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jenick3
Possible leak

We have a mysterious water running sound in our house. My wife and I both hear the sound of water running as if there's a shower on or an outside water spiggett is being used. We can also hear water running through pipes in the basement, even when nothing is on upstairs. It is driving us crazy thinking we have a leak in the walls. However, everything is dry so far. Any ideas?

A. Spruce
Re: Possible leak

Check that your toilets are functioning properly. All too often, the water level is set too high and it drains through the overflow OR the flapper is worn and it's leaking there. One or two toilets can leak enough to cause noise not only in the supply line, but also in the drain system as well.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Possible leak

Your HVAC system may also use water if there is a humidifier installed.

Is this a stand alone house? Are you connected to anyone else?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Possible leak

The first thing to do is see if you do have running water. Make sure every thing is off, check your water meter, wait an hour or so and check it again to see if it moved or register water usage.

Jack

A. Spruce
Re: Possible leak
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

The first thing to do is see if you do have running water. Make sure every thing is off, check your water meter, wait an hour or so and check it again to see if it moved or register water usage.

Jack

Actually, turning off the water main to the house would effectively determine if it's an actual leak somewhere or some other type of noise.

We used to have a ticking problem with a waterheater. When it was running, the pipes would expand and you could hear them ticking in the wall near the waterheater. Sounded like water dripping, though I knew what it really was.

ed21
Re: Possible leak

While the toilet is a likely culprit, I once had a pipe in a crawlspace leak.

dj1
Re: Possible leak

Like suggested, test your toilet(s) first.

to do that, just turn off the supply water angle stop to the tank. Wait a few hours and check the water level in the tank. If the level is lower, it means that your tank is draining, causing new water to continuously fill the tank and making that "hiss" sound. Replace/adjust the defective part and/or the fill in valve and do the test again.

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