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We have a 400 year old house, and have a problem with a large amount of water pooling in the kitchen. We are having trouble establishing where it is coming from, with no obvious leaks found as yet. The water looks clean, and we are wondering if there is anyway of testing it to establish if it is mains water or spring/ground water - we have heard that there used to be a well in the back garden! Can you advise on the best course of action to establish the source of this water? many thanks

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First verify you have nothing leaking in your kitchen.Sink, refrige,drains.Heating system is it hot water? make sure its not leaking also.

Im guessing this home is on a slab or has no basement?One way to find out if the water table is high is too go outside and dig down about 2 feet on all 4 sides of the house.Wait about 4 to 6 hours and see if the holes fill with water.If any of them do then you have a high water table or the old well is filling up.
Your water main if its city water should come in off the street,find the shut off near the curb and follow it too the house.
As far as testing the water,your local health department or water dept should be able to test it for you.

Or there are some places to get your own.

If the water table is that high your going to need to have a contractor pump the ground out by putting long pipes in the ground and hoses and actually pumping out the water.Or have the well sealed and filled.

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