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Old 07-13-13, 11:16 AM
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First Post, Water in Basement

Hello everyone, not sure if this is the right section of the forum for this particular post, but I will post it here and hopefully receive some help.
I recently purchased a home, that was built in 1983, its a 4 split level nice home. However, in the basement level of the home, there is always a small wet spot in the carpet , the wet spot is so small its actually like the size of a toonie. But it comes and goes, I was wondering if I should be worried about this, or what you guys think it could possibly be.. Its directly in the middle of the basement which is the most stunning to me. Could water be making its way up through the middle of the basement somehow?

Any information is appreciated, this is my first home and I am only 24 years old.
 
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Old 07-13-13, 11:42 AM
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What is located directly above the area where the wet spot is. I don't know what a "toonie" is so not sure the size of the wet spot. Yes, water can seep up from the ground, however, unlikely you would only notice it in one spot. There would be other spots with ground seepage. See if any moisture is present in the ceiling area above the spot.
 
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Thanks for the quick post, the wet spot is literitally no bigger than an inch. Right above it the ceiling is not finished, just pipes, but there appears to be no leak coming from the pipes either , and no other spots in the carpet show any sign of moist.
 
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Old 07-13-13, 12:11 PM
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Put a cardboard box over the wet spot. Run water in the pipes overhead and if they are drain lines make sure that they get some use with water as well. Return to the cardboard box. If there is a wet spot on the top of the box, you have a leak in one of the pipes. If nothing, then possibly ground seepage.

Do any of the plumbing pipes go under the basement floor? Where does the water come in from the street or from a well?
 
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If there is a cold water line above the wet spot, it might be condensation dripping down. When the water is not in use it might dry out and thus the pipes don't look wet. Czizzi's cardboard box trick will help identify which direction the water is coming from.

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