Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Problems with our Water Works

Just as we were going to start back on the kitchen, a letter popped into the box from the water board saying we had high water consumption. That got us thinking, are we using too much? There’s no pool, we water the garden from the well and we have water butts. OK, we’ve had visitors over the year which uses extra water but not much, we’ve used extra water for some building work plus the normal washing loads and a dishwasher. But nothing major that would warrant a letter. Our last bill was estimated, so we have no idea when the problem started. So we switched everything off in the house, checked the meter and it was still turning, ahhhh, we have a problem. Next, we switched off the main stopcock near the meter and it stopped. Our deduction was a leak somewhere between the house and the meter, but where in a 40 meter pipe. So Roger started digging to check the 2 outside taps, nothing leaked. Next we capped off the water tap nearest the house to isolate the house, the meter was still going round. Sounds odd, but that was a relief because if it was a leak in the house it could have meant digging up floors, which we didn’t fancy at all. The next tap was capped and the meter stopped, so our leak was under the drive. Now the repair. Because the water pipe runs alongside the electric cable, about a meter down, we’ve decided not to repair it, but dig a new trench and install a new pipe. Temporarily, Roger is going to install the new pipe and leave it above ground until our man with a digger arrives to dig the new trench.

 Water Leak 5

Outside tap No 1 showing electric cable alongside.

Water Leak 2

Digging to reveal outside tap No 2.

Water Leak 6

Outside tap No 2 revealed.

Water Leak 4

Showing the distance between the holes, approx 40 meters. The leak is under there somewhere.

 Water Leak 3

We tried to dig up the drive. Fruitless as 1 meter down and full of rocks. Digger required.

14 comments:

  1. Oh dear but at least you have been warned before it got even worse. Our meter is inside the house so if we had an outside problem it would not be ours. Sounds like you have it under control. Hopefully the digger arrives soon and it is all sorted. Otherwise we hope you are both well. Diane xx

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    1. The water companies have a legal obligation to let you know if your consumption dramatically increases. Good job too x

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  2. It's just one thing after another. What a bummer. Looks like a very large mole has been at work. But we hope all will be solved soon. Xx ps keep calm and carry on. Xx

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    1. I'm sure there's someone somewhere that doesn't want us to finish the kitchen. We'll get this sorted and then we can continue x

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  3. Great deduction work and a good idea to renew the pipe. The digger sounds like your best bet at that distance.
    Good job you were notified xx

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    1. Hopefully the digger will be here Saturday, will be glad when it's sorted x

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  4. What a pain! Some hassle that you don't need but could have been a lot worse from your description.
    Good luck in getting it all sorted out soon xx

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    1. We haven't had the bill yet. We know it will be high, but it could have been worse if they hadn't told us x

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  5. Hope you fix the problem soon....

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    1. Hopefully over the weekend. Roger is off to buy the pipe and fittings tomorrow x

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  6. Oh my, that is not good, another lot of hard work for you and Roger - never ends - hopefully you will get it sorted soon.
    Take care - nice pis of the house though, with a few holes. xx

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    1. The new pipe has been laid across the lawn, just waiting for the digger to make the trench. It is a nice pic and hopefully the holes will disappear soon x

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  7. Hi Kerry,
    We had this kind of problem 2 years ago and our consumption was huge .Fortunately there is a new law now and they cant charge more than twice your average consumption over the last two years !
    Maybe you know about it but I thought it could be helpful to let you know in case.

    Bon courage pour trouver la fuite et ensuite quand vous recevrez la facture !
    Sylvie

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    1. Hi Sylvie. Thank you for letting us know. The facture hasn't arrived yet but we will take it along and try and get a reduction. We've only been here just over a year, but they might take the previous owners usuage into account x

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