swimming pools in their grounds. These are prime culprits where leaks are concerned. Not only do you have the actual framework and shell of the pool itself which can corrode or crack, but there is also the surrounding pipework, pumps, and connections which could all leak water.
Finally, even if you do not have any type of water feature or other water utility within your grounds, general pipework is often underground or linked through the landscape of the property for facilities such as mains water, sewage, and fresh water. These pipes can corrode over time and with slight shifts or changes in the soil and earth, cracks can appear, all of which result in leaking water.
It may feel like a daunting task to monitor and manage your grounds, particularly if you maintain a large landscaped area. How are you supposed to know if you have a leak, especially with irrigation systems and complex pipework for swimming pools and water features?
The answer is simply to be vigilant and look for signs of water leaks, such as boggy areas, pooled water, and changes in your water bills. An incident caught early on could save you thousands in repairs later.