My home is in a development that is about 13 years old. It recently
came to my attention that the overflow on the bathtubs is not
connected to any drain, i.e., it simply dumps the water on the ceiling
My neighbor made the same discovery and I suspect that it is the case
with all of the homes in the development.
It strikes me that this is in some ways worse than if there were no
overflow at all, since the overflow, being lower than the top of the
tub, would start dumping water before a brimming tub would and there
is a chance that you might discover the running water in the
meanwhile. Plus, it empties right on to the wallboard of the ceiling
below, while water pouring over the top of the tub would go first onto
what is probably a water-proof surface, like tile -- again, giving you
more time to react.
My question is - is this mere laziness on the part of the my builder
or is it common practice in the industry? Do building codes allow
this? Is there some reason for not connecting it to a drain (besides
being cheap) that escapes me?