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Old 02-12-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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Either a company or a "on the side" guy with experience in finding leaks. I think I might have a cracked pipe in my foundation due to the weather lately and need someone to come check it out. Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:36 PM
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AAA Auger gets all of my plumbing business. They've done all kinds of jobs for me, including leak fixes.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I use Mike's Plumbing a TON for myself and my clients. Everyone that knows them is thrilled. Shows up on time (important) and reasonably priced. Most important - honest.

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Why do you think you have a leak? It's actually pretty rare to have that happen - the most common culprits are leaking water tanks on the commodes. Talk to us....what are you seeing in symptoms?
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Old 02-12-2011, 02:06 PM
 
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Water on my porch, and outside walls on the foundation. You can actually see a line where the brick is wet compared to the dry brick. Now I'm thinking if it was a leak in the pipes in the walls, that I'd have water inside the house or behind the walls but I don't. I broke open a 3x3 hole in the wall by where I have water lines and don't have any water. I also found a spot on my porch where water is collecting, I dried it out and saw it out and saw it fill up. I'm really hoping I'm wrong, but it sure doesn't look good.
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:48 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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You're right - it doesn't sound good. Check your drain pans on the hot water heater and a/c unit....
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:04 PM
 
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So after a little more demo and troubleshooting I may be onto something. I cut open a big enough hole into the old fiberglass shower that's in the corner of the house to check to see if the leak was there. No luck. But while I was in that restroom, I noticed water by the toilet. I broke open the wall behind it and found a lot of water. With the use of some food coloring, I was able to find out that it wasn't coming from the toilet or the feed to the toilet but the line that feeds the sink in that restroom. The only thing that's odd is that line goes back into the slab and LOOKS like it goes over to the sink, not sure why that line wouldn't just . I'm going to cap it off and see what happens. If that takes care of it, I'll just run a new line in the wall over to that sink. Off to home depot for some flux, solder and some caps.
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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You might find that a sheetrock nail got into the copper as it was built, and finally started leaking enough to notice. Had that happen on one house - it seeped for 12 years before finally leaking hard enough to be noticed.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:25 PM
 
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**UPDATE**

I spent parts of Sunday and today working on this with my father. After trying all sorts of ways to get out of having to get into the foundation, which included capping lines, and then reconnecting them, I found out that the line that was leaking was a supply line all on it's own instead of branching off from the sink right next to it. That meant that I had to fix it where it stood. Once I was confident that I had the leak isolated and that it was just beneath the surface of the concrete, I decided to rent a small jack hammer and open 'er up. I dug out about 9"x5"x5" around the pipe, cut it, capped it and turned the water back on. No leaks. Closer inspection of the section that we took out revealed a pinhole. What a major PITA. All for a hole smaller than a ball point. When I get back from vacation next week, I'll have to reconnect the line the way it was before, and patch in the concrete, but for now it'll stay capped. At least I have water.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Nice initiative on your part, my hat's off to ya!

How old is the house? Was the copper run in a plastic sleeve?
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