This one was epic. Take a look!
Once you see something like this – you think, OMG, the tub needs to be replaced – $6000!
Well yes and no. In this particular instance, ALL 6 of the bath spa jet flanges were broken completely off, which begs the next question:
Can the jet flange be removed? (Unscrewed?) The flange is the part that holds the jet body (back part) to the bath tub. During assembly, silicone sealant is used to seal the body to the tub to prevent leakage. The good thing about this particular tub is that the silicone sealant was actually holding well, which means a small chance of leaking in the future, as long as the front part of the flange is properly secured to the tub.
Like I said, seeing a flange completely disintegrated like this can lead to horrifying expense, but in this case – again – the jets could not be pushed out of their place. The silicone on the back side was continuing to hold them where they were installed.
So – in this case basically we need to provide a sealing surface on the front of the jet – and a mechanical aid to continue to keep the jet attached to the tub. Enter our hero – White Marine Epoxy.
The solution is quite simple. Clean the cracked surface and the adjacent area of the tub surface with clear pvc pipe cleaner – then with a paint brush apply it around the cracked area and join with the surface of the bath tub.
This is in no way a perfect fix, but if you cannot remove the flanges then it is the ONLY option possible.
Here is what the finished repair looks like:
Of course this is not an elegant solution in appearance, but it is an elegant solution on the wallet! It provides for both a water-tight seal for the jet flange and body, plus it reinforces the jet body to the bath tub, negating the need for a removal and complete re-plumb, or worse – a bath tub replacement.
If you do this yourself, the repair’s total cost is less than $15! Call with questions any time.