Bathtub Leaks Basics: Common Causes and How to Fix Them

Anywhere that pipes and water configurations are concerned, as with a bathtub, you’re bound to end up with leaks. However, while bathtub leaks aren’t something new, it’s not something that you want to ignore for long as it can damage not only your bathtub, but your entire bathroom as well.

Here are the causes of the most common types of bathtub leaks and how to fix them.

Faucet Leaks

The next time you’re in your bathroom, try to listen for any dripping sounds. Chances are those leaks are coming from the bathtub faucet. Faucet leaks are usually caused by aging or worn-out rubber washers. If your tub faucet can be disassembled, you can take the washers out and have them replaced. However, if the leaks persist even after you’ve replaced the rubber gaskets and washers, the entire faucet assembly may have to be replaced.

Water Supply Leaks

Tub and shower valves are soldered together. These connections are usually pretty secure, but they can come loose and produce leaks if they weren’t properly installed or if the materials are old or have succumbed to rust.

Drain Leaks

Just like kitchen sinks and shower drains, bathtub drains are connected to plumbing traps which keep debris from clogging the drains and prevent sewer gases from flowing back up into the home. These traps can leak. Drain leaks can also be caused by faulty seals around the drain assembly. In this case, you can apply putty to the affected area. 

Plumbing Solutions for Your Home

Don’t let pesky leaks ruin your bathing experience. Hire the pros! Turn to Handyman Connection® of Eden Prairie if you’re having issues with bathtub leaks. We offer a wide range of home improvement services, including plumbing for your entire home. Call us today at (952) 777-4875 for a free estimate.

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