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A broken Water Main: Is it a Pipe or is it Ground Water? - Hudson, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 07, 2015

A few weeks ago, before the snow was really melting, and there had been no rain, an insurance company in the town of Hudson, MA called us because there was water in the basement.

That didn't make much sense, so the first thing we had to do was find out where the water was coming from. There were no signs outside, so we went downstairs and found a finished basement with finished walls against the stone wall and the block wall foundation.

We opened that up and we saw a few areas that were leaking. The employees told us that they had someone come in twice a day to vacuum up the water. We hadn't had any rain in that time period, so I recommended that they take the water down to the water department for testing. They did and had it tested for chlorine and fluoride. It did have chlorine in it which meant that it was a broken pipe outside. The town water department came in with their hearing equipment so they could here the leak. The town had to open up the sidewalk and street to fix the leaking town water pipe.

But this is another example of water coming in the basement that is really town water and not actually ground water. It is important to identify the source of the leak.

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