Just five weeks after we moved in, we popped the smallest Hammerlings in for a quick shower while we made dinner.
Instead, there was a bath in the hallway. A very unintentional bath.
About two weeks prior to this, we’d experienced the surely-coveted ‘hallway bath’ (come on, who doesn’t love a watery mess?!) when Master Hammer, instead of using his bathing time to, you know, wash himself, sat on the drain in the shower and let the water flow out of the shower and down the hall. Thankfully it was fairly easy to clean up, and there was no damage.
This time, however, no bottoms perched atop drainage systems to create the leakage. At this stage, we’re not entirely sure where the leak is coming from.
The water pools just outside the door, but there is no unusual wetness inside the bathroom that a normal shower wouldn’t account for. (As you can see from this close up, while we are 100% thrilled with the internal paint colours, the actual paint job was a bit hurried).
The leak only happens when the shower is used.
The water also drips under the house to the dirt below, in two spots. One comes from the drain pipes, the other from the corner of the shower, under the tiles.
Mr Hammer’s first action was to check the tapware we provided. If the leak is caused by our tapware, well, you can guess who will have to pay for it. If the leak is caused by a fault in the supplies or installation of builder-supplied pipes/tapware/fittings, that’s covered under the builder’s warranty.
So Mr Hammer went straight for the shower head flange to see if the leak was coming from there.
No. Phew! Of course, that doesn’t rule out our potential liability, but it is unlikely. Without ripping up tiles or putting holes in the wall, we can’t tell for certain.
Mr Hammer and the builder spoke, and without seeing the problem, they have decided the most likely cause is the ‘combination’ (we’ll have a picture of the combination once the wall has been opened for a Combination Autopsy). The plumber has been contacted to come out and have a gander, to see what he can see.
Have you ever had a leaky shower? What was the cause? Was it in an established house, or a new build?