Frequently Asked Questions

If these remedies do not resolve your issues, Thompson Plumbing is here to help.

What Can I Put in My Garburator?

Soft foodstuffs. Food waste is good but not egg shells or bones. They can clog.

What Should I Do When my Garburator Smells?

Put ice cubes and lemon or orange peels in. Run it for half a minute. Then run it with a small amount of dish detergent and cold water.

Why Does My Toilet Keep Running?

This is usually because the flapper in the tank is not closing properly around the flush valve. 

I Have Poor Water Pressure at My Kitchen Sink Faucet.

Try removing the faucet aerator at the end of the spout and cleaning the screen of any dirt and debris. The faucet aerator is designed to diffuse the water to prevent splashing, but it can become clogged over time.

What is That White Substance That Builds up on My Shower Head and What Can I Do About it?

The white substance is actually mineral deposits. To remove the mineral deposits from the shower head, pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag and then place the bag over the shower head fixture and leave it in place overnight. The next day, remove the bag and use an old toothbrush to scrub off the deposits.

Will tankless water heaters give me instant hot water results?

Tankless water heaters will supply ‘endless’ hot water and can offer ‘instant’ hot water at the same time if used with a recirculation system.

Why am I am getting no hot water from my gas water heater.

The pilot light may be out, or you may have a faulty thermocouple or gas valve.

What is the best solution for a clogged bathtub or sink drain?

The best thing to do is to make sure that the drain is not clogged with hair or soap chips. You can do this by visually inspecting the bathtub or sink drain. The best way to clean hair from a bathtub drain is to remove the drain grate and take a coat hanger and put a little hook on the end and scoop out the hair. You could also use a pair of needle nose pliers as well. The easiest way to clean hair from a lavatory sink drain is to remove the pop-up drain assembly altogether and use the same technique as mentioned above.