Is it time to replace your plumbing?

Even the highest quality products won’t last forever. Over the years, plumbing pipes will corrode, rust and decay. Unless you replace the plumbing, the pipes will leak. If the leaks become too large, your home could flood and cause sewage to spread throughout you house. No one wants to deal with crap in their home so it’s important that you are aware of deteriorating pipes so you can replace them before anything bad happens. Know your pipes Every house has different types of plumbing pipes. Upon buying your house, check out the home inspection. Of course, if you aren’t a plumber, you won’t understand anything that the inspection states. Have a trusted plumber inspect the pipes in your home so you can know for sure. The lifespan of plumbing pipes Supply pipes made from brass, copper or galvanized steel should last around 80 years. If they are properly maintained, they could last as long as 100 years. These pipes are very important to replace as soon as they start to show signs of failure. Because they are under constant pressure, they are more likely to cause major water damage. Drain lines made from cast iron last between 80 and 100 years while drain lines made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) only last about 30 to 40 years. If the house you live in has PVC drain lines, it is important that you check the quality of the pipes every few years. They don’t last as long, so you have to pay more attention to them. Signs of trouble If you live in an older home, inspect any exposed pipes once...

Did You Know These Celebrities Were Plumbers?

The process of becoming famous didn’t used to be as easy as it is today. Years ago, many celebrities had to find a way to make a living while waiting for their big break. You would never guess that these seven celebrities worked as plumbers. 1. Fatty Arbuckle In the early 1900’s, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was a famous American silent film actor, comedian, director and screenwriter. When his father stopped supporting him a the age of 12, Arbuckle was forced to perform odd jobs in a hotel to make a living. He wasn’t exactly a plumber because he wasn’t licensed, and performed other jobs in addition to plumbing. It was at this hotel that a professional singer heard him and invited him to participate in a talent show. Although his singing wasn’t great, he impressed the crowd and judges with his flair for comedy. 2. Michael Caine Since making it big decades ago, Michael Caine has performed in many amazing movies and has even won an Academy Award. Since he has been so successful for so long, it seems hard to believe he ever had to do other jobs. But before landing his breakthrough role in Zulu, he had to perform manual labor to make a living. After his service in the Korean War, he worked many jobs, including time spent as a plumber’s assistant. 3. Ronnie Lane As the bass guitarist for the rock and roll band Small Faces, Ronnie Lane was known as “Plonk.” The band made their debut in 1965, with hit songs including “Itchycoo Park” and “All or Nothing.” Before joining the band, Lane was...

Lack of Air Conditioning Causes Texas Inmates to Sue

Some cities located in Texas can actually reach temperatures even higher than in Las Vegas.Because of this, Texas residents not only want, but need air conditioning in the summer. Recently, a federal lawsuit has been filed because of the lack of air conditioning in a jail facility. The prisoners claimed that when temperatures soar well over 100 degrees, they suffer from heat exhaustion. Allegedly, 12 prisoners have died due to the excess heat over the last three years. Air Conditioning for Prisoners The lawsuit wasn’t filed by prisoners, but instead by the Texas Civil Rights Project and the University of Texas School of Law Civil Rights. They aren’t seeking monetary damages, but simply cooler temperatures for the prisoners behind bars. The lawsuit concerns facilities throughout the state, but focuses mainly on a facility in Navasota, Texas called Wallace Pack Unit. It’s located just outside of Houston and holds about 1,400 men. About ten percent of prisoners are over the age of 70. With no air conditioning and no windows to provide even a little relief, temperatures tend to skyrocket. To make matters worse, the prison has stainless steel tables, which become unbearable to sit on. Not only are there older prisoners, but there are also a number of men with medical conditions that make them more susceptible to heat strokes. A 69-year-old inmate told CNN that he doesn’t think he’ll survive this summer. Between the high temperatures and humidity, he has trouble breathing properly. Excessive Heat Deaths The lawsuit lists 20 deaths since 1998, that were allegedly caused from the excess heat. There were multiple cases where a prisoner’s...

5 Plumbing No-No’s You Make Every Day

Your home is more than just a shelter, it’s an investment for your future. The average person maintains their house by cleaning it and keeping it organized, but there is more that you are able to do to protect your home. Homeowners don’t realize the value of their home’s plumbing system. Because they don’t appreciate it, people make little mistakes every day that are putting their home’s plumbing at risk. Check out these five plumbing mistakes and take steps to avoid them in the future. 1. Using your garbage disposal for everything Even though its name is a garbage disposal, you are not supposed to dispose of all your garbage in it. The garbage disposal is only able to withstand small bits of food at a time. Treating the garbage disposal like it’s a food compactor will clog and damage the blades. Avoid throwing large foods in the garbage disposal, including potato peels, chicken bones, cantaloupe rinds and pumpkin carvings. 2. Putting weight on plumbing fixtures No matter if it is the shower head, kitchen sink or bathtub spout, no plumbing fixture is designed to withstand weight on it. Many people keep a shampoo rack hanging from the shower head. This needs to go immediately. The excess weight can gradually cause the fixture to break. 3. Pushing or pulling hard on a faucet handle If the faucet is not working properly, people will crank the handle. This is only going to make the problems worse. Just like the shower head and bathroom spout, the faucet handle can only withstand so much weight and pressure. It’s designed to only turn...

JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning Offers Discount to New Customers

Las Vegas, NV – August 19, 2014 – JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning has provided the Las Vegas valley with top notch HVAC services for over 30 years. With such a great reputation in Southern Nevada, customers continue to utilize the services of JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning whenever appliances are not working properly. But as a special offer to first time customers, JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning is honored to offer a discount on any initial service. In addition to first time service savings, JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning offers multiple monthly specials that can save customers big on HVAC services and repairs. From saving money on water heater replacement to air conditioner inspections, JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning aims to offer customers steep discounts on necessary maintenance. Summer time can be brutal for air conditioning units, especially living in Las Vegas. It’s important to have a working air conditioner and plumbing system in orderly to live comfortably during the hot summer months. For any plumbing or HVAC related issue, call on the expert technicians at JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning to get the job done right. Servicing Las Vegas, Henderson and Southern Clark County, JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning will be there when you need them most. Contact JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning today at (702) 227-5622 to see how much you can save on your first time service. Visit www.jmacnv.com or stop by 3650 E. Post Road, Las Vegas, NV 89120 to speak with a technician and to get your plumbing and air conditioning up to...