my house in built on a slab foundation. in the utility room of the house
the water pipes (hot and cold) go into the slab then come up through the
slab in the kitchen and for the washer.about 15 months ago came home
and found water all over the hall. looked where the water pipes go
through the slab and there was a bad leak somewhere.plumber came out
turned the water off said he would be back the next morning to fix it.
said the water heater would have to come out because you could not get
to the pipes to repair them because the water heater was in front of
them. when be came back the next day it was mostly dried up. he turned
on the water to get an idea which pipe was leaking and there was no
leak. he waited ran water through out the house no leak. it was not the
water heater it was not wet on the bottom or the sides of it. after 15
months no leaks there was a lot of water because i had to rent a carpet
machine to get all the water out of the carpet. no one can figure out
where the leak may have been and why it stopped. am afraid it will
happen again. have lived in the house over 30 years. the water heater
relief valve goes to the outside of the house so i know that was not
it. anyone have any ideas. or ever heard of anything like this? thanks
First, turn off EVERYTHING in your house that uses water. Go take a
read on your meter. Write it down. Now hang out on the back porch and
smoke a few cigarettes. Walk out to the meter. If the numbers have
changed at all, that water has to be going somewhere...so you've got a
leak. If the meter hasn't moved at all, it's very likely there is no
If you want to be absolutely sure, take a drill and drill a hole into
your foundation (below the poured slab). If the gravel layer between
your slab is saturated with water, the water will spill out of the
pilot hole you drill. If you drill a hole and water starts spilling
out, get that water tested immediately to determine if the water is
sewage or stale water from your supply line.
If you have something going on under slab, you might find someone who
does tunneling. I've only met one guy over the years that was crazy
enough to tunnel under a slab. But you may have someone in your area
who can fix a slab leak without breaking the slab.
If you have to break into the slab, the cheap way out is to hire a
company that does concrete drilling and boring and have them break up
the slab. it's cheaper than paying your plumber to ride a jackhammer.
Pay your plumber to do plumbing work. Have general laborers break and
dig and wheel concrete and dirt outside the structure. and have a
concrete man patch your floor. Don't know about everyone else around
here, but when I have to break and dig and haul and backfill and
patch, I'm going to charge you a small fortune.
On Wed, 7 Apr 2004 23:23:29 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Ddd) wrote:
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