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Help Fixing That Leaky Bathtub
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Leaking faucets in a bathtub can cause considerable damage if
left un-repaired for a long period of time. Not only does it waste
water, but it eventually breaks down the surface. Bathtub leaks have
been known to wear right through the enamel. Signs of damage include
a green or faint brown stain on the enamel.
Common causes of bathtub leaks include loose washers and seats,
material deterioration, and differential joint movement. If the leak
is on the faucet, you can try replacing the washer or the brass seat
that is located behind the washer.
Sometimes a leak is formed when gaps develop from the deterioration
of materials that seal the joint between the walls and the bathtub.
You will need to reseal this area to prevent the leak. Gaps can also
develop overtime from pressure of supporting an occupant and water.
In addition, if you are experiencing a leaking shower faucet, you
will most likely need to replace the o-ring or valve stem packing on
the cold water valve. It is best to call in a plumber to handle this