A cat who is very afraid of water!!!
When the cat comes shooting out from under the house with wet whiskers,
you got a leak!
A cat or dog who can talk!!!!
A good place to keep a naggy wife, who will nag even more when she gets
Pay the neighbor's kid $20 per day (plus meals) to live under the house
and watch for leakers!
Google 'water leak detector' - $5- ???? [I'll bet you can spend a
grand if you want]
I made one once to keep an eye on the first sharkbite fitting I used.
A battery, a buzzer, and some bell cord. Water completes the
circuit and the buzzer buzzes.
Here's 6 for $40- just one style-- there are loads of them-- but the
principle is the same.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
all that said-- What kind of pipe 'sprung a leak'.
Galvanized? Replace it all right now because it *will* continue to
PVC? Bad joint? -redo them all because the guy who put them
together likely did them all the same.
Copper joint--same as above.
recently I saw a copper pipe develop a pin hole, the wall thickness
was very thin.....
by the time I arrived it was fixed my realtive had called a
If you want to monitor for leaks under a crawl space cover the entire
ground with heavy plastic sheets overlaped and taped together, create
a low spot or multiple spots, and install water alarms.....
When a leak occurs it will collect at the low spots, and sound the
If you connect a piece of ordinary lamp cord to the 2 points in a
smoke detector that are bridged when you pust the test button and then
put the other end of the cord where water will drain to, bare about
1/2 inch of each of the conductors at the far end(under the house in a
low spot), then place those 2 bare ends about 1/2 inch apart. If the
wires get into moisture or water bridges between the two bare wires,
on most smoke detectors the alarm will sound. I use that setup to
sound an alarm if the water in my sump gets too high. It has saved my
goose several times. It will work when house power is off as long as
the alarm battery is good.
Damn I sure do, too! I end up wearing coveralls, a balaclava, and a
respirator when go in there, along with a can of spider juice to knock
out the black widows when I find them.
After I spend a few minutes under there I'm usually pretty happy,
though, as it's cool, dark, and peacefully quiet. Well, until I have to
start working, anyway.
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