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Communicate Your Project Expectations

Spring is a great time to do home improvement projects. The best way to avoid delays and frustrations is to communicate clearly and keep everyone in the loop. Oftentimes, your plumbing needs have to be coordinated with other contractors and specialists when doing a kitchen or bathroom remodel. You will have to coordinate different schedules, so it is not something that happens overnight. Recently there have been supply chain delays on a variety of products as a result of Covid and shipping delays related to the Suez canal. There are a number of things that can go wrong, so prepare yourself first for the things that can happen that are out of your control and the control of the people you are hiring.

Here are some tips to help make your remodel go more smoothly.

  1. Be on the same page with your fellow decision makers. If you are remodeling with your spouse or partner, come to a consensus on what you want before your hire a contractor.
  2. Get multiple bids and make sure the companies you are talking to are licensed. Cutting corners will end up costing you sooner or later.
  3. Get opinions from your contractor on the finishes or products you are buying yourself for the job. They may have insights that you don’t have about the products you are buying.
  4. Be patient and give everyone time to coordinate. For a kitchen or bathroom, you will likely need a plumber, an electrician and a contractor for tile, cabinetry and other parts.
  5. Most of all communicate more than less. The more everyone is aware of your expectations and concerns, the more likely you will be happy with the finished product.

For more information about the details involved in a remodel, schedule a consultation or read one of these other articles.

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Disposal Tips

pay attention to these details:

  • Don’t put these common items down the kitchen garbage disposal:
    1) turkey/chicken fat, ham fat, bacon grease 2) potato peelings 3) onion skins 4) coffee grinds.
  • Always have a waste basket next to the toilet. And keep everything but toilet paper out of the toilet. If children are present, you may need to remind them.
  • Keep Your Plunger handy. Increased use may lead to unexpected back-ups.

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  1. Garbage Disposal Clogged or Jammed.
    There are a couple of reasons disposals get jammed, clogged, or backed up. Other than our standard harp of keeping fats like bacon grease out of your pipes (that goes for fatty turkey drippings too), keep peels like potato, carrot, beet out of the disposal. And never put egg shells or lemon/lime peels down either. Fibrous vegetables jam the levers and can clog/stop a disposal. Just remember to take it easy on your disposal, It probably can’t handle being stuffed full and then turned on suddenly. And always run warm water first before using the disposal and always run water while operating your disposal.
  2. Toilet gets stopped up.
    If you are having company and you have a finicky toilet, you should have us look at it in advance. Best practices include, keeping a waste basket next to the toilet and dispose of facial tissues and feminine napkins in the trash not the toilet. Over eating can add to toilet time, so try to get guests to use multiple bathrooms if possible and keep your plunger handy.
  3. Hot Water Heater Fails.
    It is always best to flush your hot water heater once or twice a year depending on your use. This will help keep your heater from going critical on you unexpectedly. If you are having guests, try to space out when people are showering. You may need to get up earlier to shower. Another common problem may be your pilot light going out on your hot water heater. Additional hustle and bustle and colder temps can contribute to pilot lights getting blown out. If you don’t know how to light your pilot, have us show you the next time we are out. Without the pilot lit a gas heater can’t achieve ignition.

Wintertime Checklist for Plumbing and HVAC

During these winter months when we’re stuck inside, there are home maintenance routines that can help you have more free time in the spring. Here are some tips to survive the winter chill without unexpected plumbing problems and keep your home running smoothly.

  1. Every season change should start with a standard service call. We will make sure your HVAC equipment is operating in spec, we’ll check for system errors and perform basic services like replacing your air filter.
  2. Replace your air filter. More for your equipment than your air quality. No filter would cause the internal components to gunk up. A dirty filter and the system can choke. The desert dust and incredibly dry periods mean you need to change your HVAC filter every 4-6 weeks.
  3. Avoid the unexpected frozen faucet. “I was sitting in the living room when I heard a ‘thunk!’ Then the sound of water like the sprinklers were on. I went out to see a fountain spraying from the side of the house.” Cover your outdoor faucets with insulated protection to keep these freezing nights from busting faucets. If the faucet is failing (dripping, hard to turn) schedule a faucet replacement service.
  4. Winter time is as good a time as any to drain/flush your water heater. Extend the life of your tank with bi-annual or annual cleaning of your hot water heater tank.
  5. Don’t use Draino on your drains! Long term effects can lead to damaged pipes and bigger plumbing problems down the road. To prevent standard hair clogs from becoming a bigger issue, use a plumber’s enzyme instead. A cup down trouble drains once a month can reduce the amount of build up in the pipes.

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Sure, you can do a lot of things yourself, but do you really want to?

Build a website? Change your oil? Build a deck? Plumb a new sink?

Whether you are handy or not, there are a lot of reasons to let a licensed and trained professional do these tasks. Plumbing is a time honored tradition for a reason. We are doing this __ everyday. When you do things all the time, you become faster, more efficient and better at it. We know you can figure a lot of stuff out on your own and there is always you tube, but listen to this story from our customer, who recently got new counter-tops but signed up to do the plumbing themselves.

“My wife and I haven’t fought with this much veracity for a while, but by day three, trip to the store three – we were frazzled. ‘Oh, how hard can it be?’ Let me tell you, it can be incredibly frustrating, disgusting and wet to stumble through a plumbing project. The real problem started with copying an existing drain configuration that was wrong in the first place. That was day one. Got it done, but when I looked at it in the morning it was all wrong. Needless to say by day three, we were ready for some expert help and we called Jones Mechanical. They pointed out how a better drain design could alleviate many of the problems we experienced with our old configuration. Thanks Scott, we now have a greater appreciation for your knowledge and expertise.”

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You can avoid plumbing nightmares first by not bringing them on yourself. Jones Mechanical has a team of plumbing and mechanical professionals who can walk you through the process. Start your project today by giving us a call and letting us know what you are thinking about or struggling with. Whether you are tired of smelling old bathroom sinks and want the traps replaced or if you are replacing counter tops and need new plumbing installed, we are here for you. And if you are ready for an instant on hot water heater or a new furnace, we’ve got you covered.

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Happy Thanksgiving – Plumbing Tips

Are you ready for Company? Here are some plumbing tips to keep you on top of your game.

Are you going to be having company this Thanksgiving? If you’d like to stay ahead of common houseguest plumbing problems, pay attention to these details

  • Don’t put these common items down the kitchen garbage disposal:
    1) turkey fat, ham fat, bacon grease 2) potato peelings 3) onion skins 4) coffee grinds.
  • Always have a waste basket next to the toilet. And keep everything but toilet paper out of the toilet. If children are present, you may need to remind them.
  • Keep Your Plunger handy. Increased use may lead to unexpected back-ups.

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Weekend Plumbing Tip – Bacon

It’s Friday, and the temperature finally dropped a bit, so we thought we’d celebrate weekends!

One way to not have to call your plumber on the weekend has to do with what you put down your disposal. Bacon is still the number one weekend offender. Sure that grease flows smoothly down the drain, but when it hits cool pipes or gets doused in cold water, it can seal up your drain. Also, avoid putting fibrous materials from your weekend bbq into your disposal. Corn husks, celery, broccoli stem, etc. can seize up your motor and can lead to drainage problems as it builds up in your pipes. But, we’re here for you if you need us.


City Hydrant Flushing

Keeping the city’s fire hydrant system operational requires regular maintenance. Here what you need to know about hydrant flushing when it’s happening in your neighborhood. One of the biggest sign of a hydrant flush is a large amount of water in gutters and storm drains. One side effect can be the water from your tap may become discolored. If this happens, run the cold water through your faucet for 3-5 minutes and it should clear up.

Performed properly, UDF saves significant amounts of water, improves water quality, and pays immense dividends in asset awareness and management for years to come. Data collection is done during the flushing sequences and it will be uploaded to the City’s hydraulic model; it is important to update the flow and pressure data obtained from the sequences as they are being performed.

Signs will be placed at the entrance to the flushing zones a few days prior to flushing. Door hangers will be manually placed in the area a few days before the scheduled flushing. Please see below for flushing areas.

Just like the plumbing in your home, the routine maintenance of our hydrant system has cost saving benefits. Call Jones Mechanical today to learn more about our maintenance plans that help keep your plumbing and HVAC in top operation condition.