Tips of the Trade

If your drain is draining slowly, if it is making gurgling noises or giving you any indication there may be a clog—no matter how small—you should take action right away. A small clog can lead to a complete blockage, which can lead to burst pipes or bathrooms that are out of commission. Here are some quick tricks to try on your own but don’t hesitate to call JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas air conditioning and plumbing specialists—to address the problem for you: Boiling water. It may sound simple, but sometimes something as simple as boiling water can clear a small clog. Fill your tea kettle as full as it allows and let it boil the water. Slowly pour the boiling water down the drain, in three separate stages, waiting at least a minute or two between pours. If the clog persists, give us a call! Salt and baking soda. Mix ½ cup of table salt with ½ cup of baking soda and pour down the drain. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes, and then pour boiling water down the drain. The mixture of the salt, baking soda and boiling water will create a chemical reaction that will dissolve some clogs, without damaging your pipes. If the clog persists, give us a call! Dish detergent. If you have any reason to believe the clog may be related to grease, pour ¼ cup of dish detergent down the drain. It will act as a lubricant and will help to break up those greasy blockages. Follow it with boiling water. If the clog persists, give us a...

Flushed Away!

Everyone has seen the signs in bathrooms asking that you only flush toilet paper down the toilet. Everyone knows that you should not let your kids flush anything and everything down the toilet. Some things are logical—if you try to flush Superman down the drain, he will get stuck in the pipe and cause a blockage. But what about paper towels? Or wipes? Or dryer sheets? These things all have a similar consistency to toilet paper, and some even say they are flushable. What about those things are bad for your plumbing? Paper towels and wipes. While these are technically paper products, they are not as similar to toilet paper as we might think—that little bit of extra weight makes them risky to flush. If you have even a very small clog starting, paper towels and wipes can get stuck on the clog and make that small problem a large one. Unlike toilet paper, paper towels and wipes will not disintegrate as easily in a short amount of time, and the clog will grown quickly. Dryer sheets. In addition to the reasons set forth above, dryer sheets are full of chemicals that can cause problems for your local treatment facilities. For a lot of people, flushing a dryer sheet has never even crossed their mind—but there are some people who swear by using a dryer sheet to clean the toilet bowl, saying that it easily removes those toilet bowl rings that we are all familiar with. In that situation, opt for the trash can and say no to flushing it down the toilet. If you have a clog, or...

Plumbing + Kids = ?

If you have kids, some of the funniest stories you have to tell about them probably have to do with plumbing—whether it is that time they played in the toilet or that time they tried to help wash the dishes but put dish soap in the dishwasher. While funny in retrospect, if your toilet got clogged or your dishwasher overflowed and the kitchen floor was covered in sudsy water, it was also probably a lot of work. Kids can inadvertently cause a lot of damage to your plumbing, so it is important to teach them the dos and don’ts of plumbing as they grow up. As early as possible, teach them about the toilet and what not to flush. This includes toys, wipes, Q-tips and diapers, among other things!   When they are old enough to be helping you in the kitchen sink, teach them not to put grease, bones or peels down the drain or the garbage disposal. Teach them to rinse their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.   When they are old enough to stay home alone, teach them how to turn off the water to the entire house in case of an emergency leak. Teach them how to plunge a toilet and a sink.   If you have a plumbing emergency (or just a problem that needs fixed), call JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas air conditioning and plumbing specialists—to schedule a...

The Dos and Don’ts of Septic Systems

A septic system is a small-scale sewage treatment system common in areas with no connection to main sewage pipes provided by local governments or private corporations. If you have a septic system, there are some things you should know to help keep it running effectively:   DO NOT pour cooking grease or oil down the sink or toilet.   DO put cooking grease or oil into a container to harden before discarding in the trash.   DO limit (or eliminate) the use of a garbage disposal.   DO NOT rinse coffee grounds into the sink.   DO NOT pour household chemicals down the sink or toilet.   DO NOT flush anything other toilet paper down the toilet, like feminine hygience products, condoms, dental floss, diapers, cigarette butts, cat little, paper towels, pharmaceuticals, etc.. DO dispose of them in the trash can.   DO NOT park or drive on your drainfield.   DO NOT plant trees or shrubs too close to your drainfield.   DO consult JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas Air Conditioning and Plumbing specialists—to help you identify where to safely drive/park/plant.   DO Stagger the use of water-generating appliances. DO NOT use them at the same.   DO fix plumbing leaks when you become aware of them.   DO have your system inspected at last every three years and have the tank pumped every three-five...

Keeping it Cool on a Budget

Las Vegas summers can be brutal. We are all tempted to turn the A/C up high, but we do not want to face the energy bill that comes with it. Here are some tips for saving energy this summer, while keeping your home cool: Set the thermostat as high as you find comfortable. When you leave the house, pop it up to 80-85 degrees. This is cool enough that your pets will be comfortable and your belongings will be safe. Most of us spend more time out of our homes than in them–especially during the day (the hottest times)–so why pay for air conditioning you are not using? Minimize the use of heat-producing appliances in your home. Use the microwave instead of the oven. Only use your dryer or dishwasher at night. Consider using the no-heat cycle on your dryer and use cold water for your washing cycles. Keep your blinds closed when the sun is up. This will prevent your house from getting any hotter than it needs to. Even through the window, the sun can raise the temperature of your home. If you really want to enjoy natural sunlight during the days, consider closing the blinds on the east side of your home in the mornings and then switching and closing the blinds on the west side of your home in the evenings. To get your A/C checked before summer hits, call JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning–your Las Vegas air conditioning and plumbing...