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Old 12-28-2008, 11:03 AM   #16
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Water Leak Detection


I personally (think) I've pin pointed it to my hot water heater. There are no leaks around the heater or within my house but water is leaving my house to my side yard which has become saturated. I just received a quote to repair around $1,400 but I kind of (I think) isolated the problem not to say it could be leaking somewhere else. I heard its not a good thing to drill into the concrete of a slab which may jeopardize the intriguity of the slab foundation (that's what I've heard). What did you finally do and how much did it cost you? Thanks.




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We purchased our home a few months' ago. Each month we've 'used' about 7,000 gallons. When all the water is turned off on the house, the meter leak detector triangle on the meter is still spinning slowly (about 1 revolution for every 5 seconds). I had the water company come out Friday and they checked the meter - all sat. I replaced all the toilet innards, and even when that valve is off the triangle still spins. The lawn isn't wet, my walls are dry. Unfortunately, I don't have a main shutoff valve, besides in the meter box.

So my question is - where do I go from here for leak detection?

With everything turned off, I used 0.67 cubic-feet (5.01 gallons) in 40 minutes. That works out to 7.5 gallons/hour. {24 hours * 30 days = 720 hours per month ===> 5,400 gallons wasted per month} Ouch.

I called 'American Leak Detection', who said they charge a flat $350 to pinpoint the leak, and $1200 to repair if it is under the slab. They said it usually only takes a few minutes to find the leak. That sounds like a ripoff, to pinpoint a leak - doesn't it?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:30 AM   #17
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Just a thought, Do you have a neighbour with a similar floor plan/ unfinished basement before you tear open walls and dig trenches. Many builders simplify their subdivisions with matching floor plans and frequently use the same trades people. By nature when we find a matching plan we repeat our layout patterns. Unless you are in a custom built home, within a couple of blocks you may find a free look at the inside of your walls. Unless there was a massive boom with 20 different plumbers working in your subdivison odds are your answers are close by. If it was custom builder and he's still in business he or the city may have your waterlines marked out on a blueprint in the archives. Phone calls are free.
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