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PJ5791 04-21-2010 01:35 PM

Basement Leak - Not sure where the source is - Need suggestion?
 
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Hi,

My house is constructed in Oct' 2005. I finished my basement last year only. Its a walkout basement. I tried to water the lawn yesterday. So I used the outside pipe near my garage door. I heard strange sound inside my house. Later today when I went down to check my water reading, I noticed that there was a leak in the corner of the basement. This is the area where i have water pipes. I have not finished the floor for this area alone. I was not sure how the water came in. On the outside, this is the corner where my driveway ends near the foundation wall of the house.

I took few snaps outside as well as inside. Is this any major issue? Is this anything related to structural concern? Can it be fixed easily? This is the first time I noticed the leak. Not sure how to fix it or where to begin?

Please guide me.

kwikfishron 04-21-2010 03:56 PM

Hit the spot with a hose and try to make it leak, then you'll know.

Turn all the water off in the house and see if the water meter is moving. If it is then you have a pipe leak.

jogr 04-21-2010 04:37 PM

Your frostproof spigot might have frozen this winter (especially if you left the hose attached during a freeze). The portion of the spigot downstream of the valve will crack but not leak till you water the lawn in the spring. The strange sound is water running where it's not suppose to.

Don't ask me how I know. LOL

PJ5791 04-21-2010 06:06 PM

jogr,

Yes, by mistake I forgot to remove the hose and it was connected to the faucet the whole winter. Probably it might have frozen.

I tested the faucet today and looks like you were right. It started leaking as soon as I opened the pipe. Do I need to do anything with the basement floors and walls also apart from the fixing the faucet? If I try to dry the walls will I still get mold?

Let me know.

Thanks again,

PJ.

jogr 04-22-2010 09:16 PM

If you can get it dried fast enough you won't get mold. Put fans blowing on it as best you can.


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