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The Leak That's Not a Leak: Fixing a Drippy Shower

April 01, 2001|Associated Press

If after taking a shower you find water in the basement or on the floor below, it might not be the result of a plumbing leak.

Sometimes water running down the shower wall finds its way around, into and behind faucet handles and the spout and appears as a "leak." .

To fix this type of non-plumbing leak, remove the handles and escutcheons (trim) and seal the space between the valve stems and tile with plumbers' putty or silicone caulk. Replace the escutcheons and handles. Repeat this "seal" process on the spout.

Use a strap wrench, and cover all highly polished surfaces with tape or a rag first to prevent scratches.

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