A tub spout leak is one of the most insidious of all plumbing leaks because the primary drip area is inside the wall, where it is difficult to spot until considerable damage has occurred. The spout threads corrode or crack, sending water along the pipe and down inside the wall.Continue Reading
One of the first signs of a tub spout leak is a reduction in water flow. The tub or shower might still have water flowing, but the amount and pressure are likely to be less than normal. As time goes by, a darker spot is likely to appear on sheet rock in the area around the tub or shower, although this takes some time as the closest walls are generally tile or fiberglass.
A sign that the leak has reached a severe point are water beneath the carpet in the bathroom around the tub or shower. With a tile floor, this damage would take more time to appear, as the water under the floor would have to erode the adhesive holding the tile in place. The best way to keep this type of damage from spreading is to remove the spout and take a close look at the threads. Any sign of oxidation or corrosion means that it is time to replace the spout. If the lower pressure persists after the new spout is in place, the leak may be somewhere else, and it may be time to call in a plumber.Learn more about Plumbing
To reglaze a bathtub, take out the trim plumbing, caulking and grout from the tub, ensure that the area is well ventilated, clean the bathtub thoroughly, and apply a body filler in the tub. Then, prime the bathtub, apply glaze over it, and apply caulk and grout on the borders of the tub.Full Answer >
To install a shower unit, remove the faucets, escutcheons, shower head, tub spout and drywall from the area surrounding the existing bath, and disconnect the plumbing after turning the water source off. Mark the drain hole, and cut along the mark through the subfloor to form the drain. Drill through the appropriate joists to form a path for the drain. Connect the drain and vent lines, and close the floor. Connect the water supply lines, and set shower into place.Full Answer >
Some tips for mold removal include removing the moisture in the area, fixing all plumbing leaks, isolating the molded area from the rest of the space, disposing of all moldy porous materials and thoroughly scrubbing mold off of nonporous materials, such as a wall, states the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Porous materials such as carpet, ceiling tiles and couches should be disposed of if they have had any contact with mold.Full Answer >
Replace a bathroom shower diverter valve on the tub spout by replacing the spout. Determine if the old spout is threaded onto the pipe or attached in another way by looking for a set screw. If no screw is present, use a pipe wrench around the spout or insert a small hammer handle into the end of the spout for leverage and turn to unscrew it. If there is a set screw, use the appropriate tool to loosen it.Full Answer >