Anatomy of a Toilet, Part Two

If you are having toilet troubles and are thinking about a DIY fix, you will need to know the basic anatomy of a toilet. Let us walk you through some simple terms—if you can understand what the directions you find are referring to, you will have made substantial progress. In our last post, we went over the tank and what’s inside. Today, we will cover the rest.   Bolt Caps. Every toilet is bolted to the floor. On either side of the toilet, on the flat part near the floor, you will find a bolt. Toilets come with a plastic bolt cap to help hide the bolt and have it blend in with the rest of the toilet. If you want to spice things up, you can find decorative bolt caps.   Flange Bolts. Every toilet flange is held in place by toilet flange bolts. Removing them is one of the hardest parts of removing your toilet.   Wax Ring. All toilets have a wax sealing ring mounted between the underside of the base and the flange attached to the waste line in the floor. It provides an impermeable barrier that keeps the flushed matter from seeping onto the bathroom floor.   Want to avoid the chance of a DIY disaster? Let us help! Call JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas air conditioning and plumbing specialists—to schedule your professional service...

Anatomy of a Toilet, Part One

If you are having toilet troubles and are thinking about a DIY fix, you will need to know the basic anatomy of a toilet. Let us walk you through some simple terms—if you can understand what the directions you find are referring to, you will have made substantial progress. Let’s start with the tank and what’s inside. Stay for tuned for our next post, detailing the rest of a toilet’s anatomy.   Flush Valve. The flush valve is the device that’s used to flush a toilet. It is located in the middle of the tank and includes the overflow tube, and the flapper that covers the hole where the water enters the bowl.   Toilet Tank Float Ball. This is also called a ballcock, ball tap and float valve. It is a device used to fill the water tank while avoiding overflow.   Tank Lift Wires. This is the part that connects the tank ball/flapper to the flush valve. When the toilet is flushed, the tank lift wire lifts the flapper, allowing the water from the tank into the toilet bowl. When the flush mechanism returns to its resting position, the tank lift wire allows the tank ball/flapper to cover the hole again, allowing the tank to refill.   Toilet Tank Ball/Flapper. This is the part of the device that covers the hole that allows the water from the tank to empty into the bowl.   Want to avoid the chance of a DIY disaster? Let us help! Call JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas air conditioning and plumbing specialists—to schedule your professional service...

Savings in the Long Run

One long-term way to save money is by creating a more energy efficient home. At first, switching over to more energy efficient appliances and such can seem like a hefty price tag, but they will pay for themselves in the long run. Get a Home Energy Audit Before you can make your home more energy efficient, you need to know where the inefficiencies lie. The contractor will use specific tools and technology to accurately perform the test. One of their tools is a blower door. What this does is detect air leaks throughout your home. The most common places that air leaks come from are through outlets, doors, windows, pipes and even under sinks. Combining all the leaks together equals a large amount of lost energy. Other tools the contractor might use include a gas leak detector, carbon monoxide detector and lead-safe testing kit. Be sure to shadow the contractor during the inspection to see if they are using such tools. If not, you may not have a qualified or experienced contractor. Ask Questions Homes are designed differently from one another but generally they all need similar type of improvements. Some upgrades the contractor may suggest can be done on your own time. Ask about the following items: Water heater – Resetting the temperature can actually make a significant difference. You can talk to your trusted Las Vegas plumbers to learn the appropriate temperature. Programmable thermostat – This will raise or lower the temperature even when you aren’t home. If you have a fairly predictable schedule, you can program the thermostat in your home so that the a/c and...

Air Ducts Need Attention?

Everyone wants to breathe fresh, clean air. There are a few things that you can do to improve the air quality in your home, one of which is getting your air ducts cleaned. You should make this a priority if you notice visible mold growth on the ducts, if you have had any problems with vermin (rats, mice, etc.), or if your ducts are clogged. Call your local Las Vegas air conditioning specialists to schedule a cleaning. You can get this done as a separate service, or in addition to the standard maintenance that should get done around this time of year, anyway. Air duct cleaning refers to cleaning the components inside the air conditioning and heating system. This will include the grilles, diffusers, cooling coils, condensate drain pan, fan motor and unit housing. Over time, these components will become laden with dust and pollen. In a humid environment, there is an added risk of mold growth. Fortunately, Las Vegas is a dry climate, so mold growth is very unlikely. Call JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning today to schedule your spring air conditioning maintenance, your air duct cleaning, or...

Bathroom Storage Hacks

Sometimes, the places you need storage space most are the ones that have the most limited space. A prime example of this is the bathroom. We use the bathroom for a lot more than just the plumbing. While that is critical to a bathroom’s well-being, you also want to be able to find what you are looking for and have the space to use, it, too. Here are some bathroom storage ideas to help make your bathroom as organized and easy-to-use as possible: Hang spice racks to organize your hair products and lotions. You can paint or stain the racks to get the perfect look. Use coat hooks instead of a towel rod, especially is you have more than 1 person who uses it regularly. Instead of two towels, you can hang at least four (and more, depending on your wall space) while keeping the look nice and clean. Put a lazy susan in the cupboard under the sink. No more reaching past a bunch of things, or emptying the cabinet when you are looking for something at the back. Mount plastic or acrylic holders to the inside of the cupboard door to hold smaller items, like nail care items. If you use bobby pins, mount a magnetic strip to the inside of a cupboard or medicine cabinet door. Your bobby pins will be easily accessible and easy to put away when you are done with them. You take care of the storage needs; we’ll take care of the plumbing maintenance. Call JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas air conditioning and plumbing specialists—to schedule a service appointment...