In many instances a bathtub leak can be found without having to do anything more than check the pipes under the tub. While this does result in an immediate repair to the leak, if you have expensive bathtubs and you are careful, you may not need to call a professional plumber to come out and take care of the problem. It is well worth the time it takes to try and locate the source of the leak, particularly if it is located in an area where there are no pipes to run to. If the leak is confined to only one faucet, then it may be possible to repair it yourself using a few inexpensive tools.If you find yourself with an unsightly bathtub leak then it is likely that you will need some kind of plumbing repair or even replacing part of the tub. One of the first things that you should do before attempting to fix any pipe is to turn off the water supply to the affected area.
Most leaks will cause a significant amount of excess water to be pumped around the area, so if you are left without water for too long the damage caused by the leak will spread. While this may sound like a good idea it is actually bad plumbing practice. It can actually spread the damage farther and may require a larger replacement job than would have been necessary had you just turned the water off.Once you have assessed the extent of the damage and decided whether or not you are going to replace the entire bathtub or just repair or fix the one faucet, you should contact a plumbing professional who is familiar with bathtub leaks.
Though many plumbing contractors have books that detail common pipe problems, they may not be as knowledgeable as a plumber who has completed thousands of similar jobs. This is especially true of smaller cities where a plumber that specializes in bathtub leaks might not be available. For these types of repairs, the local plumber will know exactly what tools and equipment are required and will also know where to get a fair price on the work that he performs.
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