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Old 08-27-2015, 11:19 AM   #1
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Leak when shower turned on near spout


When I turn on the shower I am noticing a leak right where the spout meets the tile in my shower. I have a single lever to turn on the water.

Any idea on what could be causing this?
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:25 AM   #2
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Considering your rough in is something similar to this I would think something is not tight or soldered correctly. Is this a new install? iS there an access panel somewhere to look and see whats going on in the plumbing wall?
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There is no access panel and there is all tile work done. This bathroom has been around for about 10 years
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:23 PM   #4
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Water leaked out and ran down the outside of the middle pipe (behind the tiles) and some came out where the lower end of the middle pipe came out to the tub spout.

The purpose of the little hole in the bottom of the tub spout is to let out any water that might get trapped between the spout and the wall (if the spout were not caulked all the way around) rather than let the water accumulate back there with some going back into the wall.
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Most likely, it is leaking where the nipple in Collegetry's photo connects to the tub spout. Try to screw off the spout, retape the nipple with teflon tape and see if that does not resolve your issue. Sometimes the spouts are tightened too much and can cause a small crack where it attaches to the nipple. If so you will need to replace the spout. While you have the spout off, make sure the tile hole around the nipple is sealed with silicone. This will prevent water from backing into the wall if this should happen again in the future.
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