We left town for a couple of nights Easter weekend and came back
to a flooded front yard. I marked where the water was coming out of the
ground, then turned the water off. Water Dept. won't fix it (it's in my
yard), my homeowners insurance and american homeshield both told me
they could'nt help, so I'm stuck trying to fix a major problem with
little knowledge of plumbing and a tight budget.
I called a plumber for an estimate, and before they came out, I dug a
2ft. wide hole about 30 inches deep where I had it marked, thinking I
would hve the pipe exposed for them, but I found nothing. They basically
told me the leak could be coming from anywhere in a large area of the
yard,so I need to dig a 12inch trench along the entire front of my house
until I find where my water connects to it, and then I would need to dig
a trench straight to the meter, and they could come and lay the pipe.
I'm sorry for rambling, but I was hoping someone out there can give me
some hints on finding the area where the water pipe connects to the
house, or any other information that would be useful. Thanks so much ,
Where did you turn the water off -- at the street? If you turned off the
main valve inside the house and the water stopped, that suggests a leak in
piping that feeds faucets in the yard or a garage. The water has then also
gone through your meter, so you'll have a substantial water bill (assuming
the meter is near your main valve inside the house).
If the leak is along the feed pipe from the street to your house and the
meter is in your basement, then it's likely that you won't be billed for the
water; but it is time for a plumber. They have tools for locating the leak.
Once you see the leak, you'll be able to tell whether a patch or pipe
replacement is necessary. Usually, of course, a replacement is best since
pipes do corrode over time and one leak usually leads to another. Plumbers
can also use a digger that makes just a slit in the ground. That makes
replacing the pipe fast with little mess.
If you are in an area where the ground freezes, you probably just didn't go
down deep enough when you dug. Here in northern Ohio, the required depth is
3 feet for such pipes.