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Can my tub fall through the floor?

Water damage can rot away wood, wear down the structure holding your bathtub, and also cause mold problems. This is not the only thing that can happen that could cause your bathtub to start sinking into the floor. The pipes under the tub cannot be easily checked for leaks or wear and tear.

How much weight can a bathtub hold?

So, how much weight can your bathtub hold? Research shows that a standard tub made of porcelain can hold around 40 to 60 gallons of water or 335 to 500 pounds. That might seem like a large span, but that is because the amount a tub can hold is also directly related to its size.

Can a bath break?

Cracks usually mean that more water and moisture will tract into the inside of your bathtub, causing the integrity to weaken more and more overtime, until eventually the entire bathtub cracks in half. Generally, cracking is commonplace in fiberglass bathtubs.

Can a bathroom floor collapse?

Recurrent mold and mildew on bathroom surfaces – Broken tiles, decaying grout or caulk and poor waterproofing may lead to moisture forming behind the tile, painted surfaces and wallboard. If left unattended, eventually the entire flooring system under the bathroom will collapse.

How much weight can a bathroom floor hold?

Based on some research, the typical home is constructed (US) to support 40 lbs/ft. Using this value brings the total weight limit of the entire bathroom to around 2,200 lbs.

Why does my bath creak when I stand in it?

Tub Surround If the surround and tub are not connected properly, you may hear a squeaking sound, due to the two parts rubbing together when you stand in your tub. Check the perimeter of your tub and shower surround to make sure the two are snapped in properly.

How much weight can an upstairs bathroom hold?

The industry standard is 40 lbs/sqf.

Do showers have weight limits?

A cement or mortar shower base can easily hold upwards of 1,000 lbs, but the exact amount of weight a shower base can hold is dependent on a few factors: Residential floors built to code can support very heavy objects, but old or damaged subflooring may be weak.

Can you fix a crack in a bathtub?

Use the Right Repair Kit Chips and small cracks in your bathtub are easy to repair using a two-component epoxy bathtub repair kit from your local hardware store. There are epoxy repair kits available for porcelain, enamel, ceramic, acrylic, and fiberglass bathtubs.

How long do bathtubs last?

On average, bathtubs last 10-30 years, depending on the bathtub material. Modern, inexpensive tubs made from acrylic and fiberglass will last 10-15 years. A porcelain-enameled cast-iron tub can last much longer but you will need to refinish it every 5-15 years.

How can you tell if your bathroom has water damage?


  1. Obvious Mold or Mildew. If you like to take hot showers, there’s a chance that a tiny amount of mold or mildew could form on the wall closest to your shower.
  2. Peeling Paint or Wallpaper.
  3. Damaged Floors.
  4. Ceiling Stains.

Why does my bathtub feel squishy?

The “squishy” feeling you describe is the tub bottom flexing. Before setting a fiberglass tub, a good plumber will take the time to place mortar or plaster of paris underneath the tub to give the bottom some support.