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Old 08-24-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I trenched my basement and passed inspection with a water test. I ended up letting the water sit and noticed that there is a slow leak. I'm assuming that any drop in water level isn't ok.

What's stopping me from finding the problem is that I have a very high water table where I live in Milwaukee. It's all clay under the house. So I can't see a drip anywhere... it's all already a little moist and was when I first started trenching. In fact, I did end up draining some water (5 gallons) into my trench and it drained through the clay before I had a chance to get to the garage to get my wetvac.

So, should I worry about a drip that probably is just going to get absorbed into the ground?

If so, any thoughts on how to find it? I did try putting plastic under the pvc to see if I can separate drips from the ground water.

Thanks.

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Hi everyone,

I trenched my basement and passed inspection with a water test. I ended up letting the water sit and noticed that there is a slow leak. I'm assuming that any drop in water level isn't ok.

What's stopping me from finding the problem is that I have a very high water table where I live in Milwaukee. It's all clay under the house. So I can't see a drip anywhere... it's all already a little moist and was when I first started trenching. In fact, I did end up draining some water (5 gallons) into my trench and it drained through the clay before I had a chance to get to the garage to get my wetvac.

So, should I worry about a drip that probably is just going to get absorbed into the ground?

If so, any thoughts on how to find it? I did try putting plastic under the pvc to see if I can separate drips from the ground water.

Thanks.
1 st ...its inspected which means inspector was happy with test....2nd you could be leaking through test ball....drain test water and back fill it will be ok .. ben sr

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Old 08-24-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Would it be possible for you to do an air test. Use soap water and look for bubbles. 5 LB is an air test.
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