My one full bath is above my kitchen, and there has been a leak through the ceiling from the bath to the kitchen since May. Two plumbers have been here; one replaced the faucet, showerhead and tub spigot thinking that the 30 year old fixture had a crack. Of course, the tile in the wall behind it came out too, to much expense. The leak is still happening.
The scenario is one shower a day, every day. On 1 - 2 days per week, about a half cup of water is in a puddle on the kitchen floor (through the ceiling which lines up to just under outside the upstairs tub). As an experiment, I have filled the tub to capacity and let it drain, and the floor beneath is dry. I have also run the shower for some 20 minutes or more, and the floor beneath is dry. The floor is dry most days and it appears that whatever is dripping builds up and then lets loose for a day or so and then stops. There is no noise. The ceiling where this leak occurs is open, exposing the subfloor above (the bath subfloor). It's easy to see the damage to the subfloor plywood.
Both plumbers say they've checked absolutely everything that can be checked but have found no evidence of anything to cause the leak. One wants to take my entire upstairs hall outside the bathroom apart, but I haven't allowed that. The other plumber wants to take my entire kitchen ceiling out and I haven't yet allowed that either. Both appear to be fishing because neither has a clue. And that's after I've already spent $1200.
On the phone another plumber said he thought it was the tile - I have a tile bathroom floor, tile walls half way up, a completely tiled shower. The caulk is layered on very thick and the grout on all ths tile appears to be in very good shape. There are no broken or cracked or chipped tiles. There is no water on the floor. But this third plumber says he thinks the entire shower needs to be regrouted because the bathroom is 30 years old and the grout after awhile gets more porous and starts to act like a sponge.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO OR THINK ANYMORE. CAN ANYONE OUT THERE HELP ME???
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
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