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can loose bathroom tile cause a major leak?

Posted By: Anya
Saturday, 17 February 2001, at 9:45 a.m.

I recently bought a new house (that is, new to me, not newly built). there was a leak from the mater bath into the kitchen below. inspector tested it and found it to be sry (i.e. old leak). but that must be because previous owner simply stopped using that bath, because now it leaks again whenever anyone takes a shower (but not when taking a bath). I called a plumber under our home waranty, who came and told us that the cause was loose tile (not coverd by waranty). He dind't even look at the plumbing itself. yes, there is some loose tile--but It just seems like there was too much water leaking out for that to be the cause. but perhaps I'm wrong. anyhow, I am now replacing the tile--but I'm worried that this will not solve the problem, and that we'll just have to rip the tile out again to fix the actual problem. could a fairly large leak be caused only by a few slightly loose tiles? it's not like water is pouring down, but it's a rather significant drip as long as the water is running in the shower.

Thanks for any help.

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