On 9 Jul 2006 12:32:45 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Release the carpet from the base edge and see if you can trace the
water. Often a baseboard nail will get driven into a pipe where it
comes up through the bottom plate. This can be fairly easily repaired
by a plumber. You can remove a small piece of sheetrock after pulling
a section of the base to a joint and feel for wetness. Cut the paint
line at the base top with a sharp knife to prevent peeling the paint
up the rock.
Measure from the door to bath faucets/supplies to locate wall piping
areas to narrow your search.
Twice over a two year period, I had a hot water supply line break under the
slab of my Arizona house. The first time I noticed the sound of water
running and a lack of hot water. All of the water stayed under the slab
however there was enough damage under the slab that I began to get some
serious wall cracks very soon from settling. Insurance company said "no
water above the slab, no claim". The second time the water came up into
the kitchen between the slab and the outer foundation wall. This time
insurance company paid for damage to kitchen cabinets but that's all. Both
times I had to eat the cost of re-routing the water lines around the leak.
The first time the insurance agent came out and checked the carpet
throughout the house, in the closets, everywhere looking for some water. If
I had know ahead of time what he was going to be looking for, a bucket of
water thrown in a closet would have saved me some money. The plumber was
able to locate the leaks with the use of a very sensitive listening device.
One word of caution....I had a 40 year history with my insurance company so
there were no repercussions from filing a water damage claim but I've heard
of some horror stories that have happened to people who have made claims.
Even by asking their agent about water damage a red flag will be put in
their file. This can stay with the house making later sale difficult as the
house can become un insurable except through "high risk" insurance
Sorry for the long post,
My 1970 slab ranch house started producing blue spots in the white
kitchen linoleum. The cause was leakage from the radiant heating pipes
in the concrete slab where the lime was attacking the copper producing
I installed baseboard (SlantFin) radiators around the perimeter of the
house and abandoned the old radiant heating system. (GF unhappy
because the floor is not warm during winter!) I also replaced the fresh
water system because the hot water runs were destined to be attacked
I used a hammer drill to chisel a slot in the slab to get passed the
doorways. Going up and over would produce a risk of freezing in the
attic. It has worked well for several years, heating bills have
decreased because were not warming the globe with heat below the slab
anymore. In 1970 they didn't insulate below the slab because oil was
Thank you to all who have posted helpful tips and advice and not just
dire warnings. I now have a better understanding of the potential
causes of this problem. I do not have the time, tools, or skills to
begin cutting holes in my wall, removing baseboards, or pulling back
carpet. I have a plummer coming tomorrow to assess the situation. Some
of you may consider that unnecessary at this point, but there are
certain things I will just leave to the pro's. At least now I will have
some knowledge of this type of situation going into it, and will know
the right questions to ask. Thanks again for the help. I will try to
post back after I know more.
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