I am getting a little frustrated. We bought a house that was built in
the mid 1980's last year. After just a couple of months, we noticed
some water spots forming on the kitchen ceiling. Some of these were
new spots and some look to have been there before but had been painted
over. We had a plumber come look at the problem and he cut a hole in
the kitchen ceiling and looked through an upstairs access panel where
he could view the shower pan in the master bath upstairs and said the
pan had been installed incorrectly and that is where the problem was.
He said we would have to take out a bunch of tile and possible replace
subfloor so we decided to do that in the future and in the mean time
just not use that shower. Over the last few months, small water spots
will appear on the ceiling from time to time even though we no longer
use that shower. The last straw happened a week or so ago. I was in
another room downstairs and heard water running. I went into the
kitchen and lots of water was pouring in from one of the recessed
lights. I ran upstairs (thinking one of the kids had left the water
on and overflowed the tub) but one kid was batching in a partially
filled tub and there was no water on the floor. We use that tub every
night and it has not done anything since. When we drain the tubs
upstairs, the sounds of the water draining is a little peculiar. It
sounds like the water is "babbling" where before we really couldn't
hear the water draining to any degree or at least it was nothing to
pay attention to. Now though it sounds different.
I am thinking I just need to start ripping out tile in the Master
bathroom to look for the problem but I am not sure. Could anyone
Thanks for the reply Jim...
Unfortunately there is no convenient wall to access the pipes/valves,
Since I wrote the last message, I decided to see if I could make it
leak. I went upstairs and filled all the tubs and sinks and then
released all the water at one time. No visible leaks in the kitchen
ceiling. Before I did it, I had circled all the water spots in the
kitchen ceiling so I could tell if there were any new ones. I was
thinking that maybe someone had to be in the tub. Maybe it's the
shower and not the tub. But my family has been using the
tubs/showers/sinks/toilets and I still have not seen any leaks.
Any ideas would be appreciated. I am really stumped.
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