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ludebf728

02:06PM | 07/18/02
Member Since: 07/17/02
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We have recently moved into a 15 year old house. The previous occupants did not keep it in very good shape. We have managed to fix many of the problems but after living here we have noticed a few more. The shower stall (2nd floor) sinks we you step in it. When step back out you here it pop up again. How important is it to fix it and is it necessary to get a pro to do it? Second, I have feeling that their is a leak somewhere in the house. How can I go about finding it? Last, sometimes in that same bathroom you hear a very light rumbling coming from the pipes when the water is used in the other upstairs bathroom. What could this mean? I would appreciate any suggestions that anyone could give me? Thanks,

Lourdes

rpxlpx

03:58AM | 07/19/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
What causes you to say:
"I have feeling that their is a leak somewhere in the house." ??
It would help a lot if you could say what makes you think that.

The other two things sound like nuisances, but are probably harmless - unless the floor under the shower has rotted. Chances are, the floor of the shower is just not supported properly and it's not hurting anything.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited July 19, 2002).]

ludebf728

05:12AM | 07/19/02
Member Since: 07/17/02
12 lifetime posts
First, thanks for your quick reply. Second, I feel that there is a leak because in the same bathroom and under the stairs you somtimes hear what sounds like dripping but we can't tell for sure where it is coming from. Since the people that lived here were so careless, I am afraid that something might be wrong with a pipe and we just haven't noticed it. Thanks,

Lourdes

rpxlpx

08:43AM | 07/22/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Sometimes a dripping sound comes from inside the pipes and is harmless.
It would still be a good idea to check everywhere you can for any dampness. I would look under the house if there is a crawl space. If you can't find any indication of moisture, I'd not worry any further. Just my opinion.

devildog

06:19PM | 09/20/02
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
Have you tried listening while someone runs water at each faucet individually? Let it run for 10 minutes at each faucet or during showers and listen. I would look hard to find it, but I'm no plumber. As far as the rattling noise you hear. I believe they sell a rubber fitting to go between whatever is making the noise and the pipes that clang. It fits right on like it is a piece of the pipe. I'm not sure how you put it on though. It may be as simple as cutting a 1 inch section out of the pipe and installing the rubber "shock absorber".

ACD

01:28PM | 10/16/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
the rumbling is water hammer. Drain the system completely and fill it back up slowly and the runmble should go away, for a while at least, the Shower floor on the other hand, need a little more info, whats it made of? Where is the drain located in regards to where the floor sinks. And if you need to replace it, if your good with repairs, you can do this yourself. I would look into the floor problem more closely than what someone else suggested since this is on the second floor, if it is a rotted floor someday that floor may decide to not want to be there anymore, then you will have more problems than just repairing the shower.

I'm on my third used home, so I have a LOT of experience in making repairs to neglected homes, and in homes that were worked on by people who thought they knew what they were doing, but clearly didnt. Like using 12/2 NM for a 220 connection to the well pump, NOT GOOD. This house I have now, the plumbing they put in for a new bathroom was put together so poorly that I was able to take it all apart without breaking anything, and it was all PVC DWV!

ludebf728

02:14PM | 10/16/02
Member Since: 07/17/02
12 lifetime posts
Well, the drain is right in the middle of the shower and it is the area around it that sinks and then pops up again. This bathroom is over the garage and when you look at the ceiling where the shower is located, it looks like there were repairs made. I am not good with my hands so I would need a plumber. Thanks.

ACD

06:43AM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
sounds like you will need a carpenter also to repair the subfloor under the shower as well. My guess is the drain leaked na d rotted the subfloor and thats why it sinks.

ludebf728

07:19AM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 07/17/02
12 lifetime posts
That is what I am afraid of. Who should I call first the plumber or the carpenter?

ACD

08:26AM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
You will need to get the structure repaired first before any plumbing work can be done. Best bet is get someone who can do both jobs.
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