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 GreenThumbz18
Joined: 4/25/2012
Msg: 2
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Rent yourself a small sump pump, hook it up, and while you wait for the city
to check those lines, shut off your own inlet , and see if the water leak
changes.
The way you describe the situation, you are not sure that the leak isn't
coming from your own pipes.
 justanormalman2121
Joined: 6/25/2012
Msg: 3
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Posted: 9/23/2012 2:47:36 AM
Firstly this should be covered by insurance if the leak is from your nieghbours there insurance should cover any damage from water leaks too other property. You need too get your nieghbours main water off there could be a sepeatate meter if there is there will be valve you can shut off at there water meter. If there isnt separate meters is there a body corperate that can access the townhouse. If not turn off the main water get a plumber and he can come and fix the problem if there is a leak in your nieghbours unit it is up too them too repair it and i am sure if there is damage too your place you have grounds too look at insurance or see a solicitor and start legal action for damages.
Water leak issue
Posted: 9/23/2012 3:43:21 AM

Rent yourself a small sump pump, hook it up, and while you wait for the city
to check those lines, shut off your own inlet , and see if the water leak
changes.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Secure/protect/raise any thing of value.
Surely someone can shut off their and/ or your water supply until it can be determined whose FAULT it is.




I would be worried more about mold so get that pump.
 Debyduz_
Joined: 5/4/2012
Msg: 6
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Posted: 9/23/2012 7:37:33 AM
You can get a small pump at the hardware store for under 75 bucks
 GreenThumbz18
Joined: 4/25/2012
Msg: 8
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Posted: 9/23/2012 12:41:17 PM
I have a GOOD idea for you.
Hire a professional, and get it fixed.
All you have is half-answered questions, but no real answers.
You don't have any idea of the source of the water, it could be ground water,
could be from an adjoining property, or maybe an upstairs leak in your
own place.
How can it be fixed except by someone on site who does the proper
detective work?
 laskoboo
Joined: 2/12/2010
Msg: 9
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Posted: 9/23/2012 12:48:03 PM
Call your insurance company !!!
They will come investigate.... and find out what is going on.

Maybe your neighbors do not want to say its them, as you can make a claim on their insurance...
so calls yours, they will sure find out where the water is coming from and hopefully before your consumed in MOLD
 robin-hood
Joined: 12/2/2008
Msg: 10
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Posted: 9/23/2012 1:23:21 PM
Go out to your water meters. Pull the larger concrete cover off. You will need a wrench or adjustable wrench and a large screw driver to insert in the hole at other end of adjustable wrench.

There is rectangular knob at top of shut of valve just in front of the water meter on the street side. To turn your water, or your neighbors water off this rectangular knob will be at right angle to pipe. Its only a 1/4 turn from off to on.

Here is a good check to see where the water is coming from. If they are older meters there is a indicator that turns like a clock. For the amount of water your talking about, you should be able to see the meter dial moving.

I would turn your neighbors meter off and do him a favor. There is a good chance he has a broken fitting and his side is already flooded.
 Hozo
Joined: 8/1/2006
Msg: 11
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Posted: 9/23/2012 2:12:19 PM
Does your basement have a block wall and concrete floor? If so you can construct a dam, or 'levee' of sorts to contain water.

If water is leaking through in a small area, buy a roll of plastic Saran wrap, and a bag or two of cheap kitty litter. Lay long strips of Saran wrap flat on the ground, overlappng each other, eventually forming a U shape around where the water is leaking onto the floor. Then pour the kitty litter onto the Saran wrap in a narrow line in the middle of the sheets, making sure there is equal distance of plastic wrap sticking out both the sides of where the line of litter is. Wrap both of the sides up & around the litter, forming a 'piggy', or tube of litter.

The weight of the litter will seal the plastic wrap onto the floor, making a fairly water-tight seal. water will be contained inside this 'dam'.
 robin-hood
Joined: 12/2/2008
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Posted: 9/24/2012 11:11:42 PM
Msg #14,

After looking where OP is from, thats a freeze area and they locate the water meters in the basement area. There is a shut off in the street, but for his area its about 3 to 4 ft below grade. The tool for this requires a tee wrench about 5 to 6-ft long with square socket, probably 3/4 to 1-inch ID. Its just not in every ones toolbox :)
 zookie57
Joined: 1/27/2012
Msg: 13
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Posted: 9/25/2012 8:30:34 AM

Had the water department come by and check my water lines and they said it was not leaking from the lines to my townhouse. They said it may be leaking from one of my neighbors and seeping into my basement from one of there lines. And the city said they would be by on Tuesday to check the neighbors lines as well.



Well you did the right thing in calling the Water Dept, if you use public water system & not a well. And since this is your first time with this problem as a home owner. Hopefully they[Water Dept] will track down your neighbors too & see & shut off the water to try & figure out which one is leaking or if it is just ground water coming in. Also, if your water pressure is low that might be a tell tale clue in a possible break & leaking pipe. And when trouble shooting, always use the KIS principle first!

And when its all said & done, you'll know next time where your shut-off valve is to the home.

And since winter is coming,the spot where the pipe comes in from the outside should always be ventilated, to never go under the freezing point of 32 d. If the water inlet pipe it behind the drywall first, put a vent cover there so heat can circulate in.
good luck & thanks for your service! SEMPER FI
 stan_77
Joined: 6/19/2012
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Posted: 9/25/2012 6:32:11 PM
I suggest you contact the water mains provider to cut off water supply to your house then switch to water tanks which may take couple of days to install (using mains water during construction phase). Once using tank water then consider your options and the cost of those options. Just a suggestion. May not be the most common route but it should help particularly if there are high costs and dramas associated with re-installation.
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