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Thanks with your help on the gas piping... I now have one more mystery on the water pipes.

The water comes into the house (in the basement), passes the main shutoff valve (which works well, unlike the gas, then the meter, and then the pipe splits in two directions. Both of the lines then go into the wall, one after a ball valve and the other, higher up, after a standard (gate?) valve.

What confused me, however, was that I noticed about a week after we moved into our house that the ball valve is actually in the 'off' position. So whatever that leads to has been off... but I don't know of anything that was lacking water. I turned it on, heard a rush of water and quickly turned it back off.

My first thought was maybe it went outside somewhere, but our spigot outside in the front has worked all along. "Ah ha!" I then thought, "there's that spigot on the side of the house that doesn't work. That must be it." So I went outside and turned it on and had my wife go into the basement and turn on the ball valve... but still nothing.

I've walked around the house looking for water after having the valve open... or looking for another valve or somewhere it might go. I haven't found anything. I'll leave the valve on for 5 or 10 seconds and it continues to rush and the meter turns, so it doesn't appear like it's capped and fills up. I don't want to leave it on much longer than that for fear or flooding... something.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where that might lead? Or any suggestions on how i can find outs?
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