Flooded bathroom? 4 Common Reasons and How to Prevent It

by | Dec 26, 2019 | Leaking Pipe | 0 comments

There’s nothing worse than coming home from a long day at work to a flooded bathroom. The floor, and everything on it, is soaked and you have absolutely no clue what happened. It might seem like a mystery, but there are actually quite a few things that could have happened in your bathroom that may be the cause of the flood.

Curious about common causes for bathroom flooding? Read on to learn all about them!

1. Clogged Sink or Tub Drains

Clogged sink and tub drains are one of the main sources of flooded bathrooms. How do they get so clogged? Excess hair in the drain is the biggest offender when it comes to drain clogs.

Every time you shower or shave, that hair goes down the drain. Over time, that hair gets caught up in the drain along with other residue and causes your drain to slow down or even stop. Slow drains mean that it’s much easier for you accidentally overfill your sink or tub.

If you want to prevent this in the future, you can try using a hair trap and cleaning it out after each time you use the sink or bath. If you already have a slow drain, you can try plunging the drain or calling a plumber to help you remove the clog.

2. Clogged Toilet

Another major cause of flooded bathrooms is a clogged toilet. You might flush things down the toilet and forget about it, but there are many things you should never flush down the toilet like paper towels, baby wipes, and nappies. Sometimes excessive toilet paper is enough to cause your toilet to flood.

If you want to keep your toilet pipes free and clear, be sure to minimize the amount of toilet paper and flush frequently. Also, be sure to advise curious children that flushing toys and stray items down the toilet is a no-no.

3. Burst Pipes

Burst pipes are perhaps the most frustrating source of flooded bathrooms. This is mostly because there’s not a lot of preventative measures you can take to stop them from bursting, and when a pipe bursts, it releases a tremendous amount of water. Sometimes the only warning you’ll have is a tiny pinhole leak.

If your home has old pipes, it might be time to replace them or at least have them inspected. It’s much better to prevent the rupture than to repair it.

4. Overfilling the Sink or Tub

Sometimes a flooded bathroom is the result of simple forgetfulness. Turning on the bathroom sink and running to help your child can quickly lead to a floor full of water if you forget to come back and turn it off. If you have to leave the room while running the faucet, make sure to turn it off before you walk away.

Dealing with a Flooded Bathroom?

A flooded bathroom is never a fun thing to deal with. Thankfully, it’s not difficult to figure out what happened so you can take steps to prevent it from happening again in the future. Be mindful of what you flush down the toilet and be sure to stay on top of removing potential clogs from your sink and tub drains.

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