- The faucet
- The grout runs around the sides of the tub.
- The drain
- The pipes
These are not difficult repairs. A drain plug can temporarily stop water from leaking down the drain. You can fix a leaking faucet yourself. However, licensed plumbers are required for major leaks in grout or pipes.
What can I do to determine where my bathtub leaks?
- Make sure that the bathtub’s exterior has dried completely.
- Next place newspaper, towels, or paper towels around the tub’s bottom.
- Turn the drain on and fill the tub.
- Watch out for the newspaper to see if it gets wet.
- The grout may not be leaking if the tub fills up and the tub’s outside remains dry. The good news? The tub’s exterior is fine.
- Be still and listen.
- It’s possible that the drain wasn’t installed properly or requires attention as it ages.
If the drain is clear and the grout looks fine, then it’s likely that the problem is in the plumbing underneath the tub. Although this may seem like an easy fix, a licensed plumber is required to inspect the problem.
What can I do to fix a leaking bathtub faucet?
The majority of bathtub faucet leaks are caused by worn-out internal seals.
- Shut off the water supply to the tub
- To remove faucet handles, use a screwdriver
- Clean the faucet thoroughly.
- Use white vinegar and a scrubber to remove any mineral deposits.
- Wash all parts and take note of any that need to be replaced.
- Make sure all parts are in working order before attaching your faucet.
You don’t have to clean out your bathtub. A hardware store can provide a new faucet.
How important is a small leak in your bathtub?
A leaking bathtub pipe is not an issue. If one pipe leaks it could indicate that other pipes may be leaking. All of your water lines will be of the same age, so if any one of them is weak, it could be in others. Leakage could result in severe damage to your house.