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  • Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

    I am currently looking for a new house. We were in a house last night and while in the basement we noticed a trickle of water going through the soil pipe. We searched the house from top to bottom and couldn't find leaking faucets, toilets, or anything but there was definitely water feeding into the waste system somewhere.

    Out of curiosity.. where would you guys look.

    Thanks,

    Josh

  • #2
    Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

    Someone May have tied in an outside foundation or area drain into the Home drainage.
    Was it ,or had it recently rained? Are roof gutter down spouts plumbed underground,
    or surfaced dumped? Running toilet ? City sewer,not septic,right ?
    I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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    • #3
      Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

      Condensate line maybe. Is there r.o or water softener?

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      • #4
        Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

        Josh, the most common source of water is a toilet that seeps and goes unnoticed.

        bring some food coloring with you and drip some into the toilet tank after it has been flushed and is refilling with the flapper already closed. this will color the water in the tank. let it sit without flushing and go onto your home walk. come back 10 minutes later and see if the bowl no shows the colored water. if it does, then you have a leaker. either bad flapper, flush valve or running ballcock.

        of course the ro system is a good call and so are the outside drains that might be tied into the waste system.

        don't you have access to a sewer camera

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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        • #5
          Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

          Like Tool said, if there is a basement look around the perimeter to see if newer concrete looks installed the trend for water proofers these days is to lay a french drain on the inside and tie it into the side sewer. Some use a back water valve others just straight tie it in with no trap etc. I do not like those systems because they are just a glorified way of collecting the water but they cost way less and achieve the apperance of a dry basement.
          Seattle Drain Service

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          • #6
            Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

            First id check the water meter to see if its spinning. Right there you can narrow it down to potable water or surface water. Dont forget to look fo old trap primers weeping water.

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            • #7
              Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

              Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
              First id check the water meter to see if its spinning. Right there you can narrow it down to potable water or surface water. Dont forget to look fo old trap primers weeping water.
              Funny ,never thought of a trap primer failing, Dripping without fixture flow, Learned something! How often does that happen ?
              I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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              • #8
                Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

                I say do what plumberscrack suggested 1st. But if the house is vacant, how bout just turning the water off at meter, & come back in a few hrs, or next day, to see if water is still going through drain. You can then check all toilet tanks, to see if they lost any water. Also when you turn valve back on at meter, if there is a leak somewhere, water will start flowing as soon as you open valve, if nothing flows, you know you got a leak free system.

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                • #9
                  Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

                  Originally posted by toolaholic View Post
                  Funny ,never thought of a trap primer failing, Dripping without fixture flow, Learned something! How often does that happen ?
                  Hard to say. It's a lot easier to tell when they stop dripping then when they drip too much.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

                    All great suggestions. The water running can actually be heard dropping into the stack in the ceiling of the basement so cant be from foundation. It may be from the ice cube maker. The food coloring trick is a good one. Will remember that for the future.

                    The really good news is that I dont even have to worry about what the source is. after seeing 35 homes I think we finally found the one. Putting in the offer tomorrow (fingers crossed) So sick of spending entire weekends looking at houses.

                    Cant wait to actually get into a new one.!

                    Thanks again everyone,

                    Josh

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                    • #11
                      Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

                      I'll bet after all the work you did on your foundation, you looked at the foundations of 35 home with the eyes of a Federal inspector.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Unkown source of running water in Vacant home

                        Originally posted by Josh View Post
                        All great suggestions. The water running can actually be heard dropping into the stack in the ceiling of the basement so cant be from foundation. It may be from the ice cube maker. The food coloring trick is a good one. Will remember that for the future.

                        The really good news is that I dont even have to worry about what the source is. after seeing 35 homes I think we finally found the one. Putting in the offer tomorrow (fingers crossed) So sick of spending entire weekends looking at houses.

                        Cant wait to actually get into a new one.!

                        Thanks again everyone,

                        Josh

                        Moot point I suppose, but if you could hear the water "hitting the stack" If it's a PVC or ABS waste and vent system I'll surmise you're actually hearing the water hit the bottom of the closet bend. The toilet's flush valve seal on the first floor has likely failed. Rick's suggestion of food coloring was spot on.
                        Time flies like an arrow.

                        Fruit flies like a banana.

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