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Question DetailsAsked on 6/13/2014

Leak in shower? Leak in Attic? Wet carpet!

Master bath walk in shower is on the same wall as my walk in closet. Noticed wet carpet this morning. Small area, but definitely something wrong. We have had nothing but rain lately! Not sure if water in roof-to-attic-to-wall? Or walk in shower issues? Recommendations on DYI inspection for issue? Who to call if unable to mend?

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For a DYI insection I would isolate the problem. If you have the option of using another bathroom to shower I would wait till the floor dries out and then if no rain is in the forecast use the shower. Or if there is nothing but rain in the forecast stop using the shower and see if it stays wet.

If you have not seen this untill the rainy spell you have had I would think it is the roof. Unless someone else has used the shower recently. I had one case where it only leaked in the shower when one family member used it. I seems this person stood in a different spot than the rest of the family. That one took awhile to find!

There are thermal imaging cameras that can show a leak and I believe some rental places have them.


Don

Answered 5 years ago by ContractorDon

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Other DIY things you can do:


1) check attic for leaks, if accessible - wetness on underside of sheathing, staining of sheathing or rafters/joists, or wet insulation or puddling on top of ceiling drywall or vapor barrier generally above the wall the leak is below, etc. Then check top of wall and adjacent ceiling over wet area for drywall staining.


2) Check for obvious shower cracks (synthetic shower pan) thatmight open up when you move around in it, or at base of wall where it meets pan - maybe missing or loose caulk. Also lokk for loose seams (with plastic or fiberglass surround) or missing grout (with tile/stone) in shower wall.


3) in walk in closet, pull carpet and pad back (has to be done anyway to dry out to prevent mold), and pull baseboard trim strip off that wall. Shower leak might wet the bottom plate (bottom 2x4) of wall and cause a staining arc above the point where it is flowing under the wall (like a rainbow of staining on the bottom plate or bottom edge of drywall), but if a roof leak is coming down in the wall you will see staining coming down the plate from above - and probably wet drywall where the leak is draining out of the wall, off the bottom plate, down behind the bottom edge of the drywall, to your carpet.


4) IF so, could then remove a piece of drywall in closet - from center of stud to center of stud if you want to reuse same piece for repair, and about 1 foot high - to inspect interior of wall for water and water staining. Since this is evidently an interior wall sp probably no insulation in it, you could also use a fiber optic instpection tool or camera - $20-25/day rental at tool rental and some auto parts stores, or purchase on web from Amazon and HarborFreight Tools and such for $50 range for fiber optic wand, just under $100 for color fiber optic camera to look into wall through 1/2 or so hole - much easier to patch small inspection holes using fiber optic camera/inspection wand then from tearing into it to look visually. If you find water/staining in the wall, then move toward top with another inspection hole to see water is where coming into wall, and chase uphill to its source by following to highest point there is wetness or staining.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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