Water pipes sound like they are consistently running in condo


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Old 07-16-18, 09:37 PM
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Exclamation Water pipes sound like they are consistently running in condo

Hey everyone. Thanks in advance for any answers.

I live in a two story condo, on a slab. A week or so ago, I noticed the sound of water running in the pipes consistently. Almost sounds like the water running when someone is taking a shower far away from you in the house. It's not a neighbor, as this is a 24/7 sound now.

I have a water heater in the pantry in the kitchen, and the downstairs bathroom is close-by. You can hear the sound of water running and in both the bathroom pipes under the sink and the pipes over the water heater, a slight hiss every 5-10 seconds.

As I sit in my living room, the sound is just reminiscent of someone running the water in another room. Just the sound of water running consistently. I can also hear the hiss from here every several seconds. Any ideas of what the issue could be?
 

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Old 07-17-18, 05:54 AM
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Are you new to this condo? Does it have a hot water circulation system?

If this water sound has never occurred before it is possible there is a water leak somewhere.
 
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Old 07-17-18, 07:37 AM
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I purchased it and moved into it in April. The sound started a few weeks ago. As far as a hot water circulation, I believe so, although I'm not entirely sure. All I know is that I have a large cylindrical electric water heater, and I hear the sound of running water through pipes when I get near it, although no leaks or anything like that.
 
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Old 07-17-18, 09:18 AM
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Slab leaks happen.

Have you done testing to isolate a possible location of a leak namely turn off the water heater cold inlet for a few hours, then turn off the main cold water shutoff for a few hours, etc?

(This time turn off the water heater heat using the panel breaker before turning off the cold water feed. Turn on a hot faucet and let water run for a minute before turning the water heater power back on.)

Do you have your own water meter? Check it for dial spinning or rotation when "nobody" is using water.
 
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Old 07-17-18, 02:47 PM
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If you have your own dedicated water heater and you don't see a small pump on or near it, it's probably not recirculated hot water. You would've heard that from the get-go anyway.

If you can find a time that no one's home, or get everyone to agree not to use the water for a while, you could check the water meter for movement.

If there is movement, check all the toilets with food coloring & repair as needed, then check the meter again.
 
 

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