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    Hello all!
    I have a leak that happens when the shower is run in my son's bath? I've removed all the covers to fine bone dry pipes! Could this be a diverter problem? It's a Moen bath tub shower combo. Also the tub has a squeak in it? A handyman told me the tub is fine and to put one liquid nail on it to stop the squeak.

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    There are lots of places for a tub/shower to leak. Could be so many things. If the tub squeaks, it wasn't installed well. That indicates movement, and movement can, over time, create stress cracks, loosen the drain line, open up seams to let water penetrate, and other stuff as well.
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    A little bit of diagnosis is in order. If you run/fill/drain the tub only, is there any leakage then? Can you reproduce the leakage by dumping water along the seams in the surround? Are any of the surround/tub joints supposed to be caulked, and if so, what is the condition of the caulking?

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    Hello All,

    The tub use is fine, he's able to take a bath, fill and drain with no leaks. I did notice that the leaking seamed to have moved several inches away from where we first discovered it. Initially it seemed like the water traced down the alarm wiring. Yesterday I ran the shower and had the shower head pointed towards the wall. Could this be the reason for the moving leak? With that said I've caulked the edges around the tub, soap tray, handle, spout, floor and the top of the tiles where they meet the drywall! I'm going to run the shower shortly to see if the caulking helped.

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    Check the level of the tub as well - if it is not, then it can flow and pool.
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    Ok, just ran the shower and eventhough it still leaks, it seemed to take longer to leak. I'm starting to think the tub my be the problem. I will check the level of the tub here in a few minutes, should I check the floor of the tub or a side wall?

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