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Old 07-30-2008, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default Inaccessible pipe leaking into kitchen

Any ideas on how to fix leaks if you can't get to the source? I have leaking coming down the cabinets onto my kitchen counter, from the tub drain above it. Is there anyway to fix it without removing the cabinets and cutting open the ceiling???

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Old 07-30-2008, 12:08 AM   #2
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Bummer, sounds like your screwed. You could always remove the tub and rip the walls out of the bathroom if your wanting to remodel anyway.

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What's on the other side of the bathroom upstairs? It might be easier to go into the wall in the next room, or in a closet, rather than up from the kitchen ceiling.

I've generally found it more satisfying (and effective) to fix this kind of problem by picking up the phone and calling a plumber.

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Old 07-30-2008, 12:53 AM   #5
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Pour some concrete down the tub drain. Leak will be gone !!

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Pour some concrete down the tub drain. Leak will be gone !!
True, but he'll have to move the fish upstairs...

Only a few screws hold the cabinets to the walls and to each other. Just remove the cabinets that are under the drain.

You may be able to get away with a 1X1 hole, just enough to get a pipe wrench in there, Unscrew the drain from the pipe, reputty and replace drain if necessary. If not, assemble.
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I'm an ex-plumber. As several posts suggested, the leak may be coming from the conection between the overflow tube and the trap(behind the tub ). See if there is an access panel on the other side of the tub. If not grab a step ladder and make a small hole near the center of the drain (on the ceiling side below the tub). You don't have to open the ceiling where the leak is because water will flow to it's lowest point and that might not be where it's leaking from. Make nice square cuts so you can repair it easier.
Run water down the drain and see if you can see the leak. How old is your house? If it's prewar, you may have a lead connection. Replace it with PVC.

I'm assuming that it only leaks when the tub is draining. If it is always leaking then it's a supply line.

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I'm an ex-plumber. As several posts suggested, the leak may be coming from the conection between the overflow tube and the trap(behind the tub ). See if there is an access panel on the other side of the tub. If not grab a step ladder and make a small hole near the center of the drain (on the ceiling side below the tub). You don't have to open the ceiling where the leak is because water will flow to it's lowest point and that might not be where it's leaking from. Make nice square cuts so you can repair it easier.
Run water down the drain and see if you can see the leak. How old is your house? If it's prewar, you may have a lead connection. Replace it with PVC.

I'm assuming that it only leaks when the tub is draining. If it is always leaking then it's a supply line.
What he said! Also an ex plumber. I don't miss it at all..
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Thanks guys. I can't get into it from behind either since we're in townhouses. I'm taking the cabinets down tonight so I can get to it from below. This really sucks, but at least the leak stops if we don't run the shower...

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Thanks guys. I can't get into it from behind either since we're in townhouses. I'm taking the cabinets down tonight so I can get to it from below. This really sucks, but at least the leak stops if we don't run the shower...
Does it leak when you drain the tub?

If there is just a small leak when you shower it may not be the drain. I had a problem in a new house with water getting behind the faucet when we showered. We had to reseal around where the decorative faucet cover met the plastic tub. If things are new this might be where the problem lies.

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