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Question DetailsAsked on 1/15/2017

We have hardwood laminate and tile flooring. We have been finding water pools in the same vicinity of both floors.

One area that we see the water coming up is near the baseboard where the house connects to the garage. The other small pools(2-3 inches in circumference) of water (sometimes sticky, sometimes not) can be found on both wood and tile floors, in arbitrary places. We have gas forced air heat. We have a basement and a second story above the main floor where this is occurring. We have pets, but this is water, not pet urine. The walls, baseboards and ceilings are dry. We are stumped! Our home is 23 years old and has been well-maintained.

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If sticky at times, probably not just water, meaning probably not a leak.

Pools in arbitrary areas and especially not in basement only, and no evidence of ceiling drips - I would give about 50:1 odds these are pet or kid related. A kid walking around spilling out of a sippy cup or sloshing out of a cup they are carrying (can you say teenager with hands full of drink cup and snacks), or a urinating or drooling pet, or maybe a pet layuing down and licking paws or belly, creating a wet spot. This is real common with pets with paw irritation or injury or skin allergies, with them constantly licking the pads and causing wet spots on floor or carpets. And especially likely one of these is the cause if arbitrary places that change from time to time, not one consistent place.

Also - in my house, wife carrying a full teacup/mug or tea or heated juice or hot water from microwave to whereever she is sitting and going to drink it, slopping over the edge a bit as it is carried.

Also - people tracking in snow on shoes, which then falls off random palces and melts on the floor.

The one by the base of the garage wall one might suspect a pipe in the wall is leaking if that were the only place - probably easy to check from garage side, especially if not drywalled in there, but even so by knocking a small hole in the drywall 2 inches off the floor (to get the hole above the bottom plate), and sticking finger in or using flashlight to see if wet in there.

Easy way to initially look at what it is or is not - get a cheap ultraviolet light from Amazon or such for under $10 - several shown here -

to see if it is urine or drool or an organic-based drink like soda or such, because a water leak (unless sewage) would not show up in a black light.

One other possibility, but since on an elevated floor too likely only if concrete floors as opposed to wood framed, would be if there is in-floor embedded hot water heating system you do not know about, which is leaking - though of course the wet spots would be the same place every time.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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