07:56AM | 04/21/06
Member Since: 04/20/06
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My boyfriend owns a very small older condo. He has recently noticed that there is water UNDER the bathtub itself not too far from the drain. He said that sometimes he likes to put toiletpaper in the overflow plate to prevent the water from leaving the bathtub as he is a big guy and the water level will stay higher if he plugs it up. I am wondering if that is the problem. We called a plumber who told us that he "doesn't fix that kind of a problem" so who do we go to and what do we do? Can we just remove the tub and see what is underneath or is that a really big project better left to some one else?? Please help


11:09AM | 04/21/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
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If water is really coming out from under the tun then the tub shoe is possibly GONE SOUTH,given up the ghost, corroded out, KAPUT and that calls for someone who knows how to replace the over flow assembly and tub waste up to and possibly including the trap.

Now for the simple problem of getting water higher without using toilet paper....


This will increase the depth about 2" and still afford the over flow protection it was designed to do?

A lot easier then wasting TP HUH?


06:47AM | 04/22/06
Member Since: 04/20/06
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Thanks for the quick response. The idea about turning the plate upside down is a great one, I will pass that on. As for the other. The water appears to be trapped UNDER the tub. When you push on the tub floor several inches from the drain you can feel that there is water trapped there. There is no water that you can actually see anywhere inside or outside the tub. I guess I didn't explain it that well. So does that mean that the tub shoe is still kaput or maybe just the over flow assembly needs to be replaced? It seems that this might be a very involved process and could be quite expensive?


08:00AM | 04/22/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1449 lifetime posts
Well depending on conditions the Condo may pick up the tab if the tub waste is leaking.

The tub shoe is the part the strainer is attached to and it make a 90 degree turn to a TEE fitting that allows the overflow to be attached and the bottom of this T fitting is the drain outlet that goes into a trap.

This job normally takes around 4 hrs and the labor hovers around $800+ not including parts and not including plastering / painting etc. that requires a separate trade.

Also if you do have a leak there is a good possibility there will be mold growing and the water will undermine the flooring/ceiling below this tub.

If your boy friend has apartment insurance it may cover the plastering etc and now would be a great time to consider remodeling the bathroom.

About the cover plate idea your very welcome.


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