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Old 05-31-2012, 07:01 AM   #1
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Who can fix a leak in the shower?


I am posting this here because I don't know which category it best fits in.

I get out of the shower today and water was dripping through the ceiling in the room below through a seam in the drywall.

Water had leaked through this same area about 2 years ago when the toilet overflowed, but not again since.

I checked and there was no water in the bathroom outside of the shower today, so I assume there is a spot in the grout or caulk that let A LOT of water through today for some reason.

I have no idea who can help fix this for me. The downstairs ceiling will definitely have to be replaced, but I am more concerned with fixing the leak first. What type of person is most appropriate to fix this type of issue?

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:21 AM   #2
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Plumber---

You need to find the leak---could be the shower---might even be the toilet again.

This is a DIY site--I suggest you open up the damaged ceiling and take a look--

If you aren't up to that job---start with a plumber-

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:25 AM   #3
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Thanks, oh'mike, for your reply. I realize this is for DIY'ers but didn't know where else to turn. The problem is that I would cut up the dining room ceiling myself and try to identify the problem myself if it is going to come to that anyway. If someone would then tell me that I don't need to rip up the ceiling after the fact, I'll be kicking myself.

Do plumbers deal with this sort of thing or is that really a different specialty?
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:26 AM   #4
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Plumber to start. But the guys are not the most graceful when it comes to cutting out drywall. I would get a rat tail saw and do that part yourself.

I don't think a grout or caulk fail would cause water to drip from the ceiling below. It is either a broken/cracked water or drain line.
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Could be many things--but looking from below when testing to find the leak will be the key---

Possible causes--

Leaking toilet,again

Loose mixer valve cover

Water on floor

Wall failure

Shower arm leak

Drain leak
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Sounds to me like a plumbing leak. But, it it a tile shower? Or a tub? Can you access the mixing valve from the back, without disturbing tiles? You may be able to get a peek at the mixing valve if you pull the handle and trim. If the valve is leaking, it may be DIY plumbing.

I'll second sdsester on plumbers and drywall. I have a good friend who's a plumber. He does beautiful work with copper, lead and PVC. Even chrome and brass. But his only use of a wood or drywall saw is to get stuff out of the way so he can get on with doing beautiful work with copper, lead or PVC.
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Hope for the toilet.
If it's the shower then it may be the drain line but if it is the grout then you have big issues. If the grout is what is leaking then your membrane has failed and the only correct way to fix it would be to remove the tile.
I would start with testing the toilet,
test the shower drain, no water on the tiles.
test the pan by plugging the drain and fill the pan with water.
you should be able to isolate the leak.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:11 AM   #8
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don't underestimate the ability of grout to POUR water down below. You can rule it out by taping cheap plastic sheeting to the shower walls and see if the leak goes away.

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