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Boyd11

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Wednesday, September 26th 2012, 8:39pm

leak

I have an area next to the head that has been extremely soggy all summer. Finally dug it up tonight, looking for a leak in the line. No such luck, the line doesn't appear to go in the direction of the leak. I noticed as I had it cleared out that there was water coming out the top of the head, a constant wetness. So, I changed the head. As I took the head off, water came out of the bottom hose. Not sure if this is normal. I didn't wait to see if it quit, but put the new head on. looked good, then I turned it on, appeared fine, but when I turned it off, it appeared that maybe the new head was doing the same as the old. Might there be a problem that something else isn't turning off to hold the water back? Would that be a valve? This isn't a line directly off the box either. Any direction would be great, thanks.

mrfixit

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Wednesday, September 26th 2012, 9:05pm

If it weeps 24 hours a day then yes there's a problem with the valve.
If the weeping eventually stops it could just be low head drainage.

Wet_Boots

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Wednesday, September 26th 2012, 9:05pm

It is the zone valve. You have a "weeping valve"

mrfixit

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Thursday, September 27th 2012, 4:33am

You have a weeping valve.

Wet_Boots

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Friday, September 28th 2012, 3:28am

Gravity drains water out of most sprinkler heads that are the lowest ones on the zone. This is usually not a problem, since the drainage eventually stops. If the drainage never stops, you have a problem valve.

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Friday, September 28th 2012, 1:56pm

Turn the water off to your system. Let things dry up. Turn the water back on to confirm where the water's coming from.

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