A bathtub or shower leak can be a major inconvenience, and if you notice water damage on a ceiling below your bathroom you might have had a bathtub or shower leak for some time already. Leaks in a bathtub or shower’s caulking or faucet can be repaired fairly easily without needing to call a Gilbert plumber. A water line or drain line leak is a more complicated issue that a Gilbert plumber is usually better suited to handle.


blog_leaksYou can try to determine the cause of the bathtub or shower leak on your own without having to call a Gilbert plumber for an inspection. If you have a bathtub, fill your tub up with water and then open the drain and check your ceiling. If you see delayed dampness within 30-45 minutes you most likely have a drain line leak. If you have a shower, you or a Gilbert plumber can do a shower pan leak test which involves duct taping the shower drain, filling the pan with about 1 inch of water from a source outside of the bathroom, and checking for water leaks.


If you notice dampness while your tub is being filled up, or a constant damp spot even when the bathroom is not being used, the leak is probably in the water supply line. If you don’t have experience fixing water supply or drain line leaks, which may require cutting out drywall and replacing piping, it’s better to have the leak fixed by a Gilbert plumber. Your Gilbert plumber will have the sophisticated tools to find the exact source of the leak quickly and prevent any further water damage to your home.


Your bathtub or shower might also have a leak in its caulking, and if so you might be able to fix it without having to a hire a Gilbert plumber. To determine if this is the case, you can pour a small amount of water around the caulked area and have a second person check the ceiling. If dampness starts to appear on the ceiling there is probably a leak in your caulking. You can re-caulk your tub or shower on your own pretty easily without needing to call a Gilbert plumber. If re-caulking the tub doesn’t fix the problem you should hire a Gilbert plumber to find the source of the leak.