question about leaking shower

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by gpl, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. gpl

    gpl New Member

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    We noticed that when we pull out the knob to turn the water on to the tub that it felt weird and not as much pressure as usual. Then we switch it to the shower and not the shower head but the part where you turn the water on has a leak so instead of all of the water going to the shower head some still comes out of the faucet. My son was in the garage under our bathroom while someone was in the shower and there is a big leak and that caused some of the drywall to come down in the garage. There is no leak unless the shower/bathtub is on. Could it be the faucet that has been feeling funny and started to not send all the water to the shower head when switched and leakes from the faucet while the shower is on? Any ideas? My husband is pretty good at figuring out things and fixing things himself and has done any home repairs we have had in the past. Is this something that someone who generally can figure out home repairs can do on his own? Are we in immediate danger of the tub falling through the floor? The installation in the ceiling under the tub is there and you can't see the tub but some of the ceiling came down. Please give advice asap. Thanks!
  2. You may have two problems...a failed diverter and a leaking drain.
    What type of shower/tub diverter do you have?
    If it's a diverter on the tub spout, replace the tub spout with one just like it.
    If it's a diverter on the wall, it may be leaking there, and you'll have to repair that. Depends onthe type of faucet and set-up that you have as to what exactly to do.
    You're going to have to remove the insulation to find out where it's leaking. Have someone stand in the shower/tub and run it so that someone can see where it's leaking from underneath with a flashlight. Sometimes you can only make a drain leak with the weight of someone standing in the unit.
    You may have a drain leak, as well as needing to replace the diverter.
    If it's the leaking around the drain in the tub, that's an easy fix, also. Just heat and soften the plumber's putty that is supposed to be sealing under the lip of the drain with a hair dryer, stick the handles of pair of pliers down into the cross-pieces of the drain, and unscrew it counter-clockwise with a screwdriver in the teeth of the pliers for leverage. (Do NOT break the cross-pieces, or you'll have to replace the drain itself.)
    Remove all of the old putty. Roll a roll of fresh plumber's putty in your hands about the size of pencil, and wrap it around the drain hole in the depression under the lip of the drain, and snug the drain back down.
    Let us know a little more information, and we'll be glad to help you.
    Mike
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