finding a leak

Old 03-29-16, 09:37 AM
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finding a leak

i have a waterline that 40 plus years old. im trying to find a leak in the line. it is 3 quarters of a mile long and i have seepage from field next to mine
Old 03-29-16, 06:26 PM
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Good luck! Seriously that's about all I've got for locating a leak in that much line without getting fancy. I used to start digging in the most likely area to find the leak. After buying a excavator I just start at one end and use the old pipe as a guide for digging the trench for the new pipe.

I would do some testing to verify that it's your water line leaking and not ground water. Are you on municipal water or a well?
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Are you sure you only have one leak? After that amount of time, I'd be looking into the cost of running a new line.
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What material is the leaking pipe made of?
Old 03-30-16, 10:04 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

I've heard of plumbers using a stethoscope on the pipe in a few locations to hear the leak and try to determine where it's closer/further from the last test location. This will require a few holes and a lot of luck.

Chandler (another user here) was mentioning in another thread recently about using a copper wire divining rod to find water... I've never even considered trying it, but he says it works.

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