Shower drain pipe leak


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Old 07-05-10, 12:33 PM
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Shower drain pipe leak

I recently noticed a small, 1" x 1" stain on my 1st floor ceiling. After a few tests, I pegged it down to it coming from the drain pipe from the shower. It sounds like a slow leak, a drip every 1s or so running until a few minutes after the water has drained.

I'm looking for some recommendations on fixing this. I believe I'll be able to get some sort of access to the pipe from a closet ceiling, however I would not be able to replace the pipe from that angle (it's about 1.5 feet away from the leak). To have direct access to it, I would have to cut a section out of the ceiling in our hallway, a hole not hidding in the closet.

Are there any other alternatives, ie. plugging the leak with an adhesive, possibly gluing a small, 1/4 round piece of PVC to the affected area?

Thanks for any and all help. Beer 4U2
 
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Old 07-05-10, 12:46 PM
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Well...I'd have to say it's hard to recommend anything until you know where it's really leaking from.

A glued joint in PVC will not just "start" leaking (in my experience). You could have a slow leak from the gasket (if there is one) for the drain, or possibly the piping for the shower itself.

Cut your access hole and do an inspection first.
 
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Old 07-05-10, 12:55 PM
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Will do. I changed the bathtub, so a new drain was installed, could have possibly tweaked the pipes? This is a 40+ year old house, fwiw.

I'll take a look tonight.
 
 

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