How To Keep Your Plumbing System Clean And Clear

Do-It-Yourself

1. Bathroom sinks and tubs usually become clogged and slow for different reasons than kitchen sinks, so you have to deal with them in different ways. For cleaning bathroom drains, ordinary table salt can be a very effective ingredient in your toolbox. Pour at least one tablespoon of salt into your bathroom drain followed by 1⁄4 cup of plain white vinegar, and let it sit for an hour. Then, run HOT water to clear out the all of the loosened substances from the drain. For best results do this a second time.

2. Maintain Your Sinks

To keep your drain clear after you clean it out in this manner, from time to time pour a little bleach into the sink. Let it sit overnight or for at least an hour before you run water down the drain again.

3. Ditch the Grease

Grease build-up in your kitchen sink drain can be remedied with liquid dish detergent and a large volume of boiling water. Put a big pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Squirt a generous amount of dish liquid (at least a tablespoon) directly into your drain and pour the boiling water into the drain, a little at a time. The rapidly boiling water will melt grease deposits while the detergent helps to dissolve grease and oil and allow the boiling water to flush it away. You may want to repeat this process two to three times if the grease build-up is substantial.

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 888-315-5564

How To Stay On Top Of Your HVAC System

For your air conditioning to work efficiently, it must be able to transfer heat from inside your home to the outside effectively. A coating of dirt, dust and other debris on the A/C coils can prevent this, by insulating the coils from the surrounding air and reducing the efficiency of the heat transfer process. To minimize energy usage and reduce utility costs, the A/C coils should be cleaned at least once a year.

The Importance of Clean A/C Coils

It is estimated that dirty evaporator and condenser coils can increase the usage of energy by your air conditioning system by over 30 percent. Additionally, reduced heat transfer efficiency can cause other problems, such as poor cooling performance, frozen evaporator coils, and compressor overheating.

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 feel free to call toll-free at 888-315-5564

Hot Tips For A Cool Summer

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 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 888-315-5564

Don’t Use This Common Household Product

1. The chemicals found in the cleaners can actually damage your pipes.

The hydrochloric acid and other acidic ingredients in the cleaner can “eat away” at your pipes as it sits in your drain. In fact, older pipes are more susceptible to this kind of erosion. Even if you think your safe with copper pipes, think again! Liquid drain cleaner can damage any pipe material over time.

2. The combination of chemicals in the liquid drain cleaners is bad for you.

Certain chemical combinations found in the cleaners are dangerous to inhale and can be harmful to your skin if you don’t wear gloves or take precautions. A recent health-related article states that the fumes from drain cleaners can sting and irritate your nose and eyes as well! In fact, the fumes can linger long after the chemical was used.

3. It could potentially be a temporary fix.

There are many reasons why a drain could clog. You could have a backed up sewer line, broken pipe, or even something that isn’t dissolvable lodged deep into your drain. Liquid drain cleaner won’t be able to clear or fix any of these issues, which is why it’s always best to call a Green Apple professional.

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 toll-free at 888-315-5564

Lower Your Central Air Bills With These Helpful Hints

INCREASE SHADE INDOORS AND OUTDOORS

Shading your home and your central air unit lowers your electric bill by reducing how much and how hard the unit has to work. Plant shade trees near the condenser to keep it out of direct sunlight, as well as along the east and west of your property, keeping your house cooler naturally during the summer. Inside your home, use energy efficient blinds and window treatments — and keep these closed during the day to keep hot air out.

REDUCE USE OF HEAT GENERATING ITEMS

A lot of focus is placed on keeping the hot air from the outside from getting into your home; however, what you do inside the home can also increase the temperature, thus forcing the air conditioner to work harder. Over the summer, cook outside as much as possible and line or air-dry clothing to avoid using the oven and dryer, two of the biggest heat generators in a home. Replace the bulbs in your home with compact fluorescents, which generate less heat than incandescent bulbs, and always turn the lights off when you aren’t in the room or at home to limit the extra heat.

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 toll-free at 888-611-7191

Don’t Hesitate To Call A Plumber When You See These

1. A Pipe Is Leaking A Little Bit

Leaky pipes are also annoyances that many people just accept, especially if the leak is small. After all, if the water leaking is small in its volume, it doesn’t seem like it should be that big of a cause for concern. However, any leaky pipe poses a big risk to the home. Not only are leaky pipes more prone to break or burst, but these little leaks can really drive up the cost of your water bill over time.

2. Your Family Is Just Used To Short Showers

Unless you knowingly purchased a very small or highly economical water heater, no single-family home should be a place where people have to race to be the first one to use the hot water. Any modern water heater should be able to adequately provide a family with a sufficient amount of water for everyone to use comfortably. If your hot water isn’t doing its job, call a Green Apple plumber. You might not need a new unit if the one you already have can be repaired.

3. Your Bathtub Takes A Long Time To Drain

If your bathtub or shower takes forever to drain, your instinct might be to clean out the top and pour some liquid drain clogging solutions inside. While this will occasionally work, most drains that have accumulated over time require professional intervention. A bathtub or shower should drain out almost instantaneously. If they don’t it might be time to call a Green Apple plumber.

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 us toll-free at 888-315-5564

How To Ensure Smooth Sailing For Your Central Air

Try To Schedule Professional Maintenance Every Year

A central air conditioner is a big investment. Just as you take your car into the shop for a tune-up, you should have an HVAC contractor look at the unit every year. When a Green Apple professional services your air conditioner, we will make sure the various parts have sufficient lubrication and will make adjustments that will help increase the efficiency of your system. They will also let you know about minor problems that need attention before they become expensive repairs in the future.

Inspect Your Duct Work

A central air conditioner blows cool air through a series of ducts in your home. If one of the ducts has a leak, cool air will end up in parts of the house where it’s not needed, like inside the walls. Have a professional inspect your ductwork every three to five years. Follow the inspection with professional duct cleaning service to remove dust and debris in the ductwork that downgrades the quality of your indoor air. In some cases, a professional may recommend that you repair the ducts to increase the efficiency of your air conditioner.

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 call us toll-free at 888-315-5564

Why Central Air Is Safer

1. IT’S SAFER

Having a window unit means your window is constantly open. This increases the risk that someone could break into your home, particularly if the window unit is at ground level.

A central air unit doesn’t interfere with any other part of your house, meaning that you can continue to lock up as usual without worrying about sacrificing safety for cool air.

2. IT’S EASIER TO OPERATE

If you’ve ever tried to install and operate a window unit, you know that it is a pain. First of all, window AC units are extremely heavy. They can be 80 lbs or more, which makes it almost impossible to install by yourself.

Then you have to turn around in 4 or 5 months to uninstall it and find a place to store it.

A central air conditioner is ideal for installation and operation. Once it is installed, all you have to do is set your programmable thermostat and go about your business.

With the correct thermostat, you can set it for different temperatures at different times of the day, using your machine in the most efficient way. You’ll keep cool and hardly have to lift a finger, let alone 80 plus pounds.

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 us toll-free at 888-611-7191

Why Location Is Everything

This often requires a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional to complete the refrigeration and the electrical installations. The savings can be worth it if the total work costs less than $1500. By placing the unit away from direct sun’s rays, you will keep it at a moderate temperature and keep all the parts running more smoothly. Additionally, you will notice a longer life on your central air conditioner because it is running less during the summer months.

Have a licensed Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical HVAC technician come out to your home to see what can be done and what the total cost would be. If the cost is too great, consider installing some type of shade or awning off your house to help shade the air conditioner. You’ll want to leave about 12″ around the sides of the air conditioner and about 3-5 feet around the top of the unit for future servicing needs.

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 toll-free at 888-315-5564

Extend The Life Of Your HVAC System With These Tips

  • Lower chance of a catastrophic breakdown: Everyone wants an incident-free cooling and heating season. After all, it’s incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable when equipment breaks down on a sweltering summer afternoon or frigid winter night, right when you need your HVAC system most. The odds of this happening when you schedule inspections every year are greatly diminished.
  • Longer equipment life: Air conditioners, furnaces, and other HVAC equipment function best when they’re regularly serviced and cleaned. One malfunctioning part can cause a domino effect that causes the entire system to break down. Regular maintenance prevents this from happening and adds years to your HVAC lifespan.
  • Safer equipment operation: A failing HVAC system does more than cost a lot of money to repair; it also can endanger your family. For instance, if the furnace develops a crack in the heat exchanger, carbon monoxide gas can escape and poison the air you’re breathing. Also, electric HVAC systems can develop a short circuit, which is a serious fire hazard if ignored. Clearly, your family’s safety is yet another reason to schedule annual HVAC system maintenance.
  • Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We having been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call us toll-free at 888-315-5564