Did you see the 100 yard long hydraulic leak we had on #9 fairway? More than likely, the answer to this question is no, and we're happy we can say that with confidence. Two weeks after it occurred, you will have to really look hard to see the remnants of the leak.
Even up close, you may have difficulty seeing the oil line parallel to the sprinkler and quick coupler valve.
In an ideal world, we would never have to deal with issues like hydraulic leaks. However, even when following manufacturer's best management practices for preventative maintenance on equipment, sooner or later a leak will occur. In this particular case, it was not a hose, but a seal on one of the mower's hydraulic motors that failed.
The pictures above don't do justice to this leak either. When we initially saw it, this looked like it had the potential to leave a solid dead strip of grass up to 2" wide. So, how did we minimize the damage and not have, "...some splainin' to do?"
Well, for the same reasons that most of us keep a fire extinguisher in the house, "just in case," we keep a spill response kit in the maintenance facility, to address hydraulic leaks. In this instance, we were able to quickly grab the remediation products, and get on the spill within a couple of minutes.
It's not often that we would ever consider putting the phrases, "hydraulic leak" and "success story" anywhere near each other, and truthfully, good fortune was on our side.
The incident took place very close to the maintenance facility, the operator notified us immediately, and the turf wasn't stressed prior to the leak. So, while we can't guarantee the same results every time, we are very grateful that solid planning and a bit of luck led to a happy ending in this situation.