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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Why Fall and Spring Are the Best Time to Install a New Air Conditioner

February 17, 2022

Have you been thinking about replacing your old air conditioner with a new, more energy-efficient model? Does your AC unit no longer cool your house at effectively as it used to or are you worried that it won’t make it through the summer? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here is why you should start thinking about having a new one installed in either the fall or early spring. Avoid the Summer Rush Most HVAC companies are extremely busy with repairs during the summer, which generally makes this the absolute worst time

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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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