Valve boxes full of water..

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by rainsofthouston, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. rainsofthouston

    rainsofthouston LawnSite Member
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    I've had customers call me over before to repair a leak. I can tell when there is an actual leak in a valve bank because there is a muddy slurry. Sometimes though, I pump out the valve box and notice that the surrounding soil is relatively firm. Sure enough, no leak. Now I'm left trying to explain to the customer how there is no leak found. I check back days later and everything is all dried up. Can someone help explain how a valve box would fill up with water without there being a sustained leak?
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  2. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    Check the Dang meter
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  3. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    Could be a broken head near the box filling it up, natural drainage, over watering. Many things
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  4. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    Houston humidity is filling up the valve box.
     
  5. Buck_wheat

    Buck_wheat LawnSite Senior Member
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    Did you have a lot of rain? I got boxes that fill up all the time when we have the summer monsoons.
     
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    yep , if your that concerned about it, dig a little and fill with stone. or let it be.
     
  7. Buck_wheat

    Buck_wheat LawnSite Senior Member
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    Haven't lost any sleep... stone won't help when the ground is saturated.
     

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