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Old 12-25-2011, 12:21 PM   #16
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I haven't been able to call the city, they are closed for the holidays. I have a finished basement so no crawl space. That's where the water is coming from (pics attached).

There is still water filling up the hole in the basement with very little signs of diminishing. It slowed down a bit but i assume that some of that has to do with the drop in temperature to below freezing the last couple of days. I have now put in a low flow pump (for a water fountain) to continuously suck out the water and direct it to the main drain.

I now had to contract a hydro-excavation truck (vac truck) to be on stand-by. If by tomorrow the plumbers come back and assess that there is still too much water the vac-truck will come in to remove the water as they dig and install the new water line.

I'm really not sure at this point what is going on and where this water is coming from or whether hiring a vac truck for the day and spending a ton of extra money will have a positive out come. My water coming from the city has been off for a week now and I have been borrowing water from my neighbour for the same amount of time. If all of this still does not fix the problem, the plumber is out of ideas and i am out of money.

Maybe I have struck gold and bought a house over an underground reservoir. Nothing is making sense right now.

Digging a 5x5 hole 20ft away from the flooding holes is not possible since that would put the 5x5 hole on the street (or otherwise outside my property line)

Boy do i need a christmas miracle right about now...
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:40 PM   #17
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I haven't been able to call the city, they are closed for the holidays. I have a finished basement so no crawl space. That's where the water is coming from (pics attached).

There is still water filling up the hole in the basement with very little signs of diminishing. It slowed down a bit but i assume that some of that has to do with the drop in temperature to below freezing the last couple of days. I have now put in a low flow pump (for a water fountain) to continuously suck out the water and direct it to the main drain.

I now had to contract a hydro-excavation truck (vac truck) to be on stand-by. If by tomorrow the plumbers come back and assess that there is still too much water the vac-truck will come in to remove the water as they dig and install the new water line.

I'm really not sure at this point what is going on and where this water is coming from or whether hiring a vac truck for the day and spending a ton of extra money will have a positive out come. My water coming from the city has been off for a week now and I have been borrowing water from my neighbour for the same amount of time. If all of this still does not fix the problem, the plumber is out of ideas and i am out of money.

Maybe I have struck gold and bought a house over an underground reservoir. Nothing is making sense right now.

Digging a 5x5 hole 20ft away from the flooding holes is not possible since that would put the 5x5 hole on the street (or otherwise outside my property line)

Boy do i need a christmas miracle right about now...
That's outright insane......

Wow.........

If you did strike gold, you can make some $$$$ if you did get a house over a resuvoir. That would be outright insane!!!

But yeah, I'm sorry...

Well, no point in worry about what you have no control over. Just relax as best as you can, and focus on more pressing matters. Throw this onto the back burner until you can work with it, and then just chillax and find something to do.

And also, here's a thought, is your property zoned as a wetland?
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At LEAST you have your wits about you and you are preventing it from being an all out home-dousing water disaster by pumping it out and away! If you weren't on top of this before it escalated I think that water would have quickly piled up INSIDE your home. . . that trickle in your first photos was a just a tease from the water gods.

I'm so sorry you're dealing with this - but it sound like maybe they've got it narrowed down a bit . . . you'll get it sorted out.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:00 PM   #19
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It wasn't my waterline that was leaking... I spent all this money to replace it, hire a vac truck to dig it out, and purchase dirt-fill to fill in what the vac truck took out... and it wasn't even my leak.

Still had no clue where all this water is coming from. But with everything I have observed and found out during this process, I had an educated guess. If it is not my waterline, it is not sewer water, it must be city water (ie. treated and pumped into homes). So I made the city test the water for chlorine. Test came back positive. It's treated water from the city.

The city is now involved. It is their problem now. I have done my due diligence. Fixed/replaced what is my responsibility. So now I can say to the city "This is your leak and you need to find it, and fix it, because its ruining my basement"

I've asked the plumbers not to close the hole in my basement because it is the most visible sign of the leak. I have to live with this hole and the leak until the city does their investigation. On a positive note, the hole is keeping the water from surfacing and running across my floor. It's going through the drain pipe under my floor towards the main drain in the furnace room... for now.

Boy when I titled this post "Mystery Basement Leak" I didn't know how appropriate it would become.

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