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.

What Not to Flush: Top 10 Items to Keep Out of the Toilet

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Be honest: do you use your toilet as a backup garbage disposal? Perhaps you’ve flushed away old, leftover chili or held a few fish funerals in your bathroom. If your toilet doesn’t clog after those actions, you assume it can handle the waste.

But despite what your previous experience taught you, some things should never take a trip down the toilet. The list below details the top 10 items not to flush.

11 Ways to Conserve Water in Your New Home

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

When you live in a desert, water makes the summer heat bearable. You might feel like taking an ice bath is the only way to cool down after a few minutes outside. But when a drought hits your region, you have to keep track of your water use. Luckily, water conservation comes with benefits-you reduce your bills, prevent pollution in the watershed, and enhance the life of your plumbing system.

Check out these 11 simple tips that will help you save water in every area in your home. We want to show you that you can obey your city’s water restrictions without harming your lifestyle.

  1. Stop the Drip. Leaky faucets can damage your appliances, and they waste an enormous amount of water. One dripping faucet can use up to 20 gallons of water in a single day. Call a plumber to fix leaks before they ruin your pipes or damage your interior, and you’ll do a service to the environment as well.
  2. Read Your Water Meter. If you don’t have any noticeable leaks in your home, check for less obvious ones by reading your water meter. Read your meter, and then turn off all the water in our house for a couple of hours. Afterwards, check the meter again to see if the numbers have changed. If you spot a difference, you’ll know that you have a leak that needs fixing.
  3. Insulate Your Pipes. If it takes a few minutes for your tap water to heat up, consider inexpensive pipe insulation. You’ll protect your pipes, and as an added bonus, you won’t waste water while you wait for the temperature to rise.
  4. Ask for a Pressure Reduction. Your plumbing specialist can manually change the settings on your pressure reducing valve (if one is installed) and reduce your water pressure by 30%. Though pressure-reducing valves won’t change the amount of water going to your washing machine or dishwasher, you’ll see the difference in your faucets-and in your water bill.
  5. Choose a Water Saver Toilet. To qualify as a “Water Saver” toilet, models use between 0.8 and 1.6 gallons per flush. When you choose a water-conserving toilet, you save up to 5 gallons of water over every time you visit the restroom.

If the toilets in your home use larger amounts of water, think about investing in a new water saver toilet.

  1. Don’t Flush Unless Absolutely Necessary. Don’t use your toilet as a substitute for a garbage can. You shouldn’t flush tissues or other liquid bathroom waste, and you definitely shouldn’t flush prescription meds. Dispose of your unwanted bathroom waste the appropriate way, and use your toilet’s flow only when the occasion demands it.
  2. Bathe Only as a Luxury. Baths on average waste twice as much water as a shower. If you like the soothing sensation of a hot bath after a long day at work, try taking a short hot shower to relax your muscles.

For longer soaks, get out to a spa where water treatments keep the water clean without wasting it down the drain.

  1. Time Your Showers. One site suggests that listening to the radio helps you keep track of how many songs pass before you rinse off and get out.
  2. Keep a Bucket in the Shower. If you struggle to limit your shower time, at least make good use of the water you consume. Let a bucket or large bowl fill up with your dirty shower water and then use it to hydrate your yard.
  3. Avoid Using Your Disposal Every Day. To work properly, sink disposals need a constant flow of water. When you fill your disposal with food waste, you end up wasting water down the sink and filling your pipes with more solid waste.

If you throw out solid waste or put it in a compost pile, you’ll increase the lifespan of your plumbing and conserve water at the same time.

  1. Purchase a Low-Flow Faucet Aerator. This cheap option allows you to add pressurized air into your water flow. You’ll get the same sensation as a faucet running at full blast, but you’ll save a significant amount of water.

Most aerators cost little, and you can use them all over the house. Ask your plumbing professional for aerator options in the kitchen and bathroom.


Most of the above options won’t cost you much time or money, and they’ll help you feel good about your environmental impact. Every drop of water you save contributes to the vitality of your entire community. When you save money on your water bill, you’ll also save the environment from drought and pollution.

Ask your plumbing specialist for more products and services that can conserve water in your home.

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