Why Does My Faucet Keep Dripping?

July 18, 2024

A dripping faucet can be more than just an annoyance; it can signal underlying issues in your plumbing system. If you’re finding that your faucet keeps dripping, it’s essential to understand why this happens and what it means for your home. Common Causes of a Dripping Faucet A variety of factors can contribute to a persistently dripping faucet. One of the most frequent culprits is a worn-out washer. Over time, the washer inside your faucet can become stiff, torn, or dislodged, leading to an imperfect seal that allows water to escape. Similarly, the O-ring, a small

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Why is My AC Making Strange Noises?

June 6, 2024

Is your air conditioner making strange noises? Unusual sounds can be alarming and might indicate that your AC unit needs attention. At Gibson Plumbing & Mechanical, we understand how crucial a properly functioning AC is for your comfort, especially during hot summer months. Let’s explore some common reasons why your AC might be making strange noises and what you can do about it. Loose or Disconnected Parts Over time, parts of your air conditioner can become loose or disconnected due to regular use and vibrations. If you hear rattling or clanking, it could be a sign that

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What to Know About Smart Thermostats and Energy Efficiency

May 1, 2024

In today’s world of advancing technology, smart thermostats are revolutionizing how we manage home comfort and energy usage. At Gibson Plumbing & Mechanical, we believe in the importance of integrating smart technology to enhance energy efficiency and reduce utility costs. Here’s what you need to know about smart thermostats and their impact on energy efficiency: 1. Remote Accessibility One of the key benefits of smart thermostats is their ability to be controlled remotely via smartphone apps or voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant. This feature allows homeowners to adjust temperature settings from anywhere, ensuring that energy

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How to Detect a Water Leak in Your Nevada Home

May 1, 2024

Water leaks in your home can lead to significant damage and increased water bills if left undetected. In Nevada, where water conservation is crucial, it’s important to promptly identify and fix leaks. Here are some tips from Gibson Plumbing & Mechanical on how to detect water leaks in your Nevada home: Check Your Water Meter A simple way to detect hidden leaks is by monitoring your water meter. Start by turning off all water sources in your home, including faucets, appliances, and irrigation systems. Take note of the meter reading, then wait a few hours without using

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DIY vs. Professional Toilet Installation: Should You Call an Expert?

April 8, 2024

When it comes to upgrading or installing a new toilet in your home or office, the question often arises: should you tackle the job yourself or leave it to the professionals? We understand the allure of saving some bucks by taking the DIY route, but before you grab that wrench, let’s weigh the pros and cons together. The DIY Approach Undoubtedly, there’s a sense of satisfaction in completing a home improvement project on your own. DIY projects can be fun and rewarding, and they often come with the promise of saving money. With countless online tutorials

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What to Expect from a Professional Plumbing Inspection in Sparks, NV

March 6, 2024

When it comes to your home’s plumbing, staying proactive is key to preventing major issues down the line. That’s why scheduling a professional plumbing inspection is a smart move for any homeowner in Sparks, NV. Here’s what you can expect from our thorough and friendly inspection process. Comprehensive Evaluation During our inspection, our team will meticulously assess every aspect of your plumbing system. From checking for leaks and drips to examining water pressure and drainage, we leave no stone unturned. Our goal is to identify any potential problems before they escalate into costly repairs, saving you

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Signs It’s Time to Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater

February 15, 2024

As the go-to experts in home services here at Gibson Plumbing & Mechanical in Reno, we love keeping you in the know about ways to make your home more efficient and comfortable. Today, let’s chat about signs that scream, “It’s time to upgrade to a tankless water heater!” 1. Never-Ending Cold Showers Are you shivering even before you step into the shower? That might be your conventional water heater waving the white flag. Tankless water heaters ensure you have a constant supply of hot water, so say goodbye to chilly surprises! 2. Expanding Family, Shrinking Hot

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5 Key Indicators That Your Boiler Needs Attention

January 8, 2024

There are signs you can look out for to know when your boiler needs expert attention. As a homeowner, this can help you ensure timely repair before the problems escalate into major issues. Below are some significant signs to watch for. 1. Strange Noises Knowing what sounds are typical for your boiler can help you quickly learn when there are unusual noises. Loud whistling or gurgling sounds are indicators that something is wrong. It may be due to low water pressure or lime scale buildup. Clunking and whirring sounds may be caused by a failing pump

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Why Condensing Boilers Are the Most Efficient

December 13, 2023

The efficiency of a boiler depends on various factors. These include the type, design and how well it is maintained. A well-maintained boiler is likely to be more efficient. Different types of boilers have varying efficiency levels. Condensing boilers are, however, considered the most efficient at 90-98% efficiency. But how is this high efficiency achieved? 1. Condensing Technology When the fuel is burned, gases and water vapor are released. These products are released into the atmosphere as wasted heat in regular boilers. With condensing boilers, they are captured and cooled down at the dew point. The

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How to Choose the Cheapest Heating Method for Your Home

November 13, 2023

With the cold winters we get here in Sparks, NV, the efficiency of your heating system is important. It determines how much of your household budget gets dedicated to your energy bills. However, choosing the cheapest heating method isn’t always straightforward or easy. Here’s how to do it. Understand Your Efficiency Options To choose the cheapest heating method, you must first understand how efficient each of your system options would be. Gas furnaces, which are a popular option, have an average efficiency of 80%, with some systems reaching as high as 98.5%. Oil furnaces, by contrast,

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