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Likely leak in water service line from street
Hi, just looking for some input in a little issue I have right now at an apartment building.
Starting in late summer/fall, I noticed a wet spot on/next to the sidewalk in the front yard. It's kind of a low spot, so i assumed it was just from the rain. However, it never seemed to dry up.
As it's gotten colder, I've gotten more perplexed. It is never frozen, even when it has been around zero here lately. Suddenly, the realization dawned on me the other day that it is precisely in line with the water line coming in from the street.
After a little bit of research, I waited until no one was using the water in the building (judging by the meter) and put my ear up to it. I could hear a slight noise that I'm assuming means water leaking.
So-I'm trying to figure out what to do. I've heard horror stories about $10,000+ water line replacements, which don't bring a lot of joy. I'm hoping the line can simply be dug up and repaired (it is 1" lead) but even if it has to be replaced it is only about 40 feet from the curb.
Obviously, I'm going to try to get this fixed as cheaply as I can. I can do the excavating (although I can't dig in the street unless I'm bonded) which will help. I haven't told the water department yet because I don't want them to order it fixed within 10 days or anything like that.
I'm wondering-any tips on how to best do this? Can I legally have lead lines repaired? Am I responsible for this line all the way from the water main, or just from the stop box? Any questions to ask as I shop for a plumber? I'm in southern Michigan.