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Help with water leaking through retainer wall

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by The Flying Kiwi, 25th Mar, 2016.

  1. The Flying Kiwi

    The Flying Kiwi New Member

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    Hi there,

    we seem to have a big problem. There is a steady flow of water coming through a retainer wall that is across a path from one side of our house. Of course the water is now running up against the house and we can even hear it 'bubbling' into cracks next to the house so we're pretty concerned and need to do something.

    I wouldn't know where to start though to find the source of the leak. We are confident it's a leaking pipe as it leaks even when it's been fully sunny for long periods.

    Appreciate any help.
    thanks,
    Daniel

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  2. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    It's a dwarf wall. Dig out the dirt behind it, check or install new ag drain behind it.

    There may be a source of water like a broken pipe or irrigation system nearby (uphill).
     
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  3. The Flying Kiwi

    The Flying Kiwi New Member

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    Thanks so much Scott I'll have a go at that... love the name! Consider me a new mate!
     
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  5. bob shovel

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    Is this a new water feature?

    Scotty has a good idea but that's still a bit of digging :eek: could be the neighbours have a water leak somewhere. Especially if you can see a babbling brook. Worth investigating the source of the spring. Check your water meter and the neighbours when you have all taps off and see who is spinning. Depending on the surrounding houses/area it could be a few houses up!
     
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  6. CowPat

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    ↑ ↑ this ( Bob Shovel )

    check your meter first

    then check the neighbours

    yes check the meter dosnt spin when the water is off
    even turn the water off overnight and see if the flow slows down

    put your earhole on the handle of the outside hosecock (garden tap)


    that retaining wall probably means there is a change in height , and the neighbours block is higher than yours . Water flows downhill



    check if your or their HWS is leaking
     
  7. The Flying Kiwi

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    Bingo...!

    you're all all over it thanks. It was ours - I also found that info on testing if it was our water with the meter, and it was. Dug a big hole (good bit of exercise!) and in the pic there is a crack on the underside of the piping you can see. I feel very accomplished and my wife is very impressed... two ticks! Thanks!

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  8. Scott No Mates

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    Now that you've identified the fault. Get your plumber to fix. Submit a plumber's statement to your water supply authority and get your water bill adjusted (do this if there's been a big jump in water consumption).
     
  9. bob shovel

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    Repair it yourself for bonus points! ;)
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    But no rebate for eater usage :(
     
  11. The Flying Kiwi

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    Haha... thanks. Definitely a plumber for me!... meter usage rebates or not. I'm not wanting to have to dig a hole like that again for a while so it needs to be fixed forever ;-)
     
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  12. Helicrete

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    Glad you got it resolved mate