10:26PM | 03/22/05
Member Since: 03/22/05
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There seems to be moisture seeping from under 2nd floor bathroom floor. Sections of tiles just outside of shower stall and gouge between tiles became darker in color, like those were wet. But there is no noticeable water or moisture on tiles or anywhere. This darker spot is expanding.

Just outside of this bathroom, near where this dark spot is appearing, is a roof extending out from the wall. This roof is at about same level as the bathroom floor.

I don’t know who to call to take a look at this problem and fix it. Should I call a plumber, call roofer, or may be bathroom remodeling contractor?

Please help! Thank you.


06:04AM | 03/26/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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It's notoriously difficult to find sources of leaks, as water can travel a ways before it makes its presence known. But knowing this, you can still start with the easiest, cheapest, highest-probability and least destructive things first.

I consider myself a capable DIY'er (not a pro), and have dealt with these kinds of issues (unfortunately) a time or two.

I take it you haven't noticed any correlation with weather, snow-melt that might indicate a roof problem? Perhaps you can scope out the area of the roof with binoculars--paying attention to condition of flashing, etc.

As there's a good likelihood that it's the shower, is there a chance that a loose showerhead might be causing the problem? If so, it's an easy fix with teflon tape.

Is there evidence on the ceiling below this bathroom? If so, one temptation would be to make a small hole in the ceiling--enough to shine a flashlight and see if you can pinpoint anything. I found a small leak from a tub drain that way. For one thing, drywall repair is relatively cheap and easy--and if the problem is between floor and ceiling, it's probably easier to go up through ceiling than a finished tile floor.

Good luck; as I said, these can be hard to find.


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