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woodinville guy 08-31-2005 01:31 PM

Leaking Bathtub
Last night I was startled by a dripping noise in my downstairs hallway. From on of my can lights there was water dripping. Directly above the dripping is my kids bathtub. One kid had just finished taking a bath and the tub was empty other than my other taking a shower. Of course I have no access panel to the pipes, although there is a close right behind the bathtub pipes.

The tub doesn't appear to have any cracks in it. I can't imagine that the water is going through any of the grout lines. What are the likely problems for this? I plan on looking through the can light hole to see if I see the plumming but I'm assuming that I'll need to cut a hole in the closet for access.

Thanks for any help,

KenTheHandyMan 08-31-2005 10:29 PM

First, I would try to tighten the drain (clockwise). Some of these drains can become loose and water will leak out.

I wouldn't enlarge the can light hole yet because even if you can see something there (by all means look) it will likely be fixed by the drain. So if the drain tightening doesn't work, I'd open the wall up first.

Bonus 08-31-2005 10:41 PM

Did your kid inadvertently overfill the tub? Sometimes the washer on the overflow is not seated correctly and no-one will notice for perhaps years until it is needed. If you think that might be it, just unscrew the trim piece and have a look. There should be a large tapered rubber washer right behind the bar that holds the trim on. Loosen the bar (two screws) reseat the washer and tighten the bar, then put the trim back. Just a possibility, but a whole lot better than repairing drywall. :) Rich.

woodinville guy 09-01-2005 01:32 PM

After cutting the hole in the closet last night I figured out the water is coming through the grout for the tile.

Everything else looks good. No mold that I can see. Should I spray a bleach solution to be safe?

This weekend I'll be removing the old grout and putting in fresh new grout.
Thanks for the help!


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