Leaky showers can lead to a major plumbing repair and more. Knowing how to deal with these household nightmares is something that many homeowners have had to learn the hard way. Take it from us here at Crystal Lake Plumber, leaky showers can be a small issue or a real big problem. It all depends on where the shower is leaking and how long it has been leaking.
One of the worst kinds of leaky showers is the kind where you notice it from the floor below where your bathroom is located. You might notice water dripping down or a wet spot on the ceiling only to realize that it is coming from right below where your bathroom shower or tub is located.
The kinds of leaky showers usually come from one of three places.
1. There is a leak in the shower water supply.
2. There is a leak in the shower drain.
3. There is a crack in the shower or tub basin.
The first step to finding the source of leaky showers is typically cutting out a section of the wet wall for inspection purposes. The wet wall is where the bathroom plumbing leads into the shower. Again, you might already have an access panel in an adjoining wall. If you have a shower with drywall outside and behind where the showerhead is located, this is a good place to try and access it. If it’s totally enclosed with tile walls, though, it’s going to be a bit more difficult.
When cutting out the access to the bathroom plumbing, use a stud finder or push a small finishing nail through the wall gently. You don’t want to cut into a stud or pipes! If the leaky shower is already bad enough, you might be lucky to have a wet patch of dry wall to help you begin your search. Remember that gravity helps us here when troubleshooting leaky showers. Water runs downhill. So, whenever you do locate water behind the wet wall, trace it upward. When you find a dry spot, you’ve gone just past where the leak is.
You can test the shower drain for leaks by filling the stall or tub basin with a few inches of water and letting it stand for several minutes. With a small mirror and a flashlight, you can see if the drain is the source of your leaky shower issues.
Next try checking out the shower plumbing for issues. Turn on the shower and use that trusty flashlight and mirror again. If you see water coming down, you’ve found your leak.
Leaky showers can be a real pain. You have to cut a hole in the wall just to try and find the leak. Then, it’s dark and cramped. You don’t have a lot of room to work with and it can be difficult to see what you’re doing. The problem is only further compounded, if you’re not exactly sure what you’re doing.
This is why many turn to a professional such as Crystal Lake Plumber to solve their leaky shower and other plumbing woes. Give us a call anytime for advice, setting an appointment, or emergency service.