How To Make Your Garbage Disposal Last

Whether you are a long time garbage disposal user or have just chosen your first ever disposal, knowing how to care for it will go a long way to making your experience a good one. Garbage disposals are valuable household tools when used properly. If you are careful with what you put through your disposal and keep it clean, it should provide you with many years of carefree service. Many of the common frustrations users experience can be avoided by following just a few tips.

A common garbage disposal complaint is bad odors. This is often due to a failure to run enough water through and ensure everything is adequately flushed out. To keep your disposal fresh and clean, consider the following tips:

  • Grind Thoroughly – Make sure you allow adequate time for everything to get ground and flushed with water. Leftover particles cause odors.
  • Clean Regularly – At least once a week, take a bottle brush and scrub inside the disposal. This small maintenance step will go a long way to keeping it fresh.
  • Grab Citrus – Fresh orange, lemon, or limes can help cut grease and eliminate odors. Simply grind pieces in the disposal.
  • Vinegar is Good – Freeze some vinegar in ice cube trays and blend in the disposal. This helps to eliminate bacteria which can cause odor.
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Show Your Furnace Some Love With These Tips

One of the very best ways to care for your HVAC system is to make sure that you have an annual furnace inspection performed by a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ technician. These annual inspections are incredibly important because if there are any small problems now it’s better to have them corrected before they turn into much larger and much more expensive problems down the road.

It’s also essential to make sure that your furnace filters are being changed on a regular basis to ensure that airflow can circulate effectively and that the air quality is clean and healthy for your family to breathe. If the filters are clear then the furnace itself will not have to work as hard to push the air through.

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Home Remedies For Common Plumbing Concerns

 Plan Monthly Baking Soda Treatments for Sink and Tub Drains

1-Rather than relying on expensive and usually toxic drain openers, every month or so sprinkle about 1/4 cup (60ml) of baking soda into your sink and tub drains, followed with just enough warm water to get the powder well into the drain.

Then pour in 1 cup (240ml) of white vinegar. Let the clumpy mixture stand a few hours or overnight to dissolve scum and bacteria buildup in the pipe bends beneath the sink or tub drains, then flush the drain with hot water.

This inexpensive drain fix will keep your drains working freely without harming any of your plumbing fixtures or the environment.

  2-  Don’t Crank-Shut Faucet Handles

To make faucet handles last longer to prevent leaks, turn the faucet off but don’t tighten the handle any more than is needed to stop the water. Cranking handles forcefully into the off position wears down the washers faster.

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How To Protect Yourself And Your Furnace

MAINTAIN YOUR FURNACE

The first key to preventing furnace-caused problems like home fires is to regularly maintain your heater. Cracks and leaks within your furnace can cause gas to escape into your home, creating a fire hazard. Annual tune-ups include the inspection of your burner assembly and heat exchanger as well as other critical parts.

Maintaining your furnace will keep it running safely and efficiently throughout the winter and help prevent home fires.

KEEP THE AREA CLEAR

Your furnace can become quite hot. You should keep the three-foot area directly around your furnace free of any combustible materials. Placing things too close to a heat source is the leading cause of fatal home fires, and accounted for 53% of home fire deaths in 2010.

So take a look around your furnace and make sure there is nothing flammable in its immediate vicinity. Also, if you notice that the walls around your heater are warm to the touch or discolored, have a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ professional take a look as this could be a serious problem. Call toll-free at 888-315-5564

Re-Check Your Thermostat If You Have HVAC Problems

 Faulty Thermostat

A faulty thermostat may lead to problems with the furnace’s fan or may also affect your home’s comfort levels. In other words, the furnace may not be able to warm up your home when the thermostat is not working.

Here are some quick thermostat troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure the thermostat is set to “heat” and the fan set to “automatic.”
  • You may need to change the batteries.
  • To avoid false reading, make sure your thermostat is located away from all heat sources, including direct sunlight, heating vents, cooking equipment, space heaters, and lamps. If you need to relocate your thermostat, contact a professional at Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564 with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • We are the professionals 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.

Avoid This Costly Plumbing Mistake

One way to prevent costly repairs to your home is a regular maintenance schedule. Because many issues with your pipes sneak up on you, a thorough inspection is key to catching small problems before they grow. Hidden leaks in sink drains or below water heaters are more than just a nuisance; over time, they can cause structural damage. Water that seeps into sheetrock or plaster contributes to mold growth. Porous tile or wood flooring can discolor or warp when wet. Water damage can also be extremely expensive.

We 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 plumbing or HVAC needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical toll-free at 888-315-5564

Investing In Your HVAC System

Getting a furnace tune-up every year will make your furnace last longer. It will also run more efficiently while it’s working. It’s one of the simplest steps we recommend to our customers who want to know how to increase furnace efficiency.

Your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ furnace technician will make sure everything is clean and working its best, and replace anything that isn’t safe or is about to break down. You can help avoid more expensive emergency repair situations – and sitting in a freezing house – by booking a tune-up appointment annually.

It’s hard to estimate the total amount you could save, but considering increased efficiency and repair bills you don’t need to pay, let’s be cautious and say $500.

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We Bet You Didn’t Know This About Plumbing

1. Did you Know That… Albert Einstein was made an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union? The German physicist said on one occasion that if he had to live his life all over again, he would be a plumber!

The list of famous people that could have been plumbers is longer than you think: Ozzy Osbourne was a plumber’s apprentice before he started his career as a singer. Michael Caine, the Academy Award-winning actor left the school at the age of 16 and joined the business during a couple of years. Bob Hoskins and the boxer John L. Sullivan are also in the list of possible plumbers, but the one that definitely called more of our attention is the German physicist.

2. How do you feel knowing that you spend a whopping 3 years throughout your life in the toilet? Yes, you are reading correctly. The global average is around three years for the inhabitants of our planet. Here in our country, the day when most people flush their toilet is on Super Bowl day…. Based on estimations, around 90 million people flush their toilets during the Half-Time.

That amount of flushing equals seven minutes of water flowing over the Niagara Falls.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

The Top 3 Best Pointers For Your HVAC System

Change filters regularly. Clogged air filters reduce airflow and make heating and cooling systems work longer and harder, consuming more energy and causing premature wear. Check system manuals, and change disposable filters regularly to keep air flowing freely. Clean filters mean less housework, too. Changed once a month, disposable filters clean the air of dirt, mold spores and pollen before it settles as dust on household surfaces.
Schedule service calls early. Heating and air conditioning systems require regular professional maintenance. Don’t wait for the chilliest night or hot day. Schedule tune-ups before the weather changes. You’ll have the service technician’s full attention if they’re not hoping to respond to emergency calls after the first hard freeze.
Ask for advice. While your Green Apple technician is on the premises, ask them for advice about your heating and cooling systems. Most techs love talking about their job and are happy to give pointers on how to keep your unit running efficiently.Call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs toll-free at 888-315-5564

Be Aware Of These Furnace Warning Signs

DOES YOUR HEATER SOUND LIKE IT IS POSSESSED?

One major warning sign is strange noises. You should start to get concerned if your furnace or boiler is starting to make strange sounds such as squeaking, banging, rattling, hissing, popping or other strange noises. Another noise to be aware of is the constant running of your furnace blower fan. Increasing these types of noises is generally an indicator that your heating system will need to be replaced.

DOES YOUR HEATING SYSTEM HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING STARTED ON OR STAYING ON?

Older furnaces and boilers may have a hard time getting started. this can be an indication sign that your heating system needs attention. A repair may be needed to replace wiring that has become faulty, replace the malfunctioning thermostat wire repair another component in the heating system. Continual malfunctioning is a sign that you need a new heating system.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs please call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564