Will my bathtub fall through the ceiling

Will my bathtub fall through the ceiling

Will my bathtub fall through the ceiling?

Asked by Sweetie26 ( 371 ) December 30th, 2010 from iPhone

My floor underneath it is leaking water and Im not sure if I take a bath or shower that it could fall through. It does seem like there could be a lot if water in the ceiling but Im not sure I took a broom and more water came through. Maybe Im just being a scaredy cat but my mom and sister think it could. What do u think?

6 Answer s

The longer you wait on a repair like this, the more it will cost. Get it fixed right away.

Well, if youre that concerned, then you definitely dont want to be taking baths. At least with a shower the only added weight is you and whatever water is flowing into the tub and down the drain. When you take a bath, then you add the weight of hundreds of pounds of water, plus your weight whenever youre in the tub and touching the bottom of the tub.

If you have that much water in the ceiling, then you may as well use that broom to break out the ceiling entirely where its waterlogged (its going to come out anyway) and shine a light in there to see how badly rotted the floor joists are. If theyre blackened and soft with rot, then you should consider staying out of the upstairs bathroom and out of the room beneath until you get it all repaired.

Minor leaks are one thing; theyll deface the ceiling and eventually cause a problem. A ceiling full of water is already a huge problem; you just dont know yet how huge.

By the way, if theres any springy feeling to the upstairs bathroom floor, then dont try any of what I suggested its already too late for you to even test or examine.

Take a bath. A leak will take years to rot through the main joists, the water is only leaking through the floorboards.

@Odysseus youre absolutely right about whats there in terms of floor joists, but neither of us knows how many years and years this rot has already been allowed to occur. So I still urge caution until that is known. More than likely youre right, and its a newly broken drain trap or loose / broken joint in the water supply lines, and not a structural failure yet. (In fact, you probably are right, because the downstairs ceiling would have caved in years ago and the room the whole downstairs, for that matter would be foul with mold, moss and decay. But still I dont know.)

The key is knowing when the leak started. Has this been something that has been very small and has grown slowly over years? Or is it something that just started, and got bad quite quickly. If it is the former. you probably dont want to be taking a bath. Wood takes a while to rot, but several years could significantly weaken it.

If it is a sudden leak, then something has failed. I assume you would mention it if it was on the floor of the bathroom, so it is probably not something in the bathroom, unless you have some pipes hidden in the walls. Anyway, joints can fail and even pipes can fail fairly catastrophically. On the other hand, you dont really say how much water is coming down.

If the leak is in the ceiling, then youll probably have to dig up the floor in the bathroom to get at it. I would start getting estimates for the job now.

Have you tried putting your weight on the floor of the bathroom to see how sturdy it is? You kind of press down in an almost hopping motion. If you have no movement, you do it harder. If there is movement, you probably should test how much there is, to get a sense of how far things have gone.

I seriously doubt your tub is going to crash through to the floor below. If it starts happening, youll feel it and be able to get to safety long before it actually falls through. My guess is that it will be fairly safe to take a bath. Probably the situation will help you save water, as youll use less water in the tub and take a shorter bath. Just in case.

On the other hand, I wouldnt want to run more water through my pipes than I absolutely have to. I certainly would be leery of it if it were the waste pipe that was compromised. Bath water is bad enough to come down, but the waste from the toilet? Not interested. But probably the leak is on the supply side. Good luck!

Will my bathtub fall through the ceiling?

Asked by Sweetie26 ( 371 ) December 30th, 2010 from iPhone

My floor underneath it is leaking water and Im not sure if I take a bath or shower that it could fall through. It does seem like there could be a lot if water in the ceiling but Im not sure I took a broom and more water came through. Maybe Im just being a scaredy cat but my mom and sister think it could. What do u think?

6 Answer s

The longer you wait on a repair like this, the more it will cost. Get it fixed right away.

Well, if youre that concerned, then you definitely dont want to be taking baths. At least with a shower the only added weight is you and whatever water is flowing into the tub and down the drain. When you take a bath, then you add the weight of hundreds of pounds of water, plus your weight whenever youre in the tub and touching the bottom of the tub.

Will my bathtub fall through the ceiling

If you have that much water in the ceiling, then you may as well use that broom to break out the ceiling entirely where its waterlogged (its going to come out anyway) and shine a light in there to see how badly rotted the floor joists are. If theyre blackened and soft with rot, then you should consider staying out of the upstairs bathroom and out of the room beneath until you get it all repaired.

Minor leaks are one thing; theyll deface the ceiling and eventually cause a problem. A ceiling full of water is already a huge problem; you just dont know yet how huge.

By the way, if theres any springy feeling to the upstairs bathroom floor, then dont try any of what I suggested its already too late for you to even test or examine.

Take a bath. A leak will take years to rot through the main joists, the water is only leaking through the floorboards.

@Odysseus youre absolutely right about whats there in terms of floor joists, but neither of us knows how many years and years this rot has already been allowed to occur. So I still urge caution until that is known. More than likely youre right, and its a newly broken drain trap or loose / broken joint in the water supply lines, and not a structural failure yet. (In fact, you probably are right, because the downstairs ceiling would have caved in years ago and the room the whole downstairs, for that matter would be foul with mold, moss and decay. But still I dont know.)

The key is knowing when the leak started. Has this been something that has been very small and has grown slowly over years? Or is it something that just started, and got bad quite quickly. If it is the former. you probably dont want to be taking a bath. Wood takes a while to rot, but several years could significantly weaken it.

If it is a sudden leak, then something has failed. I assume you would mention it if it was on the floor of the bathroom, so it is probably not something in the bathroom, unless you have some pipes hidden in the walls. Anyway, joints can fail and even pipes can fail fairly catastrophically. On the other hand, you dont really say how much water is coming down.

If the leak is in the ceiling, then youll probably have to dig up the floor in the bathroom to get at it. I would start getting estimates for the job now.

Have you tried putting your weight on the floor of the bathroom to see how sturdy it is? You kind of press down in an almost hopping motion. If you have no movement, you do it harder. If there is movement, you probably should test how much there is, to get a sense of how far things have gone.

I seriously doubt your tub is going to crash through to the floor below. If it starts happening, youll feel it and be able to get to safety long before it actually falls through. My guess is that it will be fairly safe to take a bath. Probably the situation will help you save water, as youll use less water in the tub and take a shorter bath. Just in case.

On the other hand, I wouldnt want to run more water through my pipes than I absolutely have to. I certainly would be leery of it if it were the waste pipe that was compromised. Bath water is bad enough to come down, but the waste from the toilet? Not interested. But probably the leak is on the supply side. Good luck!


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