Soaked wall - help

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  1. mfassing

    mfassing New Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Soaked wall - help -- FIXED- THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

    My husband just noticed that the wall paper in our family room (directly under our bathroom) is peeling and the wall is soaked. Apparently there is also a small amount of mold that has formed. This is our first home, so we aren't sure what steps to take next. Help! :eek:

    undefined We've fixed the leaking pipe. Thank your for your suggestions JIMBO. :)
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2004
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego
    Generally, wallboard which is soaked is permanently damaged and must be replaced. I will leave you to get further expert opinions on that. If it was the ceiling, I would say open it up immediately to find the leak. Opening the wall will not disclose the nature of the leak if it is coming from the bathroom above.

    If we first assume that the leak is not from a main water pipe ( else we would see much more water), then it is either from some portion of a lav or shower faucet when turned on , or from a drain. If you remove the crome trim things from the shower faucets, using a flashlight you can look inside the tub wall and see if something is leaking. Ditto for shower head.

    If nothing is discovered re: faucets, then it may be the tub drain or the connection of the lav trap arm within the wall.

    Lastly, of course, it could be the toilet flange.

    Ultimately, it may still be required to open the wall and/or ceiling to find the leak.

    A five gallon bucket poured carefully into the tub, then the lav can help to determine if it is water supply or drain.
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