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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How to Save on Your Water Bill

April 5, 2021

You may be searching for ways to reduce your monthly water costs if you feel overwhelmed. Missing your monthly water bill payments can affect your credit. Therefore, it’s paramount to analyze your water usage and cut on unnecessary usages to make your bills more affordable and enable you to make payments without breaking the bank. You can consider these options to cut your water usage and lower water bills. Collect Rain Water Collecting and using rainwater will reduce water usage in your home. Therefore, the next time it rains, consider collecting and storing rainwater in large

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Why Does My Bathroom Smell Like Sewage?

March 9, 2021

Sewage odors in your Sparks, NV, home’s bathroom are an unexpected surprise. The odors may make you feel nauseated and uncomfortable. Here are some of the reasons why these odors can develop and some tips on what you should do to get rid of them. P-trap Problem Water needs to stay in the P-trap piping. If it evaporates, the sewer gases from your main sewer line can seep through the plumbing. The pipe may have a crack in it, or there could be an issue with the sewer. Broken Toilet Seal or Wax

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Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Bad for Plumbing?

January 5, 2021

Clogs in kitchen and bathroom drains not only aggravate homeowners, but they may also lead them to worry about overflows and other plumbing problems. Retail stores offer a quick solution to clogs: chemical drain cleaners. Is it wise to use chemical drain cleaners, though? When a plunger fails, turning to chemical solutions might not be the wisest next step. The Trouble With Chemical Drain Cleaners The contents of liquid drain cleaners are formulated to dissolve the source of a clog. Unfortunately, these ingredients may also cause damage to the pipes. This damage might not be severe

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What Is the Average Lifespan of a Water Heater?

December 3, 2020

There’s nothing like a hot shower to help you relax at the end of a long day. To be able to enjoy that shower, though, you need to have a reliable water heater that delivers hot water when you need it. If you have an older water heater in your Sparks, NV, home, you may be wondering if you might one day find that your water heater is on its last leg. To see if a replacement might be in your future, here are some insights into the lifespan of a water heater from Gibson Plumbing & Mechanical.

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