Why Is My Tub Leaking? Tips to Help Identify and Repair Bathtub Leaks

Your home in Melbourne Beach should be comfortable and serene, a place you can go to escape the worries of the day. However, over time, problems that cause stress even in this place of tranquility can occur. Imagine going for a nice, hot soak in the bath only to find that there’s water pooling on the floor beside it. Why is your tub leaking? Actually, there may be several potential problems here, and our team of plumbers located in Brevard County can help you handle them all quickly and relatively easily.

The Drain

One of the most common culprits with bathtub and shower leaks isn’t the tub or shower itself, but the drain. Check the area around the drain for any cracks, and make sure that the drain itself is not loose. Use weight to push down around the drain to check for cracking. You might also have a leak in the plumbing attached to the drain. This is hard to check on your own, though, and the best option is to have Anchor Plumbing Services located in Brevard County do the testing for you.

The Plumbing Connections

There are several different plumbing connections for the average tub or shower. There’s a hot water line, a cold water line, and a mixing valve that lets you adjust the temperature to your liking. Any of these could be leaking and causing the problem. The issue is that getting to them isn’t all that easy. If there’s an access panel on the side of your tub, you can check inside with a flashlight, but many tubs don’t have any access point. You’ll need us to handle this job for you.

The Seal Around the Tub

Caulking is what’s normally used to seal around the tub. It’s reasonably durable and will stay pliant for a decent amount of time. However, it can be damaged, and it can also dry out and crack. When that happens, it’s possible that a leak will develop. The good news is that replacing the caulking is a pretty simple job once you’ve scraped up the old stuff, although there’s still no guarantee that you’ve found the actual source of the leak.

Tub Overflow

It’s possible that the problem is actually with the tub overflow. This one is simpler to check, although you will definitely want a Brevard plumber to repair it for you. Close the drain and fill the tub up to the point that the water starts to go into the overflow. Watch the area where your leak appears. If you see water show up, then the problem is the overflow leaking.

These are only a few of the potential reasons that your tub might be leaking. There are many others that the professionals at Anchor Plumbing Services can check for you, including leaking tile surrounds and more.

1 Comment

  • Derek Dewitt

    December 19, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply

    I noticed the other day that the seal around my tub has started to crack and fall apart. I had no idea that this could lead to possible leaks in my tub. I might need to get some new caulking like you said so I can prevent this. Thanks!

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