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Fix a leaking bath

A good soak in the bath on a dark winter day – there are not many things better than that.

But there aren’t many things worse to deal with as a home owner than a leaking bath tub. Whether you use the bath for its intended purpose or whether it doubles up as a shower, a leak is a leak and it needs to be fixed if you want to keep being clean and avoid water damage to your homes flooring.

So if you have a leaking bath, what can you do to fix it?

Well the obvious solution would be to call a professional plumber. At JSL Plumbing, we are one of the top local plumbers in Glasgow. With recommendations and five star reviews from a barrage of different sources including Facebook, Google, CheckaTrade, Yell and others, it is easy to understand why we have become such a highly recommended plumber.

how to fix a leaking bath

But if you do want to try and fix the problem yourself, we have some advise for you.

Most bath tub leaks can be categorised as one of three main types.

A drain leak

Simply put, the drain pip where the water flows out of the bath is leaking. This can be a serious problem because a) accessing the pipe can be difficult and b) every time you pull the plug on your bath, a lot of that water could be leaking out.

A tap leak

It could be the tap. It could be the shower head. It could be one of the pipes connecting them all together. But a dripping tap or a small leak on a shower is an annoyance that should be relatively easy to fix.

A leak in the grout or caulk seals

One of the most common types of leak in a bathtub. Over time, the seals around a bath and the grout between tiles can crack and form gaps. Gradually over time, water from a splashing shower can infiltrate these cracks causing mould or rot. These leaks are ones that so often are ignored by the home owner but can actually cause a serious amount of damage over a long period of time.

If you think you have a leaking bath, then try these suggestions:

  • Remove bath panel.
  • Check the waste drain pipes and where the bath waste leaves the bath.
  • Check the overflow.
  • Test the bath seal by running water over the silicone seal.
  • Run water around the taps where they pass through the bath.
  • Check the hot and cold supply pipes.

Drain leaks can be largely invisible but some solid investigation work can spot these issues early.

A leaking tap can be fixed with a replacement internal seal.  The leaking seals around your bath can be removed and reapplied relatively easily.  All of these can easily be done through products bought at your local hardware store.

When you should definitely call the professionals

While some plumbing problems can be dealt with by yourselves, other more urgent issues should only be handled by a professional. Pressurised water supply pipes can spray a large amount of water in a very short amount of time.  Before you even attempt to fix these kind of things yourself, do you know where the water stop tap is?

Call us today for all your plumbing services in Glasgow: 0141 406 1658

  • Quick resolution of problem and good communication.
  • Very friendly throughout the process. Clear information given and very thorough. I will be using them again!
  • JSL Plumbing & Heating replaced a kitchen and a bathroom tap and fixed a toilet where the cistern was leaking into the bowl. He was personable and professional, and provided advice on which replacement taps we might want to get for the bathroom. He provided updates on his progress throughout, and the pricing was reasonable. We have used JSL before and would happily do so again. Have also recommended this company to others.
  • Job completed to our satisfaction. Bathroom and en-suite left tidy and work completed in the timescale agreed and charged as per the quote. Good quality fittings used. Would certainly use JSL Plumbing Services again in future.
  • Jim assessed the leak, which required repair and offered an honest appraisal. He was on time, polite and carried out the work as planned. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him and would use for a larger installation in the future.
  • Had a bent radiator pipe I needed replacing and as I'd already called them out thought I'd get some bath taps fitted. I'd been putting the job off as it was in a really awkward tight place and knew it wouldn't be pleasant. The plumber was happy to help and it didn't cost me as much as I expected for the time and fiddly nature of the job.
  • Very good service with work done quickly after contacting company.

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