There are pipes sticking out of the ground in the yard, and you’re not sure what it is. It’s time to figure out what that pipe is for and what, if any, maintenance is required. You may have difficulty identifying the sort of pipes in your backyard, but it’s not impossible.
With so many different types of pipes on your property, it might be tough to tell which one you’re looking at. Old LP-gas tanks and shutoff valves are the most common ones you’ll come across. Electrical conduits and sprinkler systems are the next most common.
This article will discuss how to identify pipes sticking out of the ground.
What Is the Pipe Sticking Out of My Yard?
Most experienced plumbers will tell you that they need to examine the pipe itself before determining what kind it is if you ask them. Many of the pipes that can emerge from grass result from prior backyard elements that have been removed for an extended period of time.
The following are 9 reasons why there is a mystery pipe in the yard.
1. Mainline to the septic tank or sewer
With a removable top, this pipe will be made of plastic with a bigger diameter. You’ll see a horizontal pipe with a small trickle of liquid pouring out of the bottom of the top is missing or removed. Still, you won’t be able to see it unless you remove it.
2. Sprinkler Pipes
If you’re like most homeowners, you have a sprinkler system in your backyard. These systems make it easy to water your lawn and plants, and they can save you a lot of money on your water bill.
However, if you’re not careful, your sprinkler system can also cause some severe problems. One common problem is that the pipes can stick up out of the ground, and they can be a tripping hazard for people walking in the yard.
Another problem is that the pipes can block access to the backyard or patio. If you have multiple pipes sticking up out of the ground, it can be difficult to mow the lawn or use the patio.
The good news is that there are a few things you can do to rectify this situation. The first thing is to ensure that the pipes are buried deep enough in the ground. If they are not, you can use a trench digger to dig them down. The next step is to check that the pipes are straight. You can do this by using a level to ensure that the pipes are straight and not tilted.
Finally, the last thing you want to do is use a pipe stringer. A pipe stringer is a metal bar that goes from one pipe to another. It is a very simple fix, but it can make a big difference. However, make sure that you do not use a pipe stringer for smaller pipes. It is better to just have the pipes run through the walls instead of connecting them with a stringer.
3. Electrical conduit pipe
Suppose you see a grey plastic or metal pipe with a diameter of less than 1″ in an old shed or pool. In that case, likely, the electrical service outlet box was also removed. If you look down the pipe, you’ll notice cables that have been snipped.
4. Fuel oil tank underground
An underground fuel oil furnace is likely found in a house built in the 1970s. Pipes in pairs are made of galvanized steel. A hinged flap on one of the pipes would cover it, and the other pipe would be mushroom-shaped.
5. The old LP gas tank
Curved copper pipe: If you see it on your lawn, it’s probably from a former LP-gas tank. When you handle the pipe, there’s a good chance that you’ll find a bigger casing there.
6. Leaving well
Pipes about two to six inches in diameter and have a threaded end are usually made for wells, typically made of metal. Make sure this is true by shining your flashlight on the pipeline and seeing the reflection of water in the water. You should close off any holes you find to keep any germs out.
7. Water shutoff valve underground
A pipe with a light green in-line shutoff valve approximately came from a water pipe underground. Old pipes often have leaves and debris, making it difficult to access the valve. Then you’ll have to dig a little to get it.
8. Mower pipe broken
You are more than likely to break a pipe while cutting your lawn. Because most backflow pipes are near the ground, cutting your grass too short can cause this accident. PVC housings can be easily fixed if the shutoff valve is broken by replacing the cap.
9. It’s a pipe
Many plumbers are asked to remove a pipe dug into the ground. Some pipes are buried without cause. As a result, these pipes are neglected and become covered in dirt, which may surprise new homeowners when they discover them in their new home..
How can I hide my sewer drain in my yard?
There are a few ways that you can go about hiding your sewer drain in your yard.
1. Install face rock or boulder
One option is to install a fake rock or boulder over the top of the drain. It will be more difficult to spot because of the way it has been disguised.
2. Create landscape feature or plant
Another option is to create a landscaping feature such as a small hill or mound that will obscure the view of the drain. Planting plants and shrubs will also help hide the spot. If you cannot hide the drain completely, try to at least make it less noticeable by using these tips.
3. Make a trellis out of wood
For those of you who aren’t big on ornaments but have a lot of plants on your lawn, creating a trellis to cover the pipe might be a good solution. This is most suited for situations where the pipe is only visible in one location. Still, you can use three to four of these trellises if you wish to cover all sides.
As soon as the trellis is in place, you can add plants, like climbing vines, to make it look better and more effective at blocking the pipe. Because of its open framework, this also lends a more refined appearance to your grass.
What are the green caps in my yard?
The cap is a “popup emitter,” and it is used to close off a drain line’s opening. It “pops” up when there is water pressure, allowing it to flow through.
What to do if you see a damaged pipe?
If you see a damaged pipe, you should take the following steps:
- Shut off the water supply to the damaged pipe.
- If the damage is localized, try to patch the leak with a sealant or duct tape.
- If the damage is more extensive, you may need to cut out and replace the section of the pipe.
- After repairing or replacing the pipe, turn on the water supply and check for leaks.
Why do you need to be aware of pipes sticking out of the ground in the yard?
If you have pipes sticking out of the ground in your garden, you need to be aware of a few potential hazards. The first is that it can easily become a trip hazard, especially if it’s not illuminated at night.
Secondly, it can be a playground for children and pets, who may not realize the danger of playing around or near the pipe. Finally, the sharp end of the pipe can easily cause injury if someone steps on it or falls on top of it.
It is essential to be aware of the hazards that may be lurking in your backyard. Always be careful of your surroundings and take care to avoid being injured, whether it is a pipe poking out of the ground or a sharp object. Stay safe, everyone!