What Are The Main Causes Of Bathroom Leaks?

Thursday 1st September 2022

Alice Redshaw

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Leaks in bathrooms are all too common, leaving you with a difficult and sometimes expensive problem to deal with. 

Flood water creates several risks, such as health-related issues from exposure to contaminated water, as well as damage to the structure of the property. At ICE Cleaning, we use the latest methods and technologies to restore your property during flood restoration work - contact us today to learn more.

In this blog, we delve into why you have experienced a leak in your bathroom, and how you can prevent it.

Clogged drains

This is widely seen as one of the main causes of bathroom leaks, taking place when drains become backed-up with various substances. This could be from flushing too much toilet paper at any one time, or trying to flush materials down the toilet that are not biodegradable.

Another way drains become blocked is from hair collecting in the shower plug. Over time, this prevents water from flowing down the pipe properly, so is a task that needs to be kept on top of. 

Sometimes a plunger can be enough to deal with a blockage in a backed-up toilet, but sewage water can be damaging to your health. If you're unsure of what to do in the event your toilet or shower drain is blocked, hire in the professionals to properly remediate the issue.

If you experience sewage water flowing out into the bathroom, we can help. Our technicians will thoroughly decontaminate, deep clean and sanitise the area during our sewage cleaning services. Contact our team today to find out more.

Burst water pipe

Meanwhile, a risk you run in wintertime is of your pipes bursting. This can occur should you not use heating to warm your home, as the water in the pipes increases and results in the pipe bursting. 

When a pipe bursts in your bathroom, it is likely to be one below the sink unit. It is important to keep water flowing at all times of the year so the chance of it becoming frozen in the drainpipe is reduced. 

This can be an expensive problem to fix, and one that you will wish to avoid. If you go away from your home for extended periods, keep your heating on for an hour or two a day, as this will make sure the pipes don't freeze from disuse. 

To help customers facing this situation, we wrote a handy blog about how you can unblock a frozen drainpipe - click here to read.

Leak from the shower

Moving onto other causes of leaks in bathrooms, leaks in showers are another leading reason. If the water is flowing rapidly out of the shower, then the floor in your bathroom can quickly begin to flood.

In this instance, call out a professional plumber to take a look at the issue. They will be able to address the problem, identifying its origin. It could be a problem with the way the shower has been fitted, or something that is beyond your control.

When you notice a leak, it is recommended that you turn off water in the property. This may be difficult if you live in a rented property, in which case you should get in touch with your emergency line to see what your best route forward is.

For any lingering smells or flood damage, we're ready to assist. With extensive knowledge of the industry, our flood damage cleaning specialists can be on site within an hour in emergencies.

Cracks in the tiles and walls

Any cracks in the tile and walls can result in bathroom leaks as well, such as where the grout or caulking has become damaged. 

Carry out regular inspections within your bathroom to make note of any destruction while it is still in its early stages. The sooner you can have the problem fixed, the sooner you can use your bathroom normally again. 

Problems with the walls can be because of drywall. This can occur due to a build-up of moisture in the area, not surprising when considering how much heat is drawn out from activities such as showering and bathing. 

Sometimes these problems can be quite costly, so get a professional flood damage cleaning company out as soon as possible to assess the problem. If you are in rental accommodation, speak with your landlord or letting agent about having someone come out to fix the problem for you.

Benefits of specialist flood damage cleaning services


At ICE Cleaning, we hold a number of accreditations with leading industry organisations. We make sure our technicians undergo thorough training throughout their time with us, ensuring they are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to deliver effective solutions.

Amongst our accreditations are:

We work hard to ensure we carry out services at the highest health and safety standard, safeguarding the health of all involved. What's more, you can be assured that we only leave the site if you're happy with our work. 


Wherever possible, we aim to provide flexibility to our customers. This is one of the benefits of us offering a 24/7 service, should you need us to work during the night or unsociable hours to minimise business interruptions. 

Throughout the process, we will work closely with you to create a cleaning plan that will meet your personal needs. At any point during the works, if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with a member of our friendly support team.

Disposal of waste

We are fully qualified to dispose of any waste present at the site. In the event of flooding, many belongings may be ruined beyond repair, in which case we can remove these for you safely.

It is essential that all health and safety regulations are followed when removing waste from properties to both protect your health and to safeguard the surrounding environment. 

Contact us now

Get in touch with us today for help with any flood damage cleaning you need. We can be contacted on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk, and will respond to your query as soon as we can.

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