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highlands19

02:26AM | 01/11/03
Member Since: 10/12/02
7 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
In my upstairs bathroom I have a molded shower tub unit that is leaking through the downstairs cieling. Any sujestions as to where to look first before riping out the cieling to inspect.

Weekend Warrior

05:39PM | 01/11/03
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
I was having the same problem. Mine ended up being a leak between the drain and shower. Unfortunately for me, both inspection and repair required removal of the downstairs ceiling.

Hope you have better luck.

highlands19

02:47AM | 01/12/03
Member Since: 10/12/02
7 lifetime posts
when you say between the drain and shower, do you mean it was in the copper pipe or the actual drain pipe.

rpxlpx

06:36AM | 01/13/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Remove the covers from the shower head(s) and control(s) and look inside the wall at the pipes while running water. See if water is running down the pipes inside the wall. That happened to me. The leak was actually at the point where the shower head extension screws into the plumbing inside the wall.
I replaced the extension for about $7 and a little teflon tape.

ps. the leak didn't occur with the shower head removed. It needed that back pressure, so leave the head on while testing.

Weekend Warrior

01:01PM | 01/16/03
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
My leak was actually at the brass drain fitting that sandwiches the shower basin.

forcedj

02:02AM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
5 lifetime posts
I had a similar problem once. Water was coming from somewhere but I could not locate the leak. It only happened when the shower was on. It was almost as if it was rapid, major condensation. Finally, just by stroke of luck I was holding a flash light at just the correct angle and the light ray revealed a very fine mist being produced by a nearly microscopic hold at a joint.

jrallenplumb

01:09PM | 02/01/03
Member Since: 01/31/03
29 lifetime posts
First check too see if you have a supply or drainage leak. This is easy. Make sure all faucets are off and check to see if the spinner on your water meter is spinning. ( The spinner is usually a little star or triangle on your meter that shows flow ).
If it is turning you have a supply leak. If it stays still you have a drainage leak.
If it is a drainage leak you will have to cut open the ceiling for inspection. once open, stop the drain up in the shower with a stopper or peice of rubber to lay over drain screen, fill shower and then let it drain while you inspect. Some of these units have had hairline cracks in them and are hard to detect since most slope to the drain and thats where the water is seen.
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