I am about to move into a unit which seems to have a plumbing problem
in the bathroom. It seems that waste water from the bathtub is leaking
into the cavity below the tub (which is sealed) and is seeping through
the walls into the adjacent room (the kitchen). The result is a damp,
black track along the base of the kitchen wall and a very unpleasant
smell (in the kitchen, that is). The bathroom does not suffer this
problem and has no smell. How can this be fixed? Does it mean that
the bathtub has to be ripped out and sealed properly? Im guessing it
is a big job, but it may take some time for the owner (a government
department :) to fix it.
In the meantime, what can I do to at least reduce the smell, which is
very off-putting. The only thing I can think of is to use bleach to
kill any mould/germs. Any other suggestions?