DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Walls and Ceilings > Can't find source of basement ceiling leak

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-20-2008, 07:42 AM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 1
Default Can't find source of basement ceiling leak

A few days ago I noticed a slow leak coming from the ceiling molding in my basement. The basement is finished and there aren't any pipes directly above the molding as far as I know. The immediate thought was a dishwasher leak, since it's above and nearby but the drip doesn't seem to relate to its use, or the use of the kitchen sink, also above. Everything looks dry above, as far I can tell.

Any ideas where to look next to find the source? The ceiling area isn't near the outside of the basement so I don't think it's coming in from the outside. Although I'm a novice at home repair and don't have much experience with these things.



philshap is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 07:47 AM  
inspectorD's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Litchfield, CT
Posts: 4,270
Liked 187 Times on 156 Posts
Likes Given: 477

Default Leaks

The leak could be miles away....just kidding.
The leak can be coming from the dishwasher or sink, the water finds its own level. Meaning it will come out at the lowest spot in the floor, this could be 10 feet away.
I would investigate the dishwasher drain hose, and any other supply hoses.
You need to feel around for this one. Sometimes it takes a while.
Tell us how you make out.

Just My
Made in the
inspectorD is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2008, 11:13 AM  
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2,990
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Send a message via AIM to glennjanie

Welcome Phil:
The leak could be condensation from the cold water lines in the ceiling. The warm moist air in the house is condensing on the water lines that are near 40* this time of year. The best cure is to insulate the pipes and get some ventilation in there.
glennjanie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 06:16 PM  
Supporting Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Grand Blanc, MI
Posts: 2,385
Liked 156 Times on 132 Posts
Likes Given: 71


Are there and roof penetrations in the area of the leak (i.e.-furnace or water heater exhaust pipes)?
Maybe condensate from a bad or overflowing refrigerator drip pan?
Maybe a water line tap for an ice maker?
kok328 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 10:05 PM  
triple D
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 296
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default maybee.....

In my opinion, get a sheet rock saw and cut an access hole in the lid so you can see exactly where the water is coming from. It will allow things to dry out in there as well. I bet a leaky abs joint. Good luck and keep us posted...

[COLOR="DarkGreen"][FONT="Franklin Gothic Medium"]See my work-Check out my album. "Git 'Er Done":D [/FONT][/COLOR]

Last edited by triple D; 02-22-2008 at 01:07 PM. Reason: I was tired...
triple D is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Basement water leak due to a submersible sump pump failing in a water well stanigator Plumbing Forum 1 05-18-2009 05:27 PM
Leak in ceiling *PLEASE HELP* larmannm Walls and Ceilings 30 01-30-2009 08:06 PM
Basement Leak Help/advice 60 year old house pkovo General Home Improvement Discussion 4 01-15-2009 10:20 PM
Leak at sill Plate of 8-foot basement - Help! deepstuff General Home Improvement Discussion 10 08-06-2008 06:06 AM
Best Way to Repair Notch in Textured Ceiling gpdiy77 Flooring 1 09-22-2007 09:07 AM

Newest Threads