From time to time, like about once a month, water comes dripping out
of my chandelier. We have recaulked the tub, have two shower
curtains, and also put towels on the floor to keep it dry. This is an
intermittent problem, and I can't really figure out why it occurs. I
don't want to rip up the dining room ceiling, but I also don't want to
short out the chandelier. Suggestions?
Check the faucet handle and show bib for leaks. My sister had an
intermittent leak like yours and it was the handle mechanism needed a
tightening. Would leak into the wall and down the ceiling like yours
every few weeks just for fun.
The girl who lives on the first floor apartment under my daughter's
second/third floor apartment had this problem.
Here is my daughter's reply to the original post.
Melissa had water coming out of her chandelier, when we were getting our
bathtub redone. Don't forget, after all the work, it looks like in the end it
was a bad seal on the toilet causing the leak into her apartment. But the other
work needed done, too -- there was a leak from the bathtub, but I think this
was just rotting out our walls, not leaking into Melissa's.
Another "view spot" on some homes, probably harder to get
into, but easier than tearing out a ceiling or adjacent
wallboard, is located opposite the tub drain area behind a
square looking trim piece. The trim (if there) covers a
piece of wallboard which is probably nailed into the
From this area you should be able to shine a flashlight on
most of the plumbing surfaces and may have enough room to
fix the problem if the previous replies are not sufficient
to pin down the problem to an area with access from the tub
A reasonable in-between step might be to unscrew and re-seal
the drain with plumber's putty, but age sometimes makes this
task very difficult. If you attempt this step it would
probably be a good idea to have replacement drain hardware
available (or at least do it while your local plumbing
supply store is going to be open for business several hours,
just in case...).
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