Help! Water leaks around bathtub

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Old 11-11-07, 11:43 AM
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Help! Water leaks around bathtub

Every time we use the shower, there is water on the floor - quite a bit, and it leaks into the hallway. I noticed this first after a shower, and subsequently when my son used the shower. We checked the tub for leaks, cracks, and considered that the shower head was aimed too high or the curtain wasn't covering the corner of the tub.

Okay, so again, this time, I aimed the shower head down, made sure the curtain covered the entire length of the tub, and again it leaked. The top of the tub was dry. But there was a puddle of water on the floor. So it's not going over the top of the tub, or down the wall. We suspect there is a problem with the plumbing. Maybe a pipe behind the wall that's seeping water out and it comes through around the bath area when the water is turned on.

The tub is sealed to the floor and to the walls around it, and there is tile on the walls. Are we in for a huge, messy, and expensive repair here? I am on a very - VERY! - tight budget, as is the rest of my family. Oh, someone please tell me this is an EASY fix!! What about the homeowner's insurance? Will that cover it? I HOPE!! We've owned the house for going on 2 years.
 
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Old 11-11-07, 12:16 PM
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Also - !!

I see water under the washer and dryer in the garage, which is directly behind the shower. I've noticed this before, and thought that maybe there was some water spillage when the washer emptied, and it wasn't much before so it didn't really get my attention until now. It was only a little, and only occasionally that it did that. It never occurred to me before that there was any plumbing issue with the bathroom. But it's gotten bigger, and now the hallway is affected too. This is a significant amount of water now.

This is on a concrete slab foundation. Do you think we could access the plumbing and do a repair from the garage side? There is only drywall on that side of the wall.
 
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Old 11-12-07, 07:44 PM
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Look to see if the handle trim and the tub spout is caulked to prevent water from entering the wall during showering. You can also remove the overflow trim and see if the rubber washer has disintegrated.

But by the description you gave of the amount of water.
I would remove the cold and hot water handles and trim, and diverter valve if you have one. If you have a single handle faucet then remove the handle and trim.
Then use the handle to turn the water on and look inside at the handle stem to see if the packing nut is loose or the stem washer is bad and allowing water to leak.

If this does not reveal any leaking. I would cut in an access panel on the back side of the wall that the shower handles are one just above baseboard height you can get one at the hardware store. Look for leaking from the tub drain, look for signs of water with a mirror inside the wall to point the way to your leak , it could be corroded leaking pipes or fittings.
Look to see if water is comming from above the tub handles that would indicate the shower head stem or pipe to the shower head is leaking.

If you do not find any sign of water leaking, the problem could be from the washer plumbing.
Good Luck
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Old 11-12-07, 08:09 PM
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Just wanted to add I use a 14" plastic access panel from Lowes that can be painted or papered and snaps in and out of a plastic frame that glues into place.
Richard
 
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