How To Fix A Leaky Bathtub Or Shower

by Maggie on September 21, 2012

How To Fix A Leaky Bathtub Or Shower

Learning how to fix a leaky bathtub or shower can be quite an interesting lesson especially if you can’t find where the leak is coming from and you don’t have all of the necessary plumbing tools.

When we first bough our new house, we painted the walls and ceilings of every room. Shortly after we moved in, I noticed that the bathroom downstairs started developing rings on the ceilings. My daughter’s bathroom is right above this bathroom so I knew that something must have been leaking.

One evening, after my daughter’s bath, my husband started yelling that there was water dripping from the ceiling. I went downstairs and found that the water was leaking from the vent in the ceiling. So I called my parents and told them what happened.

When they came over, I tried to recreate the situation by filling the tub, draining it, and running the shower. Nothing leaking. I did this a few times, even letting the water sit in the tub for an hour before draining and nothing.

Later that week, it happened again. So my parents came out and we decided to cut a hole in the ceiling downstairs roughly where the tub was to see if we could see anything wet or leaking. Everything looked dry. We tried to recreate bath night again and nothing.

So now I still have to either fix a leaky bathtub or fix a leaky shower and I have a hole in my ceiling and we still don’t know where the leak is coming from. The yellow rings on my ceiling were getting bigger too. This was seriously getting ridiculous.

So it happens again later that week. This time there is a ton of water on the floor most likely because of the hole. And I realized what the difference was, my daughter splashing around. So I called my parents again and this time, I was able to get the water leaking. Come to find out, the overflow pipe to the overflow drain had developed a leak and it would only leak when my daughter was splashing around in the tub. 

Actually learning how to fix the leaky tub was easy. Unfortunately now I had a hole in the ceiling that I had to repair and I had to prime and paint the ceiling again!

So I would have to say that the most frustrating part of learning how to fix a leaky bathtub or shower is finding the leak.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for Rotorooter, however, all the points and views are my own.

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