Strange Drain Pipe Problem

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by Nhilar, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. Nhilar

    Nhilar New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Location:
    Virginia
    So..I have a strange one here...

    Back at the end of October, a water spot appeared on the ceiling of the main floor dinning room (which is right under the master bath)..It got worse quick, so I opened the ceiling up and did some testing, it would only drip when the shower was on and draining (not when it ran into a bucket), I told wife not to use master bath...then I went on work travel and got really sick, went to hospital, 7 surgeries later and 2 near death experiences and a number of months later I am healthy again and back investigating the problem.

    I pulled back the insulation from the cut I made in the ceiling and low and behold there is an elbow in the 4" sewer drain right where it dripped...by god I said to myself that is where it must be dripping from, that is the ugliest PVC joint I have ever seen ... okay, simple test...run water again lets see what happens...

    I run water for more than an hour, shower, tub, toilet...no a single dang drip! no wet spot anywhere else either!!!

    What the @#@#....now what?

    -Nhilar
  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Messages:
    3,236
    Location:
    Land of Cheese
    Soak the shower walls down good, your leak might not be from the drain, but from a seam or joint in the shower itself.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Messages:
    26,251
    Location:
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    You are NOT going to get Fast, Good, and Cheap at the same time.
  4. Nhilar

    Nhilar New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Location:
    Virginia
    Well that's what the diagram says...choose one and get a little of the others.
  5. jim mills

    jim mills New Member

    Messages:
    141
    Location:
    nebraska
    Leave ceiling open and start using the bath again. Monitor daily until you find the leak. I have seen leaks dry up & "seal" themselves temporarily before.
Similar Threads: Strange Drain
Forum Title Date
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & strange size tub drain Aug 28, 2012
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Strange oversized kitchen sink drain basket Aug 9, 2012
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Strange bath sink drain plumbing Dec 1, 2006
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Strange PVC cylinder on washer drain Mar 26, 2006
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Strange Drain Problem Apr 1, 2005

Share This Page