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How To Fix A Leaky Shower Drain

April, 28th, 2016

So you went to get in the shower and noticed an annoying leaky shower drain problem. The most obvious reason for this occurence is that there is a crack in the shower drain, which fortunately means that only that section of the drain will need repair. Other issues arise when the shower drain is damaged altogether or the tub seal is destroyed.

Feel like you can handle this problem on your own? We’ll walk you through a list of steps to fix that drain issue.

Step 1 – Detect Where the Leak is From

To make sure your leak is coming from the shower drain, and not from a torn seal between the bathtub and the floor, use a funnel or filter to pour water directly down the drain (be sure you pour a lot of water down). Look for any signs of leakage after you finished pouring the water down the funnel. If no leaks are visible, fill the tub and look again for leaks.

Step 2 – Create an Access Panel to the Shower Drain

The next step deals with your shower pipes, which are typically under the flooring or above the ceiling in the floor below your drain. We suggest placing a cloth or pan on the floor so that the water draining will fall there and not all over your floor when you cut an access to the drain. If you have a drywall saw, cut a panel out near the pipe so you’ll have access to it. This piece you cut is going right back into the wall so be careful. If you’ve never done this kind of work before, calling a professional is your best bet!

Step 3 – Remove the Leaky Part of the Drain

In order to find the source of the leak, you’ll have to do some digging. You usually notice a discoloration or dripping where the leak is coming from. Use pliers to remove the portion of the drain, remove the strainer with a screwdriver, and remove the gasket and other parts with a pair of pliers.

Step 4 – Replace the Shower Drain

After purchasing a shower drain repair kit, read the directions on how to mantle this shower drain carefully. Reassemble the shower drain and make sure all pieces are securely in place before you test the drain.

Step 5 – Test Drain and Replace Drywall

Turn on your water slowly and test your shower drain. You don’t want to put the water on full blast at this point. If there are no leaks, you can go ahead and patch the wall using the drywall mud and a mud knife.

Don’t forget you’re going to need to have your toolbox ready if you need to fix your drain. Among those regular items you have lying around, a flathead screwdriver, drop cloth, shower drain repair kit, drywall saw, pliers, screwdriver, safety glasses, and gloves need to be within reach.

Let Us Help

We know this can be a tedious job for you, especially if you have a family and put in a full day’s work before you noticed the leaky drain. That’s why we’re here for you. At Corley, we work to fix your HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and drain issues. Contact us today to schedule a service or give us a call at 864.416.7492. Make sure you check out our Service Partner Plan so you can get regular checkups around the house without the worry of something going wrong unexpectedly. We have a multitude of options so you can find the one that suits your needs.