Find and Repair Hidden Splash Leaks

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Splash leaks Test a shower door for leakage, splash water all around a shower door and if water seeps out from behind the frame, caulk the frame on the inside. Run a new bead along the floor/tub joint. Take the time to find and repair hidden splash leaks. Splash leaks are simply water escaping past a shower curtain or a shower door. Plumbers tell us it's the most common type of bathroom leak. Although it may sound minor, this leak causes major damage when water seeps into the subfloor where flooring meets the tub or shower. Before long the vinyl flooring or tiles begin to loosen or lift. Even worse, the plywood subfloor delaminates and rots, requiring a huge, expensive tearout and replacement project. Signs of trouble, can be curling vinyl flooring or loose tiles next to the tub, peeling paint or flaking, chalky-looking wood finish near the shower. Water stains on the ceiling or joists below and mold spots on the wall or floor near the tub or shower. If you use a curtain, look for standing water on the floor after you shower. How to find the source - If you have a shower door, splash water all around the door and frame as leaks around the frame may take five minutes or longer to show up. If the door has rubber gaskets or a rubber doors weep, check them for gaps. Also check for any gaps in the caulk where the shower or tub meets the flooring.

  • Leaks can cause damage if left
  • Look for mold spots
  • Signs of leakage and needed repair
  • Take time to find leaks

Find And Repair Hidden Splash Leaks Near Showers

How to fix it - Be sure to overlap sliding doors correctly when you close them. The inner door should be closest to the faucet, if you have a shower curtain rather than a door, make sure you close it completely when you shower, or add a splash guard. Seal a leaking frame by running a small bead of caulk around the inside of the frame. Force the caulk into any gaps between the frame and the shower surround. Quickly wipe away all the excess caulk. When the caulk dries, test for leaks again and replace any worn gaskets or door sweeps, and bring the old one to a home center or plumbing supply store and look for a matching replacement. If the old caulk along the floor shows gaps, scrape it out and run a new bead.

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