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Have you ever wondered how much water you’re using around the home on common tasks, such as washing dishes or taking a shower? While clean water may seem like it's readily available here in the U.S., it’s an unknown privilege to many around the world. Due to the rising number of droughts across  the U.S., Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing wants to highlight some ways in which you may be using too much water. 

The list below shows just how much water you could be using in your home. It may surprise you! 

Bath:

40 gallons

5-minute shower:

10 gallons

5-minute power shower:

20 gallons

Brushing your teeth with the tap running:

2 gallons/min

Brushing your teeth with the tap off:

.25 gallon

One toilet flush:

3 gallons

Other kitchen water usage (Including drinking, cooking, etc.):

7 gallons

Washing machine, one load:

40 gallons

Basic Dishwasher, one load:

High-efficiency Dishwasher, one load:

10 gallons

4 gallons

Car Washing with a bucket:

3 gallons

Outdoor Hose/Sprinkler:

140 gallons/hour

Do these numbers seem shocking to you? Though they may seem high, think of the amount of people who complete these water-using tasks each day. Now, that’s a lot of water! 

If you’re interested in learning how to save more water in your home, visit us at http://www.yesplumbing.com or call us at 702-425-1889. We offer a variety of water-saving tools and tips for the home. 

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Most people visiting Las Vegas would be surprised to know that the water they drink and use comes from Lake Mead. Lake Mead sits approximately 20 miles away from the downtown Las Vegas area and has been a recreational spot for tourists and residents for decades. As America’s largest man-made reservoir, Lake Mead has played an integral part in the development and history of the Las Vegas region. We have broken down a couple quick facts you may not have known:

  • Lake Mead spans more than 550 miles of shoreline – which is twice the size of Rhode Island.
  • Its depth is quite immense and impressive as well, as it stores enough water to cover Pennsylvania in a foot of water.  
  • While Lake Mead and Lake Mohave are located entirely within the boundaries of the National Recreation Area, they only account for 13 percent of the park's total acreage.
  • Taming the mighty Colorado River was one of the reasons President Theodore Roosevelt created the Bureau of Reclamation in 1902. Three decades later, this vision was realized when the final Hoover Dam diversion tunnels were closed in 1936.  
  • Today, Lake Mead – which is part of the Hoover Dam endeavor – provides a huge source of water for irrigation and industrial uses, along with its primary function of flood control for the Las Vegas region. 
  • The lake is named after D. Elwood Mead, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, which is the agency responsible for building the Hoover Dam.

As the drought continues to affect the Western United States, Lake Mead, an integral part of the Las Vegas valley region, has been one of the hardest hit from this latest drought. Do your part to help conserve today; regular plumbing inspections can help and in turn, save one of Las Vegas’ most treasured landmarks. Please contact a Yes! Plumbing professional today at (702) 545-6260 or visit http://www.yesairconditioningandheating.com

Lake Mead History. (n.d.). Retrieved July 20, 2015, from http://www.boatinglakemead.com/Page.aspx/pageId/46690/Lake-Mead-History.aspx

During the hot days of July, being mindful of your irrigation is crucial for the water usage of your home.  Being smart about irrigation will not only decrease your water usage, but will also pay off year-round. Yes! would like to give you a few pointers on how you can be smarter with your irrigation system.

  • Put your sprinklers on a timer! Drowning your plants by watering them for too long will not only waste water, but will also keep a puddle surrounding the plant. By automating your sprinklers, you can have them go on periodically throughout the day so that you don’t waste or overwater your plants. Remember, watering in the early morning hours is best and recommended.
  • Use low-volume drip irrigation if you have trees or pots. This will put water right at the root of the plant instead of on top, minimizing wasteful evaporation and giving the plant the right amount of water.
  • Periodically inspect your sprinklers. Make sure that your sprinklers and irrigation system are working properly. Something like a busted or clogged head can cause problems for your landscape … and your water bill!

Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing is committed to helping Las Vegas homeowners conserve water. To schedule a visit from a Yes! professional, contact us at (702) 545-6260 or visit http://www.yesairconditioningandheating.com.

A natural flood can occur at any time, any place, without much warning. The floods inside the home, however, can often be prevented with precautions taken by homeowners. 

Better protect your home, belongings, and family with these helpful tips from the plumbing experts at Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing. 

  • Routine Pipe Checks: Schedule routine checks to ensure your pipes are in tip-top shape at all times. While burst pipes don’t occur often, it is potentially hazardous. Not only does it waste water when a pipe bursts, it is a hazard to your property and your family. In the event that your pipes burst, turn off your water immediately to avoid further damage in the home. Call your local plumbing expert at Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing for a routine pipe check to avoid any potential damages. 
  • Water Heaters: We recommend routine water heater inspections, as they can cause a lot of damage in the event of a ruptured water heater. Be prepared and schedule a visit with your plumbing expert to ensure that your water heater is running properly and won’t cause any unexpected problems. 
  • It’s Not Just a Leak: Leaks can seem like a minor problem, but they often lead to bigger issues. Just because you see the water slowly leaking out doesn’t mean something bigger isn’t going on somewhere out of sight. Leaks lead to higher water bills and wasted water. If you notice a leak or are interested in a whole home plumbing inspection to detect leaks you can’t see, call for an appointment to avoid any potential issues.

If you’d like to learn more about how to prevent in-home floods, schedule an appointment with Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing. Give us a call at (702) 425-1889 or visit http://www.yesplumbing.com

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately that also applies to the pipes in your home. Pipes can last for decades, but eventually it will be necessary to replace the pipes to make sure that your plumbing system is working properly.

The experts at Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing want to share with homeowners the telltale signs of worn pipes that may need to be replaced:  

  • Stains: Stains on the walls or below where the pipes are located is a very common indicator that the pipes need to be replaced.  In the bathrooms, check underneath the sink to see if the surrounding walls have any stains.
  • Leaks: Be on the lookout for leaks. This is probably the most obvious, and it could lead to expensive repairs if not addressed promptly. Leaks are often very easy to repair. Call your local plumbing expert to check for leaks and offer repair and replacement options.
  • Water: If you enjoy taking baths, be sure to check the color of the water. If your water appears to be a brownish-yellow color, this could be an issue with your water heater or it could be an indicator that your pipes have problems. Rusting pipes can cause a discoloration of your water, and it’s important to call an expert to get your water back to clean and clear as soon as possible.
  • Know Your Pipes: Knowing what types of pipes you have is very important for replacement decisions. If you are unsure about what type of pipes you have in your home, call an expert today to get a full inspection of your plumbing and schedule a maintenance check to be sure that your pipes are in tip-top shape.

For more information about Yes! heating, air conditioning and plumbing services, visit http://www.yesplumbing.com or call (702) 545-6260. 

Do you know the types of pipes that are installed in your plumbing system? Most homeowners are unaware of what their home’s pipes are made of. At Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing, we know how important it is for homeowners to be aware of the different types of plumbing pipes. If a problem arises, you’ll want to be prepared to quickly judge your next step for repairing or replacing.

Here are the most common pipe types found in the home:

Lead Pipes: Lead pipes are commonly found in homes that are built before 1930. These types of pipes are not encouraged because they can contaminate a home’s drinking water. It is recommended to have your water tested for lead if you have lead pipes. If the water shows high levels, you can take steps to lessen the lead, such as installing a water filtration system.

Galvanized Steel Pipes: These pipes are coated with zinc steel. They are thick and quite heavy, with a silver color on the outside. Commonly found in homes constructed between the early 1930s and the late 1980s, these pipes are often buried and used as supply lines1, as the steel is only somewhat affected by the corrosion and rust of underground wear and can last about 40 years. If your galvanized steel pipes need replacing, we recommend “copper, or more often, PEX and HDPE pipe in home plumbing2.” These pipes can become corroded with lead, so it is crucial to have your water tested. Call to schedule an appointment with an expert from Yes! to ensure your water is the best quality.

PVC Pipe: PVC pipes, otherwise known as Polyvinyl Chloride, can be found in the homes built in the 1950s to present day. These pipes are made of hard, white plastic. They have markings down the length of the pipe. The biggest advantage to these pipes is that they don’t rust or degrade over time because of the sturdy material.

Copper Pipes: Copper pipes are the most common pipes found in homes built from the 1960s to present day, although they made their debut in homes as early as the 1930s. This type of pipe is thin walled and appears smaller than most pipes. Oxidation tends to change these pipes from their shiny copper appearance to a more brown or green color. Copper has a reputation of durability and high heat tolerance, ensuring that it will last a very long time.

PEX Pipes: In many of the newer homes in Las Vegas, PEX piping systems are being used. According to www.pexinfo.com, these pipes are “made from cross linked HDPE (high density polyethylene) polymer. The HDPE is melted and continuously extruded into tube.”

If you want to know more about your plumbing’s pipe system, call one of our expert technicians at (702) 545-6260 or visit http://www.theyesmancan.com to schedule your appointment today.

 

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As part of an ongoing effort to promote water safety, May has been named National Water Safety Month by a joint effort between the World Waterpark Association, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation & Park Association and the American Red Cross. These organizations represent businesses and other individuals and agencies involved in bringing safe, enjoyable aquatic activities to the public.

In observance of National Water Safety Month, Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing, which offers a full range of solutions to Las Vegas area homeowners for air conditioning, heating, attic insulation and plumbing, would like to share a few important water safety tips and reminders.

Educating Kids is Key: 

  • Teach kids water safety as early as possible.
  • Don’t rely on swimming lessons, life preservers, or other equipment to keep a child “water safe.”

Equip Your Pool & Home With Safety Measures

  • Always keep doors and windows that exit to a pool area locked and set with an alarm.
  • Keep rescue equipment and a First Aid Kit within poolside reach.
  • Keep pools fenced in with child-proof locks. And don’t leave chairs or other items of furniture nearby where a child could use them to climb into a fenced pool area.

Adults Need Education, Too

  • Parents, older family members, and babysitters should learn CPR, as it may take paramedics several crucial minutes before reaching the victim.
  • Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. An adult should always be present. 
  • Appoint a water safety-educated “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings near pools to be sure kids aren’t left unattended near a pool.

If you’d like to learn more about water safety this month visit http://www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org. To schedule an appointment, give Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing a call at (702) 425-1889 or visit http://www.yesplumbing.com.

We are committed to helping you conserve water in and around your home during this record-breaking drought. Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing was recently featured on My News 3 in Las Vegas, in support of ‘Fix A Leak Week,’ which was March 16-22. 

‘Fix A Leak Week’ was established by the Environmental Protection Agency in order to bring awareness to household water leaks as a national problem. Did you know that those seemingly innocuous leaks in your toilet, kitchen sink, or outdoor faucet may contribute to 10,000 gallons of wasted water in your home each year1? 

Here are some steps you can take immediately to make sure you’re doing your part to conserve water. One of our very own plumbing technicians, Fernando Garcia recommends to:

  • Check your plumbing for any possible leaks, including under the sink, around faucets and in the bathroom. Call a plumbing professional to check your home’s plumbing, inside and out.
  • With the hotter weather, make sure to talk to your plumbing professional about insulating your home’s outdoor pipes and draining your water heater. These steps can help to save water this time of year. 

To learn more about preventing leaks, check out the entire segment on My News 3: http://www.mynews3.com/content/video/default.aspx?videoID=5671012

If you’d like to make an appointment with Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing, visit www.YesPlumbing.com or call us at (702) 425-1889. 

1 http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/fixleak.html

2 http://www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html 

What is hard water anyway? Hard water contains a significant amount of dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. You may be asking, is hard water harmful to my health? Hard water can actually offer some benefits because it is rich in minerals and reduces the solubility of potentially toxic metal ions, such as lead and copper. 

However, hard water could lead to inefficiencies or damage to the pipes in your home. One noticeable effect of hard water is that soaps and detergents lose some of their effectiveness. Hard water is not considered to be dangerous to one's health and it is perfectly safe to drink. However, the minerals found in hard water can affect its taste. 

If you’re wondering whether your home contains hard water, check out these tips below:

  • Check if your region has hard water. This can often be found online, or by speaking with your city council or local water authority. You will find out the primary source of water in the area and can receive test results indicating water hardness levels.
  • Pay attention to how well your soap works. Notice the amount of foaming that occurs when you use cleaning products such as dish soap, laundry detergent and other household cleaners. If you have to add a lot of soap to the water to work up suds, your water is probably hard.
  • Check to see if your dishes and silverware contain white spots or a film.  Hard water often leaves noticeable mineral deposits.

There are options if you choose to eliminate hard water from your home.  Plumbing experts can recommend filtering it by distillation or reverse osmosis, adding a packaged chemical softener such as powdered borax or washing soda (sodium carbonate), or installing a home water softener. 

If you have any questions about your Las Vegas home’s water, or if you’d like to make an appointment, please visit www.YesPlumbing.com or call us at (702) 425-1889. 

What would the world do without water? We use it for everything: bathing, cleaning, washing our cars, flushing the toilet, swimming and of course, hydration. On March 22nd, Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing acknowledged World Water Day, and the 750 million people1 who do not have access to clean, safe water. 

This day has been observed since March 22, 1993, when The United Nations General Assembly2 declared it a holiday in honor of conserving water. The United Nations members devoted this day to promoting activities within each of their countries to help conserve the world's water resources as a whole. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific theme. For 2015, the theme is “Water and Sustainable Development3.” Sustainable development is defined as, “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs4.” By implementing water conservation for future generations, we can make a huge impact on our world. 

To show support for World Water Day, we encourage our customers to use simple water conservation practices throughout everyday routines. For example, install a low-flow showerhead, keep the faucet off when washing dishes and brushing your teeth, and wash only full loads of clothes.  Remember, water contributes to the livelihood of billions!

If you would like to speak to a Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing representative about how to save water in your Las Vegas home, visit www.YesPlumbing.com or call us at (702) 425-1889. And remember, make every drop count!

 

1 http://www.waterday.org

2 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/water/world-water-day/

3 http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/world-water-day-3923 

4 http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/water_and_sustainable_development.shtml 

Nevada is currently facing one of the most severe droughts on record.  With frequent pool parties, cold showers, and summer drinks coming to mind, we encourage you to cut back on water usage this summer, whenever possible. If local Las Vegas citizens can be conscious of their water usage, together we can have the chance to make a local impact on our environment and community.

In honor of Fix a Leak Week 2015, this March 17 through 23, we’re celebrating with some quick and easy water-saving ideas, which could help save water, and money: 

  • Turn off the tap. Turn the water off while brushing teeth or scrubbing hands.  
  • Take Shorter Showers. Aim to keep your shower under five minutes long. Not only does this save water, but as an added benefit, shorter showers may help keep your skin more hydrated and smooth1!
  • Check for leaks. A small drip from a worn, old faucet washer can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day!2 If you think you have a leak, give Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call to check it out right away. 
  • Consider drought-tolerant plants. California native plants are drought-tolerant3 and don’t require as much water as other types of plants. Try the California Redbud or the Blue-eyed Grass for a colorful and water-saving garden in Las Vegas.   
  • Fill up the laundry and dishwashing machines. We recommend waiting until you have a full load of clothes and dishes before running the machines. If you want to go the extra mile, look for laundry machines that have an “economy mode,” which can save both water and electricity.

Lastly, Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing is offering specials this month exclusively for our Las Vegas homeowners. Receive $50 off a plumbing repair, $20 off a whole home plumbing inspection, or $200 off a whole house jetting. If you’re interested in any of these March specials, or would just like to speak to a Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing representative about how to save water in your home, call us at www.YesPlumbing.com or call us at (702) 425-1889.

 

1 http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/myths/hot-showers-bad.htm 

2 http://eartheasy.com/live_water_saving.htm 

3 http://www.lvmwd.com/home/showdocument?id=711

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that over a quarter of household water usage simply comes from flushing the toilets1. Do you find yourself wondering how you can save money and water within your home? Go to the source and take a look at your bathroom’s appliances.

While the flushing toilet became common in the late 19th century2, the process of how the toilet worked and flushed has remained relatively the same since. The Energy Policy Act of 19923 mandated that all new toilet models built thereafter must be “low-flow” toilets, using no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Though this law came in to effect over 20 years ago, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to have toilets pre-dating this policy still installed in their homes. 

High efficiency toilets and low-flow toilets can save a noticeable amount of water when flushing and may help to reduce your monthly water bill. To achieve ratings of high efficiency or low-flow, toilets must meet rigorous requirements of performance functionality and EPA criteria. See below for some of the requirements that make a low flow-toilet: 

  • Updated tanks: using only 1.6 gallons of water per flush. 
  • Larger, high-flow flush valves: Style and size of flush valves vary by model.  But the larger size on a low-flow toilet allows water to rush faster and harder into the tank, resulting in a stronger flush. 
  • Water placement: Not only is there less water in a low-flow toilet, but it is positioned towards the front of the bowl, which helps clear waste more effectively.
  • Larger, centered passageways: Low-flow toilets feature extra large outlet holes, or passageways, at the center of the bowl, making it easier for waste to pass and less likely for your toilet to clog with waste. 

Installing a new toilet in your home could help save water and money. If you’re ready to consider a high-efficiency toilet installation, or would like to schedule a plumbing check-up from a trusted professional, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Las Vegas at www.YesPlumbing.com or call us at (702) 425-1889.

 

1 http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/indoor.html

2 http://www.localhistories.org/toilets.html

3 http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/docs/matrix508.pdf

When a plumbing problem arises, do you look to the Internet to fix the problem yourself? Despite what you may find during your research, sometimes even seemingly easy projects are better handled by a professional. Save yourself some time, trouble and most importantly money, by calling a professional if you encounter any of these scenarios.

  • When Your Toilet’s Clogged: There is nothing worse than a severely clogged toilet. If your plunger is not working, the issue could be with the sewage line. Rather than scratching up the toilet or doing other damage by trying to break the clog up yourself, call in an expert with the tools and expertise to get your toilet working again.
  • Projects Where Permits Are Required: Usually things like moving existing plumbing, intensive bathroom remodels, or adding new a new gas line will require a permit. Our professionals will know when a permit is required and the process to follow, in order to make sure the inspections go through.
  • When The Bathtub Will Not Drain: A bathtub clog must be dealt with immediately. It will only worsen with time, and you will be left with increasing amounts of standing water in your tub. A plumber can clear the obstruction and check that it isn’t part of a bigger problem. You can save yourself time and aggravation by addressing the problem early, whenever possible. Call in a Yes! professional as soon as your tub begins draining slowly before it escalates to a full clog.
  • Main Line Stoppage: Anytime the toilets are backing up into the tubs and showers, the problem is most likely the main line. This job requires special equipment that most homeowners do not typically have. A professional will have experience and in-depth knowledge to diagnose the problem correctly and to use the right equipment to get the job done right.

If you have any questions about your plumping problems, or would like to schedule a whole home plumbing inspection from a trusted professional, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing at www.YesAirConditioningAndHeating.com or call us at (702) 545-6260.

Here at Yes! Plumbing, we handle various types of services, including installation and replacement, water testing and repairs. The technology we use today took years to research and develop, and experts are continuing to find ways to improve the systems we currently offer to make life even easier.

The specialists at Yes! live and breathe plumbing, but now we are taking a moment to think about how it all started and commemorate how far the technology has come.  With the help of SafePlumbing.org, a site dedicated to presenting accurate plumbing facts, we found a few key dates that significantly impacted plumbing to become what it is today.

  • 1700 BC – The first flush toilet was created in Crete, Greece, the first of its kind.
  • 312 BC – To bring fresh water to Rome, the Roman aqueducts carry 1.2 billion liters of water a day.
  • 1596 – The first flushing toilet is installed in England.
  • 1804 – Philadelphia creates the first system of water delivery using only cast iron pipes.
  • 1855 – Chicago builds the first comprehensive sewer system in the U.S
  • 1937 – The single handle mixing faucet is invented.
  • 1978 – California creates a new law that requires toilets to use fewer than 3.5 gallons of water per flush.
  • 2014 – President Obama signs the “Water Resources Reform Development Act” to address water infrastructure issues.

Plumbing has come a long way! At Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we continue to provide expert service and advice for the Las Vegas community for all your air conditioning and plumbing needs. If your plumbing system is in need of a checkup, repair or replacement, check out Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing at www.theyesmancan.com or call us at (702) 545-6260.

We’ve all had those days when cleaning up after a big meal seems daunting. A popular quick fix is to just pour leftovers down the sink and flick on the garbage disposal. However, the next day, pipes might begin to make peculiar sounds, emit a not-so-pleasant odor and drain slowly. Before you know it, it’s time to call a professional plumber.

The expert team at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing recommends that the Las Vegas community be mindful of what is going down their drains. Do not pour greases, fats or oils down any drains. Instead, donate it to your local full-service recycling center or let it harden in the freezer overnight and dispose it in the garbage the next day.

Are you thinking back on your past meals and realizing you did allow one (or more) of the above to slip down the drain? Don’t fret just yet. Try these simple tricks to keep your drains and garbage disposals from incurring additional damage while you wait for the Yes! Plumbing professionals to arrive. 

  • Pour hot water down the drain on a regular basis. This will help move grease along, so it decreases the chance of getting stuck to the sides of pipes. 
  • Add baking soda and vinegar. To alleviate any bad smells, pour baking soda and white vinegar to break up build-ups and flush with hot water. 
  • Wait 10 minutes between showers. This allows slow, clogged drains to clear completely. 

If you’re wondering what should or shouldn’t be tossed down the drain, or if you’re experiencing any odors, sounds, build-up, etc. in your pipes, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing.  Serving the Las Vegas area for over 40 years, visit www.theyesmancan.com or call us at (702) 545-6260.

Dennis Thompson is the General Plumbing Manager for Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing, where he strategically plans, directs and oversees the plumbing side of the company’s business. He has been with us for eight years, and prior to joining Yes!, Thompson brought with him 24 years of experience. 

Thompson’s career began in Wichita, Kan. in 1989 as an apprentice plumber where he obtained his journeyman license. From there, Thompson spent 12 years in Colorado where he worked on the commercial side of the industry. Moving into the plumbing services scope, Thompson spent one year in Wyoming and three years in Arizona before settling at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing in January of 2007. He began his tenure at Yes! as a Lead Service Tech and quickly moved up to Operations Manager before taking his current title of Plumbing General Manager.

“Yes! has taken me to new heights in my profession,” says Thompson. “[They have] shown me constant support, training and guidance. Here at Yes!, I feel at home. Work is enjoyable, the people are great and the opportunities are endless.”

Thompson also enjoys fishing, camping, ATV riding and boating. One thing we didn’t know about Thompson was that his grandfather owned, at the time, the largest steel fabrication plant in Wichita and had a lifelong career in welding, which his father also pursued. 

Thank you, Dennis, for your continued belief that customers are the lifeblood of Yes! and for instilling an unyielding passion for customer satisfaction into the Yes! culture. 

For more information about Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing serving the Las Vegas area for over 40 years, visit www.theyesmancan.com or call us at (702) 545-6260.

We recently wrapped up our first-ever Think Clean contest in Las Vegas in partnership with the Clark County School District (CCSD). The contest encouraged students to submit ideas on how to conserve water in their local communities. Ideas were submitted in the form of written essays, drawings and models between Oct. 13 and Nov. 14, 2014 for a chance to win cash prizes. Winners were selected based on creativity, topic-specificity, sustainability and impact of their ideas.

It was tough to narrow it down from the numerous entries received from talented students all over the district, but we’re thrilled to announce the six winners: 

  • First PlaceEmily Ostfeld, Cashman Middle School. Awarded $250 for her poster illustration and essay on creating a special filtration system for Nevada’s casinos to help use less water when washing towels, sheets and blankets. 
  • First PlaceHeather Macias-Padron, Cashman Middle School. Awarded $250 for her poster on how water can be saved by simply repairing leaks, insulating pipes, and minimizing faucet and shower time. 
  • Second PlaceMaximilian Kegley-Oyola, Jesse Scott Elementary School. Awarded $150 for his essay and drawing on a special invention, the Sifter Duck, which helps clean ocean water with a large water wheel attached to boats. 
  • Second PlaceMark Jason Ragunton, Jesse Scott Elementary School. Awarded $150 for his essay and drawing showcasing his invention, the WaterCleana-Ton 5020. The device, as detailed in the essay, could help clean water by separating dirt and compost from unfiltered water. 
  • Third PlaceYesenia Fernandez, Estes McDoniel Elementary School. Awarded $100 for her essay on some common mistakes that can waste water and what homeowners can do to help conserve water.
  • Third PlaceKenzo Roberts, Jesse Scott Elementary School. Awarded $100 for her essay and drawing on how a special tube invention can help save water while washing dishes. 

“We are overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of entries we received from the students of the CCSD,” said Lance Fernandez, General Manager, Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing Las Vegas.  “With the current drought we are experiencing, it’s rewarding to know that these students recognize the importance of saving and preserving clean water.”

For more information about the Clark County School District, visit www.ccsd.net. For more information about services offered by Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing, visit www.theyesmancan.com or call us at Call (702) 545-6260.

Whether you've experienced it in person or seen it on the news, one thing is clear: here in Nevada, we are in the middle of a serious drought. Your local plumbing experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing know that water conservation is a high priority for Nevada, and raising awareness for this serious issue just makes sense. So Yes! is partnering with the Clark County School District to create the Think Clean contest, where students from Clark County School District are encouraged to submit their best water conservation ideas for an opportunity to win cash prizes! 

The contest is open for all students from kindergarten through 12th grade to share with and inform their peers how they plan to use water efficiently. Ideas can come in the form of essays, drawings, models or whatever is necessary to showcase the impact on the community. Two winners will be chosen from each category to receive cash prizes. High school winners will receive $250, middle school winners $150 and elementary school winners will take home $100. Yes! will donate $100 to each of the winning student's schools as a sign of appreciation for the innovative water conservation ideas. 

The Think Clean contest will accept submissions between now and November 14, 2014. Each entry must include a thorough explanation of the idea, the potential impact of the idea on the economy and/or community and how the idea can be implemented. In order to submit your idea, email your project to: yesthinkclean@boltpr.com, or mail it to Yes! Think Clean, 9731 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618, post-marked no later than November 14,2014.

Yes! takes water conservation and energy efficiency very seriously, and the promotion of awareness and the spreading of passion for this subject is crucial. If you are looking for more information about the Think Clean contest, email yesthinkclean@boltpr.com or visit CCSD.net for official rules. For more information about conserving water in your home, or about Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing in general, visit YesAirConditioningandHeating.com or call (702) 545-6260.

Soon enough, Las Vegas residents are going to start grabbing their scarves, blankets and cardigans and ordering the warm drinks from the local coffee shop. These are just a few of the initial telltale signs of winter. With the holidays coming up, many people will be traveling to family and friends’ homes, leaving their own homes unattended in the cold. 

Did you know that if you don’t properly prepare your house for your absence, you might return to find frozen faucets, bursting pipes and water leaks when you get back? By sparing just 30 minutes of your time, you can reduce the chances of these accidents occurring.  

To avoid ruining your holidays, follow these important tips so that you can travel worry-free. Be sure to call a professional, reputable plumber, such as your local experts at YES! Air Conditioning & Plumbing, to help you through the process and inspect your pipes before your departure.

  • Turn off the water at the main valve. This can help prevent any unwanted leaks while you’re traveling. Drain the plumbing system if you plan on being gone for more than a month. 
  • Shut off all electrical components. Don’t forget to unplug your appliances from outlets too, like phone chargers, toasters, etc. 
  • Make sure to disconnect the outside hoses and turn off the outside faucets. If connected during the winter, outside hoses could potentially freeze and become damaged.
  • If the temperature drops abnormally low, ask someone to check on your home. Problems could develop; but you can prevent any mishaps by having a housesitter glance over everything, especially if you’ll be away from the property for a significant amount of time. 
  • Set the thermostat. Keeping the thermostat set to at least 50 to 55 degrees can help protect your belongings, pipes and appliances from freezing during your absence. 

If in doubt or for more information on how to protect your home while you’re traveling, visit YesAirConditioningandHeating.com or call (702) 545-6260.

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and it’s time to start preparing. Parties will be hosted, food will be served and fun will be had. Make sure that your home is ready for all the heavy holiday traffic by having your home's plumbing checked--because nothing can end a holiday party quicker than a malfunctioning toilet or garbage disposal.

To make it even easier, gift yourself a Preventative Maintenance plan with Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing. It includes:

  • Annual camera inspection of your home’s plumbing system
  • Annual water heater safety inspection
  • One-year warranty on repair parts and labor
  • Priority emergency service within 24 hours of your call

There’s also flexible payment plans and national flexibility should you choose to move and continue utilizing our home comfort services. We do a whole-house inspection to make sure that your plumbing is in the best condition possible for your holidays and beyond. 

If you are planning on having guests in your home for the holiday season, have your plumbing checked by a certified professional so that you can focus on the family, friends and festivities. Get ahead of the curve and call a certified plumbing professional at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing. If your home is in need of a plumbing repair, replacement or checkup, give Yes! a call at (702) 425-1889 or visit YesPlumbing.com.

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