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Old 01-28-2011, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hey folks,

I've owned my house for 5 years. Never had a problem with pipes leaking. Today I went into my basement and it was all wet right below one of our 1/2 baths. The beams were wet right around the pipe below the sink. Nothing was dripping though. I'm in the basement often and so I'm pretty sure this is a new problem.

So, I had my wife run the faucet and flush the toilet multiple times. But no water came out/leaked.

Can you get a momentary temporary leak? Why would this happen? Not sure if this could be related, but this is in Massachusetts and it's been a brutal winter.

Do I rush to call the plumber or best wait till I can at least see the leak?

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Old 01-28-2011, 03:28 PM   #2
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Depends, are the beams you refer to at an outside wall?

Is there an outside tap tee'd to this piping, possibly frozen?

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It's near an outside wall but at least 3 feet away. Nothing near an outside tap. Just surprised that it would start leaking and then stop. Has me puzzled.
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How's the floor around the toilet?

Is it possible the toilet connection to the flange is leaking or has leaked?
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If the engine in your car makes a funny noise does it go away when you turn up the radio? It's doubtful that a leak fixed itself. It must have found a secret place to soak in.
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How's the floor around the toilet?

Is it possible the toilet connection to the flange is leaking or has leaked?
The bathroom is totally dry. Checked the sink, the floor, toilet,etc.

Think I figured it out. I think it's the roof line above the bathroom that's leaking straight down into the basement.
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Think I figured it out. I think it's the roof line above the bathroom that's leaking straight down into the basement.
Ayuh,.... Water flows downhill,...
Keep lookin' higher til there's no more water, 'n you Just passed by the Leak...
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right around the pipe below the sink
Let me throw something out here.

Fill the sink, go to the basement so you observe and have your wife pull the drain to the sink. Watch the area for a minute or two to see if any water drips.

I'm thinking maybe a partial blockage that causes a leak only when a rush of water is going through the waste pipe.

Maybe go into the attic to check for signs of water entering if nothing is found while draining the full sink.

Also check that the water is not running along one of the floor joists before it gathers and drips.

The drain is close enough to the vent for the vent to be effective, right?

Might be surprised how soap, shaving lather and hair can build up in the pipes at the turns where it goes in the wall.

My house is old, and the drain for the sink takes a 90 degree just inside the wall back toward the main. Kitchen is the same way, and I have had to rod it out a few times over the years.

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Check the boot around the vent stack on the roof. Sometimes they pull away from the vent stack just far enough to let some water run down the vent pipe to the basement. Caulk around the boot or replace it if necessary.

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