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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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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