Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

Thrasher PlumbingWe’ve put together a compilation of some of the most frequently asked plumbing questions. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, give us a call or email and we’d be happy to answer.

Q: Is it safe to use chemical drain cleaners?

A: Chemical drain cleaners cause pipes to deteriorate and after prolonged use your drain lines will need to be replaced. They are also very toxic! Instead try a mixture of one cup baking soda and one cup cider vinegar; make sure to run plenty of hot water after! Alternatively try a mixture of baking soda and lemon (one cup of each).

Q: Why does my toilet sound like it’s always running?

A: Most times this happens when the flapper won’t seal around the flush valve allowing water to leak into the toilet bowl. Normally, the flapper seals correctly and water then fills up the tank, pushing the float up stopping the water supply. To fix you can try adjusting, cleaning, or replacing the flapper.

Q: How can I prolong the life expectancy of my plumbing fixtures and water heater?

A: Installing a water softener or water conditioner will help increase the life span of plumbing fixtures and your water heater. This protects the pipes by stopping build up.

Q: What can I do about the bad odor coming from my garbage disposal?

A: Run cold water while running the disposal and put small pieces of lemon down the disposal.  Another solution is to pour a mixture containing one cup baking soda and one cup distilled white vinegar while the disposal is running.

Q: Why do I hear a creaking sound in the wall after turning off hot water?

A: The creaking sound happens when the pipes expand and contract as hot water enters the cold pipe lines. This is called thermal expansion and is normal.

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