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Location: USA


Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 12:07pm

Leak Detection?

Getting ready to install a new residential underground lawn sprinkler system that hopefully will last many years (PVC and/or poly pipe). But nothing lasts forever. Keeping in mind how difficult is it to pinpoint the exact location of a pipe/tube leak in a main or lateral line or fitting, any suggestions on designing in a automatic leak detection system? Probably would be someting electronic, alarming when a leak occurs and providing location.


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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 5:47am

Don't know if anything like that exists. Put in a main valve so that water loss is limited to the system run time. Finding leaks isn't usually all that difficult there's the water, there's the leak (give or take a few feet). I've been repairing systems for seven years now and just last month have my first case of here's the water, where's the leak?

Keep the rocks out of the backfill and don't trench too close to any trees (the roots will play havoc in the long run), use a good glue (Turftite) and primer.

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