Dealing with leaky showers is a major annoyance. If you can figure out how to handle such a homeowner’s headache, you’re ahead of most the rest. Crystal Lake Plumber helps people with leaky showers and professional plumbing contractors all over the area including Algonquin, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, Highland Park, McHenry, and Huntley.
The first thing that makes a major difference here comes down to where the shower is leaking and how long it has been doing this. Of course, where your bathroom is located can make a difference as well. Is the plumbing against and outside wall? Is there and access port from the neighboring bedroom closet? Even with small leaks, you probably will not have a chance to fix it until the damage caused by the leaky shower has accumulated.
You are usually going to notice three types of leaks when dealing with a leaky shower. There might be a leak in the shower water supply. There could be a leak dealing with the shower drain. Or, there could be a crack in the shower or tub basin.
First you need to find that root cause. You might access the shower from an access panel on a neighboring wall. Otherwise, you might be cutting out a wet section of wall to get a better look. Before cutting out a section of wall to get at the leaky shower, use a stud finder to make sure you are not cutting into an important support beam or frame. Another trick is to gently push a nail or screw through the wet section of wall, which will tell you whether you are dealing with a hollow space or not.
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.
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.
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