A good friend has a water leak somewhere between the house and the supply -
bout 104' of line - buried anywhere between 30" and 48" deep. He turned the
shutoff at the house of and found the meter at the supply side was still
going round (hopefully slowly) >how bout some ideas the keep the back from
going out chasing the thing down. Money is short for the guy so the sweat
equity will probably be high. Thanks Pat
My brother just had a water main break on the street in front of his house
last week which resulted in the flooding of his front yard. Not knowing at
the time that it was a main that was broken, he called the water company and
someone came out with a long pole with a listening device attached to it.
By sticking the probe into the ground in several areas he was able to pin
the leak down to within a three foot area.
Why doesn't your friend call the water company?
a) a water leak can be VERY expensive -- one cost me $800
b) if the line is old and failed due to rusting it should be replaced to
avoid such expense
c) if the line is not old but has a leak anyway then the listening device is
certianly the way to go-- but they are expensive if you have to purchase
Hope this helps,
Thanks for the ideas. Bit more info. The house and the water line are less
then 5 yrs old. Located in central oregon on high (4000') plateau- ain't no
grass there this time of year. Closer to a desert climate (9" rain/yr) . The
water company has been pulling some shenanigans when it comes to the water
bill after losing a court case regarding billing. Something tells me that if
he went to them and asked them to borrow a listening device the result would
be nill. Was also wondering if the water line when layed , would likely be
made in regular lengths- thus the joints -spaced (hopefully) regularly would
be the most suspect areas. Again, thanks for the responses. Pat
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