Ode to our plumbers

Plumbing is hard work and can get a little messy. Plumbers are unsung heroes; not often thought of until they are needed most. In a tribute to plumbers, let us highlight a few of the most famous plumbers (real and fictional): Mario Brothers. A fictional example, they are still the heroes of one of the most popular video game franchises there is. Ozzy Osbourne. Can you imagine being able to say that Ozzy Osbourne plunged your toilet? Someone somewhere can. He was once a plumber. Joe the Plumber. Joe Wurzelbacher introduced himself this way when handed a microphone during a tour stop for the 2008 elections.  Maybe our current presidential candidates can find a plumber to make famous! Thomas Crapper. You guessed it; this man is responsible for the term “crap” and the euphemism for the toilet: “the crapper”. He was a large supplier of toilets during World War I. Soldiers began calling them “crappers” and the term stuck. Sir Michael Caine. Yes. We are talking about the award-winning actor. After serving in the army in Korea, he started a career as a plumber. Only afterward did he pursue a career in acting. So, hats off to plumbers! To schedule your next service, call JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas Air Conditioning and Plumbing...

New Years Resolutions

We don’t hesitate to set goals to take care of our bodies and health as we make New Year Resolutions. But have you considered making a resolution to take care of your home’s plumbing system? By pampering your plumbing system, you can save time and money on costly repairsBut have you considered making a resolution to take care of your home’s So as you sit down to make your 2016 resolutions, how about some of these… Save Water. Do you have a leaky faucet or other plumbing fixture? Are you looking to replace older fixtures this year? Consider installing new water-saving fixtures and fix any leaks that you’ve been putting off. Protect any exposed pipes. Pipe freezes can wreck all kinds of havoc on your home and property. Be sure that any exposed pipes are properly wrapped to avoid any busted pipes. Take it easy on your garbage disposal. Not all things are meant to go down the disposal. For example, potato peels from one potato may be ok but potato peels from a dozen, are not! Also be sure to run a small stream of water while disposing and give it a freshen-up with some citrus peels once in a while (cleans and deodorizes). Give your water heater some tender loving care! To extend the life of your water heater, regular flushing of your unit will help remove sediment and other harsh build-ups. The professionals at JMAC can provide a complete and full inspection of all plumbing fixtures and do a complete evaluation of its current condition. JMAC Plumbing & Air is here for you all year long!...

How to Handle Common Plumbing Emergencies

We all know that emergencies, even plumbing ones, can pop up without any warning. Before panic sets in, stop and take a deep breath, then take some initial steps to stop it before it gets worse. The important thing to do is to know when the water starts flowing so you can save yourself from added headaches from frustration and major damage (which can be costly). 1. First things first: Know where the main shut-off valve for your home is located. It is usually near your water meter – if you know where that is. This is a good thing to know when you first move into a new home – so you can quickly get to it in case of an emergency. Most plumbing emergencies will not require you to shut down the water to the whole house – but it’s an important thing to know. 2. Knowing the location of your main valve is great – but knowing HOW to shut off the water supply to your plumbing fixtures is vital! Once you isolate the water to each of the fixtures, you will be able to not only stop the flow of water but also allow you to make any necessary repairs, or wait for a professional to get there. 3. Leaking or drippy faucets can be very annoying and actually can drain a large amount of water over a period of time. The cost can add up to several hundreds of dollars a year if not taken care of. Fixing it could be as simple as replacing an O-ring; or taking it a part, cleaning it,...

Frozen Pipes…in Vegas?

Yep, even in the desert we need to be concerned with frozen pipes If you are new to the Las Vegas Valley you probably don’t think you need to be concerned with your pipes freezing on your home. Well, anyone that has been through a Vegas winter knows that we do occasionally get freezing temps – which can lead to frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can wreak havoc if they burst! It is wise to take preventative steps to ensure you don’t have to deal with any damage and repairs. 1. Drain your outside lines – Any outdoor plumbing lines are what you need to be concerned with the most, such as sprinklers, outdoor kitchens, fountains, and such. You will want to the shut off the water by turning off the main valve to your home, and then turning on any sprinklers and outdoor plumbing fixtures you may have, to drain any water. Be sure you drain your garden hoses as well and be sure to coil them back up afterwards. You may need to repeat this process whenever you use any water outside throughout the season. 2. Insulate your pipes – If you’ve lived in colder climates you probably remember wrapping your pipes to prevent freezing. If the forecast is showing freezing temps, it’s a great idea to wrap any exposed outside pipes of your home and property. The local hardware store carries several different wraps and tapes that can make this an easy prevention. 3. Let your faucets run – I know it sounds crazy but a very slight trickle of water to keep water flowing (instead of...

Tips To Keeping Your Kitchen Sink Clean

Could Your Kitchen Sink Be a Science Experiment? Did you know that your kitchen sink can be one of the dirtiest things in your home? It even surpasses most bathrooms. From the sponges and soaps, to the frequently damp environment, to dirty dishes and food particles in the sink and disposal, the kitchen sink can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Here are some tips for keeping your kitchen sink clean: -Don’t let damp sponges sit in or around the sink. Get a holder for the sponge that will allos air to get around it and dry out quickly. The longer it is damp, the more bacteria that it develops. And don’t hesitate to throw the sponge in the washing machine, or simply throw it away and get yourself a new one. -Don’t let dirty dishes pile up. It is best to rinse your dirty dishes and put them in the dishwasher as soon as you are done with them, and wash those dirty pots and pans every day. -Run the garbage disposal! Don’t rinse something into the garbage disposal and let it sit. I’m sure you’ve had those times when you put grub down the drain and forgot to run it. The next morning you wake up to a foul smell and trace it back to the disposal. Ugh! -Towel dry (paper towels are actually best) the sink when you are done cleaning it. The less moisture, the better. -Don’t forget to clean the faucet and the drain stopper, too! When cleaning the sink and stopper, be sure to use a disinfectant that has bleach as an ingredient....

A Hot (Water) Mess!

If you are a homeowner, you know that appliance repair or replacement can get very expensive. And strangely enough, they usually decide to stop working at the worst possible times. One such appliance is the Water Heater! It’s pretty important to have a working water heater. Nobody likes a cold shower! Water heaters are also one of the messiest breakdowns possible. They usually leak and flood areas ruining flooring, walls, and more. The average age of a water heater is about 10-12 years. If you are in the desert, like we are here in Las Vegas, it will be closer to 10 years, as the dry climate and hard water takes a toll on the appliance. There are preventative maintenance steps you can take to extend the life of your water heater. One is to regularly check the appliance for leaks, cracks, or questionable corrosion. It is also recommended to drain your water heater once a year to clear out the sediments and extend its life. Here are the steps from our friends at Instructables.com on how to safely drain your water heater: WATER HEATER DRAINING. Often times you won’t know there is something wrong until its too late. You discover a large puddle surrounding your water heater and usually at that point a problem is apparent. It’s probably time to replace your water heater. If it’s been close to the 10-12 year mark you can pretty much guess that it is time. If it is much newer than that, you may want to have a licensed professional come out and assess the damage and needed repairs. If replacement...