When it rains, it pours...

tyromeo55

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If it's leaking under the slab, don't dig it out. Replace it through the attic with pex.
Lady’s house across the street was “fixed” that way. She was out of town a couple winters ago and it froze when we had a colder then normal spell one night. I saw it raining out of her soffits. The repair bill was huge. Most of the house needed everything. floors, walls, kitchen cabinets..... it was horrible
 

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Flapper chain.
Overflow tube leaking?
Hmmm tank bolts loss
All good guesses... but nope, nope, and nope. ;)

The little hose that goes into the overflow pipe was siphoning water out of the tank. This ballcock assembly doesn't have a "break over center" feature, so it was just trickling enough to keep up with the siphoning loss, rather than flipping on and off where you could hear it. I discovered the problem by shining a flashlight into the overflow tube.

I zip-tied that sucker to the outside of the overflow tube (it still flushes just fine) and waited a couple hours. The water meter's "leak indicator" has stopped moving altogether.

Thanks for all the input. You guys are the best. :thumb:

I'm a happy camper.
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Well... I've fought with this brass toilet valve setup until I'm done.

The copper float ball had a tiny leak. And as it filled up, kept dropping and allowing water to seep through the valve. I kept adjusting (bending) the rod until it had no room, so I replaced it with a longer rod and plastic float ball (an original when the house was built in '76).

Worked great for a while. Then I got a higher water bill (again!) and had to adjust the float rod. Then it got to where adjustments had to be done more often.

And... water bill was about $10 higher last month. Checked the tank, and sure enough it was trickling over the overflow tube. Again.

So I bent the rod one last last time... and ordered a couple of the plastic Fluidmaster float/valve/flapper kits, along with a few spare valve seals. They arrived a few days ago, and installation is now high on the "to-do" list.

Not counting the cost of the brass valves assemblies (I bought 2 different brands), copper float, and other seals/accessories ($60-$80 or more?), I've probably paid $150-$200 in wasted water bills over the past year. And probably lost a fair bit of what little sanity I have left.

I don't know whether it's calcium buildup, sand & grit in the water supply, or just my luck, but we never had this kind of problems with Fluidmaster valves.

So... it's back to plastic.
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