How To Get The Most From Your Heating

  1. Schedule Professional Heating Maintenance

First, make sure to schedule an annual furnace inspection from a Green Apple professional as soon as possible. Dust and dirt can build up in the warm months when you don’t use your heater, and worn parts probably haven’t been replaced since last year’s heating season ended.

A tune-up from a trained professional can fix all of those little problems, which reduces strain on the system and lowers the amount of energy it uses to warm your home. Your technician will also make sure dangerous combustion gases, such as carbon monoxide, are safely venting outside.

Think about setting up a maintenance plan so you never forget about the important task of scheduling tune-ups for your heating and cooling systems.

  1. Seal Common Air Leaks

Instead of heating the whole neighborhood, you’ll want to close common air leaks around the home to keep the expensive heat inside. The most common air leaks are found around doors and windows. The more air leaks you have, the harder and longer your heater has to work to get the job done. The more your house is sealed, the better it will retain all that cozy warm air.

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

Reliable Plumbing Experts

When you have plumbing problems you don’t have any time to waste, that’s why you need someone reliable who are experts in their field and can always give you an honest and affordable price. Don’t neglect your plumbing issues. Delaying your plumbing repairs can end up costing you a lot of time and money. Especially when water damage is involved. We are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey 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 to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

When You Need A Plumber ASAP

Usually, when you have a plumbing problem it’s usually best to get someone there as soon as possible. You don’t want any small problems to turn into larger and more expensive problems. It’s important to get things taken care right away. With Green Apple Plumbing NJ you will always get the most qualified technician as soon as possible. We handle every type of plumbing situation from slow leaking faucets to major plumbing emergencies. We are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. 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 NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

The Experts You Can Trust

Here at Green Apple Plumbing NJ we are the experts you can trust. We have years of experience and professionalism serving the NJ area. The fall and winter months can be very difficult on your home plumbing system. With sub-zero temperatures and water that can freeze in your pipes and burst them. Sometimes pipes get so cold that your sink or tub just won’t drain. If any of these things happen to you or your family make sure to call your friends with any of your questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing needs by calling Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

You Can Rely On Green Apple Plumbing

You can always rely on Green Apple Plumbing New Jersey when it comes to your plumbing needs. You can call us anytime with any of your plumbing questions or concerns. You can trust our HVAC professionals who have years of experience. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing concerns please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

WHICH TOILET PAPER IS BEST FOR YOUR PLUMBING?

There is nothing quite as distressing as flushing your toilet and watching the water start to rise. A clogged toilet can cause a lot of damage, especially if it is not fixed quickly. There are many reasons why your toilet could be clogged. Small children have a tendency to flush things. Sometimes tree roots break through the pipes and cause clogs. Another reason why your toilet could be clogged is the toilet paper you use.

People tend to overlook their toilet paper as a clogging culprit. The truth is that while marketers have been doing a better job with promoting extra strong and soft toilet paper benefits, the same benefits that are a plus to you may be a minus to your pipes and sewer system. If you have older pipes, you may be even more at risk.

While some countries resort to not flushing anything, including toilet paper, that isn’t an option for us here in America. We like the convenience and cleanliness of flushing. So the key then becomes finding the best toilet paper available that gets the job done, and keeps your pipes and sewer system at minimal risk.

The ideal toilet paper is one that is soft to the touch, strong enough so it does not fall to pieces when you use it, and has a fast rate of dissolving. Today’s push for Ultra Soft toilet paper is attractive for our senses, yet is not the brand for you if you have finicky plumbing. Even though this toilet paper tested well in softness and strength, it does not dissolve fast.

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TOP 10 THINGS NEVER TO FLUSH DOWN THE TOILET

1. Bathroom wipes – These “moist towelettes” or as I like to call them “adult baby wipes” are becoming an increasingly popular bathroom accessory. Despite the fact that they’re marketed to be flushed like toilet paper, these wipes are creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the nation. “An industry trade group this month revised its guidelines on which wipes can be flushed, and has come out with a universal stick-figure, do-not-flush symbol to put on packaging,” reports SF Gate. (Same thing goes for actual baby wipes and cleaning wipes).

A city in Minnesota is suing six makers of “flushable wipes,” since the wipes cause so many problems in sewer systems. Officials say the wipes don’t degrade after they are flushed and end up costing the city “thousands, if not millions, of dollars of damages.”

2. Condoms – They probably seem small and very similar to toilet tissue, but these latex prophylactics are like kryptonite for septic tanks and sewage treatment plants. ”I’ve been down the sewers in central London and seen what appear to be fish on the surface. They’re actually condoms filled with air, bobbing around. It is pretty grim,” one sewer system technician told The Guardian.

3. 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 watery pipeline, but they don’t. They eventually gather together in bends of the pipe, causing massive blockages.

4. 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 www.takebackyourmeds.org to find a place that will dispose of them properly.

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

6. Cigarette butts – Not only do they look nasty when floating in the toilet water, they’re full of incredibly toxic chemicals that just end up in the water supply. Also, think of all the water you’re wasting to get rid of ONE tiny butt!

7. Band-aids – These are made from non-biodegradable plastic, which is terrible for the environment and can cause terrible clogs in the sewage system.

8. Dental floss – Despite feeling like string, dental floss is not biodegradable. Once flushed, it loves to wrap itself around other objects in the pipeline, making tiny clogs bigger in an instant.

9. Fats, oil and grease – This is a tough one, and everyone has done it at one point, but cooking fats should NEVER go in the drain or garbage disposal. It seems like a liquid when it’s hot, but as soon as this grease hits the drain, it cools and congeals, becoming pipe-clogging wax. Scrape it into the trash, or, if it’s clean bacon fat, save it in a jar for reuse.

10. Cat litter – I can understand how this would seem ok — it’s just the cat’s poop and pee, right? But cat litter is made from clay and sand, two things that you should NEVER be put down a toilet. Not to mention that cat waste contains toxins and parasites that shouldn’t be in our water system.

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

5 FASCINATING PLUMBING FACTS

We love learning fun facts about our industry and we see that many people don’t know just how interesting plumbing history can be! Below are five fascinating facts about plumbing you probably didn’t know:

1. Lead solder was used to fuse plumbing pipes together, however it was thought the amount of lead that could potentially leach into the water was too small to harm humans when ingested. We know now this is not true, however the solder was used until the 1980s.

2. Upon inventing the flushable toilet in 1596, Sir John Herrington called the invention “Ajax,” a shortened version of “a jakes.” This was a common slang term for toilet in that period. Can you guess which term stuck?

3. In Ottawa, Canada sewer explosions terrified the community in 1929. They originally concluded that methane buildup caused the blasts. However, later it was discovered that the gas buildup along with shop owners pouring flammable oils down drains were actually part of the cause.

4. When you think of a plunger, what comes to mind? Probably the well-known wooden handle and red, circular bottom. Well, that is actually a sink and drain plunger! Toilet plungers have a narrow bottom to fit down the toilet drain.

5. Henry Parmelee, a piano factory owner, invented fire sprinklers in 1864 originally to keep his pianos safe from fire. He even patented the idea, but by 1883 had only installed them in 10 factories.

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 NJ toll free at 888-315-5564

NYCHA plumber is making more money than the mayor

A NYCHA plumber jumped to the top spot among city overtime earners with a whopping $228,633 in extra pay — as the number of city workers bringing in six figure overtime payments skyrocketed.

Vincenzo Giurbino, a Brooklyn plumber, was tops among 163 city workers who padded their pay with at least $100,000 in overtime in the 2016 fiscal year — more than doubling the 68 employees who hit that mark the year before.

He’s not the only NYCHA plumber bringing in big bucks — the authority’s plumbers and supervisor plumbers were eight of the city’s top 10 overtime earners in the year that ended in June.

And the total number of city employees making six figures in overtime soared by 140%, according to payroll records obtained by the Daily News under the Freedom of Information Law.

Three workers last year topped $200,000 in overtime — a mark no one hit in 2015.

The list excludes cops and district attorneys’ employees.

Thanks to overtime pay, plumber Vincenzo Giurbino received a bigger salary than NYCHA chair Shola Olatoye (pictured), who earned $226,000.

Giurbino, a 13-year NYCHA veteran, clocked 1,684 overtime hours last year, records show.

Including his regular salary and other payments, he made a total of $379,384 — easily outstripping NYCHA chair Shola Olatoye, who made $226,042, not to mention Mayor de Blasio and outgoing Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

In the No. 2 spot was Kevin Higgins, a NYCHA supervisor plumber in Manhattan, who brought in $205,060 in overtime. Then came Curtis Pierre, a senior stationary engineer for the Department of Correction, who racked up $203,659.

NYCHA supervisor plumber William Naddeo, who has topped the city overtime list in the past, remained in the top four with $196,723.

The number of workers earning over $100,000 in overtime has increased fivefold in just two years, from 31 in the 2014 fiscal year. The Department of Correction had 82 employees making six figures in overtime, NYCHA had 45, and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services had 12.

An NYCHA plumber made more money than Mayor de Blasio and outgoing NYPD top cop Bill Bratton during the 2016 fiscal year.

“It’s eye-popping. It’s also concerning,” said Maria Doulis of the Citizens Budget Commission. “The fact that people are earning so much overtime suggests there aren’t enough controls in place.”

In total, the city paid out about $1.698 billion in overtime as of June, up from $1.659 billion for the 2015 fiscal year, according to the Independent Budget Office.

NYCHA plumbers have dominated the top of the overtime list for years — and as the Daily News reported, the cash-strapped agency keeps shelling out the extraordinary overtime payments in part because plumbers work regular day shifts during the week, so all work after-hours and on the weekends requires overtime.

In addition, supervisors are required to be on duty whenever any plumber is on duty, and tradespeople have been forced to spend thousands of hours just searching for parts whose storage locations weren’t tracked.

There are no citywide limits on how much overtime agencies may pay, a spokeswoman for Mayor de Blasio said.

In a statement, NYCHA said, “Decades of government disinvestment have crippled NYCHA’s infrastructure, which has compounded the capital needs and challenges our workforce faces. Plumbers respond to emergencies 24 hours a day — which range from major flooding to persistent leaks — one of the primary causes of mold. As NYCHA becomes a more efficient and effective landlord under NextGeneration NYCHA, we are working to reduce overtime and create more flexibility in our workforce, while ensuring we improve the quality of life at our developments.”

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Benefits Of Installing A Garbage Disposal

Reasons To Get A Garbage Disposal Unit For Your Home

 

Having a garbage disposal unit installed in your home is a great idea, any plumber would highly recommend doing so because it is an effective way to deal with common kitchen waste such as uneaten food by shredding them into small pieces. As a result they can easily pass through plumbing. The best part is having one installed is both affordable and easy. Here are reasons to get a garbage disposal unit for your home.

– Effective Way to Deal with Food Waste

Rather than throwing food waste in the trash where it can rot and omit unpleasant odors they can be disposed of in the garbage disposal. Having a  unit in your home also makes food disposal quick and easy.

– Beneficial to the Environment

Having a garbage disposal unit in your home helps the environment by reducing waste. About 20% of waste in the environment consists of food scraps. When food scraps are disposed of in a garbage disposal rather than the trash it can be rerouted and turned into renewable energy or  fertilizer rather than ending  up in a landfill Aside from that, operating a garbage disposal requires very little water and costs about $0.50 per year to run.

– Protects Plumbing

At some time or another food scraps find their way to your kitchen sink. Without a garbage disposal installed, plumbing can become clogged When this happens a plumber has to be hired to unclog your drain, which costs money. Homeowners with a garbage disposal save money yearly. If a garbage disposal does become clogged, it can usually be cleared by adding water to the unit then turning it on to unclog the drain.

Overall, there are a few reasons to get a garbage disposal unit for your home. Not only will it provide you with a quick and effective way to dispose of food waste but a garbage disposal can benefit the environment and protect your plumbing.

Are you interested in installing a garbage disposal in your New Jersey home? Call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll free at (888) 315-5564 and get started today!