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    DIY Junior Member eric28805's Avatar
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    Default full tub leaks downstairs

    My wife and I just moved into a 1974 house. She has used the tub upstairs for baths (and I've taken showers) a few times with no problems, but she filled it really high this time to get a good soak. I was downstairs and thought I heard water -- and sure enough if was dripping down into the family room.

    I've been reading the forum and have ideas about where the leak points could be, but where should I look first? I don't want to rip apart more than I need to.

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    Eric
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    Sounds lile a leak at the overflow plate at the back of the tub. If you remove the cover, there is a gasket on the backside of the tub. Pull that out through the hole and replace it.

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    Sometimes the gasket for the overflow is not tight or has dried out. First place I'd look is the overflow. You can usually see at least part of it when you remove the cover. To do much else, you need an access panel. My unprofessional opinion.
    Jim DeBruycker
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    Thank you for the quick replies. I'll take a look at the overflow. If necessary, it does look like I have an access panel.

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