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In the process of rearranging furniture in one of the bedrooms, I discovered a wet spot next to the wall (not common with exterior but between bedroom and master bath). I pulled away the carpet and found that the tackstrip for the carpet was gone in spots and that there was what appeared to be dirt and a few worms in the mess! I thought it might be a leak from the shower or a leak from the roof or even ground water from the huge rain we had. The worms and dirt have me baffled. Can anyone offer any ideas? I thought if its a radiant heat plumbing leak, I'd have Vesuvius by now.

Ben
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Joined: Aug 12 2004

That "dirt" is the poop from the worms, which is the best dirt for growing plants.

Worms are eating the rotting wood, which is rotting from constant moisture.

Year round, as the worms can't do this when it's dry.

Roof leak is only during the rainy season. During the dry months, there can't be enough of a pool up there to sustain the moisture needed.

Bathroom leak, sure.

Floor heating tube punctured by the rug tack strip, sure.

Water pipe leak, sure.

I'd vote for heating tube punctured by that tack strip. Very common.

vdb
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Joined: Jan 29 2007

pstretch wrote:
In the process of rearranging furniture in one of the bedrooms, I discovered a wet spot next to the wall (not common with exterior but between bedroom and master bath). I pulled away the carpet and found that the tackstrip for the carpet was gone in spots and that there was what appeared to be dirt and a few worms in the mess! I thought it might be a leak from the shower or a leak from the roof or even ground water from the huge rain we had. The worms and dirt have me baffled. Can anyone offer any ideas? I thought if its a radiant heat plumbing leak, I'd have Vesuvius by now.

We are experiencing exactly the same symptoms: moist floor and wall in between the master bedroom and bathroom. Did you ever resolve the problem? It'd be great if you could post a follow-up.

Thanks!

Joined: Apr 20 2006

Possibilities:
1. Is there bathroom plumbing inside the wall?
2. How about a roof leak going inside the wall?
3. A plugged roof drain pipe can leak at the top, under the overhang, and put water inside a wall. Water travels.
3. Toilet wax seals can leak under flooring and show up elsewhere.

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