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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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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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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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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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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