How To Fix Your Leaking Bath Problems

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  • Author Scott Rodgers
  • Published June 25, 2009
  • Word count 918

There's nothing much more pleasant after you've had a tough day than to at last relax, pour a delicious drink, get the book or a magazine and take a long, hot bath. All the annoyances from the day are soothed away and at last it is possible to relax and life appears a gorgeous thing.

Then you notice a drip, just a small drip, but in the silence it grows into a very loud drip. Then your brain clicks into focus and you understand this might mean there's a problem. You attempt to pay it no attention, you just want to forget all your concerns and relax, but that drip just keeps on loudly dripping.

This is when it's important to overcome your fatigue and ensure you do something about this drip. At the least, it's wasting water and water is becoming a precious resource in these times of climate change. Any chance to save water is going to help everybody to protect the planet. One little drip could not appear much, but if you multiply that by the millions of houses that have dripping faucets, that's a significant amount of water. You're also wasting your well-earned cash, especially if it's hot water. And there's a considerable risk from the impact of rot and mould on your home.

So, depending upon your personality, it is probable that you will either grimace and resolutely get out of the bathtub, or you could shout and yell, or you could smile sweetly and view this as one of life's little challenges.

However you react, it is necessary to do something about the leak. Water has its way of leaking inside of places that can create rot and mould and inflict damage upon various other things.

If there's just a drip as I have described, it's one of the easier problems you could come across in your home's plumbing. The first thing to check is if it's a worn down washer.

If this is the case, switch off your water's supply. Yes, it does sound too simple to even bother talking about, but you would be surprised at the number of people who don't and come face to face with a flooded room as the water shoots up and out of the faucet.

This could be only frustrating in the warmer months as it is possible to get dry easily, but it's downright not very pleasant to experience in the colder months as the water can be numbingly cold. So, switch off the water and when you have done this, then remove the faucet. You will then quickly have the ability to check if it's the washer that has worn down.

If it is not the washer, it could be the brass seat to be found behind the washer. If you have the correct seating wrench and you know what you're doing, it is not too difficult to fix. On the other hand, if you haven't done it previously, call your trusted plumber. You could just make the problem even worse by guessing how to fix it.

As I have previously outlined, if there's just a leak in the faucet then you're lucky. Even if there is the need to call the plumber it is not a large task. If, however, while you are enjoying a bath after a especially frustrating day and you notice that there's an unaccounted for pool of water in some place in the bathroom, you aren't going to become much happier in a hurry.

The leak from the bath could be from underneath the bathtub itself, but the pool of water is often to be found to a degree away from the bathtub. The reason is that the water is running along the pipes prior to dripping. It is important to call the plumber in to investigate straight away. Water has an frustrating way of making more problems such as rot and mould and, if you leave it for a while, you could require to get a drywall repair or replace your floor.

Once the plumber has dropped by to inspect, ensure you ask if it will be less expensive to replace the entire bathtub than fix it. This could oftentimes be true, and if you own a normal new bathtub, it's a good possibility. You could, however, have an older designer bathtub which you especially love, probably because it's deeper and longer, in which case fixing it rather than buying a new bathtub will more than likely be the preferred option.

The plumber could suggest that the bathtub repair cost will be more than you can afford at the moment. If this is true, do ensure that you fix the damage to your home created by the dripping water. You can do without a bath for a while, but leaving water damage can result in considerable problems in the short and long-term. This is especially the case if your bathtub is not on the ground floor. It could be that the water has caused your ceiling to crumble and crack and you will have to call in a contractor who is experienced in drywall work. You will also have to ensure you get in someone to get rid of any mould so that you don't have any problems in the future.

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Scott Rodgers is a recently retired Los Angeles plumber and is an expert in bathrooms and plumbing. For more useful tips and information, visit Scott’s website:

Scott Rodgers has recently retired as a Los Angeles plumber and he loves to share his many years experience of baths and plumbing. For more useful tips and information, visit Scott’s website:

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