Who do you call for leak detection services?
May 12, 2014 1:39 PM Subscribe
I've got an automatic backyard sprinkler system that has sprung a leak, but I have no idea where or how. I'd trust the gardening company that installed it, but they weren't very good at previously finding leaks in their own work (they installed it). Are there professionals that use modern tools to solve these kinds of problems? Should I just call a plumber or HVAC guy or is there someone more appropriate?
posted by mathowie to Home & Garden (3 answers total)
Previously, our leaks were really obvious, we'd see a wet, soggy spot in the lawn or garden area, the gardeners could dig it up and patch the pipe. This time I can't tell where the leak is happening so I think I need someone more professional to figure this out. This is a pretty bad leak, we saw our water bill shoot up by $100/mo late last Fall when we were barely using the system.
I imagine there must be ways to figure this out with high tech, either dyes or isotopes or thermal imaging cameras or something (or maybe I watch too much CSI). Should I go with the gardener who will probably dig a zillion holes to find it, or are plumbers good at this too?