Drain and pipe leaks can be a serious problem in the home. It can damage the floor and destroy the ceiling if the leak takes place on above the ground floor. Fixing common water leaks as soon as possible is important to avoid further damage. Leaks that are left will only grow worse with time and may even cause the area to rot, which can be very expensive to repair. The most common drain leaks occur around baths, toilets, sinks and showers.
When a drain leaks, water will build up around the outside of the drain. This often happens with shower pans and fiberglass tubs because the weight of a person standing on them can cause the seal surrounding the drain to break. Serious leaks can cause a stain and lead to rotting floorboards and a damaged ceiling. Concrete floors are also effected, especially if it hasn’t been waterproofed by WT1. WT1 is used to waterproof concrete floors to repair cracks and ensure that the area doesn’t receive any further water damage. When a drain leak occurs in a bathtub on concrete, the water can run into adjoining rooms, causing even more damage throughout the home.
How can you tell if there is a leak?
It’s very easy to tell if there is a drain leak and the signs will be very obvious from the beginning. You may notice water stains developing on joists or the ceiling. This is a sign that there is a leak on the floor above which will need immediate repair. Another clear sign that there is a leaking drain is loose and damp flooring near the damaged area.
How to Repair a Leaking Drain
If you need to fix a bathtub drain leak, you’ll need to unscrew the drain flange first. Clean the flange before applying CT1 sealant. You can use Multisolve to clean away all traces of dirt, grease, dust, oil and old sealant etc. This leaves you with a smooth and clean base to work with. CT1 stops the leak instantly. You won’t have to wait for it to dry because CT1 works in wet and dry conditions. Leaks in drainage pipes can be caused by loose connections or a blockage in the pipe. This is why you need to clean out the drain before applying any sealant so that you can better examine the problem and choose the best solution. If there is breakage in the pipe or drain, a fast-acting solution is to use a waterproof sealant such as CT1.
CT1 prevents fungal growth, which makes is ideal for repairing bathroom leaks. If you have a leaking shower or bathtub, you can reseal it with CT1. This universal product is waterproof and will not shrink or crack over time. It has excellent resistance to chemicals and is 100% odourless.