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This is appropriate for the way things go when you own a home

About a year ago we started seeing a small water stain in our downstairs ceiling in one spot right underneath our shower/tub upstairs. I tested some theories and decided in the end it seemed to be a result of bathtub splashing by my daughter. I put silicon between the tub and the tile and did a shoddy drywall patch on the wet spot. We lived in bliss for a year until... about a month ago the spot reappeared.

I remembered that around the time we dealt with this last year and again recently; we had had some tub backups(I love my wife and daughter but their hair causes me a lot of work). I tried snaking the drain and got the water moving decently but the drip from the area got worse.

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We switched to using the downstairs bathroom for the last two weeks. Today I cut a hole in the closet drywall to see where the drip seemed to be coming from when I investigated two weeks ago. Then I turned on the water and there was no drip; not when I filled and let it drain, not when I ran the shower; no drips.

My current theory is that where a connector and pipe meet of the vent pipe is where the leak is but it only happens when the water backs up at a certain point(after the junction of the vent with the bath pipe). So a backup more towards the tub causes no leaking. But on the bright side, now that I’ve got my hole in the closet wall I just need to wait for the leak to return.

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