Antique Plumbing: What to Look and Save for When Buying an Old House

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

antiqueplumberMany potential home buyers gravitate to the character in older homes, even though there are sometimes issues with updating the functions of the home—especially plumbing.

Not all old houses have plumbing problems, so how can you know if the home you’re looking at is a flood waiting to happen or a generally water-safe home? Here are some things to look for, ask about, and save for when you’re walking through and purchasing an older house.

4 Things to Consider Before You Contract Your Bathroom Remodel

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog


Pinterest, Houzz, and HGTV have fueled your fantasies of a glistening, new tile floor; a Hollywood-esque vanity mirror; a glass enclosure shower; and a luxurious Jacuzzi tub. Then, with your hopes high and your dreams big, you start looking at prices for these beautiful, new fixtures. Suddenly, the best-case scenario for your bathroom remodel isn’t so ornate.

Bathroom remodels have this kind of inspirational effect on people. Once homeowners know they can transform their tired, old bathrooms, their imaginations run wild. Then, when they realize how costly their ideal remodel is, their hopes are dashed.

Leak Detective: Investigate These Common Leak Locations

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

bathroomA leak in your house isn’t just an annoyance—it can also become costly and dangerous. A seemingly harmless leak not only increases your utility bills but it can also require expensive repairs to your home. It can even lead to mold and mildew, which can cause health symptoms.

If you suspect you have a leak in your home, you’ll need to perform some detective work. Examine the following locations for signs of a leak.

Hosting During the Holidays? 5 Tips to Stretch Your Hot Water

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

For many individuals, the holidays are a time for family and friends. However, when you host those family members and friends in your own home, you should prepare your plumbing in advance.

In our previous blog, “Planning a Party? 5 Ways to Protect Your Plumbing,” we provided strategies that can help you keep your drains unobstructed when you have guests. In this blog, we tackle another common hosting issue: increased hot water usage.

We explain how guests can impact hot water availability and list five tips to ensure that there’s enough hot water to go around.

How Much Do You Know About Backflow Prevention?

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Most homes in the Las Vegas valley have backflow prevention devices on the irrigation system, pool fills, hose bib’s (outdoor faucets) and possibly the water main serving the house. The backflow device is used to prevent contaminated water (pool water, landscape water, etc.) from entering into your potable water lines.

Keep reading to learn how your backflow prevention device works and how you can avoid water contamination via backflow.

Gurgle and Slosh: 6 Signs of a Main Line Clog

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

After you return home from a long day of work and running errands, you want to draw a hot bath and read a good book before turning in. Or, perhaps you want to soak in a warm shower for a few minutes. You plan to walk into your bathroom, turn on the faucet, and experience pure relaxation.

The last thing you expected was to walk into your bathroom, smell something foul, and see a pile of sewage in your tub.

Despite your efforts to keep your drains clog-free, the main line that runs through your house can get clogged, and you’ll experience the scenario we just discussed. Below, we’ve included details about clogs and your home’s main line so you know how to recognize an issue and who to call to fix the situation.

Tips for Unclogging Your Drains

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Getting together with friends and family to celebrate a holiday is a fun tradition. With all of your loved ones gathered in one room, you can’t imagine anything ruining the magic of the moment. Then, as you’re washing the dishes, you notice that your sink won’t drain.

A clogged drain is never a pleasant experience, but you don’t have to let it ruin your holiday. There are several options you can try yourself to remove the clog quickly. If they don’t work, don’t risk harming your pipes by trying more invasive practices-call your plumber.

Planning a Party? 5 Ways to Protect Your Plumbing

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

The holiday season has arrived, and you can’t wait to celebrate via an epic Christmas party. You’ve sent out the invitations. You’ve decorated your house from top to bottom. And you’ve found the latest, tastiest recipes that Pinterest has to offer.

But as you prepare for your party, don’t forget to protect your plumbing. An overflowing toilet or a backed-up sink could quickly ruin the special night for you and your guests.

Fortunately, the following tips can help you stop plumbing problems before they start.

Should I Worry About My Pipes Freezing?

Written by BooAdmin. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Nevada isn’t necessarily known for its cold temperatures. In fact, it’s quite normal for parts of Nevada to see temperatures in the 100s during the summer. So when you see friends on social media complaining about cold weather and snow during winter, you can’t exactly relate.

One major problem for homeowners during winter is the possibility of freezing pipes. In places that regularly dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, frozen and busted pipes become a very big reality for many. But as a homeowner in Nevada, do you even have to worry about that?

While chances aren’t high that your pipes will freeze (even in the dead of winter), it can still happen. After all, one good night of freezing weather is all it takes to bust your pipes and cause a great deal of plumbing damage.

If you own a vacation home in Central or Northern Nevada where temperatures frequently drop (or you want to prepare for a freak cold spell…hey, it happens!), you should take cautionary steps to winterize your pipes and prevent damage.

New Homeowner? A Guide to Plumbing Maintenance

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

After years of renting, you’re excited to move into your own home. You don’t have to worry about landlords, roommates, or noisy upstairs neighbors. You have your own home where you can do as you please.

However, a home also comes with responsibilities, and one of the most important responsibilities is taking care of the plumbing systems. If you’ve never had to maintain a plumbing system before, read our checklists to make sure your plumbing, septic tank, and sewer work smoothly.

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