Best Ways To Keep Your Drains Clear

Kitchen:

Ditch the Grease You should never pour grease down your drain. If you find your kitchen drain is slowly flowing, you can battle grease build-up with liquid dish detergent and boiling water. The dish soap will dissolve grease and oil, while the boiling water will melt the grease deposits and flush everything away.

  1. Fill up a large pot of water and put on to boil
  2. Squirt a generous amount of liquid dish detergent directly into your drain
  3. Slowly pour the boiling water down the drain, just a little bit at a time

Kitchen Maintenance

After clearing your drain, be sure to use lots of cold water when you use your garbage disposal. Why not hot? The cold water helps to keep the oils and grease in a solid state so the garbage disposal can do its job by breaking it up. Using hot water melts and softens the grease, causing it to coat the inside of your drain.

Bathroom DIY

In your bathroom, you can tackle the hair and gunk with a simple kitchen ingredient: table salt.

  1. Pour at least 1 tablespoon of salt into the drain
  2. Immediately pour ¼ cup plain white vinegar into the drain
  3. Let sit for one hour
  4. Run very hot water through the drain (this helps to clear out everything just loosened)
  5. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple toll-free @ 888-315-5564
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A Little Bit Of Snowstorm Prep

Lend Your HVAC Unit a Helping Hand

There are a few simple things that you can do to make it easier for you and your heating unit to survive the winter. The steps don’t require any advanced skills.

Consider Ordering Extra Fuel

Does your HVAC unit operate on heating oil? If it does, now’s the time to place your order for more fuel. Once the weather takes a turn for the worse, the oil company may not be able to get its trucks on the road for several days. When the trucks finally resume deliveries, it could be a long time before they’re able to get to everyone who ordered after the snowstorm hit.

Eliminate Drafts

Don’t force your HVAC unit to work harder than necessary. Make the job of the unit easier by sealing cracks around doors and windows. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you have the recommended amount of insulation in your attic.

Replace the HVAC Filter

Changing the air filter is a maintenance chore that requires a time investment of only a few minutes to complete, but it returns huge dividends. A heating unit that breathes freely lasts longer. Never let an old filter remain in place for more than three months. Check the filter manufacturer’s paperwork to learn how long the filter is expected to last. Some filters last only a month.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564

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How To Stop A Small Plumbing Problem From Becoming A Large Problem

A pipe has burst. If water is gushing from a wall or ceiling, or quickly pooling in the floor, you probably have a burst pipe. You might also notice that when you turn on a valve in the house, the water pressure is very low.

First, you need to shut off the water at the main valve (usually located outside your house, perhaps near the street). You can’t allow the burst pipe to continue pouring water into your home, and you probably don’t want to live for several days without water, either.

Sewage is pouring backward out of your drains. If there’s a clog in your drainage system, sewage might back up into a toilet or even bathtub. Even if you clean up the initial mess, that clog is still there, and you need to use the toilets, sinks, shower, washing machine, and so on. Call a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumber so that we can snake your drains, remove the clog, and save you from a week of sewage horrors!

Green Apple PlumbingMechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free 888-315-5564

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People Always Overlook These 2 Simple Tips

Seal the Ducts

Most HVAC systems rely on extensive ductwork to move air through the home, and the average ductwork contributes to 20 percent of energy loss because of leaks as air passes through the ductwork. While a furnace at the end of its lifespan can cause constantly rising energy bills despite unchanging energy needs, leaky ductwork can also contribute to increased energy loss over time.

To make your furnace more energy efficient and prevent it from working overtime to warm your home, call in a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional to take a closer look at your ducts. By updating the joint seals and improving the insulation on any exposed ductwork, you can make big strides towards better efficiency.

Get a Regular Tune-up

If your furnace seems to be running smoothly, it is easy to let a few maintenance appointments slide. This can quickly add up, though, since a typical furnace needs annual maintenance. To get the best performance from your furnace for its entire 20- to 30-year lifespan, be sure to schedule a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional to check fluids, change the air filter, and perform regular preventative maintenance. Keep in mind that furnaces over 10 or 15 years old that exhibit serious operational issues might be ready for replacement.

Schedule an appointment to ensure your furnace is functioning efficiently. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call us toll-free @ 888-315-5564

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One Surprising Reason Furnace Maintenance Must Not Be Over Looked

1. The “Stack Effect” describes how air moves through a building

The Stack Effect principle refers to the movement of air through spaces, most specifically, the rising of heat in buildings. In the cold winter months, the warm air in the building is less dense than the cold air outside. That warm air bubble wants to rise up and out of the building.

This rising air causes cold air to be drawn into cracks at the bottom of the house. This is why your basement is colder than your highest floor. This is also why leaky houses consume larger amounts of energy.

2. In Britain, “furnace” has a whole different meaning

In Britain, the term “furnace” only refers to industrial metallurgical furnaces used for smelting iron ore, lead or copper. In America, we call this type of industrial furnaces “blast furnaces”. The Brits call their heating systems “central heating”.

3. The word “furnace” has Greek origins

It’s said that the name comes from the Greek word “fornax” which means oven.

4. They really do require maintenance

Did you know that a 6 room house collects an average of 40 pounds of dust a year? You can see why regular maintenance of your HVAC is so important!

If you are interested in scheduling some annual maintenance for your furnace or have any questions about any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564

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2 Ways To Show Your Plumbing You Care

Showing Love means lower costs

Spending a little bit to prevent a serious problem can go a long way towards preventing you from having to spend a whole lot of cash. A major plumbing repair can not only cost you in downtime, but it can make a hefty hole in your pocket if it becomes a critical emergency. For example: when was the last time you checked your home faucets, hose bibs or spigots around your home for any drips or leaks? Leaking pipes and faucets also cost you a lot in wasted water, so a quick fix could actually save you hundreds over the course of the year.

–     Showing Love means No Sudden Emergencies

Maintaining your plumbing not only increases your reliability, but it dramatically decreases the chances that something devastating will go wrong when you least expect it to. Rusted, corroded pipes under pressure can burst, a water heater can create pressure and start to leak, and tree roots in a sewer line can cause your entire home to back up. But taking a few extra preventative steps and having a trained eye to survey and inspect your property can do wonders for preventing these issues from ever emerging to an emergency.

Remember to show your plumbing some love this year, by lowering your costs with preventive measures. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564

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How To Maintain Your Manufacturer’s Warranty

Maintain Your Manufacturer’s Warranty

It’s a good idea to get regular furnace tune-up so that you can maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.

On most good-quality furnaces, you can get a 10-year warranty option. Since a well cared for furnace can last as long as 20 years, you’ll want to regularly check in on your furnace to make sure that it still qualifies for the warranty.

If there comes a day when you do need to cash in on that warranty, they are going to ask for service records to prove that you’ve been taking care of it. If you haven’t, you’re most likely not going to get the outcome you were hoping for.

Investing in annual furnace maintenance is the best way for you to be better safe than sorry.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-611-7191

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Don’t Let The Weather Freeze Out Your Pipes!

  • Warm air circulating throughout the home during very cold weather also benefits plumbing below floors and inside walls that may be susceptible to freezing. Maintain interior temperatures of at least 55 degrees, and open cabinets under sinks and close to exterior walls to transmit household heat to the pipes.
  • Vents that admit outdoor air to the crawl space should be shut. This allows heat in the living space to get into the crawl space and provide some protection against freezing in any pipes routed through that zone. Also, keep the exterior garage door closed if any plumbing is installed there.
  • Just as it helps lessen heat loss from your home insulation can keep your pipes from losing those last few degrees of heat energy. Exposed pipes—both cold water and hot water—in areas like a crawl space, basement or attic can be covered with foam pipe insulation sleeves or wrapped with pipe insulation tape. Electrical heat tape can be applied to short spans of pipe in areas that may be particularly prone to freezing.
  • Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number 1 priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564
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