My 2nd story bathtub in my new house was leaking (leaking as in a gallon+ of the water coming from the ceiling). So, I call my home warranty, they come out and determine that the drain was cross-threaded with no plumber's putty. Therefore, it was an improper install, not legally liable to fix it. I can understand that.
So, I pull out the drain enough to put putty on it (not all the way out), and screw it back in (it is still cross threaded). The bathtub is still leaking as much as before.
My question is, can a cross threaded drain cause such a leak? I am of the opinion that if the gasket between the shoe and tub is good, then it shouldn't be leaking regardless of cross threading. The house is 18 years old, so I think the gasket being bad is possible?
Assuming the gasket is the most likely culprit, I think I'll get a plumber to come out and cut an access panel behind the tub and bill me for the panel cutout/gasket replacement on one bill, and replacing the shoe on another bill. Then submit the gasket bill to the warranty company.
Thanks for any opinions!