This Citrus Heights Apartment tub has had a slow leak for years, it finally made itself known.
“I have a leaking tub in the upstairs unit, and water is pouring into the downstairs bathroom”
This is the frantic call that I received on Monday morning that changed my schedule for the day. Being a fixer of water related damages, I headed over to go to work. The maintenance staff
had opened the ceiling in a few places to get a look at the source of the water before calling me.
That always helps; I can get a feel for what I am up against before arriving. Sometimes they can help with some qualified instruction.
This Citrus Heights Apartment tub drain leak had been happening for some time, the staining and discoloration was pretty wide on the backside of the drywall. Often times a slow leak drips enough to moisten the materials but not enough to soak all the way through. It can dry up during the day and repeat again in the morning. The leak must have gotten stronger or the baths got longer because much more water came through on this day.
One of the reasons for the leak not showing itself in the bathroom ceiling is the paint itself. Semi-gloss paint can trap the moisture and discoloration until the water content reaches very high levels. In this case the water filled up and finally ran out the opening at the exhaust fan before anyone know of this leak.
Large sections of drywall were removed and the area dried out before we can patch things back up. We will be testing the moisture later today. Of course the source of the problem was corrected and tested to insure that this will not happen again.
This Citrus Heights Apartment leak will be back in working order soon.
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