Faucet pipes that connect to the shower usually sit behind the wall. Like all faucets, there is always a risk of water leaking from the shower’s faucet pipe connection at any time. If you have a water leak behind the wall, then you will probably have a soggy shower wall and water stains on the wall behind the shower’s faucet. You may also find stains on the wall or ceiling directly below the faucet accompanied by stale and fusty smells.
Need for immediate action
One of the major problems with leak, in the shower wall, is that it may go unnoticed for months. By the time you realize that a leak exists, taking immediate action is your only resort. Once you realize that a water leak exists behind the wall, you need to take action immediately. Water leaks will eventually cause the drywall behind the shower to deteriorate. If that happens you will be required to remove the surrounding wall and install a new one. Water leaks will also cause molds to grow which can lead to weakened wall structures. Molds can potentially put off harmful spores into the air which can cause health hazards like asthma.
Confirm the source
In order to confirm that the source of the leak is behind the shower wall, access the bottom of the shower. You can either do this from the basement below or through the subfloor, allowing you to see the shower’s drainpipes. Ask someone to watch the faucet while you turn it. Direct all the water from the faucet into a large container and stuffs a wet rag into the drain opening. As no water would be running down the drainpipe, any leak that you might witness will be from the shower’s faucet connections.
Create an access panel
The best way to access the faucet connection, without damaging your shower, is by creating an access panel. An access panel though the wall faucet will allow you to access the faucet connections without damaging the shower’s surroundings. Be careful as you don’t want cut into any studs or pipes in the wall. You will have to drill into the wall to give your jigsaw’s blade an opening. Once you get the opening, cut out a panel area. Install a swinging door over the opening. This will give you access to the shower’s plumbing later.
One common reason for leaky faucets are loose connections. Observe the leaking faucet connection up close using the access panel. If you suspect a loose faucet, use a pipe wrench to tighten the connection so it is secure once more and no more water leaks out. If it is a leak in the soldered connection between pipes, or if the source if the leak is from pipes that have a hole then getting in touch with a certified plumber is the best course of action. Since you have already worked on the access panel the plumbing job will cost you less money.
Dealing with a leaking faucet behind the shower wall is a tiring and complex job. There could always be something that you might miss out on your own. Hence, getting a certified plumber to get the job done is the safest bet. Get in touch with Pro Plumbing and they will get you in touch with a certified plumber in no time.