Tips for fixing a leaky tub.
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Have you ever climbed out of the shower and noticed water leaking out of the bathtub and onto the floor? Well, that water can be a huge problem. It's forcing our new homeowners in upstate New York to replace the entire bathroom floor and sub floor. This can be very expensive. So, how exactly does a little bit of water end up causing so much damage? Between the wall and the floor, next to the tub or shower, is the spot most likely to collect water. It's the spot most vulnerable to water penetration because of cracks in the caulking or gaps between the floor and the wall.
Eventually the water finds its way to this plywood sub floor. The plywood can only hold so much water and a family of four showering every day for years can dump gallons onto the floor. Since it can never dry out, it begins to rot. The floor on top sags and eventually the whole thing can give way. So how do you know if you have a problem and what can you do to prevent one?
- Check and dry the bathroom floor after each use. Pay particular attention to the corners near the tub or shower.
- If there's access, check the plywood sub floor under the bathroom for water staining or any signs of a leak.
- Check the caulking for cracks around the tub or shower and the wall. Any gaps need to be filled immediately.
To fill any gaps or cracks near the tub or shower or wall, use a good quality caulk. Keep your bathroom floor dry and you'll be on solid ground for a long time to come.
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