there's water dripping into my garage. My sons bathroom is right above
it.The is no sign of a leak upstairs. I suspect the shower faucets because I
have already replaced the stems in them. Is there something INside of the
wall that could be leaking? When I replaced the stems the leak showed around
the handles and wouldn't turn off completely. Now I just see it leaking
thought the insulation in the garage ceiling which is really just the floor
to the upstairs. The pipes are mostly accessible and visible. I have a lazy
husband so I have to fix this myself. I don't know where to look first.
TIA for any advice.
At first I though it was only leaking when he used the shower so I checked
the caulk around the tub-surround and it was good so I kept a closer eye on
it and I've decided that it leaks all the time.
It is definatly coming down from between the wall of the bathroom and his
bedroom. I guess I'll make him empty his closet so I can look in the acess
panal behind the shower wall.
It's not so bad. He's just not a handy person. He grew up as a renter- just
called the landlord to fix things. Plus I'm around the house alot more than
him so I notice the trouble first. I've been married to him for almost 20
years so I guess I'm used to it.
Since you just had the faucets apart, suspect that the
escutcheons may not be sealed to the wall. In that
case, water running down the wall (while showering)
will get inside the wall. Depending on the situation,
either the faucet body (casting) has to be sealed to
wall or the escutcheon itself be sealed to the wall.
But give the access panel a look-see.
Check there first anyway. They may have loosened or if an older faucet
stem, the packing nut may be loose from a failure to tighten or just normal
use. This would cause a leak where the stem comes out of the seat. This can
produce a good sized leak while the faucet is open and being used. Water can
lay on a flat surface and drip for quite some time after the actual leak
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