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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s How To Give Your Furnace A Big Boost

1. Get Regular Furnace Tune-Ups

Make sure you have your furnace inspected and tuned up every year to ensure its running at peak efficiency. One faulty part can place strain on the rest of the system, and can lead to sudden breakdowns.

2. Use Ceiling Fans

It may sound odd to use a fan in the winter, but they can help even out the overall warmth of your air. Heat naturally rises, and tends to collect near the ceiling. Running your ceiling fan on low to push the hot air down to the floor works especially well in rooms with vaulted ceilings.

3. Bake More in the Winter Months

Give your furnace a break by using the oven more. It will heat the entire kitchen area and may help heat your entire ground floor. There are other benefits too: not only will you feel better with a nice home-cooked meal, but your house will also smell nice.

4. Decorative Insulation

Carpeting and area rugs on floors help insulate against drafts. They also feel great underfoot, help with soundproofing, and make us feel warmer because they’re so cozy looking.

5. Keep a Good Humidity Level

Most people notice that the air in our homes tends to be really dry in winter. It’s not only drying on skin and throats, but it can make us feel colder than we really are. Using a humidifier to bring your humidity level up to about 40% will help transfer heat better. You can lower the setting on the thermostat and not notice it. More humidity is also better for wood floors and furniture, and can help prevent asthma and allergy attacks.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191

Just One Reason Why Annual Maintenance Is Necessary

The first way to improve your indoor air quality is by regularly maintaining your heating and cooling system twice a year. During the year, your system experiences wear and tear, excess dirt and debris and possibly damaged components.

EGreen Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ offers many different plans to keep your unit performing efficiently. Our certified technicians will inspect your unit for signs of stress, testing and replacing worn components and applying lubrication when necessary.

Particulates buildup in your HVAC system forcing your unit to work harder than necessary to deliver a controlled climate throughout your home. The particulates, such as pollen, pet dander, and mold, pollute your home and compromise your indoor air quality.

A clean heating and cooling system with no obstructions hindering proper airflow operates more efficiently. Dirt and debris are cleared away during scheduled maintenance, so your heating and cooling unit can provide clean and healthy air throughout your home.

Maintenance with a service plan from Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ provides you with peace of mind and hassle-free scheduling. You can schedule maintenance when it’s convenient for you and not struggle to fit a service call in at the last minute.

 

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 HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564

Is Your Furnace Making Any Of These Sounds?

Furnaces tend to make some noise when they turn on and off, but if those noises start to get progressively louder, it may be time to replace your unit. These sounds may come in the form of popping, banging, humming, or screeching. This could be a telltale sign that you may need to replace a furnace or some parts within the furnace. The reason for some of these sounds could be:

 

  • Rattling: Unsecured ductwork, loose screws or sheet metal can be the cause of this sound. It may also mean the lower motor is not properly balanced.
  • Popping: This sound can happen when parts within your furnace warm and cool in response to temperature changes within your system.
  • Humming: Your fan motor may produce electrical humming sounds, but the fan should never be loud or disruptive. If it is, your inducer motor or blower fan motor could be starting to fail.
  • Screeching or Squealing: These noises are a sign there is an overall issue with your blower motor or inducer motor. Possible issues could be a loose bearing, deteriorating belt, or an issue with the pulley that holds the belt.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564

Warning Signs Your Kitchen Plumbing Is Telling You

  • Bad odors – If your disposal has a persistent bad odor even after you’ve rinsed it with soapy water and other cleaners, this may be a sign of a failing unit. A Green Apple Mechanical NJ plumber can check out the unit, remove any trapped matter, or replace the unit if needed.
  • Lag time – Your garbage disposal should make quick work of any food matter. If your disposal is taking more than a few minutes to break down food, its blades may be dull. In most cases, you won’t have to replace the unit; you’ll just need a plumber to replace the blades or sharpen them.
  • Frequent jamming – If your disposal is jamming even when the amount of food placed in it is small, you’ll need to have your plumber check it out. The problem could be dulled blades, a jam, or insufficient power.
  • Screeching, metal-on-metal noise – If your disposal is making a metal-on-metal noise when you use it, it’s likely that some of its parts are out of alignment or are moving incorrectly. A Green Apple plumber can give the device a tune-up and get it back to normal function.
  • Water leaks – If your garbage disposal is leaking water, it can be a sign that seals within the device have broken down or that there’s a crack in the device. A Green Apple plumber can evaluate the disposal and fix broken seals or replace a cracked device.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ toll-free @ 888-315-5564