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Whether you’re a longtime homeowner, a first-time homeowner, or just beginning to look into buying a home, there are some important tips that we believe every homeowner should know. As a leading plumbing maintenance and repair company in the Las Vegas Valley, these homeowner tips are all about plumbing! Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing is always here for you when you need us, even after hours in case of a plumbing emergency, which are quite common this time of year with the freezing temperatures. Take a look at four important homeowner tips to keep in mind this time of year, and all year-long:

  • Emergency shut-off for the toilet: An overflowing toilet is one of the most common plumbing issues in any household. There are many reasons why it happens, from an overcrowded home or an extensive clog, to an issue with your drainpipe. Knowing where the “emergency” shut-off valve for your toilet is a must for homeowners to prevent flooding and a sticky situation. You can usually find this valve protruding from the wall on the side, lower half of your toilet, towards the back. If you’re unsure, check with your plumbing professional, who can coach you through your toilet’s functions.
  • Water pressure: Knowing your home’s water pressure is important. If it becomes too high, then it could actually damage your pipes. Knowing your water pressure allows you to monitor any changes, and potentially save your home from problems in your water heater or septic system.
  • Main water shut-off valve: Knowing the location of your home’s main water shut-off valve is a fundamental piece of information. Every home is required to have one, and every homeowner should know its location and function. Depending on the location of your home, and how it was built, the valve could be anywhere. Your plumbing professional can help you locate this, as well. Water leaks, bursting pipes or extreme weather can all lead you to need to shut off your home’s water valve.
  • Location of your sewer and water lines: If you’re a homeowner, you probably know that sewer lines help transport waste water from your home to the underground sewer mains. If your sewer line becomes clogged, this could lead to backed-up toilets or a potentially extensive sewer line repair or replacement. Homeowners who understand and respond to early warning signs can stave off serious sewer and plumbing issues.

If you’re a homeowner in the Las Vegas Valley, give Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing a call at (702) 545 – 6260 or visit Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing’s website at http://www.yesplumbing.com to discuss these and other plumbing maintenance and repair tips.

This November and December, we have already seen the temperatures drop into the 20s in Las Vegas. Everyone is feeling the cold, and doing their best to stay warm and safe in the home. 

During one of the busiest times of the year for heating and plumbing professionals, we’ve already received calls for furnace breakdowns and more. With temperatures dropping below freezing, it’s likely that we’ll start receiving even more calls – including for plumbing emergencies! 

Frozen and bursting pipes are not uncommon during the winter, but you can prepare your home’s plumbing system to help prevent this problem. 

  • Insulate Your Pipes: Insulating the water pipes at your home in Las Vegas is one of the best ways to prevent them from freezing over and potentially bursting. There are many pipe insulation products available on the market, and you can learn which may be best for your home at your local Home Depot or by calling your Yes! Plumbing professionals to learn about your options.
  • Use Heat Tape: Another option to prevent freezing pipes is to wrap your water pipes with electric heat tape. Heat tape comes in fiberglass or silicone types. After you have a professional plug in the heat tape to an electrical outlet, he or she can wrap it around your water pipes to keep them warm. Generally, heat tape can automatically adjust its temperature based on the ambient temperature around it.​
  • Adjust Your Thermostat: Set your thermostat above 55° F at night and when you leave the home. For pipes that are under sinks, open any doors to allow warm air in and keep the pipes from getting too cold. 

To learn more about how you can prep your pipes for below-freezing temperatures in Las Vegas, give Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing a call at (702) 545 – 6260 or visit Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing’s website at http://www.yesplumbing.com.

We recently visited the winning schools and students from our 2015 “Think Green & Clean” Contest. It was so great to meet everyone, and congratulate the winning students with their winning checks. 

Congratulations again to winners Ardian Agolli, Kaitlyne Ibay, Daniel Alvarez, Alex Tirado and seventh grade teacher Dr. Audra Duvall. 

Thanks to all who participated, and stay tuned for our 2016 contest! 

Victoria Fertitta Middle School Staff, Yes! Staff and Ardian Agolli, First Place Middle School Winner

Victoria Fertitta Middle School Staff, Yes! Staff and Kaitlyne Ibay, Second Place Middle School Winner

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Yes! General Manager Lance Fernandez and Dr. Audra Duvall, Victoria Fertitta Middle School

Yes! Plumbing Manager Dennis Thompson and Daniel Alvarez, First Place Elementary School Winner, and Mother

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Yes! Plumbing Manager Dennis Thompson and Alex Tirado, Second Place Elementary School Winner, and Family

When a plumbing problem occurs late at night or after hours, it’s tempting to call for emergency repairs. While it may be the solution to call someone immediately, pay the extra cost of a plumber, and get the problem fixed, it may not always be necessary. An emergency repair may be required in some cases. At other times, the problem might be able to wait until normal business hours. 

Here are the questions we encourage you to ask when a plumbing emergency occurs:

Can I fix the problem?
While some may think they are skilled at home or plumbing repairs, certain situations need professional attention. When it comes to an “emergency,” this is a job for a professional. Trying to fix the problem on your own, especially when feeling rushed, could lead to larger plumbing problems, like pipe-breaks and larger leaks. Call a professional – they are trained to make repairs.

Can the problem wait?
Before you call a plumber, determine the severity of your plumbing problem. For example, if you have a leak in your basement that is spewing water uncontrollably, then you shouldn’t wait until business hours! However, if you have a broken toilet or sink and can avoid using it until the morning, you could save yourself the extra fees typically added on for an emergency service. 

Where is my home’s main water valve? 
In the event of a plumbing emergency, one of the most important tips to know is how to shut off your home’s main water valve. Knowing where the main water shutoff valve is located can help save you from a major plumbing disaster, and help buy extra time until a plumber arrives.

Emergencies in the home can occur at any time. When in doubt, call a professional to assess the problem. To learn more about Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing’s emergency plumbing services, call (702) 545 – 6260 or visit Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing’s website at http://yesplumbing.com/.

Last month, the Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing “Think Green & Clean” Contest with the Clark County School District came to a close. We compiled over 150 entries from our local students, and chose four winners, based on creativity, topic-specificity, sustainability and impact of the idea.  

The contest encouraged students from kindergarten through twelfth grade to submit ideas on how to conserve water, energy, or both in their local Las Vegas Valley community. Ideas were submitted in the form of written essays, drawings and models between September 21 and October 16, 2015, for a chance to win cash prizes. 

We’d like to congratulate this year’s winners, and thank them for their participation in the “Think Green & Clean Contest!”

  • Middle School, First Place – Ardian Agolli, seventh grade at Victoria Fertitta Middle School. Ardian is awarded $200 for his essay and picture illustration on eco-friendly and biodegradable oil plantations and rigs. He explains that oil rigs should double as greenhouses, producing food for the crews and, in turn, energy. He explains how oil rigs can be powered using wind and solar energy and lastly, that scrap material should be recycled and repurposed for items and parts around the plantation.  
  • Middle School, Second Place – Kaitlyne Ibay, seventh grade at Victoria Fertitta Middle School. Kaitlyne is awarded $100 for her essay and picture illustration on how going outdoors can save energy. She recommends teachers be required to teach outside one day per week, if weather permits. This way, students and staff will have a more enjoyable life and the school will save energy. 
  • Elementary, First PlaceDaniel Alvarez, fourth grade at Lincoln Elementary School. Daniel is awarded $150 for his essay on energy and water saving. He recommends implementing a set electronic-usage time to save energy, and using water only for dire needs. 
  • Elementary, Second PlaceAlex Tirado, third grade at Wing and Lilly Fong Elementary School. Alex is awarded $100 for his essay and picture book on saving water. He recommends searching for unknown water resources and travelling to speak about water conservation. 

An additional $500 was donated to Victoria Fertitta Middle School for encouraging the most student entries! 

To learn more about Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing’s heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality and plumbing services, call (702) 545 – 6260 or visit Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing’s website at www.yesairconditioningandheating.com.

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: 

Water Heater: 

  • Check your temperature: Your problem could simply be about temperature! Adjust your water heater’s temperature control to your liking. 
  • Sediment buildup: If your water heater is exposed to hard water, sediment can build up and block the heater’s burner from the water. 
  • Dip Tube: A dip tube is a long tube that runs from the water line to the bottom of the water heater tank. It allows cold water to flow from the tube into the water heater, ensuring that it has time to be heated before flowing out of the tank. If the tube becomes cracked or broken, it can leak cold water directly into the hot water that is already in the tank. 

Pipes: 

  • In certain older homes, cross-connected pipes were installed to balance the flow of hot and cold water. If the pipes malfunction or break, this could lead to large bursts of cold water. 

Faucets: 

  • Checking faucets around the house can determine if hot water is a problem throughout the whole house. If every faucet produces an ongoing flow of hot water, then a shower component is the culprit, such as the showerhead valve. 

Time of Use: 

  • It might seem obvious, but consider your timing for showering. Are there multiple people in the house using water? Has anyone else in the family just showered? Always allow 30 to 40 minutes after the last shower, or large water usage, to allow the heater to heat up the incoming cold water.

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: 

  • Your Old, Trusty Plunger: Yep, that’s right; the old plunger can always be your first step in taking care of a clogged drain. And, we don’t just mean the toilet! If you’re experiencing a clogged sink, fill the sink a little less than a quarter of the way full with water. If you have a double sink, make sure to block the other drain with a cloth or towel. Plunge over the drain, up and down rapidly, until the water in the sink begins to drain. If it does, it was just a small blockage, and you should no longer have a clogged drain!
  • Make a Homemade Draining Product: Baking soda and vinegar are two great items that most homeowners have around the home. They can be used for a number of household tricks! Including, unclogging a drain! Instead of buying a chemical based draining product from the store, add 1/2-cup baking soda down your drain. Then, pour down 1-cup vinegar, and cover the drain to make sure the “fizz” doesn’t rush out. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Finally, pour about a gallon of hot water straight down your drain. Depending on the severity of your clog, you may have to repeat, but this handy homemade concoction should do the trick! 

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

 

1 http://water.epa.gov/type/rsl/monitoring/monitoringmonth.cfm 

2 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lake-mead-is-shrinking-and-with-it-las-vegas-water-supply/

3 http://www.fondriest.com/news/monitoring-lake-mead-scientists-track-reservoir-through-water-quality-highs-and-lows.htm 

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.

 

1 http://www.cdc.gov/features/drinkingwater/ 

2 http://www.lvvwd.com/assets/pdf/wqreport.pdf

3 http://www.ars.com/blog/august-2015/put-down-the-(water)-bottle-use-tap-water-instead  

4 http://thewaterproject.org/bottled_water_wasteful 

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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 

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