Bathtub Leaks | Plumber Fort Worth
Bathtub leaks are often not detected until it is too late, and damage has occurred. All too often, the first sign the homeowner will see is when they discover a rotted floor, wall or floor joists. If you suspect a hidden leak, contact a plumber in Fort Worth for repair.
Once you know you have a bathtub leak your first action should be to locate the source of the leak. There are various potential causes of bathtub leaks.
Grout – The grout sealing the space between tub and wall will eventually require replacement. Over time the grout will turn loose, crack and shrink, allowing water to enter between tub and tile (or wall) and onto the floor. It may be difficult to actually locate the exact site of the leak. Old grouting will require removal and proper replacement to stop a leak.
Faucet – The faucet is an additional area a bathtub leak can occur. Faucet repair typically takes care of a faucet leak. If damage has occurred to the faucet due to age, corrosion or freezing replacement is likely necessary. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth can replace or repair your faucet.
Bathtub – Leaks in the body of a bathtub don’t commonly occur. If a metal tub has a crack in the enamel rust will form. Tubs made of fiberglass and plastic may crack, allowing a tub containing water to leak onto the floor.
Drain – The drain can potentially leak, especially if a clog prevents the water from exiting. A clogged drain will have to be cleared. If plunging fails to allow the water to drain a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth will clear your clogged bathtub drain. Apply a little pressure to the bathtub drain and inspect for signs of cracking in the metal.
Shower Curtains – Shower curtains may be one of the most common causes of damage due to leaks. Instruct family members to properly position the shower curtain during showers, with the edges as close as possible to the wall, and the bottom of the curtain positioned on the inside of the tub. Always inspect the floor for water after showering and leave the curtain positioned for water to drain into the tub, and not onto the floor.
Potential signs of a bathtub leak or other bathroom leak can be the following:
- Stains on the ceiling below – Indicates a leak from the bathroom above. It is possible for water to run in the path of least resistance. Ceiling stains below may appear on ceilings in rooms not directly beneath the bathroom. Furthermore, vent pipes can allow water to enter the home’s interior, running down the exterior sides of the pipe with water potentially pooling on the ceiling below.
- Loose tile on walls, surround or floors – Indicates a potential leak behind the tile.
- Water on the floor – Try to locate the source. If you are unable to locate a leak a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth can locate and repair the leak.
- The presence of a musty odor.
- The presence of mildew or mold can be due to various causes, including a leak. A little mildew can accumulate where moisture gathers such as the corners of a shower. Mold and mildew on walls distant from the shower indicate a potential leak increasing moisture in the bathroom. A Ben Franklin plumber in Fort Worth can locate your bathrooms hidden leak.
- Persistent dampness.
- Soft areas in the floor that “give” when stepped upon.
- Blisters, bubbles or staining on wallpapered walls or painted walls.
Leave the bathroom exhaust fan on for 20 minutes after bathing/showering to enable the bathroom to dry out the moisture.
If you notice any of these signs indicating a bathtub leak contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Fort Worth. Our reliable plumbers will locate the leak and provide a professional, worry free repair. Thanks for visiting Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.