Water leak from sealed compartment

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 22:03
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We have sprung a leak from the sealed compartment under the vanity sink in the shower room.The water seeps out from under the shower walls and from under the adjacent cupboards in the van There is no access to the compartment to inspect the plumbing connections so how do you fix the problem? Have sent a similar question to BT, but this problem must have happened to someone else.
Ian & Judy.
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 22:23

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 22:23
We had a watertight door installed during the build. This has proved useful as I had to replace a tap recently. This may be your last resort action.

John
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Follow Up By: Dunrootin Lodge - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 02:48

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 02:48
Hi G & D, your suggestion has been put to BT today so should get a reply tomorrow, 30th March. It should be standard (not optional) in BT's or how else can you access the plumbing. Ian
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Reply By: Pete & Vonnie - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 23:27

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 23:27
Do you have an outside shower?
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Follow Up By: Dunrootin Lodge - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 02:34

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 02:34
Hi Pete & Vonnie, thanks for your response, however the answer is "no" we don't have an outside shower. Ian.
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Follow Up By: Pete & Vonnie - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 05:39

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 05:39
Ok so we will forget that idea. You can get access to the plumbing from a removable shelf in the b/room cupboard. The h/w is generally in there and it may be a connection to this that is the problem. Get a good torch and look for any sign on leak. As a last resort the sink can be removed. It is held in with silicon and should come out rea.sonably easily
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 02:21

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 02:21
Look for an access cover in an adjacent cupboard to the vanity.
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Follow Up By: Dunrootin Lodge - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 02:44

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 02:44
Hi Nomads, there is access to the behind/rear of the compartment if I take the washing machine out, in the adjacent cupboard, where I can see the hot water unit up on a shelf support, but the compartment below is sealed with a back. I can see the water service lines going through the back into the compartment. Ian
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Follow Up By:- Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 03:09

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 03:09
It took me several years to find mine........keep a lookin
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 03:23

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 03:23
Ian,

You will find that there is a removeable cover in a cupboard that will give you access to that area. BTi would have required it to connect the plumbing in the first place. Ours is in the cupboard beside and and has 4 screws holding it in place.

If the worst comes to the worst then you could cut a hole in the area below the hand basin and install another waterproof door there, so that you would have an extra storage area and have access under the hand basin in future.

Our hand basin is developing a crack in it so I think I will put an access door in ours soon.

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Follow Up By: Dunrootin Lodge - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 04:19

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 04:19
Hi Brian, good to hear from you after so long. I found the access panel in the washer cupboard, it's easy when you know. I will investigate the leak further when we get to Pot Fairy tomorrow.
Ian.
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Reply By: BushBoss - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 03:26

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 03:26
Hi Ian and Judy
there is access through the cupboard outside of the shower cubicle. Open up the cupboard door and too the left directly in line with the vanity unit there is a removal panel. Normally it slides in and may have 1 or 2 screws in it. Its the same material as the wall panelling. Thats assuming your ensuite is directly opposite the entry door and you have a cupboard across the rear.
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Reply By: NIK `N` OFF - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 19:48

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 19:48
Welcome to my World of water leaks,

We had a white plastic hose come off a T piece fitting, causing damage to the wood panelling, lot's of pain and frustration in getting the hose back on & tightened. It's difficult to get large shoulders inside a small cupboard opening, whilst dislocating elbows to get the right angle .... grrrrr the pain ..........

Why BT fit the white plastic reinforced water hose on a hot water outlet is a mistake IMO..

Anyhow another 6-8 months down the track and this time the same hose burst and again it's extremely difficult to get inside the cupboard and replace the unsuitable hose that was used to the correct high temp / pressure hose and fittings used throughout the rest of the van.

We also had the shower flickmaster tap leaking behind, and the Kitchen Flikmaster hose leaking, both i fixed myself.

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Follow Up By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 02:18

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 02:18
Replacing the flickmix tap in the vanity is also a 'pr##ck of a job' even with a watertight door. It is made MUCH easier with the correct long box 'tap' spanners. I bought a set from Bunnings.

Cheers John
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