HELP!!! PLUMBING EMERGENCY 9-1-1!!!!!!
We just purchased an 1896 home in Cincinnati. When the water was turned on, we discovered two leaks in the ceilings. We opened up the ceiling and found (bottom up) some type of canvas ceiling covering, a painted mural, plaster, terracotta tubes, concrete. We stopped at the concrete and did not go all the way through to the floor upstairs. It appears that there is about a foot of space between the upstairs floor and the downstairs ceiling.
We have had two plumbers out and both are at a loss as to how to locate the source of the leak. Both seemed to be nervous about working on the problem.
We need to know if it is likely that the plumbing pipes are inside the terracotta tube tiles, or if they are laying near the floor of the room upstairs, or closer to the ceiling of the room downstairs.
What do we do, short of destroying everything? How do we go about locating the leak site?
Any guidance or expertise you can give is extremely welcome. No one we spoke with so far, has ever seen this type of construction between floors before.