10:54AM | 11/08/05
Member Since: 07/17/02
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Hi, I hope someone out there can help. In the past six months my mom and sister have had 3 plumbers out to the house to figure out why the bathtub on the second floor is leaking to the first floor dining room.

They have done everything short of opening the ceiling to look at the pipes and possibly what is causing the leak. They even resealed the drain and it still leaks. After over $1000 spent we are still at a loss for options and money.

Any clues as to what might be causing it? The house is only 6 years old and we are the second owners.

Anything we should tell the next plumber to do or look at besides or in addition to opening the ceiling?



03:06PM | 11/08/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
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and patching is a lot cheaper than the $1000 that you have already spent. And by now the ceilig probably needs repairs anyway.

But a) it might have nothing to do with the "pipes" and b) it might have nothing to do with the tub.

But the MOST important thing is to be OBSERVENT and keep GOOD NOTES on the problem.

Does it occure everytime the tub is used or only some times? Does it matter who used it or if they take a shower or bath, etc, etc, etc?


04:40PM | 11/08/05
Member Since: 07/17/02
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who uses it. My sister always showers and after it leaks she stops and if she uses it a few days later it doesn't happen right away. Usually after using it a couple more times, then she stops and it starts all over again.

What do you mean it may not be the pipes? What else could it be? I live in another city and I told one of the plumbers by phone to check the seal on the drain and he fixed it but it is still happening.

This is so frustrating.

Thanks for replying.


01:57PM | 11/09/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
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"What do you mean it may not be the pipes? What else could it be?"

The shower surround or the door might be leaking allowing water to get behind it or under the floor.

But other soures of leaks might be the valves or the pipe running to the shower head.

A common places for a leak is where the shower head extension screws in to pipe in the wall.


04:01PM | 11/16/05
Member Since: 07/17/02
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The plumber changed the shower valve and pipe and so far, one week later, so good.

Thanks again.


05:59AM | 11/23/05
Member Since: 11/20/05
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I had a similar problem with my upstairs bath. It leaked down into the downstairs bath. I cut out the ceiling (needed replacement anyway at that point). I could see a drip off the elbow at the tub drain. OK figured I'd RTV it until the weekend. RTVd the hell out of it. Still leaked.

It was the trim ring around the valve. It wasn't the pipes at all. It was allowing water to get behind it during a shower and it ran down the side of the tub/shower surround, and into the downstairs bath.

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