Can Geothermal Energy Heat and Cool Your Home?

January 19, 2023

If you’ve been considering investing in sustainable energy sources, geothermal energy may be just the thing for you. As a renewable energy source with the potential to both heat and cool your home, geothermal energy is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. But can it completely handle all of your heating and cooling needs? Let’s take a look. How Does Geothermal Energy Work? Geothermal energy is a clean and renewable energy source that harnesses heat from within the earth. This heat can be used to generate electricity. It can also be used

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Are Boilers More Cost-Effective Than a Furnace?

December 20, 2022

It is costly to keep your indoor climate within a comfortable range throughout the year. You might be surprised that heating a home during the winter can cost two, three, or four times more than cooling it in summer. That makes finding long-term cost reductions crucial in today’s economy, and a good starting point is comparing boilers to furnaces. Let’s look at which of these systems are cheaper to run. Which System Costs Less to Run? All things equal, a boiler moves the same amount of heat more efficiently than a furnace. Water is cheaper to

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A General Guide to Boilers

November 18, 2022

Most people only think of a boiler as the big metal thing that heats up their house in the winter, but there’s a lot more to know about boilers than just that. Boilers are actually used in a variety of settings, from hospitals to factories to office buildings. They come in a range of sizes and shapes, and they’re powered by a variety of fuel sources. Here are some key facts about boilers that everyone should know. How Boilers Work A boiler is a type of heating system that heats water and pumps it through radiators

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The Purpose of a Plumbing Gate Valve

October 20, 2022

Chances are you have a variety of plumbing valves around your home. For instance, there are valves under your bathroom sink controlling the water supply. When working on a project, professional plumbers choose a valve based on its specific function. A gate valve is a typical choice for plumbers working on repairs and installation projects in a home. What Is a Plumbing Gate Valve and Where Is It Used? A plumbing gate valve usually has a circular handle that looks like a small wheel. This design makes it easy to grasp. The handle controls the position

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Lighting a Water Heater’s Pilot Light: Step-by-Step Instructions

August 15, 2022

If you have ever had your water heater’s pilot light go out, you know it can be a serious inconvenience. The worst part is that you might not know the pilot light has gone out until you try turning on the shower or start doing dishes. Gibson Plumbing & Mechanical takes pride in helping all of our customers through large projects and simple projects like relighting the water heater pilot light. Here is a step-by-step tutorial that you can use to guide you as you light your water heater’s pilot light. 1. Locate the

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Everything You Need to Know About Flushable Wipes and Your Plumbing

July 20, 2022

The plumbing system in your Clark, Nevada home can stand up to a fair amount of wear. However, before you start sending flushable wipes down your commodes, you may want to think twice. Although these products are labeled as being safe for toilets, they’re actually not. Keep reading to find out why they’re so harmful for plumbing systems. Flushable Wipes vs. Standard Paper Products Standard toilet paper starts breaking down as soon as it’s submerged in water. Even when you flush toilet paper with a fair amount of human waste, it’s unlikely to cause a serious

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What’s Wet Vent Plumbing?

June 14, 2022

Do you often deal with clogged toilets? Your dry vent system may use pipes that are too small for your household’s needs. Wet vent plumbing has been around for decades but recently made a comeback because of its exceptional efficiency. Here’s what you need to know about wet vents. Wet Vent Systems In a traditional dry vent system, you have a pipe for liquid waste and another that brings clean air into the room. A wet vent system uses one larger pipe for both of these purposes. This minimizes the total length of pipe you

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How Do I Use a Plumbing Snake?

May 17, 2022

Clogged drains are a common issue that can often be fixed with baking soda and vinegar or a sink plunger. If you’re experiencing a tough blockage that won’t seem to budge, you may consider using a plumbing snake. This is a quick and easy guide on how to use a snake to remove a clog. Plumbing Snake Directions Start by clearing the sink area of any hair traps or debris that could damage the snake. Hold the tool by the handle and put the other end directly into the drain. You’ll have more control of the

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4 Limescale Prevention Methods for Your Home

April 18, 2022

Limescale is a hard, chalky deposit that can build up on the inside of pipes and appliances used to heat water. The scale is formed when calcium and magnesium carbonates precipitate out of the water and onto surfaces that are in contact with the water. Over time, the limescale can build up to such an extent that it reduces the flow of water through pipes and decreases the efficiency of appliances. In some cases, it can also cause extensive damage to plumbing and appliances. Here are some of the best tips to help prevent limescale from forming.

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Don’t Pour Grease Down the Drain

March 15, 2022

When you’re in the kitchen, it seems easy to pour many things down the drain rather than dispose of them in another way. Grease is one of those items that should never enter a drain, as it causes huge problems and can result in large plumbing bills. Why You Don’t Pour Grease Down a Drain Many people believe it’s fine to pour grease down a drain, as long as you do it along with hot water and dish soap. This isn’t true, as the grease will eventually solidify somewhere in your home’s plumbing. This will cause

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