Basic Steps to Help You Flush Your Washing Machine

January 11, 2022

Your washing machine does a lot of hard work—so much so that a broken washing machine can cause a major interruption to your day-to-day routine in Reno. One way to help prevent a broken washing machine is to flush it from time to time. Even if you’ve never maintained an appliance before, these tips from Gibson Plumbing & Mechanical can help make it easy to flush your washing machine. Turn Off and Disconnect Before you can flush your washing machine, you need to turn off the water supply and disconnect the hoses. If it’s been a

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Removing Calcium Deposits From Faucets

December 20, 2021

If you live in an area that has hard water, you might experience calcium buildup on your faucets. This happens when water sits on the faucet and evaporates. It leaves deposits of calcium and other mineral salts behind. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions for removing them from the outside of your faucets. You can eliminate calcium deposits with a few things you probably already have around the house. Vinegar You can wrap a cloth soaked in vinegar around the faucet. Leave it in place for a few hours or overnight. This should break down any

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Four Heating Options You Can Choose During Winter

November 19, 2021

Here’s the first snow of the year, and many people are already asking, “What should I do about heating this winter?” As with any situation, there are a few options available for all households. Let’s take a look at the different options that the Sparks area has to offer this winter. 1. Electric Toe-Kick Heaters This is the most economical option, so you might want to take advantage of this. If you are on a budget, electric toe-kick heaters are probably your best bet. One of the main advantages to these is that they will last

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Details About Water Heaters: Types, Parts and How They Work

October 19, 2021

The water heater in your home is one of the most critical appliances you have. It’s worthwhile to know more about these devices than just that they produce hot water. This knowledge will help you when things go wrong. You’ll have some sense of whether what’s happening is normal. Types of Water Heaters The two main types of water heaters are tank and tankless models. Tank water heaters are the conventional ones with a large tank of water in your garage or elsewhere. A tankless water heater is much smaller and attached to a wall.

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What Is the Most Energy-Efficient Heating System for Your Home?

September 20, 2021

When it’s time to install a new heating system in your Sparks, NV, home, picking one that’s efficient is a wise move. You’ll save money on utility costs, and your home will have a smaller carbon footprint. With so many options available, here are some of the top energy-efficient heating systems to consider. Geothermal Heat Pump A geothermal heat pump is the most efficient type of heating system. It relies on the Earth’s consistent temperature six or more feet below the soil. During the wintertime, heat from the Earth is transferred into your home. These heat

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Questions You Need to Ask Your Plumber

August 2, 2021

Before you hire a plumber, you need to ask them questions. There are also questions to ask when they’re performing the work and after they’re done. Knowing the answer to these questions can help you to hire a good plumber and to be informed about what they’re doing and why. Are You Licensed? You only want to hire a licensed plumber, so this should be your first question. Plumbers need to be certified by the government. They must pass tests to become a plumber and pass re-certification tests. They’re up to date about building codes and

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How to Set Up Washing Machine Plumbing

July 28, 2021

Is it time to upgrade your washing machine? Installing a washing machine is fairly quick and straightforward if you’re replacing an old one. However, it may be possible to install one from scratch if you have some familiarity with basic plumbing. Keep reading to learn how to install a washing machine to both new and existing plumbing. 1. Turn Off the Water Before you start disconnecting pipes, you’ll need to turn off the main water supply to your house. You can do this by turning the shut-off valve on your water main.

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How To Reset Air Conditioning Unit

June 6, 2021

Need to reset your AC unit after a power outage? Perhaps you have it on the “Cool” setting, but it isn’t emitting a cool breeze? You might think it’s just a matter of clicking a reset button like you would any other device. However, to properly reset an AC system, you’ll want to follow the steps below. Find the Unit’s Reset Button Some AC units will have a reset button, usually red in color and placed in a prominent place within the AC panel. You can also check the AC unit’s owner manual to find the

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What Type Of Plumbing Pipe Is Best?

May 13, 2021

It’s important to have good plumbing in your residence. A good system is resistant to leaks and will last decades. Fortunately, you have some great options when it comes to pipes. PEX PEX plumbing pipes have been used in residential construction since the 1990s. This material is very flexible and comes color-coded. PEX plumbing pipes are safe for drinking water. They don’t corrode from minerals or water and can last about 50 years. PEX plumbing pipes usually are red and blue for hot and cold water respectively. They look like hard plastic. Copper

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How to Save on Your Water Bill

April 5, 2021

You may be searching for ways to reduce your monthly water costs if you feel overwhelmed. Missing your monthly water bill payments can affect your credit. Therefore, it’s paramount to analyze your water usage and cut on unnecessary usages to make your bills more affordable and enable you to make payments without breaking the bank. You can consider these options to cut your water usage and lower water bills. Collect Rain Water Collecting and using rainwater will reduce water usage in your home. Therefore, the next time it rains, consider collecting and storing rainwater in large

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