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Question DetailsAsked on 11/13/2014

myupstairs tub has a overflow gasket leak and ceiling has water damage. do I hire a general contractoror or plumber

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Plumber for the leak repair - which unless there is access from the back side of the head of the tub like through a closet wall, may require accessing from the ceiling below where the water damage is anyway.

Then a drywall contractor to repair the drywall damage, and a painter to repaint (commonly have to do entire ceiling to match the paint). Some painting contractors will do small (a couple of feet square) drywall repairs for access holes like this and the painting also.

So, you can see - potentially (unless you DIY the drywall/painting) three contractors - not tough to get these yourself,but if you wantit allin one package and only one person to deal with, then a small Remodeling - Kitchen and Bath or Remodling - General Contractor will probably make it easier on you, though not necessarily cheaper - that is hard to tell, because the subs typically charge the GC less than they do you, but he then marks up their bills for subcontracting costs andoverhead, so hard to tell if you will come out ahead one way or the other - but for this size job probably not significant difference in total $ because you are only talking probably $400-600 range depending on how extensive the water damage was - assuming of course normal drywall or plaster ceiling with normal type surface finish.

BTW - not a good idea to routinely lettub overflow - the overflow is an emergency drain only for the occasional time a person gets distracted and lets the tub keep filling to overflow, and sometimes (for deep tubs) also to limit the amount of weight in the tub, and is not really built to handle frequent use.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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