Unlock Your DIY Potential: Steps to Connect a Refrigerator

- Kitchen Plumbing

Unlock Your DIY Potential: Steps to Connect a Refrigerator

Have you been considering trying your hand at doing a little DIY, but aren’t really sure where to start? Or maybe you’re not sure that you can really do it yourself? Yes, you can- and a great place to start is with your kitchen plumbing.

If you’ve got a refrigerator with an ice maker or water dispenser that needs connecting, we recommend this job for the novice DIY Reno, NV homeowner. All you need are the right tools, the time to devote to the job and a list of easy-to-follow steps to get it done right. Here is what you need to do.

Don’t be shy to ask for Help

professionalinstallationAlthough we are supremely confident that you can accomplish this DIY task all on your own, there is always support available from your plumber.

If you’ve got complicated plumbing, or if you aren’t entirely sure that you’ve got enough time to work on the job, don’t be shy to ask for help. Your neighborhood plumber will get the job done quickly and correctly.

Connecting the Ice Maker

Ice MakerIt’s so much easier to fill your glass with ice right from the fridge than to wrestle with ice cubes. Have you ever gone to fill your glass and realized that the last person didn’t refill the tray? That’s something you won’t need to worry about anymore after you connect your ice maker.

To begin, you need to identify the cold water source for your fridge (note: this step is similar, regardless if you hooking up your ice maker or your water dispenser). Typically, you’ll want to do this from your kitchen sink, but if that isn’t possible, you may need to go through the basement.

Decide where you will attach the line to the fridge on the cold water pipe. Attach a valve from your installation kit tightly. Drill small holes through the base of your cabinetry (if you are running the line from your sink) or through the floor (if you are running the line from the basement).

Attach the tubing to the valve on the sink using compression nuts. Fit a ferrule over the tubing and then wind in through the holes. Be sure to coil loosely at the back of the fridge so that it doesn’t become disconnected when you pull it out to clean. Connect the end of the hose to the ice maker valve and turn the ice maker to the “on” position. You will want to discard the first few batches of ice.

Hooking up the Water Dispenser

waterdispenserFollow similar steps to connect to the cold water supply. To get rid of the unclean water at the initial hookup, let the water run from the hose into a bucket before you connect it to the water dispenser valve.

Once you’ve proven to yourself that you can DIY with your kitchen plumbing, the sky's the limit!


Get Your Outdoor Plumbing Ready for Spring With These Tips

- Outdoor Plumbing

Get Your Outdoor Plumbing Ready for Spring With These Tips

When spring arrives it is energizing, which is why it is such a great season to take on home maintenance. After a long winter, no doubt your home could use a good deep spring clean.

Additionally, you should do some seasonal maintenance on some of your home’s components, like your outdoor plumbing. Your outdoor plumbing is subject to the elements, which means it may be vulnerable to leaks. Here are some handy tips to help out.

Check Your Sprinkler

SprinklerWith the high heat of spring and summer only weeks away, make sure that your sprinkler system is up to the task. Inspect your lawn for puddles or pools of bubbling water. Sunken patches also indicate a leak.

Open up valve boxes to check for water. Rodents love to nest in there and they also like to chew on the wires. Check the regulator and make sure that the settings are what you want.

Aim for early morning or overnight for the best results. Also replace backup batteries. Take a look at the sprinkler heads. If any are cracked or broken, replace them. Trim away the grass if it has grown over the sprinkler head.

Check Your Hose

Outdoor HosesGiven that your hoses are made of rubber or plastic, they are prone to damage. Even a slight tear will have you wasting water.

Avoid leaving hoses out too long in the sun; don’t let them get kinked, because that will cause wear and tear. You can keep your hoses going longer by storing them properly. Try a hose caddy.

Clean Gutters

Home GuttersGet all the leaves and debris out of your gutters. If they are full of junk, the water can’t drain to the downspouts, which means that it will either stay on your roof, or drain close to your foundation.

This can lead to leaks. Get on your ladder and clear the gutters with a broom. While you are up there, check for damage or signs of leaks.

Faucet Test

Outdoor FaucetIf you’ve got a leaky outdoor faucet, here is how you tell. Turn the faucet on to full and place the palm of your hand over the spigot. The water should push your hand back.

If you are able to contain the water, you’ve got a leak. The water pressure should be higher. Follow this guide and you’ll prevent most leaks. You’ll also know how to identify them and know when to call your Reno, NV plumber.


Plumbing Maintenance Tips to Prevent Leaks in Your Home

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Plumbing Maintenance Tips to Prevent Leaks in Your Home

Trying to protect your home from damage can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to start. Take it from us, in terms of getting the best bang for your buck, we highly recommend that you start with trying to maintain your plumbing.

Maintaining your plumbing means reducing plumbing leaks; this will, in turn, keep your operating and repair costs down. Here are some handy maintenance tips to help you get started.

Identify Leaks

Identify a LeakThe best way to reduce (or even eliminate) damage caused by plumbing leaks is to source them out before they have a chance to develop.

Get in the habit of checking out all of your pipes and plumbing fixtures for signs of leaks, like water damage, pooling water, rust or mold growth.

Start with exposed pipes and be sure to open up cabinets under sinks. As a side note, don’t store too many items under sinks because it may be hard to determine if there is a leak under there.

Also check out appliances that use water, like your dishwasher and washing machine. Those connector hoses will wear down and break eventually and can cause major leaks. They need to be replaced every few years.

Avoid Commercial Drain Cleaners

Chemical Clog RemoverIt can be tempting to grab a commercial drain cleaner when you are bothered by a clog, but they do more harm than good.

The agents in commercial drain cleaner that are useful in breaking through clogs also have the same effect on your pipes. They will try to eat away at those as well and cause clogs.

It’s much more effective to try to avoid clogs in the first place, which can be done by avoiding putting anything down the drain that doesn’t belong there. It’s a good idea to have a regular drain cleaning done by your Reno, NV plumber.

Water Pressure Regulators

Low Water PressureHigh water pressure is convenient for your cooking and bathing needs, but it does a great deal of damage to your pipes and can cause leaks.

It’s advisable to check your water pressure. If it reads much over 50 psi (and definitely no more than 60 psi) you should install a regulator.

Corrosion Causes Leaks

Pipe CorrosionAnother problem that your plumbing may face is corrosion. You can conduct some ongoing maintenance to make sure that the presence of rust doesn’t cause leaks in your system.

Firstly, consider upgrading copper pipes to PVC. Test your water’s PH often to make sure it is balanced. Install a water softener.

Don’t forget to run water often, to avoid stagnant water, particularly in horizontal pipes. Spend a few hours a month on maintaining your plumbing and you’ll be happy with the improvements!


Experience Extra Savings When You Do These 4 Things to Reduce Your Water Bill

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Experience Extra Savings When You Do These 4 Things to Reduce Your Water Bill

Reno, NV residents are experiencing dry weather, which means more irrigation and watering of the lawn, however, recently, parched conditions have been drying up water sources, making the resource more expensive than ever.

Water conservation or even abstaining from using water completely is the key to saving money on your utility bill. This not only the frugal thing to do, but it is also the ecologically correct thing because using less water now assures its availability in the future.

Hook a Hose Up to Your Greywater

Water PlantsIt is not that expensive to have a plumber hook up a hose to any greywater that is discharging from your washing machine or dishwasher and redirect it to water your lawn or garden.

Hoses can also be hooked up to kitchen, bathroom and laundry sinks. Greywater is nourishing for plants as long as it does not contain lot of soap, bleach or chemicals. Using soap without phosphates for doing the dishes and laundry can help keep your greywater clear of contaminants.

Take Your Car to the Car Wash

Car WashWashing your car in your driveway takes hundreds of gallons of water, and this is going to reflect in higher numbers on your water bill.

It is a mistake to think that it is cheaper to wash your car at home, mainly because garden hoses do not produce the low-flow rinse that an automated car wash can.

Car washes need to save water to stay in business and they must, by law, dispose of wastewater properly, so when you take your car to the drive-thru wash, you are in effect saving money and the environment at the same time.

Have a Shower Instead of A Bath

ShowerOne way to experience big savings is to take a shower instead of a bath. This can save you about 25 gallons of water per bathing session, and your water bill will be much lower.

It is also helpful to install a low-flow showerhead you take breaks as you lather up to shave or shampoo, as this cuts your water consumption even more profoundly. Try to limit the time you spend in the shower as well, to less than 8 minutes per session. This measure alone can reduce your water consumption while bathing by about 30%.

Have a Professional Plumber Inspect Your Pipes Twice a Year

Water LeakInspect your plumbing pipes and fixtures at least twice a year. Ideally, a professional who is familiar with all the signs of water subtly collecting water should do this.

Leaking faucets and dripping pipes in your plumbing or HVAC, a system can add hundreds of dollars to your water bill annually.

Not only can leaky plumbing escalate the amounts you pay the water company, but it can also create bigger problems such as damp walls and collapsing home foundations.


Keep Clogged Drains in the Past. Move Forward With Drain Cleaning in 2018

- Drain Cleaning

Keep Clogged Drains in the Past. Move Forward With Drain Cleaning in 2018

Ready to put your best foot forward in 2018? Whatever that means to you, as a homeowner there are certain tasks that you need to do to make sure that your home is looking and operating at its best.

It’s hard to always dedicate the time to home maintenance, but it is exactly these types of preventative measures that are going to save you money and headaches in the future.

So, when making your homeowner to-do list for 2018, why not start with drain cleaning? It’s fast, easy and money-saving. Here is what you need to know.

Drain Cleaning Reduces Water Bills

Save MoneyWhen you realize how much money you can save with drain cleaning, it’s a no-brainer to schedule your appointment in Reno, NV.

Opting to use commercial drain cleaners instead of a professional drain cleaning to clear out your pipes is only going to cause damage.

The residue from these cleaners corrodes the pipes, weakening them. The result is pipe and drain damage, leaks and water damage. Not only will you have to pay to repair or replace your plumbing, but you’ll also be paying higher water bills while the pipes are leaking. It’s far more cost effective to get your drains cleaned.

Get Rid of Cracking and Squeaking

Unwanted NoiseBothered by cracking and squeaking noises? You’ve got buildup in your drain pipes that can be resolved with drain cleaning.

As the water pushes through the drain with residue in it, there is pressure applied, which is where the noise comes from.

Making matters worse is if the water is hot because it expands further.

Move Forward With a Fresh Start

Clean WaterIf you are geared up for 2018, you are likely going to do a thorough home cleaning to start the year right

However, you can clean the all the surfaces until they shine, but the job isn’t complete if your drains are still dirty.

Dirty drains usually have standing water, where there is lots of bacteria and germs. This water also is the perfect place for mold to grow.

If there is backflow from the drains, this dirt and germs are spreading themselves around your home. There is the rank smell to deal with too. Clean your home top to bottom with drain cleaning instead, and have fresh water for your entire home.

Don’t Worry About Clogs

Clogged PipeOne of the best parts of getting your drains cleaned regularly is that you don’t have to worry about clogs.

The cleaning process doesn’t allow clogs to form in the first place, which means that you’re not going to have to wrestle with tools and make a mess to get clogs out.

In addition to all of these benefits, getting your drains cleaned means faster drains, which is a plus. Don’t delay. Make drain cleaning part of your plans for 2018.


Prevent Unexpected Seasonal Breakdowns with a Complete Winter Checklist

- Plumbing

Prevent Unexpected Seasonal Breakdowns with a Complete Winter Checklist

Protecting your home heating equipment is of the utmost importance this season as you try to secure your Reno, NV home and protect your family. One of the main reasons for the breakdown of heating equipment is a lack of maintenance.

And so, to help guide you in maintaining a warm and comfortable temperature in the home, we’re highlighting how to prevent unexpected seasonal breakdowns with a complete winter checklist.

Begin with Ventilation

Ventilation & InsulationThe home ventilation equipment will be the system used to ensure warm air flows in the home. Make sure that it’s working to peak capacity ready for the winter season.

Have the entire system checked by professionals and then complete any required repairs. You should also ensure that your home’s insulation is in the ideal condition ready for winter.

The insulation will be the product that helps block warm air from escaping the home through the roof. With the insulation in its ideal condition, you can save money on home heating and secure the home structure for the years to come.

Check Your Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detector CheckOne item that often gets skipped over during the initial winter maintenance process is smoke detectors. Y

our home smoke detectors will be needed throughout the winter season as you commit to cooking more at home and making use of your oven to make meals for your family.

Check the batteries in the smoke detector and make sure you test the alarm regularly in the weeks leading up to winter. You should also take the time to test the carbon monoxide detection systems in the home. These systems will be crucial in protecting you in case carbon monoxide gas leaks from your fireplace this winter.

Stock Up on De-Icing Salt

Frozen Pipe

Slips and falls around the home are one of the most common forms of injury during the winter season. Take the time now to stock up on deicing salt so that you’re prepared when the temperatures drip.

You should ensure that all driveway, walkway areas, and outdoor plumbing are regularly salted during the winter. And keep de-icing salt in your vehicle to protect against slips and falls outside your workplace or on your travels.

It’s the ideal time to book home heating maintenance with your local professionals. Take the time to review the guidance in this post, and call local specialists if you have any questions.


Prevent Health Issues Caused by Unclean Water by Calling a Plumbing Superhero

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Prevent Health Issues by Calling a Plumbing Superhero

Having access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted throughout the day, from the time we wake up in the morning and make our coffee to the time we brush our teeth before bed, and even in the middle of the night when you wake up for a glass of cold water.

But how often do you stop to think how important that water is, how it gets to your home, the people who are responsible for getting it there, and what would happen if that water weren't clean and trustworthy?

How You Can Conserve Water in Your Reno, NV Home

One of the most important things you can do to conserve water is to inspect for leaks regularly, because leaks can waste thousands of gallons of water every year if unaddressed. Check your faucets, toilets, hoses, and appliances for signs of problems, and check walls, floors, and ceilings for signs of water damage.

To check for leaks when you can't see any, take a note of your water meter reading, don’t use any water for two hours, and then check the meter again. If there's been a change in the reading, you’ve got a leak somewhere. Other things you can do to save water include:

Conserve Water1. Replacing water-using appliances, fixtures, and faucets with low-flow and water-efficient ones.

2. Taking shorter showers and not running the water when you're brushing your teeth or washing your hands.

3. Insulating your hot water pipes and tank.

4. Planting drought-resistant plants and using a rain barrel to collect water for the garden.

5. Buying a filter for your tap instead of bottled water.

6. Only running the dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load.

Why Water Conservation Is So Important, and the Role Plumbers Play

Around the world, there's a shortage of safe drinking water, and billions of people are affected by this water crisis. The availability of clean water in our homes isn't something we should take for granted.

This resource is necessary to both life and health. While you may not immediately think about plumbers when you consider the people to thank for your water, plumbers do play a vital role in the water cycle.

Without plumbers, there wouldn’t be any pipes to bring clean water from the source to your house, water could become contaminated along the way, and things like blockages and leaks could prevent water from getting to you.

What Would Happen if You Didn’t Have Access to Clean Water?

There are many things that can contaminate water and make it unfit for drinking, including heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, bacteria, viruses, nitrates, and more.

The side effects from drinking contaminated water depend on a variety of factors, including the nature of the pollutant, your age, your immune system, and other medical factors like whether you're pregnant or are undergoing chemotherapy.

Symptoms can include things like gastrointestinal problems (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea), neurological problems, organ failure, respiratory distress, aches, pains, weakness, and more. In general, our lives depend on having clean water to drink, cook with, and clean with, and if the water we rely on for these things were to be contaminated, lives could be at risk.

Clean water may be something we take for granted, but it’s important to understand where it comes from, how it gets into our homes, and how vital it is in order to appreciate this priceless resource. And on top of being appreciative of the plumbers and other people who help bring water into our homes, it’s also important that we each do our part to conserve the clean water that we do have


Interesting Facts About the History of Indoor Plumbing You Should Know

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Interesting Facts About the History of Indoor Plumbing You Should Know

These days, for homeowners and other residents, water is just about the easiest thing in the world. You turn a tap, and hot or cold running water comes out. It’s even safe to drink or cook with.

And if you use a toilet, it’s the same deal; a simple flush and the waste is gone, you don’t even have to think about it anymore.

That ability to “fire and forget” is the result of a complex network of pipes, heaters, pumps, filters, and other indoor plumbing technology that’s been carefully designed to work without you ever needing even to see it.

While it’s easy to trust and rely on today, it took us thousands of years of engineering progress to get to this point.

Water Is Civilization

For the ancient Egyptians, access to water wasn’t a matter of convenience; it was critical to survival. The Nile River was the only source of reliable water for this culture, but it was impossible to have homes and farms all hugging the shore of the river.

The invention of clay pipes allowed the Egyptians to carry water further inland. It even helped to advance their metallurgy as they discovered the usefulness of copper for pipes, a material that is still in use in some plumbing even now.

The Romans took this to the next level, building massive aqueducts that carried more water even further. But they had a breakthrough when they built their aqueducts to branch out, allowing water to flow directly into specific homes for the first mass indoor plumbing project.

Then they went further, taking hollowed out elm logs and using them as a pioneering experiment in sewage management to better carry waste out of populated areas.

Advancement Is Not Guaranteed

Most science and engineering techniques improve with time, but there are exceptions. One of the most notable is the step backwards experienced by French royalty like Marie Antoinette in the 18th century.

She was famous for her early use of perfume, but it was a defensive measure. She and her court smelled horrible. The reason for that is simple; they only bathed once a month, and that was because these top-class French palaces had no indoor plumbing.

So not only was drinking and cooking water hard to bring in, but waste disposal also didn’t exist. That means that all these nobles and courtiers had no access to toilets, and so both liquid and solid human waste could be found in all parts of these palaces, on rugs, pooling on floors, even in royal chambers.

No More Worries

It’s almost shocking to think that the typical 21st century American has a more luxurious life in terms of water access than 18th-century royalty, but it’s true. Modern showers and baths provide both hot and cold running water.

Appliances like dishwashers can clean up plates and utensils by themselves, and toilets safely move waste away, protecting entire households from exposure to bacteria and other contagions that could impact health.

Should anything go wrong, there’s still no reason to lose your cool, things are well at hand. There are companies like Ira Hansen & Sons that have years of experience helping homes and businesses in Reno, NV with any breaks, mishaps, or other issues that need a quality repair.


Ways to Have Summertime Fun While Conserving Water

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Ways to Have Summertime Fun While Conserving Water

Many of us enjoy spending the summer outdoors, but that also means dealing with the heat. As temperatures rise, it's tempting to find salvation by taking a dip in the pool or spraying one's self with a hose.

Water consumption skyrockets during the summer months partly for this reason. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, on average a family uses about 320 gallons of water per day at most times of the year. That number can spike to 1,000 gallons per day during summer. If you can believe it, some families use up to 3,000 gallons per day. That's the equivalent of running a garden hose on full blast for eight hours straight.

The extra water we use when the weather is warmest can affect our water bills and local resources, but it doesn't have to. There are ways to have fun in the sun while using less water.

Here are some ways to keep yourself entertained during summer while conserving water.

Get Into the Game

Playing games might be the easiest way for the whole family to have fun while saving on water. Most of the time, the only water you'll be using is the amount you drink to rehydrate.

Throw around the pigskin or play a game of catch with your kids. Hit the pitch for a game of rugby or a round of soccer. Whether you're participating or spectating, keeping yourself occupied with outdoor sports means less time spent at home using up your own water.

Water Your Lawn While You Cool Off

This is by far the most efficient way to use water during the summer. A lot of the extra water consumed during summer is due to landscaping. We use it to keep our grass green and our garden blooming. But there's a way to tend to our yards while simultaneously keeping cool under the hot sun.

If you use a sprinkler to water your lawn, it can double-up as a water attraction. Put on your bathing suit and jump through the water jets as a way to beat the heat. Don't have a sprinkler? Make use of a hose and spray your kids or encourage them to jump through the stream.

This keeps your property looking fresh while giving your family an excuse to have fun in the sun.

Have a Pool Day

If you live near a pool , a day splashing around can be fun for the whole family. There's no shortage of games you can play at the pool.

Take advantage of this public option, instead of using up water in your own home, this will keep your water bill from rising like the heat.


Reliable Water Leak Detection Guide

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Reliable Water Leak Detection Guide

A water leak in your home may be a big problem, or it can be a small one, but the one thing that doesn’t change with the scale of the issue is how irritating it can be.

When you’ve got a “drip, drip” sound that just won’t stop, this can keep you up at night. And if it’s going to be an expensive problem to solve, you should have even more motivation to deal with it.

If you have a leak in your home, you should ask yourself these questions to see what kind of issue you have.

Why Should You Care?

One mistake that a lot of people make with leaks is underestimating the scope of the problem. A little water leaking out doesn’t seem like much, but don’t be fooled.

Just the leak alone can cause a loss of between 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water every year that you still end up paying for.ceiling-leak

Beyond that, if the leaks occur in pipes in ceilings or walls, they can cause water damage to these areas.

Which ultimately turns in to another added expense for you to deal with if you don’t like crumbling walls or ceilings in your home.

Also, a leak is a sign of a pipe on the road to breaking, and once that pipe does burst you have a very big, very expensive problem on your hands.

How Do Your Track It Down?

Solving a leak means first knowing where it is. Some lucky homeowners can see a leak right on a faucet and fix it with a wrench.

Other homeowners need to conduct an inspection of the home if they can hear a leak but not see it.

The toilet, water heater, water pipes, and sewage pipes are all candidates for inspection.

You can also gauge how severe a leak is if you think it’s a big one. Try shutting down the water in your home, and then spend 10-15 minutes watching your water meter.

If your meter is still measuring water being used, this means you have a more serious leak.

How Do You Prevent Leaks?

The best way to deal with an expensive, arduous repair is to simply not allow a problem to get to that point in the first place.

Leaks can often be addressed quickly and cheaply if you catch them early enough.

Take some time and inspect your pipes on occasion, or have an expert do it if you’re not feeling confident.

hard-waterYou can also help your pipes out by being kinder to them and lengthening their durability.

“Hard water,” or water that is high in minerals, can shorten the lifespan of your pipes because the minerals can corrode the pipe.

High pressure on water has a mechanical effect on pipes that can eventually damage them so shifting down to a lower pressure can also help.