plumbing leak

Old 05-28-01, 10:12 AM
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Please help us determine what the problem may be with our plumbing. We have been experiencing high water bills & notice a constant sound of water running through the copper pipes off the main plumbing line in our basement even though there is no water turned on anywhere. We have no evidence of moisture inside the house or basement. We have no leaking toilets, faucets, or anything else. However, when I check the water meter at the street it indicates water is running even after we shut off the main. Where could the problem be coming from and where is all this water going to?
Old 05-28-01, 11:15 AM
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Into the ground most likely, if your main house cut-off valve is o.k.
If you shut the main valve off at the house, and the meter is still running, you apparently have a leak in the line between the meter and main cut-off valve at the house.
Pipe usually comes in 20' lengths, and the leak is probably at a connection.
Going to have to start digging. (However, first check your toilets with the tank lid off. A leaking flapper at the bottom of the tank can allow a leak that is difficult to detect just looking at the bowl.)
Good Luck!

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