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drakeab 06-01-2013 03:19 PM

Leaking Pipe
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Hello all! As a new homeowner, this is my first post on the forum and I look forward to many more!

I have a leak in my basement coming from my spare bathroom that I need to get fixed ASAP because I need to move in in two weeks but my master bath is going to be remodeled.

I have no ideas if these photos will help, but if someone could let me know if this is a leak I can fix myself or if I need to call a plumber that would be great!



drakeab 06-01-2013 03:22 PM

After looking at these pictures again, I think it would be tough for someone to advise me one way or another. If anyone can give me any tell tale signs that I need a plumber or if it is something I can do myself, that would be great!


Willie T 06-01-2013 03:50 PM

One of the best tools for tracing the path of water (the trail it follows) is a bit of toilet paper. It will soak up water in places you may not even see it.

wkearney99 06-02-2013 07:03 AM

Kinda looks like the elbow under the tub is leaking. Could be as simple as new putty around the drain through the tub. Could be the elbow itself. Or, worse, it could be the tub itself has rusted.

But it's going to be tough going getting into that tight space.

If you've got all the tools and the time then it's not any harder than most DIY plumbing jobs. But the hassle will be trying to figure it all out and do it in that little bit of space. You could start by trying to unscrew the drain from the tub (from topside) and see what shape it's in. Put a fresh gasket or plumbers putty around it and screw it back in again. See if that stops the leak.

Is there an access panel upstairs that leads to wet wall of the tub? Before you do anything with the drain you'd want to make sure the leak isn't coming from farther up and dripping down to the trap along the curve of the tub.

PoleCat 06-02-2013 07:51 AM

My money is on the where the brass tube screws into the elbow.

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