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Underground water leak
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cc    Posted 01-29-2003 at 20:09:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
got a leak thought it would show up but it hasn't yet any tips on finding it thanks cc

Pate    Posted 02-02-2003 at 22:42:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check your yellow pages for septic folks, call them and ask for a 'optic survey'. Basically they run a fiber scope down the pipe. This is how we found our pinhole... Cost me $400.

Hal/WA    Posted 01-30-2003 at 08:53:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
We found one once because a fir tree near the line to the barn was growing much faster than another fir tree about 20 feet from the line. It was a coupling leak in galvanized pipe. I dug the hole and found the leak, but I'm not sure how my Dad managed to fix it.

A leak would be hard to find this time of the year in my area, but in the dry part of summer or fall, an spot that stays green would be a good indication. Good luck!

Lazy Al    Posted 01-30-2003 at 08:28:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you saying that your pump starts for no reason and so you think your pipes are leaking ?
Some times the check leaks and lets the water back down the well . Try shuting the water off after the check and see if it still starts .
I have seen stools leaking and that will give the same indication .
If your have a bad leak you can feel the pipe and if it's colder for no reason might pin point it too .As to which pipe any way .

DeadCarp    Posted 01-30-2003 at 05:47:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Start looking for mushy spots within 30 feet of it. We once found a mushy sideyard beside a 2-story house, heard the running water and started pounding holes in the slab floor and chasing the flow. Well after about 4 holes we found it alright - a pinhole in a buried copper pipe (still under the slab-thankfully) clear out front by the meter. We made more mess than the leak did.

TB    Posted 01-30-2003 at 05:23:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Underground water leaks unless they come to the surface can be very hard to find. Some plumbers have listening devices to locate underground leaks that work well. But I have seen them not work. If all else fails when the ground dries dig test holes looking for wet areas. Then I have seen people dig up the entire line and replace it or a suspected section. Good luck. Tom

Carole    Posted 12-30-2007 at 10:32:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Water is coming up from the ground in our basement and water bill is not changing so where is the water coming from and how do we stop it? Any suggestions and it's lots of water and a old old house. Thanks for any ideas.

Smart Bob    Posted 01-29-2003 at 20:34:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you got a leak but doesnt show up, are you sure you have a leak?

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