In most situations, a vibrant lawn is every homeowner’s dream. However, if one spot on your lawn is overgrown or greener than usual, it could indicate a sewer line leak or other plumbing problem.
Areas of grass may become lush from a plumbing issue. Nearby patches of grass will absorb excess water from the leak, giving them more moisture (and color) than the surrounding grass. Sometimes the leaking water can even be heard when you get close enough.
Keep reading on to learn other indicators of a plumbing issue and when to contact a professional to investigate.
Water Main Leak
The pipe connecting the water meter to your home is the “water main.” Abnormal pools of water in your yard can be an indicator of the main water leak. If you are worried that your water main is leaking, you should contact a plumbing professional.
A pipe runs from the meters to the water main underneath the street. Water is provided to your home from a service pipe that connects to the mainline.
Homeowners own the water service lines that run through their front yard; therefore, you are responsible for the pipes that run from the meters to your house. A leak in your yard is likely to be your responsibility.
Sewer Line Leak
The lateral connection is a key part of a home’s sewer system. Every pipe in your home leads to a sewer line or the lateral connection, and then it runs down to the municipal sewer system at an angle.
Not only are untreated sewage leaks a danger to your health, but they could potentially also damage the structure of your home.
Sprinkler or Other Landscaping Issues
Sprinkler lines can also suffer cracks or damage that could lead to pooling in your yard. If this occurs, you will notice that your yard is full of pooling water after running your sprinkler system.
- Willow trees
- Magnolia trees
- Poplar trees
- Citrus trees (lemon, mango, orange, grapefruit)
- Birch trees
- Boxwood shrubs
- Holly bushes
- Ivy plants
In most cases, these plants will seek out moisture, especially when they are underwatered, meaning that they will move to the pipe system in your yard.
Increased Water Bill
Unsurprisingly, all the leaking from these sources will greatly increase your water bill. If you’ve ever noticed a huge spike in your bill and can’t pinpoint the cause, you should look at your lawn and seek out any other signs of a water leak.
Low Water Pressure
Whenever there is a leak or break in indoor and outdoor pipes, it causes low water pressure. Low water pressure can be caused by other issues as well, such as buildup in the pipes.
This is why it’s key to contact a professional who has the experience and knowledge to determine the exact cause of a pressure issue in your pipes. Even if you’re not dealing with a leak, having low water pressure from another cause can be inconvenient.