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Access panel for jacuzzi tub?

inky56November 6, 2012
The home we just bought has a jacuzzi tub. I believe this was added in the early 90's. As shown in the photo, there is a deep, narrow storage cabinet (13" wide openings) at the end opposite the faucets. That is the only access panel. That access panel is 13" x 12" and was covered with a screening and then a piece of cardboard. I removed the cardboard and there is a strong mildew smell. I set up a fan to blow in to circulate air, and sprayed a lot of lysol through the opening; but after a few weeks the smell is still there. What is my next step? The long side of the tub is against an exterior wall. Should a panel be cut there (to air out and also for repairs), and how would that best be done? Any suggestions appreciated!
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Jonathan Graham
Don't get alarmed, but the mildew is not a good sign of what is going on behind the scenes. I would get a bathroom specialist to look at it. The tub might have to be temporarily removed to see the cause of the problem and find a solution.
    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 9:05AM
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Hi inky56,

A plumber or GC can remove your tub for you (disconnecting the electrical and plumbing first) which will give you a very good view of what the problem is. It's often related to the drain, but could from the a slow dripping supply line, the recirc lines on the tub, or even an exterior moisture issue penetrating the wall. Removing the tub is relatively easy for an experienced professional, and will get you the answer you need. The problem is only going to get worse unless you address it completely and removing the tub, will make that possible. Once you've fixed the problem the tub can be reinstalled.

Best of luck
    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 9:33AM
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Thank you for the advice.
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3D-Tile-Design - Bertram Tasch
Hello inky56

Don't forget to check the silicone joint/sealing around the tub and the socket of your faucets. This are common areas where the water can permeate.

My tip: Before you remove your tub, inspect the bathtub first with a pipe inspection camera. http://www.homedepot.com/buy/milwaukee-m12-red-lithium-12-volt-cordless-m-spector-inspection-camera-kit-2310-21.html You can probably rent it at Home Depot. Your plumber should also have such an inspection camera. We use it always to check the drain first, before we build the shower pan.


3D-Tile-Design - Bertram Tasch
Maple Ridge, BC (Greater Vancouver) http://www.3D-Tile-Design.ca
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