A suspicious little spot in the hallway here:
Turned into an exploratory surgery of drywall here:
The outcome of this little peek inside the wall was so utterly shocking that we had to make some changes on the other side of the wall. Our bathtub now looks like this:
Apparently, the bathtub and wall had such a water-tight seal that as a leak formed and became worse and worse inside the wall, we didn't know it. Each time the shower ran, a lovely little pond formed under the tub. Really, . . a pond. No, not a puddle -- a POND!! How long had this been happening, you might ask? Who knows. What we do know is that with the walls open, our vocabulary is littered with words like - stink, mold spores, allergy inhaler, disgusting, clorox, exhaust fan, air purifier, home depot, expensive, shower valve, studs, expensive, vent, new cast-iron tub, tile, expensive and "oh my gosh, the damage goes clear into my closet!" and "oh my gosh, how long is this going to take?"
Next time I see a little spot on the wall, I'm going to just look the other way!!!!