leaky unlevel bathtub


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Old 02-12-08, 11:59 AM
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Cool leaky unlevel bathtub

We bought our first house last summer and have now realized that the bathtub in the basement is unlevel- left to right. This causes the water to run over the sides of the tub when the shower is in use. The house was built in the 70's and i believe this is the original tub. Although the inspector thought the water was due to a leaky toilet bowl ring it is now apparent to us that this problem has been going on for a long time and we won't be the first ones to try to fix it. Can anyone tell me what fixing an unlevel bathtub would entail? Do we need to replace the tub with a new one or adjust the tub that is in place? The tub has a tile surround, it's set on concrete and there is vinyl flooring. Any advice would be appreciated!
 
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Old 02-12-08, 12:44 PM
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Using a shower won't cause a tub to overflow.

Is there a shower curtain, shower door, what?



What's the real story here?
 
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Old 02-12-08, 01:37 PM
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A little better description might help, but is your problem the shower spray/splash collecting on the top surface of the tub and running off the open side because it isn't level?

IMO, it would be hard to remove a tub in order to correct the support framing and then reinstall it. Most likely, you're going to damage the tub in the process and then require replacement anyway. Besides, removal is a lot easier (and more fun) when one can just tear into things and obliterate what's there. OK, I'm still a little boy at heart. lol. And, after 25+ years, the tub is probably due for an upgrade anyhow.

Tubs are supported by the floor and along 3 sides (assuming an alcove installation) by a 2x (or similar) that is nailed to the wall framing on the 3 sides to support the top edge of the tub. Proper placement of the 2x has a direct effect on the levelness of the tub and is probably where your install went awry.
 
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Old 02-15-08, 02:36 PM
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a little better description...

Yes... the issue is that the shower spray/splash is collecting on the top surface of the tub and running off the corners on either open side because it isn't level. Currently there is a shower rod and curtain in the bathtub. We previously placed splash guards in the corners however, the water continues to run around the splash guard once enough water accumulates.

Any insight on putting up sliding shower doors to keep the water from running off the top surface of the tub?
 
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Old 02-15-08, 04:03 PM
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Any insight on putting up sliding shower doors to keep the water from running off the top surface of the tub?
What type of "insight" might there be?

Go for it.
 
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Glass shower doors will be more successful than with a curtain at containing the water. Just follow the directions, and buy an extra tube of silicone with the door so that you can caulk everything really well. Make sure to set your metal in a bed of silicone, not just caulk after it is in place.

Also, you may consider upgrading the flooring, you will have some water on the floor no matter how well you seal your shower, so you want flooring that will repel it, or at least hold it long enough for you to mop it up. I am partial to tile with at least 4" of tile up the wall for a base.
 
 

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