Bathroom remodeling: Ceiling leaks Pt 2

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Bathroom Remodeling: Ceiling Leaks

Not all bathroom remodels are done for aesthetic upgrades, some are done out of necessity. Perhaps the previous bathtub was installed wrong or you have another issue listed below. A sign that you made need to upgrade your plumbing and remodel your bathroom is a ceiling leak.

When the ceiling is leaking you need to take immediate action. When you see a drip and it is continuous and does not stop, then you need to shut off the main water valve to the house right away to prevent major water damage to your floors.

Once it has been determined that it is a damaged waterline (the leak will stop after you’ve turned off the water), you will need to open ceilings or walls to determine which area the leak is exactly coming from.  If you notice the leak to be sporadic, then it’s important to determine if it is happening when you bathe, shower, or flush the toilet.


Run water ONLY through the drains, one at a time. If there is a crack somewhere you will determine that pretty quickly. Cracked sewer lines can have cracks as thin as a hair, so it’s important to have an understanding how aggressive the leak is, depending on how much water is leaking. This will determine on how much water to run. You do not want to flood your own house by running a water test. It’s best to start with a little water and increase from there as needed.

Shower arm

The shower arm is the pipe that your shower head screws onto, sometimes the threads inside the wall get loose and cause leaks inside the wall.

Tile and Grout

Make sure that the tile is in overall good shape, this can fail along with caulking around the tub or shower. We have seen it over and over again here at Red Cap, where a simple grout job would have taken care of the leak.

It’s really important to maintain and be aware of all your plumbing fixtures, especially upstairs. Always hire a contractor with knowledge on leak protection like Medina Exteriors & Remodeling. Call us to take care of your ceiling leak and bathroom remodel.


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