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Filter leaks water after use.

Hi. I have an AMERICH Whirlpool bathtub. I apologize up front if I don't know the actual name of the component that I've having problems with. My problem is that one of the round pieces (there are two of them next to each other on one side of the tub and I'm NOT talking about the jets) that look like some sort of filter because they have a lot of holes in the cover LEAKS FROM THE BOTTOM after I've used the tub. It drips every so often such that during the course of the day, I end up with dried water marks near there which I have to use CLR on to clean it up. The other one does NOT leak, so I thought it needed to be tightened so I turned it clockwise, but it still leaks. I can actually feel a space between the cover and the actual surface of the tub wall, so I'm still thinking that it's just not quite on right. I'm afraid to turn it counter-clockwise because I don't know if it's something that had to be put together before the tub was installed. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Regardless, thanks anyway.

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  • workout993 May 24, 2009

    Hi, I called Americh and the technician explained that this is the "filter cover."  Because the piece inside is supposed to be at a slant, he thinks that maybe it's not slanted enough to cause the water to flow completely out so it pools near the cover and then drips out over time.  I tried tightening it up (before I read your response), but will try it again by pulling on it as you suggest.  Thanks for responding!

  • workout993 Jun 13, 2009

    Hi Ned,

    No, it's still leaking.

  • workout993 Jun 14, 2009

    Hello Again. Yes, I knew that "Plan B" would be the caulking trick, but I'm one of these tenacious people that just has to "really" fix it. Granted I'm not always successful, and do use Plan B, but I'm just not ready to give up on this. Something that I may not have mentioned before is that the filter cover doesn't sit flush against the tub wall all the way around. It's as if it's not on there correctly, but I originally took it all the way off and put it back on slowly in hopes that it would thread tightly completely around, BUT it didn't. I was going to take the cover off again, but I've forgotten which way I have to pull the small lever (inside the side hole) to "unlock it." I'll call Americh again to find out, unless you happen to know. This time I'll take a closer look at the inside of the cover and such to see if I see something strange, or whatever. Stay tuned.........Thanks

  • workout993 Jun 15, 2009

    Okay, will do. I'll put "Americh Problem" as the subject for my email so that you'll know it's me. Thanks again!

  • workout993 Jun 15, 2009

    Hmmm, my email bounced back saying that there's no such address. Please email me at workout993@yahoo.com and I'll send the pics. Thanks.

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I know what you are talking about, :). There is more than likely a large nut that holds that overflow in place behind the tub wall. See if you can put pressure on it, like pulling it out while you turn it clockwise The gasket is more than likely under the nut and pulling as you turn may get the gasket to grip the rough exterior of the tub and hold the nut still. then as you feel it snuggung up, put your palm over it as turn it as far as yo can tightening it up. See if that helps. the gasket probably shrunk or it was never properly tightened. If it seems to get looser, stop and go the other way. good luck.

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    Ned C Cook May 24, 2009

    Ok, I can go with what he said but regardless, It should not leak The water needs to go where it is suposed to go. Agree? What makes a good tool for turning those strainers with holes is a pair if needle nose pliars. You just need to avoid damaging the finish.

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    Ned C Cook Jun 13, 2009

    Did you get it tightened?- ned

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    Ned C Cook Jun 13, 2009

    Hi,again, well that wasn''t quite the answer we were looking forward ro hearing. Let me quote " The more interaction ascertained, the more we understand the object in question..".Now, the loose fixture is inaccessibleand therefore unaddressible **** to plan "B". We will address the effect and of the cause. Stop the darn leak and become the cause of ofresolve

    Are you ready? first determine what will fit in the gap between the fixture and tub surface. A dime, paper clip, anything that can be used to hold the fixture out with som pressure without distorting the tub wall. They will be removed later.Once evenly held outward, That tube of silicone you have in your hand ( clear) will have its contents liberally dispensed into the gap our spacers have creat between tub and fixture. Using your finger, force what you vcan into the gap.. Then, comfortsble in the adequare filling, remove our spacers. That done, withe the palm of your hand, left or right, your call, rotate the fixture abot 1/2 inch in one direction only. Enough to equal the width of your spacers. The silicone won't take long to set up so be patient. Not know what pressure the hose backside is imposing on the fixture makes it necessary to hold it flat agains the wall. You can confirm a uniform seal by the even bead forced out the edge of the fixture.. Any gaps, just finger force the silicone into thrm.. Use a rag tho wipe off any excess silicone one the fixr will hold itself in place. Now find a small screwdriver that will fit in the fixture holes and slip it in bout one inch into one of the holes near center and let it hang. This will counter any pressure the hose in back may be imposing.. Keep an eye on it as it sets up, especially on the bottom half. If the fixture moves outward, put light pressure but do not rotate. Once the silicone sets up thoroughly. give it a day while periodicacly checjing it, you can easilt clean up the mess you made with the silocone :) Kidding! The longer it dries the easier it is to just rub off woth your finger. Good luck . Oh, Make darn sue there are no access panels you could have utilized like trick removable boards or panels on the skirting. Sometimes they lift and the bottom comes out first. Enjoy.

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    Ned C Cook Jun 14, 2009

    I do agree with you on doing it the righrt way. I too am curious to see why it wasn't seating in the first place. Yo mentioned a release lever So it is removable from the front? In that case it wouldn't be a good idea to use silicone. Do you have a phone camera? If so, take a pic of the evil object and send it ti me please..Co7196 @ yahoo.com

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