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Old 01-08-2008, 03:07 PM   #1
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Bathroom floor wet; water coming _out_ of bath overflow.


Came home this evening to find the bathroom floor flooded. Noticed a weird thing - water was coming _out_ of the bath overflow, into the bath and down the plughole. I presume this is causing the leak, but have no idea how. Anyone got any ideas? I've turned off the water but don't want to rip the bath's side off yet.

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The overflow and the tub drain are connected and share the same trap and drain pipe.
The only way that I know of for water to be coming out of the overflow is for the drain line or the trap itself to be clogged.
Is the water ON when the overflow is leaking?
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Once I'd mopped up all the water, I noticed that the toilet cistern was dripping. When I checked, I found that the outflow pipe from it was leaking; it's not securely sealed to the cistern. And the reason why there's so much water outflowing is because the ballcock is broken! So 2 things at once resulted in the leak.

Even with the water shut off, there's still a dribble of water coming into the tank (leaky seal somewhere else?) so I had to whittle a wine cork down to plug the inlet (and no reason to waste the wine afterwards).

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The fill valve may need to be replaced.
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The overflow and the tub drain are connected and share the same trap and drain pipe.
The only way that I know of for water to be coming out of the overflow is for the drain line or the trap itself to be clogged.
Is the water ON when the overflow is leaking?
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It's actually not possible for the overflow to leak in the way he described. The tub would fill up with water just as fast as the pipe leading to the overflow filled up.
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The fill valve may need to be replaced.
It sounds like the fill valve is doing it's job. The tank is empty so it's trying to fill it. The valve for the toilet needs to be changed.
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Sounds like the wine is doing it's job.

The only possible way I can picture water coming out of an overflow plate on the tub and going down the drain is with a trip lever stopper with gunk plugging the pipe on top of the stopper because of a condensate drain tied into the back of the overflow tube....but it is winter time, are you running your air conditioner?


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