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My master bathtub is leaking

I have taken apart the faucet and re-taped the threads, that's not the problem. I checked all the vavles where the cold and hot water meet, nothing leaking there. I checked the shower faucet and that is not leaking either. I can see the pipes from my basement and it appears that the waste return pipe is the culprit. I took the waste plate off and noticed the pipe that connects to the tub has a rubber gasket around it but no putty or silicone to seal the connection. I adjusted the fitting and closed everything back up and that seemed to solve the problem but the leak is back. There is a short metal piece that fits on the inside of the tub and screws into the pipe on the outside of the tub to hold the pipe in place, one of the screw holes is stripped. Could this be my problem, I have never known a waste return pipe to leak. Should I putty the connection and silicone the threads to ensure a good seal? I have run the shower for twenty minutes at all temp ranges and the pipes dont leak, it only leaks when someone is taking a shower. Could our weight be causing the pipe to move behind the wall causing the leak? Please help, I really dont want to pay a plumber to rip out a wall, my house is less than a year old!

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  • lucasbryan Jun 24, 2009

    Thanks Smartr10U,

    After some work, I think the leak is coming from the drain pipe, not the waste return. Should I go ahead and replace the whole drain assembly or try to putty the connections? The drain itself does not appear to be leaking so I think I may have a faulty hookup. I did a thorough visual inspection of the pipes and none have a crack that would be causing the leak. Thoughts, suggestions and advice would be appreciated.




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Yes the weight of someone in the tub plus the water can push the tub down far enough to cause the leak.
Unscrew the flange in the tub that holds the drain to the tub. Get some plumbers putty and make a bead to fit between the tub and flange.
Make sure the rubber gasket is clean ..use a bit of plumber's putty on this as well. Get an assistant to stand in the tub while you snug things up.
Snug it up tight.... replace if the threads are stripped as you said.
Plus if your house is less than a year old, I'd talk to the contractor/builder if possible about warranty work...most reputable builders will cover their work for the first year.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

    KEN LaPOINT Jun 24, 2009

    Sounds like you're making progress! The typical compression-type connections that have the rubber or plastic rings under a large nut on the pipe are common leak spots.
    I recommend purchasing a small bottle of pipe thread sealant..comes in a small bottle or can with an application brush built into the cap. Back the compression nuts off to gain access to the compression rings and coat the flange and pipe in the area where those comp rings will be tightened down. Then slide the ring back in place and snug the nuts back up... The pipe thread goop will seal up any imperfections in the joint. After it's tight, take a rag and wipe off the excess and check for leaks...
    This has solved alot of leaks for me.
    Let me know if this solves it.



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