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.
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:
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.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.
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:
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.
Dealing with a home's water and plumbing system can be a tricky situation. Sometimes, homeowners may not even recognize the symptoms of what could be a preventable but costly repair. For example, slab leaks. A slab leak is an industry term for a leak within the water lines running below the concrete floor of your home. To be able to recognize it when you do have one, here are some early signs to be on the lookout for:
If these slab leak symptoms prove evident on your property, it is important to call a trusted plumbing professional within your area that can fix such tricky repairs. The plumbing experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing are highly trained in slab leak repair, and would be happy to assist. Call Yes! at (702) 425-1889 or visit YesPlumbing.com to get more information or book a service.
When the sewage line backs up, or that ominous odor overcomes your yard, it's time to assess your septic system. While dealing with this system can be a tricky (and not particularly glamorous) situation, it’s important that plumbing and septic issues are always handled by a professional – trust us! We have seen enough DIY-disasters to know that when it comes to your family’s running water and waste system, you don’t want to mess with it if you aren’t a professional. Here are a few red flags that signify it's time for septic repair:
If you find any of these occurring in your home, please call a trusted professional to assess the situation. Waiting could lead to a costly, and potentially dangerous, disaster down the line. If you have concerns for your own septic system or are looking for a repair call your local plumbing experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing at (702) 425-1889 or visit YesPlumbing.com.
Did you know August is National Water Quality Month? Here in Nevada, the driest state in the U.S., we know how important water is to our community, our health and our overall wellbeing. This month marks a time to reflect on the protection and restoration of our water resources, and what we can do to help.
At Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we care about water conservation and we strive to teach our customers how they can save water in their own homes. With some simple plumbing tips and tricks, you could be saving money on your bill and saving water for your community!
Take a look back at some of our recent blog posts about water conservation:
If you have any questions, or if you are interested in hearing more about making some changes to conserve water, feel free to call your Las Vegas Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing experts at (702) 425-1889 or visit http://www.yesplumbing.com.
Making sure one’s bathroom plumbing is fully functional and up-to-date is a must for homeowners. Bathroom plumbing can refer to three distinct plumbing projects:
Each job requires different steps and significant attention to existing pipes, drains and water sources. Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing recommends that you do not compromise with your bathroom plumbing!
Here are some signs that you need your bathroom plumbing checked out by a professional:
If you have low water pressure or broken bathroom fixtures, call the bathroom plumbing experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing to have it fixed immediately. If you have any questions regarding bathroom plumbing repairs or replacements or plumbing problems elsewhere in your home, just say Yes! and contact us today. Call (702) 425-1889 or visit us at www.YesPlumbing.com.
If you’re experiencing problems with your drain and sewer systems in your home, we understand your frustration. Luckily, your local Las Vegas plumbing experts from Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing are here to help. If you do have to deal with a clog, crack or broken pipes, don’t be tempted to fix the issue yourself. It is imperative that you act quickly and seek professional help or the damages and extra costs could add up quickly.
The sewer line running from the drains under your home into the city’s sewer system is extremely durable. These systems are designed to withstand year round weather including excessive heat and pressure. However, despite its durability, if a sewer line and the drains that flow into it are not serviced regularly, the entire system can break down in a matter of years. Maintaining appropriate sewer and drain cleaning practices is absolutely a necessity to have clean water in your home.
With regular maintenance, you can help prevent large damages from happening to your drain and sewer system. If you’re wondering how else you can prevent plumbing problems from arising, read our recent blog post on how to prevent clogging in your pipes.
Beyond clogs, your sewer system can start to develop signs of wear and tear with age. Cracks or weakening in the pipes could be a sign of problems to come, but those issues can be taken care well in advance of a full on failure in your system.