Leaky Shower Plumbing

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A leaky shower is more than just an insistent noise that keeps you up at night; it can be cause of a lot of damage to your home. At times leaks in your shower might not be that obvious and as noticeable as leaky faucets, shower leaks can occur in another areas that are not as noticeable but are just as, if not more, destructive.

Causes

A leaky shower can cause considerable damage to your fixtures including the ceiling to the room below while creating an unsightly mess. The leak could be caused by one of the following:

  • Drains–Your shower drains may be letting you down. At times your shower and/or shower drains may not be properly connected resulting in water seeping through. This type of leak is usually evident by wet flows and ceiling damage of the room below.
  • Faucets–This is the most common type of leak and the most noticeable evident by the dripping noises and staining on the wall or tub sides. This is a usually caused by a faulty washer, rubber gasket, or O-ring on the shower faucet.
  • Water supply connections–Much like your drains your water supply connections can also cause leaks due to their faulty installation or age. The most common culprit is usually a loose connector between the valve and the showerhead or tub spout. The joints of the water supply connections rust over years of use causing pinhole leaks.

Solutions

  • Faucets–This is the simplest leak to fix, as you only need to replace your shower faucet’s O-ring or washer or rubber gasket.
  • Drains–This is type of leak is often more complicated to fix due to their location and complexity. You will most probably need the help of a profession to help provide a solution to this type of leak if you do not have knowledge and experience in plumbing.
  • Water supply connections–Depending on whether the leak is inside the bathroom wall or right next to the spout the solution can be complex or pretty easy. Leaks inside the wall will most probably require the help of a profession to replace or tighten the leaky connector and seal it up professionally. If the connector is on the surface the solution can involve a simple DIY project to replace or tighten the leaky connector.

Conclusion

Identifying the source of your leak early and fixing it is a sure way to ensure that your shower leak does not cause extensive damage to your home and fixtures. Hiring a qualified professional to do your plumbing work for you might the best preventative action you can take to avoid any future leaks.

 

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Gail