Upstairs bathroom leak


Old 08-12-02, 01:24 PM
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Question Upstairs bathroom leak

Recently noticed water damage (approx 1 ft sq) in livingroom ceiling which is directly under the upstairs bathroom. This is the only water damaged area.

Have ceased using upstairs bathroom for a day and the water damaged area has dried, meaning it's probably not a slow leak.

What's the best way to proceed in (1) getting to the problem, (2) deciding what receptacle is causing the leak, and (3) repairing it??

I have a fair degree of hands-on ability when needed - I just don't want to tear out much of the ceiling if I don't have to.
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Old 08-12-02, 05:14 PM
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It starts with a hole in the ceiling. You need to be able to see what is leaking while someone is in the bathroom trying out the different fixtures.

Be sure to start high in the tub/shower with glasses of water poured around the escrution plates to dribbling water along caulked seams to checking drains and as simple as flushing the toilet.

Hey, have fun and let us know what turns up....
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Notuboo, thanks for the info.
I suspected as much, but wanted some corroboration.
I'll let you know how it goes.

Old 08-13-02, 07:39 AM
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You might get lucky, if you can determine under which fixture the leak is happening.
If it appears to be under the tub drain, you might just try replacing the plumber's putty under the drain lip to see if that stops the leak before cutting into the ceiling.
Good luck!
Old 08-13-02, 12:11 PM
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"Old Guy" Mike,

Thanks for the tip.
I may try it to see if that is all I need to stop any leakage, however, the water damage on my livingroom ceiling is unsightly enough to warrant replacing that section of drywall anyway. Besides, we're about to paint the LR again as it is, so breaking the area open might prove to be helpful in the long run.
Appreciate the advice.

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