Dealing With Leaky Faucets, Showers and Bathtubs

As a homeowner, you use the faucets in your home several times a day: to wash your hands, to take a hot shower or bath, and to wash your dishes. Like any wear item, eventually the faucets in your home will begin to leak, sometimes barely noticeably and other times it will be a steady, annoying drip. Dripping, leaky faucets are more than an annoyance; they can cost you a lot of money over time in increased water and sewer bills.

Whether its in your shower, tub or sink, when faucets leak, it’s typically a sign that some part, often a washer or seal, has worn out and must be replaced. Because of the constant water pressure running through these appliances, these small parts can wear out over time and cause leaks and drips.

A simple washer replacement may be a repair you can tackle as a homeowner. If you don’t replace it, or have a plumber come in to look at the problem, it will continue to get worse. Eventually, the leak may corrode the fixtures and stain the sink bowl, not to mention wasting a lot of water! If replacing the washer doesn’t fix the problem, or if you’re just not comfortable doing plumbing repair on your own, call a reliable licensed plumber.

A shower or tub leak can be particularly troubling for homeowners. Water damage to your floor and subfloor can quickly escalate the situation into a major problem–especially in the case of an upstairs bathroom. Particularly if you have a large and heavy soaking tub, having a leak can be a big cause for concern.

There are only a certain number of possibilities for where the problem could be, because showers and tubs are fairly simple construction. Once you’ve eliminated the possibility that your shower or tub “leak” is simply your kids getting a little too enthusiastic while splashing around during bath time, you’ll need to methodically work your way through the possibilities until you find the leak.

Possible sources of the leak include:

  • The surround, especially where the tile or surround meets the tub or shower floor.
  • The tub, shower drain or overflow.
  • The wall valve.
  • The plumbing connections in the walls.
  • The shower head or tub faucet.

If you don’t successfully find the leak by checking these potential sources, or if you’d rather have an experienced professional tackle the job, just call a licensed and reliable plumber.