Fix The Leak!

undetected plumbing leaks

Leaks that go undetected for any amount of time can cause hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in damage. This tub has been leaking for quite some time to have caused so much damage to the subfloor and supporting joists.

The rusted tub is the cause of the poor seal and subsequent leak.

The rusted tub is the cause of the poor seal and subsequent leak.

rusted cast iron tub

The cast iron tub has rusted around the drain. This has made the area porous and subject to leaking. This house was built in 1947, so you expect to find some issues once you start exploring the crawlspace.

The moisture meter was going crazy here. This subfloor is saturated.

The moisture meter was going crazy here. This subfloor is saturated.

confirm the moisture content

I could see the water dripping from the pipe, but you still need to use a moisture meter to confirm the moisture content in the surrounding area. 

This could have been discovered long before it caused such extensive damage. If you have a crawlspace you should inspect it annually to prevent small problems from becoming HUGE problems.