Leak from tub shower

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by ricksterv4n1x8, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. ricksterv4n1x8

    ricksterv4n1x8 New Member

    Jan 28, 2006
    After a couple of years of intermittent problems (and time-consuming repairs) I think I have determined where our tub-shower leaks - through the opening in the wall where the spout comes out. When somebody showers the water drips down the wall, hits the spout and enters the wall from there.

    How should this be sealed around here? The current spout has no escutcheon plate and no grouting. The water fromn the shower just hits it and (I think) snakes its way into the wall and onto out newly repaired den ceiling. Any advive would be helpful. Thanks
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Remove the spout. Depending on how big the clearance is around the pipe coming out of the wall, you should fill it with caulking or plumbers putty. Then put the spout on. You can try to seal the edge of the spout to the tile with caulk. It takes a little patience to get a neat job here, but it is worth the trouble.
  3. Sponsor

    Sponsor Paid Advertisement

  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Given the way the spout is usually installed, that would be possible, but not usually the cause. But a simple bead of caulking where the spout touches the tile would be enough to eliminate that as the potential source.
  5. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    Aug 7, 2005

    I would go to the access door and put a bright light there. Then splash water on the business side of the tub surround with a pan or glass and then look in the access. You may be surprised to find more than one leak.
    Then you can determine if you need to putty, caulk or both.......
Similar Threads: Leak shower
Forum Title Date
Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog Want to fix my Leaky Shower Drain - not sure where to start Nov 4, 2017
Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog Shower leak question Sep 25, 2017
Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog Shower leak- baffled by cartridge removal Sep 9, 2017
Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog Tub/Shower Leak Aug 11, 2017
Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog Shower pan leak Jul 13, 2017

Share This Page