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Looking for some advice please. I am trying to establish if I still have a leak
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I found a small? leak in the kitchen on hot water inlet to washer. Ripped up the flooring in the kitchen and bathroom and lots of black floorboards in both. Plumber fixed by changing the brass connector thingies on the pipes and I bought new hoses. Didn't think that the amount of black was warranted by such a small leak but just bought house so it could have been happening for ages.

Heard a dripping noise in the panel behind the toilet where the soil pipe is. Also when flushing the toilet it sounds like too much noise for a normal flush. No smell noted. Tested a few things and found that the drip stopped when I was away from the house overnight and started/increased when i poured a kettle of water down the toilet. Asked plumber but he thinks it is nothing and that the black floor is down to the washer leak as the blackness comes from the kitchen side and spreads across.
No sign of water anywhere and black boards seem dry.

I am really worried that there is a leak behind the panel or under the floor. Would you advise to rip out panel and have a good look? Surveyor was here and she looked under the floor in the kitchen through a small hole and said she was looking for glistening but didn't see any. I am refurbishing now so this would be the time Any other tests I can do to try and find a leak if there is one? (before I start ripping)

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Obviously can't see it to advise 100%, but as you say you are refurbishing anyway, I would take the panel off for a few days to check properly and put you mind at rest, if nothing else.

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Just for additional information never underestimate the distance that a small drip can creep under floor covering etc. I discovered a drip from a washing machine union that had crept ten foot or so to an adjacent cloakroom. It appeared it was the loo leaking but after following pipes back after taking up flooring I found the source. A neighbour had a similar thing where he had damp in an understairs cupboard wall and the first thing I checked was the washing machine inlet. Sure enough, dripping away and it had crept to this cupboard and was wicking up the wall. He thought he had a breached DPC but a simple washer fixed it.

So my advice is check all joints carefully and the meerest drip can cause problems.

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Thank you both. I omitted to say the surveyor advised me to replace the floorboards but that will be the joiner so I will make sure I get down in the void and have a good look whilst the boards are up. The hole in the kitchen floor is too small for me to get down.


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Ooops, need to get this upload photo thing right!


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Possible that the drip is the toilet overflow, since you have just bought the house though I would suggest investigating properly, as you have seen even a tiny drip can cause problems.
My mother has a tiny drip from a washing machine hose, I had to replace about 2 square metres of flooring because of it.



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Ooops, need to get this upload photo thing right!

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I have had another look and there is no sign of an overflow pipe either inside or out.

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Dagblast it! - can't get the hang of the photo thing!

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Any comments at all would be gratefully appreciated. Assume I don't know anything so i don't miss any gems of wisdom. Thank you so much


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Most WC units do not have external overflows these days. If the water level raises it spills down the flush pipe into the loo which self levels as the excess runs away to waste. Look for drips under the joint from the WC waste outlet into the sewerage pipe and any leaks from the cold feed into the cistern.

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