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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Will a Tankless Water Heater Use a Lot of Electricity?

March 17, 2023

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, even modern water heaters use roughly 17% of the average home’s total energy consumption. While a tankless water heater will use a lot of electricity, it’s still a more energy-efficient option than the traditional storage-tank water heater. How Much Electricity Will a Tankless Water Heater Use? The typical water heater will be one of the most energy-hungry appliances in a home, but tankless versions can be an excellent investment when it comes to lowering energy costs. To produce hot water, the tankless water

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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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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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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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Dealing With Faucet Calcium Buildup

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 Solution 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

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