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Help Fixing That Leaky Bathtub
Written by Elizabeth Wood
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 job.

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