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TDP 11-21-2012 12:27 PM

Overflow leaking
I built an addition onto an older house and put in a bathroom upstairs. After the tub was put in, I used it to take a bath.
A few hours later after I went downstairs, I noticed water stains on the ceiling in the guest room. I had a friend come over and cut out the area in the ceiling where the water was and had a plumber come out. He said everything was ok but the water leaked from the overflow drain! I'm really ticked - I just finished the house and now I have to tear some of it up. I have to have people come out and replace the drywall and I don't even want to do that until I can fix this!
Does anyone have any suggestions? I feel like I'm at a loss.

Seattle2k 11-21-2012 02:17 PM

Your plumber said everything was ok, but the overflow drain was leaking. Doesn't that kind of contradict itself? Is the overflow still leaking or has that been fixed?

drywall is pretty easy to replace. When you get to that point, we can help you through it.

ben's plumbing 11-21-2012 08:18 PM

yes is the overflow fixed...if not it needs fixed...1 st make sure the gasket is in place and tight....ben sr:yes:

TDP 11-26-2012 10:44 AM

Thank you everyone for your replies! I apologise; I wrote the first post out of frustration. I am not a plumber, nor do I have any idea what I am doing but I am trying to do what I can to help move things along. I have the plumber coming back out today. From what he said, it seemed like everything was working - it was my opinion that the water came from the overflow because of everything that led to the leak. As far as I knew, everything was working when they installed the plumbing - the only thing different about taking this bath is that I had the tub filled up. Again, I could be totally wrong.

Someone on another site mentioned a website that sells a gasket that may solve the problem - I am going to show it to the guy when he gets here and see what he thinks.

I will post an update when we figure it out!

Also, I apologise to anyone who has had to read this more than once - I've posted to a few sites trying to get some feedback. :) I really do appreciate everyone's concern and feedback; it helps me feel a little more educated on the subject and perhaps I might be of help to someone who is having a similar issue one day.

Minus08 11-26-2012 12:19 PM

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I had a similar problem where I thought my overflow was leaking. Here is the link to the topic. I have pictures attached/

Here are a few of the photos.

TDP 11-26-2012 01:54 PM

I posted this to your thread as well - I ordered from this site:

I'll let you know how it works out - I'm still waiting for the guy to get here...

TDP 12-04-2012 01:37 PM

Ok, so update: (I'll try to keep this short!)

The pipes were fine, no leaking, no leaks where any of them join, etc. From what I can understand, the water wasn't completely going into the drain from the overflow and it was causing the water to get between the tub and the wall, therefore, leaking onto the ceiling below. Like I said, I don't completely understand all of this but I get the point. I ordered a gasket from the place someone suggested - Ultimate Overflow ( and even put it in myself (whoo hoo!). I filled up the tub and recreated the scene of the "crime" - before fixing the drywall of course (the drywallers will be here Thursday!) and nothing happened.

I feel confident in the drywall being installed this week now that the problem seems to have been fixed! I just hope I don't have to do that ever again... Thank goodness there was nothing in the room below or that would have been even worse! Now I just have to go to Home Depot for carpet...

Thank you all for your support!

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