Leak in to basement from standing shower.

Old 04-29-18, 02:25 PM
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Leak in to basement from standing shower.

Hello everyone. So as the title says I'm having issues with water leaking in to my basement at times when some one takes a shower(happens when one of the 3 people that live here showers and it's never happened with me cause I check every time I shower which is usually once a day). I thought it might be a leak in some of the piping, but after inspecting the bathroom completely I've noticed that the water is most likely leaking from the handheld shower head I have being sprayed on the door which looks like it's going down the frame and in to the basement. My question is what would be the best kind of caulk to use and would it be wise to just completely re-seal the entire bathroom? The house is fairly old(built in the early 70's) and the ugly bathroom slab(no joke it's one giant slab) is the original one that came with the house. The standing shower was put in by the previous owner of the house and he was one of those guys that thought he could do every thing when it's obvious he can't cause the electrical wiring was a mess cause when I moved in the front of the house had to be re-wired. Last question I have is, is there any way I can "dry" or "treat" where it has been leaking down? I can't see where it's coming from when I use a flash light and I'd have to rip up the floor to even get a good estimation of the possible damage.

I apologize in advance if some thing didn't make sense as this is the first house I've owned so the do-it-yourself home repair is still a bit new to me.

Edit: Also sorry if I posted this in the wrong sub forum.
Old 04-29-18, 03:48 PM
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You should get silicone caulk intended for bathrooms. Use a caulk remover (easier than a utility knife) to clean out the old caulk and re-caulk it all.

You may want to have a look at the rubber door seals too. They are often the cause of a lot of shower leaks.
Old 04-29-18, 04:15 PM
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Is the shower tiled or not? You mention door, can you upload a picture of the shower. Many times little leaks are a result of failed caulking.

To upload pictures, hit reply, go to advanced button, click on the picture icon, browse your computer and then hit upload. Keep in mind that the pictures need to be web quality so you may have to reduce the size of your picture file to upload.

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