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    Need help on repairing a shower drain. Water is trapped between shower floor and shower pan. After taking a shower, stepping on shower floor(simulated marble floor) causes water to spray upward next to shower drain. Water comes from crack between drain neck and floor. It looks like flexing shower floor allows water to get in under shower floor. Trapped water smells. What needs to be done to fix the problem? Is there a way to re-seal floor around neck of drain? Is there a part of the drain that needs to be replaced?
    Thanks in advance for your help!
    RRNBA

  • #2
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    Just did one a while back. Had to replace everything including the floor underlayment. If the water stinks you got rot and mildew. And to just leave it covered up if you go to fix your leak can cause more problems. You do not want your floor joists rotting too.

    Sorry Plumbers for answering, I thought I was in the construction threads
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      RIDGID Just bumped you up to plumber's pay scale.

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        Garager,
        Thanks for your reply.
        Shower sits on a slab. Water smells like rubber. If allow to completely dry, then reseal?

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          Re: Shower drain issue?

          RRNBA,
          Garager was correct when he said replace everything.

          It sounds like your tile AND float have separated from the underlayment or all three from slab.

          maybe there was an air pocket somewhere along the process that is now filling up with water.This flexing void is a sign of improper workmanship.

          sealant is only a bandaid over a major issue.It may work for a little while,BUT
          Last edited by drtyhands; 09-04-2007, 05:15 PM.

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          • #6
            Re: Shower drain issue?

            Originally posted by drtyhands View Post
            RRNBA,
            Garager was correct when he said replace everything.

            It sounds like your tile AND float have separated from the underlayment or all three from slab.

            maybe there was an air pocket somewhere along the process that is now filling up with water.This flexing void is a sign of improper workmanship.

            sealant is only a bandaid over a major issue.It may work for a little while,BUT
            adam, you need to read the whole story

            he has a pre fabbed 1 pc. shower pan

            at this point removing the plastic shower pan is the only real way of repairing it. the leak is most likely from the drain connection to the pan. it's also possible the pan has a crack and flexes when you step. a band aide fix is trying to run epoxy or silicone at the joint between the drain and the pan.

            sounds like you have a remodel coming up soon.

            rick.
            phoebe it is

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            • #7
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              Yeah,I read,and re-read no sense explaining.

              rubber smell=bituthane to me.

              Looking too hard to make a big deal out of nothing

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