|Posted by Sylvan Tieger on July 31, 2004 at 12:07:27:|
|In response to Re: Leaking shower pan upsatirs bath.|
: I am almost sure I have a leaking shower pan in an upstairs bath room. This separate shower with a tiled floor and side walls that was built when the house was built in the eartly 70es.
: I notice a small drip on an ouside wall after the shower has been on for a short time. There is a 18" space between the floor and the downstairs ceiling but I can't get to this area under the shower unless I come in from an outside wall, which I can doo if needed. Is it possible to repair the pan by removing the shower floor tiles without getting access to the area under the shower? thanks
2- Let the water down and pour a few more buckets down to make sure it is not the drain pipe
3- Take off the shower head put a cap on the male threads turn on the water leave it on for 10 minutes then this should let you know if the shower body is causing the leak.
4- Remove the cap replace the shower head spray the ways a lot this checks the grouting integrity
5- Yes a lead shower pan CAN BE repaired BUT you need a skilled mechanic who can lead wipe/lead burn a new section over the bad section using 4 PSF sheet lead and non acid type flux.
One can use Flemco # 1 warranted solder for the repair of minor holes or even soldering a patch.
Same principle used in welding a steel plate over a pressure vessel/boiler BUT one needs to hold a valid "R" stamp for ASME rated vessels to maintain integrity.
Soldering/lead wiping and lead burning saves many shower pans that are so called non repairable and can easily save you in excess of $1,000.
You just have to find a semi skilled craft person
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