How To Prevent A Major Plumbing Mishap

Kitchen drains often clog due to debris or wastes going down the sink that shouldn’t. To prevent clogged drains in this room, never put grease or oils down the sink. This includes cooking oils and fats, such as butter, that can congeal in the pipes, blocking water flow.

Improper use of the garbage disposal is another common reason for clogged kitchen drains. Follow this kitchen plumbing maintenance checklist to help you avoid this problem:

  • Always turn your water and disposal on before adding food.
  • Never put fibrous or stringy food wastes down the disposal. These include banana peels, celery, potato peels, and other foods that are difficult to grind up.
  • Always allow the cold water to run for at least 15 seconds after using the disposal. This ensures food wastes are flushed down the main line.
  • Run your dishwasher at night to conserve hot water and maintain good water pressure throughout the day.

In the Bathroom

The bathroom is another room where drains often become clogged. You can reduce clogs and even prevent them by following this plumbing maintenance checklist:

  • Keep shower and sink drains flowing freely by reducing your use of bath oils and installing screens over drains to prevent hair from going down the drain.
  • Avoid toilet clogs by not using it as a trash can. Ideally, only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed. While tampons and some wipes are labeled as flushable, it is better not to do so.
  • Wait about 10 minutes between showers to help maintain proper water pressure and hot water throughout the day. Maintaining proper water pressure helps prevent unwanted stress on your home plumbing system.
  • Avoid using chemical clog removal products that can cause more harm than good. These products can corrode your pipes!

Think of all the products you use to wash, moisturize and condition. They are often oily or greasy in order to provide moisture for your skin and hair. Once they make their way down your drain, however, they can cling to pipes, attract other debris and cause blockages.

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This Should Be On Your Fall HVAC Checklist!

During cold fall nights, your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system becomes the most valuable equipment in your home. But if it’s running poorly, that means less comfort and higher energy bills for homeowners. Heating your home and producing hot water are generally the largest energy expenses for any homeowner, so you can ensure your home heating bill remains as reasonable as possible by supporting your HVAC system and keeping it running properly.

Complete these tips in the fall to help your HVAC system operate efficiently throughout the winter. This way, you can save money to be enjoyed in other ways during the holiday season.

Change the Air Filter and Clean the Vents

Changing the air filter every month is one of the most important things you can do to support your HVAC system. It’s also one of the easiest. The filter should be checked every month and replaced if it is dirty. Filters should be replaced at the very least every three months – no matter what. Keep up with this simple project by choosing a regular day to check the filter, such as the first or last day of the month.

The same day the filter is replaced is also a good time to vacuum off the air vents. This keeps them clean and allows warm air to flow freely, easing temperature regulation throughout the home.

Have It Inspected

Yearly service of your HVAC system ensures it runs properly. Homeowners should have the system inspected in the fall to best prepare it for the demands of winter. The Department of Energy website offers a list of helpful instructions to help homeowners.

If Your HVAC System is Ancient, Replace It

Replacing the home’s HVAC system can be an expensive proposition, but if your system is old and inefficient, the added comfort and financial benefits of a new system can be very real. If your system is more than 10 years old, ask a Green Apple technician’s opinion on the longevity of your system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing it with a new high-efficiency model could reduce your home’s annual energy bill by as much as 20-40 percent.

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Keep An Eye Out For What’s Going Down The Drain

If you have a large family, the summertime brings a lot more use out of your home’s toilets when kids aren’t in school.  Since your fixtures get more flushes, they are more common to maintenance issues.

Plumbing Concerns For This Season

  1. Clogged toilets – During the warmer seasons of the year, school is out, and this can contribute to more toilet clogs. Having some kids in the house can mean a lot more trips to the bathroom and using too much toilet paper which results in clogs.
  2. Sewer line backups – Summers are typically the time for multiple thunderstorms and heavy rains. Although these are usually for the warmer months, this can cause problems with your sewer line.
  3. Water sprinkler problems – The time you use your water sprinkler the most is during the summer months. Keeping your lawn watered can contribute to having issues with this system.
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Protect Yourself From This Heat Wave With Central Air

Central air conditioners are more efficient than room air conditioners. In addition, they are out of the way, quiet, and convenient to operate. To save energy and money, you should try to buy an energy-efficient air conditioner and reduce your central air conditioner’s energy use. In an average air-conditioned home, air conditioning consumes more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, causing power plants to emit about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 31 pounds of sulfur dioxide.

If you are considering adding central air conditioning to your home, the deciding factor may be the need for ductwork.

If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. If you do so, consult a local heating and cooling contractor to assure that the new compressor is properly matched to the indoor unit. However, considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it might be wiser to replace the entire system.

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

How Regular Service Extends Your Central Air

Green Apple suggests servicing your home air conditioning once a year. (The same goes for heating.) Spring is the best time. However, to ensure your system continues to work efficiently, you need to do some “housekeeping” on a regular basis. One of the most important and easiest ways to maintain your unit is to change the air filter. You don’t need a professional for this, simply locate your unit’s filter slot, slide out the old filter and insert the new one, making note of the direction of the air flow and which side of the filter needs to face out. Be sure to refer to your unit’s manufacturer’s instructions for correct filter size and steps for properly replacing the filter.

Green Apple are the experts you can trust. We have been servicing 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 us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Avoid A Plumbing Disaster

1. COTTON BALLS & SWABS

They’re just cotton, right? It might seem like these tiny bathroom tools would just get soggy and eventually break down in the water pipeline, but they don’t. They eventually gather together in bends of the pipe, causing massive blockages.

2. PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

Don’t need the rest of those pills? Many people feel like they’re doing the safe thing, keeping meds out of the wrong hands by flushing them, but it’s actually very dangerous. These drugs destroy bacteria, contaminate groundwater supplies and can have terrible effects on wildlife downstream. Check to find a place that will dispose of them properly.

3. PAPER TOWELS

Paper towels are extremely wasteful, and reusable rags/napkins are much better. However, if you do use paper towels know that they’re NOT designed to break down in the water like toilet paper. Flushing them can cause BIG problems.

Green Apple 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 us toll-free at 888-315-5564

How To Show Your Garbage Disposal Some TLC

Cleaning The Drain

As well as having the sides of the garbage disposal regularly cleaned the drain must also be kept clean if the disposal is to be kept free of unpleasant smells and other problems. The drain is like any other piece of plumbing and odors are created by stale water sitting in the line. This problem can be dealt with easily and inexpensively by filling the sink with hot soapy water; dish soap can be used. It is then simply a matter of removing the plug and the soapy water will clear out the drain.

Using Coffee Grinds

The beauty of garbage disposal drain cleaning is that you do not have to buy any special materials; they are already present in your kitchen. A proven way to remove those awful odors is to use coffee grinds. So reach into the cupboard, find those grinds and pour some down the disposal.

Freshen The Disposal

There are various ways to keep your garbage disposal fresh and none of them involves using chemicals. Instead, you will need to have citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons or limes, to hand.

You will not be using the fruit, just some of the peel. The peel has a strong fragrance and this is released when a few pieces are put into the disposal and it is switched on. This will ensure it keeps on smelling nice and fresh.

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

Does Your HVAC System Need A Reboot?

If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. If you do so, consult a Green Apple heating and cooling contractor to assure that the new compressor is properly matched to the indoor unit. However, considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it might be wiser to replace the entire system.

Today’s best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid-1970s. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

Proper sizing and installation are key elements in determining air conditioner efficiency. Too large a unit will not adequately remove humidity. Too small a unit will not be able to attain a comfortable temperature on the hottest days. Improper unit location, lack of insulation, and improper duct installation can greatly diminish efficiency.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Considering Installing Central Air? Read This!

Easily Controlled

You have two options when it comes to controlling central air. The first is one operating unit that controls the air in every room of your home. The control is located in one place in your home. By turning the air on, off, up or down, you only have to use one unit that can be programmed to run at specific times and temperatures. If you choose to have individual controls in each room, you will have to go to each room to adjust them. However, most homeowners with this option only use the air in the main portion of their home, such as the living space and used bedrooms. This eliminates the need to cool frequently unused rooms, which also saves on your energy bills.

Both Heating and Cooling

Most installed central air systems have the ability to cool and heat your home at once. Having a central heater and air conditioner will make it more convenient to make the temperature at home more comfortable.

The only downside of a central air conditioner is the initial price. However, once you decide to have central air installed, the benefits make the price tag well worth it. Additionally, having this type of heat and air in your home can eliminate other costs. Cleaner air quality keeps you and your family healthier and it’s more cost effective in regards to your utilities.

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 please call us toll-free at 888-315-5564