Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems (and how to fix them)

Updated: May 3, 2019

When it comes to bathroom plumbing problems, there are some that are more common than others – and some that are easier to fix. Bathrooms are the one room in the house where you don’t want to take unnecessary risks. And if problems aren’t fixed early on, they might lead to permanent damage. Here are the most common bathroom plumbing problems, how to recognize them, and how to fix them.

Water Pressure

One of the most common complaints with bathrooms is low water pressure. When you turn on the bath, shower or tap, you expect the water to be gushing out. But occasionally, you’ll only have a trickle – and it’s a sure sign there is a problem. There are a couple of reasons for this. If both the hot and cold water have the same problem, it’s likely caused by a build-up of sediment or calcium deposits on the faucet aerators. In this case, it’s a simple matter of cleaning the shower heads and aerators. You can try to fix this yourself by taking off the aerator and cleaning out any debris. If this doesn’t help, the problem is more serious, and you should contact your plumber.


Leaky pipes are not only a nuisance, but they can be expensive – and dangerous. For every drop of water that is wasted from your leaky pipes – you end up paying for it in your utility bill. Also, a pipe that leaks outside the home can get into the foundations, creating an unstable environment for the structure itself. It’s important you don’t try to fix this yourself, but rather get a professional to assist. While waiting for your plumber to arrive, you might use leak tape or a compression clamp as a temporary solution. Another common problem with pipes is a knocking sound, which could indicate that the pipes are suffering as a result of high water pressure. This can cause the pipes to bend and move, so it’s important you get a professional in as soon as possible.


Clogs or slow drainage are common bathroom plumbing problems. If you fill the sink or bath, and it takes a long time for the water to empty, or your flushing toilet fills up; you want to take action right away. For both of these problems, the first thing you can do is to try using a plunger. This will help if there is a minor clog, which could be caused by a build up of grime, hair (or in the case of a toilet – paper). If that doesn’t work, call the plumber. You don’t want to leave the problem to get worse, or you could face a complete clog (which could get messy and expensive).


The toilet is the one place in the home you don’t want to mess up! Whether your toilet is clogged (as mentioned above), the pipes are leaking, it won’t stop running, or there is a distinct smell that you can’t seem to place – it’s not something you want to leave alone. The problem could be as simple as replacing a valve to stop a running toilet, or it could be as complex as a major clog in the toilet pipes (which can be very messy). If you can’t pinpoint the problem easily, don’t risk waiting for it to fix itself.

While you might be able to complete minor repairs yourself, DIY on your plumbing and electrical isn’t recommended. Your best bet is to skip the “money saving” ideas and head straight for the professionals. At RFG Plumbing, we guarantee the job will be completed efficiently – saving you time and money now, and in the long run. Get in touch if you need assistance with your bathroom plumbing problem in Windsor-Essex County and surrounding area. One call solves it all.

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