Is your tub leaking? You will want to fix it quickly before you have extensive water damage. We have compiled a series of 6 videos which will help you determine where the leak is coming from, and then fix the most common areas where leaks can occur such as the tub drain, faucets, overflow drain and trip lever, bathtub caulking, or the spout. These fixes could be attempted by a do-it-yourselfer. The time it takes for each repair will depend on the extent of the damage, but most of them can be done in under an hour. If however, you don't have the time to do it on your own, or if you discover that the leak is coming from the actual pipes, then contact the professional licensed plumbers at WaterSmart.
Video #1 How To Determine Where The Leak Is: KungFu Maintenance - 5:32 mins.
This first video doesn't deal specifically with a repair but it takes you through the steps that you would take in order to determine where the leak is coming from.
The sound quality isn't the best at the beginning (there is a distracting echo), but it's worth the effort to stick with it. The sound quality does get better. The host shows you easy and inexpensive tests to discover where your leak is. He also does a good job of educating the lay plumber on the various components of bathtub plumbing.
Video #2 Leaky Tub Drain: Chris Wade - Contractor - 3:31 mins.
The first video entitled "Bathroom Fix-It Tips: How to Repair a Leaking Bathtub," is great for the beginner plumber. It is short and simple, and the host speaks in everyday language, avoiding plumbing jargon. The video gives you a clear view of each step of the repair and details how to replace a leaking tub drain. He also includes some troubleshooting tips that you can try before you call a licensed plumber. He notes that if the problem is with the pipes then you will need to contact a licensed plumber.
Video # 3 Leaky Faucet: DIY University - 10:04 mins.
The third video explains how to fix a leaking bathtub faucet quickly and easily. The instructions are very detailed and the host speaks slowly and clearly. There are lots of helpful closeups of the different steps of the repair. It also does an excellent job of educating the viewer as to why the leak occurred in the first place. If you would like to read detailed instructions on how to fix a leaky faucet, click here.
Video #4 Leaky Overflow Drain Gasket & Trip Lever: Joseph K - 16:19 mins.
This next video demonstrates how to replace a leaky bathtub overflow drain gasket and trip lever stopper. I like how he speeds up the video during the repetitive parts, like unscrewing the screws, instead of cutting it out so you actually see every step of the repair. He also does handy close-ups. He is doing the repair in his own bathroom; he's true do-it-yourselfer. He makes you feel like it is something you also can do. He has also included helpful closed captions.
Video #5 Leaky Caulking: Kent Diego - 8:51 mins.
This fifth video shows you a repair done that was caused by a leak in the caulking around the bathtub. The video has helpful summary tips displayed on the screen and the host is very personable. He walks you through the process that he took for discovering the leak and shows you all of the common places that he looked for first. He then not only shows you how to repair the caulking to fix the leak, but he also walks you through repairing the wall that was damaged from the leaking tub.
Video #6 Leaky Bathtub Spout: JunkStar Builds - 14:27 mins.
The final video shows a repair in an older home. It details how to repair a leaking bathtub spout. The host is quite engaging and humorous to listen to. He does an excellent job explaining the tools required and some alternatives if you don't have the exact tool. In addition, he includes simple tips you can use to save water and money.
Is Your Tub Still Leaking? What To Do.
If after watching the videos and trying to determine where your bathtub leak is coming from, you still can't solve your problem, then it's time to call a professional. WaterSmart Systems fully licensed master plumbers can quickly diagnose and repair any plumbing issue you may be having. No job is too big or too small for them. Contact us today to get the job done right and at an affordable price.