Re: Bathtub problems
Posted by More on September 10, 19100 at 19:58:35:
In response to Re: Bathtub problems
: A problem has recently arisen in the townhouse I share with two people who work at the same company that I do. Previously, the primary renter and I shared a bathroom, then a new housemate moved in and now he and I share a bathroom. The problem was not occurring until this new housemate moved in, which is why I am hesitant to say that it is a plumbing problem.

: After I take a shower, the bathroom carpet is not wet. The bathroom carpet stays dry well after I take a shower. After this new housemate takes a shower, and hours later (when I return from work) I find that the carpet is saturated with water.

: When I started the dialog on this with the housemates, the new one claimed that the water was leaking through small cracks between the tiles. I have a hard time believing this because: 1) The bathroom is not soaked when I am the only one having taken a shower and 2) I know for a fact that if the shower curtain is positioned a certain way and the shower head is set to a hard stream (which he uses; I use a different setting), the water will bounce off the tiles and spill onto the floor.

: The primary renter cannot contact the landlord, because she is out of the country.

: My housemates are Chinese, and have had some adjustment problems -- for example, one flooded the kitchen because he put dishwashing liquid in the dishwasher. I am concerned that this new housemate is ignorant to the proper way to prevent problems like this. He has mentioned, recently, that he had a similiar problem at his last residence -- which just makes me doubt his theory that the issue is due to plumbing problems even more (especially since I have NEVER had this problem.)

: My questions are:

: 1. Does this problem seem more likely due to negligence or plumbing problems?

: 2. What should I do to eliminate my risk, e.g. what steps can I take to protect myself financially and legally?

: 3. Are there any tests that I can perform by visual inspection and/or with supplies I can purchase (like from Home Depot) to determine the cause, or should I take the initiative to get a plumber ASAP? the primary renter has said that he has contacted the landlord's daughter and arranged a plumber's visit, but I have not yet heard of the results.

: 4. Can anyone recommend any resources available that would list "symptoms" of plumbing problems versus situations caused by negligence?

: Please advise at your earliest convenience. I have been asked to not use that bathroom until the floor has dried completely, and the primary renter has not provided any alternatives in the meantime (like allowing me to use his bathroom). I am in the process of starting a renter's insurance policy, but it is not currently in effect and I am very concerned about this.

: Thank you. :)

You are quite the detective, and you're certainly on the right track. Since you use the shower correctly and don't get the floor wet and the other person does get the floor wet, that other person is neglecting to understand the theory of keeping the water inside the wet area. There are several things you can do. 1) duct tape the plastic shower curtain to the wall on the opposite end from the shower head. He may be neglecting to seal the shower curtain to the wall when just starting the spray. His heavy stream setting is hitting the wall and slipping under the shower curtain.Maybe a little education can spare a lot of expense. 2) duct tape a short length of plastic against the shower wall and over the carpet before his shower, to observe directly the amount of water spillage after his shower.3) You can dry the floor and carpet with a hair blow dryer.

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