May 6th, 2013 by Dennis Thompson
While there are many do it yourself (DIY) enthusiasts and amateur plumbers in the area, when you need a job done right, you need to make sure you hire a professional, certified, trained plumber. There’s simply no substitute for the knowledge and skills required in this profession. Handling the piping and plumbed appliances in our home may seem straightforward, but it’s hardly so. Hot water and the presence of electricity, as well as potential water damage to sensitive materials within the home, make plumbing a potentially hazardous (and costly) activity for those who are not qualified. We’d like to share with you some reasons to choose a professional Las Vegas plumber. Call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today for comprehensive services.
- The first reason to use a professional plumber, as opposed to a handyman, is that handling pipes can at times be hazardous. Take your water heater, for example, which has a pressure release valve that allows pressure to escape. This is a necessary feature of its operation, but it allows you to see firsthand the amount of pressure that can build up inside. Tinkering around with your water heater can lead to potentially hazardous consequences. Hot water can be dangerous, but also think about the damage water can do to your carpets, furniture, belongings, framing, and electrical system.
- Second, handling water is a major responsibility. A professional Las Vegas plumber will be bonded and insured, which means that you and your home are protected. “Bonded” indicates that the plumber has carried out a background check on any employees that work in your home, and that you can claim compensation should anything be suddenly missing from your home. “Insured” indicates that should any worker in your home be injured, you as a homeowner are not liable. While there are far more dangerous professions than plumbing, this is an important legal qualification that should not be overlooked.
- Lastly, a professional plumber will finish your plumbing repair or installation much faster than a non-professional. Because his profession requires that he know the local codes and regulations, no time is wasted when it comes to ensuring that your home is safe and its plumbing works well for the years to come.
When you need a Las Vegas plumber, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
May 6th, 2013 by Dennis Thompson
While hidden leaks do occur in our homes, there are some common indicators that a leak is present:
- Water stains on walls, ceilings, or floors
- Spike in water bill without a corresponding increase of usage
- Loss of water pressure
- Evidence of water around appliances or fixtures
If you experience any of these signs of a water leak in your home, call the Las Vegas plumbers at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing for service immediately.
If you see a leak in your home, it’s imperative that you repair it as soon as possible. Leaks do not simply go away on their own. They tend to worsen over time and your plumbing may be subject to more costly repairs than if you had repaired it on sight.
Let’s review the reasons why you should repair leaks as soon as you notice them:
- Energy efficiency. Simply put, a leak is water that you’re paying for but not able to use. If you’re at all concerned about energy efficiency, then that should be all the reason you need to repair a leak as soon as you notice it. While we can’t control the cost of water, we can control how we use it. The environmental impact of wasting water may also be a good reason to prioritize leak repair.
- Water pressure. Serious leaks are often accompanied by a drop in water pressure, and it will continue to drop if the leak is not professionally repaired.
- Damage. Leaks can quickly begin to take their toll not only on the plumbing materials themselves, but also on the surrounding parts of your home. Water damage can ruin your belongings, carpets, wood floors, sheetrock and plaster, and the framing that supports your home.
- System life. Taking care of any repairs as soon as you notice them is part of system maintenance. It is critical to ensure that your plumbing lasts as long as it should. Major repiping can be costly, so don’t let a relatively minor repair affect your entire system.
For more information about how the importance of leak repair, or to schedule a service with a Las Vegas plumber, call the professionals at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
May 3rd, 2013 by Dennis Thompson
If you’re in the market for a new water heater, or concerned about the amount of energy that your current water heater consumes, then you need to know about energy efficiency. After all, the cost of heating water for showering, bathing, and washing our dishes and clothes can add up. One of the most frequently asked questions we hear from customers concerns how they can improve their efficiency and how to heat water in the most efficient way possible.
Let’s review some of the improvements you can make in your home. For more information about water heaters and plumbing in Las Vegas, contact the experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
- Go tankless. Tank water heaters constantly heat a large cylinder of hot water to your set temperature. Although today’s models have improved insulation, they are often subject to significant standby heat loss, resulting from the dissipation of heat when you’re not using hot water. Tankless water heaters are quickly becoming a new standard for homeowners looking to improve their energy efficiency. They heat water instantly and provide a virtually endless stream of hot water directly to your fixtures and appliances. Consult with your plumber to see if tankless water heating is right for your hot water needs.
- Insulate surrounding pipes. Make sure that your pipes are not dispersing the thermal energy that you’re paying for. By insulating the surrounding pipes of your water heater, you can reduce heat loss and cut down on the amount of energy required to heat your water. Make sure that any insulation functions are in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and consult with a professional plumber to receive proper installation.
- Flush. Periodically flushing the sediment out of the bottom of your tank is a great way to revitalize your water heater, and it’s also a necessary maintenance task. Remember to check the manufacturer’s instructions about whether flushing is the right approach to your particular water heater.
These are just a handful of tips on how to heat water efficiently in your home. For professional plumbing in Las Vegas, including water heater installation and repair, call the experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
May 3rd, 2013 by Dennis Thompson
Ever wondered why your drain pipe below the kitchen and bathroom sink doesn’t just go straight down into the floor, or why it has a U-shape? That section of your drainpipe is known as a trap, and it’s a critical part of your waste water disposal system. Without it, sewer gases would come right back up through your sink drains and waft through your house. In this post, the Las Vegas plumbing professionals at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing would like to explain how it works and why it’s important.
The plumbing trap has two major purposes:
- To prevent sewer gases from entering your living space. The pipe bend known as the trap ensures that there is a water seal separating the sewage system from the inside of your home. Like the rest of the waste water system, it relies on gravity to keep the water within the bend. Whether you have a septic tank or a municipal waste management system, the organic waste creates fumes and gases that can be foul if they enter your home. If the goal of the wastewater aspect of your plumbing is to isolate the organic waste from the homeowner, then the trap below the sink is a vital aspect of that.
- To prevent foreign objects from blocking up your entire plumbing system. Imagine that your sink drain on the second floor of your home were a straight shot down to ground level. If you’ve ever dropped a ring, toy, or some other foreign object in a drain, you’re probably glad to have that trap there. It prevents small blockages to become major ones.
Before it became U-shaped (or P-shaped as many refer to them), the trap was S-shaped. Its design allows water to pass through, while retaining a seal against the rise of foul odors, but when a drain is not used for some time, the water in the trap can dry out. If you have foul odors rising through your drains, there might be something wrong with your sink trap.
For exceptional plumbing in Las Vegas, including repair and maintenance, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
May 2nd, 2013 by Dennis Thompson
We rely on our sewerage systems every day to provide safe, effective removal of organic waste from our homes. One of the most important aspects of this system is the sewer line, which runs underground from the drainpipes in our home to the septic tank or municipal waste management system. Because of how important it is to the hygiene and effectiveness of your plumbing system, it’s critical that any problems with its operation are discovered early on. Unfortunately, it’s not always so easy to tell that you have a broken sewer line, although the damage can sometimes be significant. For more information about Las Vegas sewer repair, contact the experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
A sewer line can break for various reasons. It may have become cracked due to old age, and years of material running through it. Alternatively, soil erosion or shifting may have caused the pipe to collapse under the weight of the ground, particularly if there is any construction nearby. Also, if you have large trees in the vicinity, their powerful roots can penetrate the sewer line over time. Let’s review some common symptoms of a broken sewer line:
- Wet spots in the yard. This is a sign that the surface of your sewer line may have been breached and sewage is now leaking into your yard. Make sure to contact a professional at the first sign of any damage so that the damage (and the smell) does not worsen.
- Foul odors. If there is a stench hovering over your property and you can’t figure out what could possibly be the problem, it’s likely due to a broken sewer line. This may combine with wet spots, depending upon the nature of the soil.
- Slow drains. Over time, you may have noticed that your drainpipes have slowed down. If no local plunging or snaking seems to work, the root of the problem may be that part of your sewer line has collapsed, thus obstructing the flow of sewerage.
Sewer line issues are serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Make sure you receive professional drain inspection in order to assess what your options are. For exceptional Las Vegas sewer repair, contact the experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
May 2nd, 2013 by Dennis Thompson
We need our drains to provide rapid and efficient waste water disposal on a daily basis. But with all the use that they get, it’s no wonder that your drains may need professional service at some point. While no two home plumbing systems are exactly alike, there are some common causes of drain problems that merit your attention. When you need Las Vegas drain repair or drain cleaning services, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We are well equipped to deal with whatever problem you may have.
Here are common culprits that can stop up your drains:
- Hair. Without a hair stopper over your bath or shower drain, all of that hair is going down the drain. When hair congeals with other waste water substances, such as soap scum, it can create pockets of resilient blockages that can create a serious clog in your bathroom drain pipe.
- Grease. While it may be tempting to pour hot liquid grease down the drain, your plumbing drain pipes are not equipped to deal with grease. When grease cools, it becomes thick, and it can quickly present problems to your kitchen drain pipes. It also attracts other particulates that have made their way down your drains, making it a common cause of drain problems.
- Tree roots. If you have trees in your yard, your waste water plumbing may be at risk of root penetration. Tree roots exert an incredible amount of force when they move underground, and they have been known to present problems to home plumbing pipes. When they penetrate your sewage system, then it can cause your water main or sewer main to leak out into the yard.
- Hard water. You may have hard water in your home. The “hardness” stems from high levels of calcium and magnesium which does present a risk to your drain pipes. It can leave accumulations of mineral deposits that can reduce the internal volume of your pipes, thus decreasing the rate of water flow.
These are just a few common causes of drain problems. When you need a Las Vegas drain expert, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing!
May 1st, 2013 by Dennis Thompson
Are you disappointed with your last plumber’s visit to your home? Are you looking for a new plumber but are having difficulty sifting through the various plumbing companies in Las Vegas? Finding a good plumber can be difficult, but, fortunately, there are some characteristics to look for. You want someone who’s fair, reliable, and does excellent work. Why settle for anything less? Here are some things to look for when you need a good plumber in Las Vegas.
- Bonded. The terms “bonded” and “insured” are often confused. A good plumber is bonded, which means that you are protected in the event that the job is not completed, or if anything is taken out of your home. A bonded plumbing company performs a background check on their employees to ensure that they are all in good standing and that your home is in good hands. Make sure you to choose a company with plumbers who are bonded.
- Insured. You also want to make sure that your plumber is insured. An insured plumber has his own protection in case he suffers any injuries while working on your home and property. This is important because having an uninsured plumber work on your home makes you liable for any personal damages.
- Upfront pricing. When you’re looking for a good plumber, you want to make sure that you receive upfront pricing. Knowing exactly what you’re going to pay before a project begins is a great way to keep track of your home budget, and to prevent “surprise” fees at the end. With upfront pricing, each party knows exactly what the job should be and how much it will cost.
- Reputable. You need a plumber with a good reputation. Both homeowners and plumbers rely on reputation. For a plumber, a good reputation is public approval for plumbing excellence; for homeowners, a plumber’s good reputation is a way to understand how he might work on your home project.
We hope this brief guide helps you in your search for a new plumber. Looking for a new Las Vegas plumber? We ask you to try the superior services offered here at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
May 1st, 2013 by Dennis Thompson
Your home’s plumbing is comprised of pipes, joints, valves, and fixtures that supply, control, distribute, and remove water from your home. They operate in the walls and floors, and we hardly realize they are there. At least until a pipe leaks, the toilet overflows, or our water heater fails, that is.
If your plumbing is old, or if your pipes are problematic, consult with the Las Vegas plumbers at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing about whole home repiping. It’s a big job and you want to make the right decision about what type of materials you will use, which will depend upon the application and your budget. There are three major options for home repiping, all of which are viable solutions to your current piping: copper, PVC, and PEX. The most important aspect of this process is to have your home repiping job performed by qualified professionals. When you need an exceptional Las Vegas plumber, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
- Copper. Copper is an ancient material, and has been used for thousands of years in plumbing applications. It remains a standard in the plumbing industry for its durability, ease of use, corrosion-resistance, and malleability. When professionally installed, copper piping can potentially last a lifetime. Some of the drawbacks to copper are that it costs more than plastic pipe, and it may impart a very minor metallic tinge to your water supply.
- PVC. Polyvinyl chloride is the standard plastic pipe that has steadily gained ground since the 1970s in the plumbing industry as a sturdy, inexpensive alternative to copper. It is probably the most commonly used in new homes built since then, as well as repairs. It comes in a wide variety of sizes, and while mostly used for drainpipes, it is also used for supply lines.
- PEX. This is a form of cross-weaved polyethylene that is incredibly strong, freeze resistant, and flexible. Used in Europe since the 1960s, it only became an alternative to copper and PVC in the US during the 1980s. Because of its flexibility and ability to bend, it often improves water flow and requires fewer connections, making it easier to install.
For more information about what type of repiping solution is best for your home, contact a professional Las Vegas plumber at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
April 30th, 2013 by Dennis Thompson
You rely on your home plumbing system to work efficiently and effectively in Las Vegas. You need it to supply fresh water on demand, at the same time as you depend on the rapid removal of wastewater to ensure proper hygiene. It’s hard to think what it would like to be without modern plumbing, although we tend to take it for granted until something goes wrong. Plumbing inspection is a great way to find out whether your drainpipes, sewer and water lines, and plumbed fixtures are operating properly, or whether they need repair. In this post, we’d like to explain why plumbing inspections are important to the safety and efficiency of your home. For more information, or to talk with a Las Vegas plumber, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
- Prevent major repairs. While some plumbing problems are fairly obvious, others are notoriously difficult to detect. You don’t need much persuasion to call a plumber when your basement is full of water, but what about that slow leak in the floor of your bathroom—is that getting worse? Such questions are better left to the expert skills and experience of a Las Vegas plumber. Professional inspection can help you prevent major plumbing repairs before they are required.
- Extend system life. Your supply and wastewater systems receive a lot of use every day. Thousands of gallons move through your home every year. Plumbing inspections allow your local Las Vegas plumbing professional to take a close look at the internal surfaces of your piping with video camera inspection. This is the only way to know what’s going on within your sewage system. If your plumber recognizes a problem, a quick repair today may add years to the life of your plumbing.
- Safety. Your water heater is one the most used appliances in the home, but requires professional installation and routine maintenance to operate effectively. Professional plumbing inspections can assess the integrity of your water heater and make recommendations for improvement. They can also discuss options for replacement if your water heater is old or requires frequent repairs.
These are only a few of the reasons why plumbing inspections are important. For more information or to schedule a consultation with a Las Vegas plumber, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!
April 30th, 2013 by Dennis Thompson
There are few plumbing problems more disastrous than a leak beneath your yard. In terms of plumbing problems, this is a major one, and it often requires substantial repair and replacement. Unfortunately, a leak in the water line, whether due to tree root penetration, wear and tear, or a loose connection, does not take care of itself. It tends to worsen over time. However, if you catch the problem early enough, then you have the potential to limit its reach. We’d like to share with you some signs to look for if you suspect you may have a water leak under your yard. If you do, make sure you call the Las Vegas plumbing professionals at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing for plumbing repair services.
- Spike in utility bill. If you notice that your water bill spikes from one month to the next, or has steadily risen over the last few months without a corresponding increase in usage, then you may have an underground water leak. You’re basically paying to water the ground beneath your home, rather than to clean your clothes and dishes, or to take a shower. Over time, this problem can lead to dramatic increases in your utility bills, as well as contamination of your water supply.
- Wet spots in the yard. This is perhaps the most obvious sign that you have water leaking beneath your yard. If you notice wet spots in the area above your water line, and they don’t smell like sewage (which would indicate a sewer main fault), then you probably have some type of water line leak.
- Loss of water pressure. Because that water leaked into the ground beneath your house means less is entering your home water supply, you may experience a lack of water pressure in your home. This is a common indication that something may be wrong with your supply line.
Water line problems are serious, and should be taken as such. Letting a serious plumbing problem fester is bound to lead to further, more costly issues. For water line repair in Las Vegas, make sure you call the experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing today!