Problem: shower leaks down to the room below it.
Background: Removed tiles along the base of the tub under the fixtures, and
found some spacing between the tub and the wall so I added some cement to
bridge the gap. Re-applied the tiles, grouted and sealed it up.
Things tried: Ran the garden hose up to the room and gave the tiles a good
soaking for about ten minutes -- no water leaked. Second, ran the water in
the tub(no shower) also for about ten minutes, still no water. Next, I found
an old shower head that you can turn the water flow off and ran it for about
five minutes, still no water. Took a shower -- found water.
Any other suggestions?
It sounds like it's something that's being moved by the weight
of a body in the shower, that's been known to happen. Try
stepping in and out of the shower*, and while doing so, look
for unintentional "expansion joints", like caulking being
moved out of place, or maybe you're slightly getting the drain
flange pulled away from the tub?.
(* or just plug the tub and fill it)
I'll guess its a plastic or firberglass shower base.
When there is weight on it I'll bet there is some flex to it.
Check the following...
- Caulk joints between base and wall that open up when there is weight on
- Bad seal between base and drain that opens up when weight on base.
- Bad joint on trap that opens up when weight is on base.
- Crack in base that opens up when it flexes.
If not a bad base or base connection
- Check the caulk around the door. Could be that the splash when you are
showering diverts the water differently then if you are just running the
shower w/o showering.
- Check the caulk OUTSIDE the shower, where the base meets the floor.
Let me know if I was right
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