06:57PM | 01/08/14
I woke up this morning and went downstairs after showering to find several wet spots on my first floor ceiling below the second floor bathrooms, with water dripping through. There were no leaks in the ceiling above the second floor. Last night was unusually cold (around 10 degrees) and the heat was running most of the night at a moderate temperature (68 degrees; the heat pump is on the roof). I called the contractor who renovated the house before I purchased it four months ago. When he cut into the ceiling, he was unable to find any leaks in the pipes above, even when the upstairs bath, shower, and sinks were left running for an hour.

The HVAC ducts run through the house between the first and second floors. I suspect condensation on the ducts and/or the pipes might be the problem, but the contractor is skeptical. Anyone out there have any ideas?

David, Moderator

10:43PM | 01/09/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
208 lifetime posts
You say the water is appearing on the ceiling in the tub area. I would venture to say that the leak is somewhere in the shower area. Check seal around overflow, floor drain, etc


04:22PM | 01/13/14
Thanks for your reply. Is there any explanation for why that would have happened once but then not reoccurred since? We haven't patched up the holes the contractor cut in the ceiling yet, but we've gone back to using our water per usual since the problem has not reoccurred.


12:31PM | 01/15/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
1507 lifetime posts
If while taking a shower you have a leak check the grouting or wait a day or so for the dripping to stop then get a 5 gallon bucket and pour it down the drain to make sure the drain line did not crack. Get the bucket of water frm a different fixture

If it is a water supply that is leaking it would be a constant leak


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