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Old 08-14-2012, 08:56 AM   #1
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how to find a underground main water line from a house


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Old 08-14-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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easiest way is to go underneath the house and find out where the line comes into the house (usually on the same side of the house as the water meter is located)

Then go outside and make an educated guess, now that you know point A and point B


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"Educated guess" is right. I used to live in Richland, WA, the city built by the government in 1943 for the workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation. The government provided all utilities, and none were metered. Some time after the city was turned over to civilian control in 1958, water and electric meters were installed. Mine was, as is typical, in the front of the house near the sidewalk. But the water line looped all the way around the house and entered at the back.
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What's it made of? If it's old steel lines a metal detector works.
Your local heath dept. may even have it on file if the house is less then 20 years old.
If it's Plastic I've seen dousers find them.
One of my old employees would take a metal coat hanger, cut it in 1/2 and find power, water and gas lines.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:16 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Blondesense View Post
I find these folks won't mark water on home owners property unless it has a tracer wire. And they usually don't.
But you need to call them regardless.


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