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Plumbing nightmares can happen to anyone. Most of us probably know someone who’s experienced some plumbing disasters, or maybe you’ve seen some viral memes with funny plumbing pictures.

But if you experience these bathroom plumbing nightmares, you might not know how to fix the issue. We’re rounding up some plumbing nightmares and funny plumbing stories from around the web—and sharing how to fix these common plumbing problems.

Plumbing Nightmares + Tips for Fixing Common Issues

How (Not) to Fix a Leak

If you have a leak, we promise, you don’t need this much foam sealant.


too much foam sealantSource: Reddit 

A leaky pipe usually has one of these common causes:

  • Incorrect pipe laying 
  • Corrosion or joint damage to the pipe
  • Cracked seals or pipes
  • Stubborn clogs
  • Excessive water pressure

So instead of using up an entire bottle of sealant, just check on your O-ring. If your O-ring is the right size, then there shouldn’t be a leak. If that’s not the problem, give a plumber a call for an inspection—especially if you notice any odd smells. The smell of sewer gas can be a giveaway of a broken sewer line, especially if you notice your grass is looking extra green and lush and you’ve been experiencing some slow drains.

Slow or Clogged Drains

Hopefully, your drain issues aren’t from a bad installation job, like this misinterpreted concept art.

a sketch of what someone wanted their plumbing drain to look like next to the failed attemptSource: Reddit

If you do experience a clogged or slow drain, there are a few steps you can take.

If you’re only experiencing one slow or clogged drain, then it is localized to that specific fixture. Most likely, there’s hair or soap buildup that’s blocking your shower or sink drain. Before calling a plumber, try these solutions:

  • Pour baking soda, vinegar, and hot water down the drain to loosen up whatever is causing the blockage.
  • Use a drain snake to fish out hair or other blockages.
  • Use a plunger or chemical drain cleaner.

If you’re experiencing slow drains in multiple parts of your house, then that could be the sign of a larger issue. Keep an eye (and nose) out for nasty smells, and see if your grass is growing a little more quickly than usual in certain spots of your yard. It could be the sign of a sewage backup—and in that case, you’ll want to call a plumber immediately.

Low Water Pressure

Unless you’re this person…

kitchen sink faucet as shower head

Source: Reddit 

…then chances are you can blame either pipe corrosion, cracked or broken sewer lines, drain or sewer clogs, or a hidden water leak for low water pressure.

Low water pressure can be a sign of a nasty clog in your drain pipes. If you don’t have any clogs that you can identify, it could also be a sign that you have a cracked or damaged pipe somewhere in your home or underground. This is because the water is getting out from the crack, which is preventing the appropriate amount of pressure buildup. Your plumber can detect leaks with an inspection to see if this is the cause of your sudden low water pressure.

Is Your Toilet Running?

Well, if your bathroom looks like this, then maybe you’ll be the one running.

dual toilets in a bathroom stallSource: Twitter


In all seriousness, if your toilet is running or gurgling, there are a few easy ways to fix the issue before having to call a plumber. Your toilet may be gurgling because

  • You have a clogged drain line
  • You have a clogged toilet drain
  • You have a broken pipe
  • The main municipal sewer line is experiencing a clog 

If adjusting the flapper or plunging your toilet doesn’t help, give your local plumber a call.

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Topics: Pipe Leaks and Repair, Plumbing Tips