When it comes to your plumbing system, you’ve probably heard some unusual tips and tricks. We like to call these plumbing myths, usually told my non-professionals, and they could actually be hurting your plumbing system. Don’t fall victim to the myths! Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here to educate you on your plumbing system and debunk the common myths. Here are 5 myths vs. facts you should know about your plumbing system:
Myth #1. Lemons Clean My Garbage Disposal, Right? No!
Throwing a slice of lemon down your garbage disposal will temporarily make your drain smell a little better, but it will not actually clean your drain. The citrus fruit will not disinfect your garbage disposal like a cleaning solution can. In fact, lemon slices could actually lead to clogging your drain. Call your plumbing professional if you’re experiencing problems with your disposal.
Myth #2. Running Hot Water While Using My Garbage Disposal Will Help Waste Travel Smoothly, Right? No!
No matter how much water you use to flush down heavy waste, some things are just not meant to go down the drain. Hard, thick, sticky, or greasy food items can clog your drain and eventually could damage your garbage disposal. Hot water will not melt down the grease that is sticking to the inside of your pipes. Actually, once the water cools it can cause the grease to further harden and create an even thicker coating that can cause long-term piping problems. Make sure to wipe away all grease lingering on pots and pans before washing them in your kitchen sink. As a general rule of thumb, use cold water and, if in doubt, don’t put it down the drain.
Myth #3. As Long As Things Keep Going Down My Drain, It Isn’t Clogged, Right? No!
Even if your drain is still working, a slow-moving disposal is the first sign that your sink may be at risk of a serious clog. You shouldn’t continue using your drain if you notice that it is working slower than usual, or if water continues to back up in the sink. Call your plumbing professional to inspect your drain before the slow disposal gets worse.
Myth #4. Can I Use Hand Soap To Clean My Plumbing Fixtures? No!
Hand soap will not effectively disinfect toilet bowls or plumbing fixtures. In some cases, hand soap may actually damage the surface of pipes depending on the type of metal. If you’re not sure of the best way to clean your plumbing system, call a professional for advice or a second opinion.
Myth #5. Isn’t It Normal For Faucets To Drip? No!
Don’t ignore the little drips continuously falling out of your faucet. A leaky faucet is a sign that there may be an underlying problem. These little drips can waste water and add up to a larger cost on your next water bill.
Don’t believe the myths that are out there. Only your plumbing professional knows the real tips to maintaining an efficient, clog-free plumbing system. If you have questions, would like more information on these tips, or live in the Las Vegas area and would like to schedule an appointment to get your plumbing system inspected, call Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing at (702) 545-6260 or visit us online at http://www.yesplumbing.com.
There’s a reason why you could be experiencing a blast of cold water during a hot shower; and no one likes that! The hot water used in your shower and bath is coming from your water heater tank. Unexpected cold water may lead you to think that your water heater has shut down, but read on for a few other factors that could be causing you to get bursts of cold water:
Time of Use:
Now that we’ve given you some reasons, are you experiencing cold water when you’re looking for hot? Give your local professionals at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call at (702) 545-6260 or visit http://www.yesplumbing.com.
Having a clogged drain can be one of the most nerve-racking and annoying things when it comes to your home and plumbing system. No one likes taking a shower with water rising up in the tub, or washing your dishes and the suds not going down swiftly! While we often recommend calling a professional when it comes to your HVAC or plumbing system, some things can be fixed pretty easily around the home.
If you experience a clogged drain, remember to not do anything that could cause more harm than good! Here are three simple steps to try the next time you get a clogged drain:
Now, a clogged drain could mean a bigger problem with your pipes or even your sink’s garbage disposal. If you try these tips, and the problem continues, we recommend giving your local plumbing expert a call to address the problem.
To speak with a Yes! Plumbing professional about your home’s plumbing system, call us today at (702) 545-6260 or visit http://www.yesplumbing.com.
Do you want to continue doing your part to conserve water during this drought? Are you unsure about how else you can help? Well, you may have an opportunity to give back and protect our water in Las Vegas this month. September 18th is World Water Monitoring Day! World Water Monitoring Day was created to raise public awareness of the importance of protecting water resources around the world, and in turn, encourage local communities to monitor their own water bodies1. Water monitoring ensures that our water is safe enough to swim in, fish from, or use for drinking or irrigation purposes, all based on your location in the world.
Las Vegas has our own major body of water: Lake Mead! Ninety percent of Las Vegas's water comes from Lake Mead2. As most in the Las Vegas Valley know, Lake Mead’s water levels have been dwindling over the past few years. See here for a blog post we recently featured on Lake Mead facts.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority and scientists from federal agencies already collect and monitor the water of Lake Mead monthly. “Lake Mead, on an average year, will drop 12 feet,” said Michael Rosen, a U.S. Geological Survey water quality specialist who works on the lake. “The hope is that the water managers will manipulate water in such a way that they will be able to compensate for the low years by moving water different places.” 3
Want to do your part and help keep Lake Mead and Las Vegas' water clean? Learn how you can participate in World Water Monitoring Day and visit http://www.monitorwater.org/GetInvolved.aspx.
To speak with a Yes! Plumbing professional about your home’s water system, call us today at (702) 545-6260 or visit http://www.yesplumbing.com.
Are you hesitant to drink tap water? When you’re thirsty, we bet that your first thought is that chilled water bottle, instead of heading to the sink for some tap. At Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing, we encourage you to rethink your water drinking ways, and be open to drinking from the tap. You use it for many of your daily routines, such as cooking food, brushing your teeth and showering. Why not drink it?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the U.S. has the safest drinking water supply in the world1. And the Las Vegas Valley Water District reports that it provides drinking water that meets or surpasses all state and federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards for water quality2. There are many reasons to choose tap over bottled and we have provided the top four reasons why you should make the switch:
Savings: We’re all looking for ways to save money, right? Drinking tap water instead of bottled water is one way you can save. Tap water costs cents to the gallon, and when compared with the amount spent on bottled water, you may be surprised. At an average cost of $1.22 per gallon, you could be spending up to 300 times the cost of tap water to choose bottled water3.
Environment: If you’re drinking tap water that means that you are most likely using a reusable cup, instead of plastic water bottles. By doing that, you’re keeping those plastic bottles out of landfills, saving the energy it takes to make or recycle them, and in turn, helping the environment! According to The Water Project, U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles alone.4
Health: You need water to stay hydrated, that’s clear. But is the tap water in your home safe for your health? According to The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), every community is required to provide its residents with an annual consumer confidence report (CCR), which gives information on local drinking water quality, the water's source, the levels of contaminants found in the water, problems with the water treatment system, and lastly, how customers can get involved in protecting their drinking water5. With this, homeowners can be confident about their tap.
It’s Convenient: Need we say more? Tap water is readily available in your home.
If you’re still concerned about your tap water, Yes! offers a variety of water treatment systems and water testing for your home. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit us at http://www.yesplumbing.com or call us at 702-425-1889.
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!
5-minute power shower:
Brushing your teeth with the tap running:
Brushing your teeth with the tap off:
One toilet flush:
Other kitchen water usage (Including drinking, cooking, etc.):
Washing machine, one load:
Basic Dishwasher, one load:
High-efficiency Dishwasher, one load:
Car Washing with a bucket:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Equip Your Pool & Home With Safety Measures
Adults Need Education, Too
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:
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.
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:
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!
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.