07:08AM | 07/22/01
Member Since: 07/21/01
2 lifetime posts
Stupid Question:

There is a PVC pipe coming out of the ground (in my shrub bed) in the front of my house that connects to a metal pipe. Even with no water turned on anywhere in the house, I can hear water running into this metal pipe. What is the problem? I have not heard this sound until today, and I have lived here 5 1/2 years.


Jay J

11:33AM | 07/22/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi blueviper,

You'll have to gain acess to the crawlspace under the house or go into your basement to start tracing where the line goes once it enters the house.

Once you're there, it could be the Drain Line from your Condensation Pump on your HVAC system. Or, it could be a drain line for a Sump Pump. The fact that it gurgles could be that there's not that much water to push out and there's air in the line that's trying to escape.

Happy hunting!

Jay J -Moderator


03:53PM | 07/22/01
Member Since: 07/21/01
2 lifetime posts

Thanks for your quick reply Jay J! This is actually a different pipe than the one that handles the AC drainage. And in addition, we do not have a sump pump. Any other ideas? I asked my next door neighbor, and he did not have a clue either (but, he is not exactly a handyman either).

Thanks again,


02:21AM | 07/23/01
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Is your home on a cement slab? Some older home with the copper pipes in direct contact with the cement develope leaks over time. Can't figure the PVC pipe but may be tied into your water supply? Might try turning off the main water supply and see if it is still making sounds. If not, turn back on & check. May just have to trace it by listening to your pipes - use a large screwdriver with the handle to your ear & the point placed in direct contact to the pipe.

Jay J

09:15AM | 07/23/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
OK - You didn't mention if you can gain access in the house (to the basement or crawlspace) that's CLOSEST to where the pipe comes out of the ground. Once there, start looking for pipes that go OUTSIDE, and start tracing it/them BACKWARDS.

You could try 'snaking' the line to see now far the snake goes. Plus, it may give you a clue as to how far 'in' the pipe goes before it makes a 'turn' (assuming there is a turn.)

At worst, consider digging up the area VERY CAREFULLY!!! This may be your only resort. Once you've determined what it goes to, BE SURE TO POST BACK TO US. I for one would LOVE to know what it belongs to.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator


04:02PM | 11/17/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Viper,
You didn't say what the diameter of the pipe is. If it is 4" or so, I'd be willing to bet that it is the cleanout for your sewer that some noodle forgot to finish. Take a sniff. If you smell Kaka, that is what it is.
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