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Trouble shooting a whirlpool bath leak.

Whirlpool bath Leaking problems      Read to me: Trouble shooting a whirlpool leak

Whirlpool leaks are actually not very common and are usually from the pump  couplings and o-rings. You should inspect these first and if this is the source of the leak, try tightening the couplings. If this does not work, loosen the leaking coupling and replace the o-ring with a new one. Afterwords, allow the area to completely dry before retesting for leaks.Whirlpool bath jet and pipe system

If your leak is somewhere other then the pump., it will often be very difficulty to reach and repair. In many cases the bath has to be removed from the deck and in some cases the tub has to be replaced due to damage from the removal.In many situations an additional access can be cut in the drywall or tile to access the leak. The important thing is to find the leak so you don’t cut an access in the wrong location.

There are also other types of leaks that could be confused with the whirlpool system that are unrelated and preventable.You can test for the following situations by draining and allowing everything to completely dry over a couple of days. If the water does not dry up, you probably have a plumbing or faucet leak.

If the water completely drys then you should fill the bath to a level of 3 inches above the jets and without turning the jets on, inspect for leaks over the next hour or so.  Then, turn on the jets and continue to inspect for leaks or changes in the volume of the leak.

What does the test results mean?

If you now have no leaking, the water was probably  from over filling and water was either spilled out or has leaked around the waste overflow preventer. Also, most whirlpool bath controls are not designed to be under water and can allow water to exceape around the control and under the deck.

If you experienced leaking during the test, did it increase when the pump was tured on? If it increased. the leak is in the  jet supply lines. If the leak stopped when the pump was running, this is a return or suction leak.If the leak was consistent irregardless of the pump operating or not, this would indicate a leak from the jet fittings and the bath acrylic shell. 

You can use standard PVC cement and fittings to perform the repair. If the leak is clearly inaccessible then, be prepared to remove the bath if necessary. The repair and tub removal and re-installation are best performed by a licensed plumber. Also, you may want to consult the plumber in advance as how successful they think they will be in removing the bath without damaging it. If the bath is set on the tile and not under it, a intact removal is possible. If the tile is butted to the bath, an undamage removal is unlikely.