27 10, 2017

Whole House Surge Protector

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A whole house surge protector will protect your home! Almost every type of electronic in your home contains a circuit board with sensitive electronic parts. These circuit boards can be easily damaged by power surges in your home. Power surges happen all the time, but most of them are small enough that you never notice they even happened. However, over time, these surges, small and large, can slowly destroy the electronics in your home.

The easiest way to prevent this is with a whole house surge protector! A whole house surge protector is installed with the breaker panel to provide complete surge protection to your entire home.

Watch the video below to learn more!

26 10, 2017

Signs that it is time for a plumbing upgrade

By |Thursday, October 26th, 2017|Plumbing, Water Conditioning, Water Heater|Comments Off on Signs that it is time for a plumbing upgrade

Do you need to update your plumbing?
Is the plumbing in your bathroom old? Are faucets and drains not working like the use to?  Here are some signs that you bathroom plumbing could use some updating.
Water Quality
Is your water tinted or have an unnatural color? Does it have an odor? This is a forsure sign that you should update and upgrade the plumbing in your bathroom. Over time parts of your plumbing will corrode and cause odor, tint to your water and could cause other major issues.
Water Volume
When you turn on your faucet, do you have good water pressure? If not, this could be a sign of calcium deposits in your plumbing or faucets. This is not a major issue if you take care of it by replacing your faucet. If left untreated it could cause additional damage and even flooding.
Clogged Drains
Do you have an odor in your drains?  This could be a buildup of soap, hair and other items on the walls of the pipes. If left untreated, like others mentioned it could cause plumbing to fail and even the potential of a flood in your home. We recommend that you inspect your plumbing frequently for blockage and potential issues.

Most of the items mentioned can be handled by most handy homeowners. Always remember if you get into a project that is more complex than you can call handle to call the Professionals at First Call Jewel.



16 10, 2017

5 Plumbing tips

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Plumbing Tips

If you own a home, then a sink will clog or a water pipe will break eventually. When you enjoy do-it-yourself home repair projects, it is essential to use a variety of safety precautions to avoid a serious injury. Here are some safety precautions that a plumber will use while working inside your home on broken plumbing devices.

Safety Precaution 1: Turn Off a Home’s Water At the Main Valve

When a pipe is broken or a toilet is overflowing, look for your home’s main water valve immediately. By turning off the water, you are protecting your home from the additional damages of moisture, but you are also keeping your home’s electrical wires dry. It is dangerous to have damp appliances in a work area while you are repairing a pipe or dislodging a clog from a toilet.

Safety Precaution 2: Make Sure a Home’s Floors Are Dry

An Idaho Falls plumber recommends mopping the water from a floor before entering a work area. It is easy to slip and fall on the wet tile in a bathroom or kitchen. In addition to drying the floor, wear slip-resistant shoes and have old towels to place on the wet tiles. If there is standing water from a broken pipe, then use a sump pump to remove the moisture.

Safety Precaution 3: Wear Protective Devices

Make sure to wear protective devices while working on broken kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Not only do you need to worry about contamination from filthy sewage, but also, you can experience an injury from flying pieces of metal. Keep goggles and gloves in your home’s toolbox to have the items required when you need to make a repair.

Safety Precaution 4: Use Caution Near Water Heaters and […]

10 10, 2017

How to winterize your hose bib

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 A hose bib is a on the exterior of your home and has many uses.  It is used most often for connecting garden hoses. Unless a home has a frost-proof hose bib or the home is located in a climate where temperatures do not dip below freezing during the winter, homeowners will need to winterize their hose bibs in the fall and open them up again in the spring. In idaho falls, where temperatures regularly get below freezing, this is a vital plumbing task that most homeowners can handle themselves. If the hose bib is not winterized, freezing temperatures can cause any water left inside the spigot to freeze and expand, causing the pipes to crack. This is a fast task and one that is well worth a homeowner’s time because it can save him or her from hundreds of dollars of damage to the home and the plumbing.

First, homeowners will need to find the shut-off valve inside their homes. This valve is always separate from the valve that controls the rest of the water inside the home. It could be in a utility room or closet, or it may be hidden in a less conspicuous spot, such as a basement or crawl space. Those who have more than one outdoor spigot may have a separate shut-off valve for each one. A plumber will be able to help homeowners locate these valves if they have difficulty finding them.

Second, once the valve is located, it should be turned off. This can often be done with a quick push of the handle if it is controlled with a ball valve. The valve is off when the handle is perpendicular to the water line. Those who have […]

6 10, 2017

Plumbing Emergency

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A severe plumbing emergency can strike at any time. If you find yourself in the middle of a household disaster that requires the attention of a plumber, feel free to contact First Call Jewel. We are the premier emergency plumbing service that will quickly fix the problem and prevent it from occurring again in the future.

A Plumbing Disaster is Not a Job You Should Handle By Yourself.

While there are definitely some things you can do to make the job easier for the professional that you call on, you should never attempt to fix a household disaster by yourself. A burst pipe or water main is a dangerous situation that should only be addressed by a properly trained and experienced professional.

However, there are a few things that you can do in order to help get your disaster under control so that it can be quickly fixed. Here are some quick tips that you should follow in the midst of an plumbing emergency in order to keep the problem from getting out of hand while you wait for First Call Jewel.

Close the Water Shut-Off Valve

The first thing you need to do is close your water shut-off valve. Doing this will shut off the flow of water that is headed toward your home. The sooner you do this, the quicker you will prevent any further water damage from taking place. If you don’t know where the water shut-off valve is located, a call to a local service, such as First Call Jewel, will quickly fill you in.

Turn on All of the Faucets

The next thing you will need to do is to turn on all of the faucets in your home. This will quickly drain any remaining water […]

5 10, 2017

See a Backup Generator in Action!

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You’ve probably heard something about how power outages can be devastating to your family. And if they last a long time, you don’t want your home to be stuck without power. There’s an amazing way to prevent this from being an issue, and that’s by having a backup generator installed in your home.

Have you ever heard of a backup generator? Have you heard how they can provide almost unlimited power to your home during an outage starting 30 seconds after the outage happens? Well, all of this is true, and if you like what the sound of it, we encourage you to visit this page on our site for more specific information.

Here’s a little video that shows how an actual newly installed backup generator in action during a simulated power outage.

Video Transcript

Hey everyone, Clint from First Call Jewel again. I just got done installing this little 11 kilowatt generator today. We’re going to show you guys how it works on the inside.

So here’s our transfer switch, it ties in the main panel up there. We relocated the circuits down to it. So what happens is we lose power and lights go off. Generator fires up outside, comes up to speed. As soon as it gets up to speed, it will transfer over. Lights come on! Life is good! We’ve got power back on.

Then utility power comes back on, it waits a few seconds to make sure it’s actually back on. Then it transfers back over to utility power. Then we’re back on to utility power. The generator outside will just run until it stops. It wants to make sure its cooled itself off, then it shuts itself off.

3 10, 2017

Is a furnace tune-up really worth it?

By |Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is a furnace tune-up really worth it?

There’s an old saying out there that says something along the lines of, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While this may not be 100% true in all cases, we believe that there is some truth to this idea that we can prevent pain and discomfort by preventing bad things from happening before they happen.

For this reason we are happy to offer furnace and air conditioner tune-ups to our customers at an affordable cost. These tune-ups provide the recommended warranty coverage to your furnace or air conditioner so that they will function correctly all season long.

Imagine the potential for pain and frustration when your furnace fails on the coldest night of the year, or worse, on Christmas or New Year’s day. While this won’t happen every year, a regular tune-up will make sure you and your family are comfortable in your home all season long.

Check out this video below for an example of a potential failure point on a furnace:

Video Transcript:

Hi! My name’s Tim. I’m one of First Call Jewel’s HVAC service technicians and today we’re going to change out the ignition component device for this gas furnace. It is reading higher then normal per the manufacture’s specifications. All modern gas furnaces are electronic ignitioned. There are no standing pilots any longer for energy efficiency reasons.

This is our ignition device. It’s out of manufacture’s specifications which is an indicator that it’s nearing its end of life and rather then have an issue during the heating season where it could potentially fail on the coldest night of the year or a holiday, we’re going to go ahead and change that out for the client so they can have a worry free […]

14 09, 2017

Water Main Line Replacement

By |Thursday, September 14th, 2017|New Technology, Plumbing, Video|Comments Off on Water Main Line Replacement

Is it possible to replace a water main line without damaging the yard above? What does the difference look like? Watch the video below to find out!

Video Transcript:

Hey Everyone!

I’m steve and this is Nick. We’re plumbers over at First Call Jewel! We just replaced a water main over at a customer’s home. Today’s kind of a unique day because the next door neighbor actually is doing the same type of work replacing their water main but they’re doing it with a different company.

What we really wanted to show you today is that we are using a technology that actually pulls the pipe underneath the ground and saves your yard from a lot of damage. So we’re going to show you here real quick is from the curb to where we started and then to the home. Let me just show you here.

The piping, we took from the curb out near the sidewalk and ran it underground all the way up to the side of the home. And, very very minimal damage. Basically what we did is we dug one hole near the home itself and as we look around here, all of this dirt that normally would be involved is just on hole. So I’ll turn this around and you can see the yard. (Notice how the yard has been kept nice despite the project at hand).

I’m going to peek you over the fence here and let you see, I don’t want to show the other contractor here, but you can see their yard right now is getting filled in with that trench that was dug there. And it’s a lot of damage.

So I hope you enjoyed this little video, we try to utilize […]

13 09, 2017

How to tell when you need a new water heater

By |Wednesday, September 13th, 2017|Water Heater|Comments Off on How to tell when you need a new water heater

A water heater is crucial for your daily duties in your Idaho Falls, or Rexburg home, similar to washing dishes and taking a shower. If your warranty has become void, purchasing a more efficient model will aid you in saving both water and energy. You are advised to call a plumbing expert if you notice the following signs which normally indicate that you need a new boiler.
Water Leaks
Your hot-water tank may develop slight fractures when it heats and expands leading to water leakage. A water leak could damage your utility closet or basement, but when the tank’s metal cools down, your water heater’s inner tank will desist from leaking. Before replacing your boiler, ensure that there are no other leaks coming from the connections or fitting to the tank. Additionally, you should examine your pipe’s pressure overflow and heater’s temperature for water leaks. You should have your tank replaced immediately by a plumbing expert if you find any water leak.
Rusty Water
If your hot water is rusty, your tank could be rusting on the inside, and it might probably start leaking before long. Your boiler might start leaking soon if the heater is rusting on the inside due to the rusty hot water inside it. To check if your tank’s hot water is rusty, you should fill it, and see if rust is coming only from the hot water. If this is the case, you probably should consider getting a new boiler. You can stop rust by adding a zinc, aluminum, or magnesium anode rod to your boiler. To check the inside of the water tank, place a hose to your boiler’s drainage bib, power it down, and drain it. If the tank’s water has […]

25 08, 2017

Should I upgrade my business lighting?

By |Friday, August 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Should I upgrade my business lighting?

LEDs, or light–emitting diodes, are semiconductor devices that produce visible light when an electrical current is passed through them. LEDs are a type of Solid State Lighting (SSL).
How is LED lighting different than other light sources, such as incandescent and CFL?
LED lighting differs from incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting in several ways. When designed well, LED lighting can be more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting.
LED lighting products use light emitting diodes to produce light very efficiently. An electrical current passed through semiconductor material illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs. The heat produced is absorbed into a heat sink.
Incandescent bulbs produce light using electricity to heat a metal filament until it becomes “white” hot or is said to incandesce. As a result, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat.
In a CFL, an electric current flows between electrodes at each end of a tube containing gases. This reaction produces ultraviolet (UV) light and heat. The UV light is transformed into visible light when it strikes a phosphor coating on the inside of the bulb.
LED Basics
The useful life of LED lighting products is defined differently than that of other light sources, such as incandescent or CFL. This is because LEDs typically do not “burn out” or fail. Instead, they experience lumen depreciation, where the amount of light produced decreases and light color appearance can shift over time. Instead of basing the useful life of an LED product on the time it takes for 50% of a large group of lamps to burn out (as is the case with traditional sources), LED product “lifetime” is set based on a prediction of when the light output decreases 30 percent.
LEDs and Heat
Because LED lighting systems […]