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 How to find a water leak between the meter and the house?
Author: thaugen (CA)

We just bought this house, haven't moved in yet or watered the lawn, and yet the first month's water bill shows a lot of water was used (meter was actually read at beginning and end of the month.) The water line from the meter at the sidewalk to the house is more than 100 feet long and has a couple of hose spigots Tee'd in along the way. The line then goes under the basement slab in a newer part of the house (80's) and comes up through the basement floor.

I suspect there is a leak in this line somewhere between the meter and the pipe entrance into the basement. DH suggested a dowser. I don't want to have to dig up the entire line and also, what if the leak is under the basement floor?

Thanks in advance for any good advice. Tom

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 Re: How to find a water leak between the meter and the house?
Author: hj (AZ)

If you believe in the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, call a dowser, otherwise contact a leak locating specialist. But, depending on the pipe's material, even after you find WHERE it is leaking, replacing the entire line may be the best option.

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 Re: leak locating specialist
Author: thaugen (CA)

I didn't know they could find small leaks in residential water lines. I searched "water leak detection specialist" and from what they claim, they would be able to find leaks under 3' of dirt or under the slab. Is that accurate?

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 Re: How to find a water leak between the meter and the house?
Author: sharp1 (IL)

Before you spend that money, make sure that a flapper in a toilet isn't leaking.

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 Re: Leak in house or outside
Author: thaugen (CA)

Yes, I just finished reading how to check that: shut off the water where the supply line enters the basement and then see whether the meter still shows water flowing. I'll do that as soon as I can.

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 Re: leak locating specialist
Author: hj (AZ)

Yes, but they have to be specialists, not plumbers with leak detectors, because the professionals have many different ways to pinpoint a leak, including Helium and light gas detectors.

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 Re: leak locating specialist
Author: phillyplbg (PA)

first I would make sure everything is shut down in your house and take a look at the meter to make sure its not spinning

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 Re: How to find a water leak between the meter and the house?
Author: phillyplbg (PA)

How many gallons is "alot of water"?

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