How to prepare a garden for a heatwave

Wondering how to prepare a garden for a heatwave this summer? This summer is being touted as possibly as hot as last. And it will wreak havoc in our gardens. So, best to over-prepare than under prepare with these tips for keeping your plants healthy during extreme weather.

1. BEST TIME TO WATER PLANTS IN HOT WEATHER

The best time to water your plants in hot weather – and especially during a heatwave – is early morning or evening, when all risk of burning tender growth is gone. Watering during lunchtime is a big no-no, as water droplets will act as tiny magnifying glasses, making the heat damage much worse. The best time to water potted plants in hot weather is the same, but you’ll need to make sure you water your container garden both in the morning and evening, as the soil dries out much quicker in containers.

If you have the budget, consider installing a water irrigation system, which is a water-efficient way to ensure your plants get watered, even when you’re away on holiday.

2. TIPS ON WATERING PLANTS IN EXTREME HEAT

It may seem logical to flood your plants with as much water as possible, but this will actually do more harm than good during extreme weather. By over-watering, you are adding to the stress the plant is already under in needing to acclimatise to higher temperatures. Plants that have access to good soil are able to adjust to hot weather, provided the soil at root level doesn’t dry out completely.

So, every morning during the heatwave, perform this test: stick your index finger into the soil around the root; if the soil is still wet below the surface, there’s no need to water. If it’s just damp, it’s time to water again.

If you don’t think you’ll have much time to water plants regularly during a heatwave, consider choosing from our list of best drought tolerant plants.

3. PROTECT PLANTS FROM DIRECT SUN

Lunchtime is by far the most dangerous time of day for plants during very hot weather. There are several things you can do to prepare your garden for a heatwave and alleviate the pressure on your plants:

Mulch: mulching is one of the most effective ways to prevent moisture loss from around the root area. Make sure the mulch layer is at least a couple of inches deep;
Use a shade cloth: if you’re worried about young plants or soft fruit, putting up a shade cloth might be a temporary solution. You will need a structure to mount it onto, such as a frame or pergola;
Row covers: if you’re planning a kitchen garden, these are very useful for protecting tender growth and the soil. You’ll need hoop supports and shade netting to build your row covers.

What To Do If Your AC Won’t Turn On

Your Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On

If your air conditioner isn’t turning on, first check your unit outside to determine if the condenser is running. Make sure that the unit is plugged in and your thermostat is set properly.

It sounds simple, but lower your thermostat 5 to 10 degrees and see if that fixes your problem- and make sure your thermostat is set to cool. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ knows that many thermostats are tricky and homeowners may be able to save themselves time and money by reading the manual.

Then check to see if a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker is to blame.

If your air conditioner still will not turn on or your coil is frozen, you may have a problem with your motor or compressor and will need to contact a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional to repair your system.

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 at 888-315-5564

Essential Summer Plumbing Checklist

Every home needs a plunger to take care of routine clogs. Plungers are inexpensive and can be stored in a linen closet or basement. The worst time to need a plunger is when you don’t have one and have to run to the hardware store to get one. Plungers can handle most normal clogs. If not, it’s time to call your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ plumber. Aside from keeping a plunger handy, there are several other proactive things homeowners can do to be prepared for clogs.

Take Care of Your Drains

Be cautious of what goes down the drain. Even the best kitchen garbage disposal can’t process every type of food waste. Purchase mesh or plastic drain filters for each kitchen sink. Hair build-up in the sinks and bathtubs eventually results in clogged bathroom pipes. A pair of tweezers may help pull hair build-up out, but you can also buy drain filters for the tub and sink. If you have kids, help them understand how much toilet paper to use, and what things don’t go in the toilet.

Inspect for Leaks

Summer is the best time to check for leaks. Even temperate climates can experience cold temperatures in winter, which may affect plumbing.  It’s best to detect and take care of any leaks that may have occurred over the winter. Start outside of your house and inspect water spigots. Inside, look carefully at faucets, shower heads, and pipes under sinks. Pay attention to rust on pipes and evidence of moisture inside cabinets. Check toilets for leaks. Some issues with toilets can be easily fixed but if you’re not confident in your plumbing skills, call a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional.

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

Energy Tips & Troubleshooting For Your Central Air

In general, you should hire an excellent service technician at least once per year for regular maintenance to keep your system running efficiently in each season. If you run into any problems or concerns during your air conditioning inspection, you should call a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ professional for service in advance of the summer season when you’ll want your system to be ready to cool your home.

To help keep your energy bills under control during the summer, you can lower costs by simply increasing the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees. It can help you with saving money and energy by using higher temperature settings.

Green Apple Plumbing and Mechanical New Jersey 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 HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564

Spring Plumbing Tips You’ll Love!

  • Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
  • Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. Check your water heater manufacturer ‘s website for specific instructions concerning your make and model.
  • Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. (The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made.) Newer water heaters are more energy efficient.
  • Make sure flammables are not stored near the water heater or furnace.
  • Check dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker supply hoses for bulges or leaks. Replace hoses showing signs of weakness or older than ten years. Use stainless steel hoses wherever possible. They are more reliable and less prone to bursting than other types.
  • 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

Seasonal Maintenance For Your Outdoor Unit

 Conduct Seasonal Checks

As the growing season grinds on, shrubs, trees branches, and the like can start to encroach on your central AC’s outdoor unit. That can affect the efficiency of the condenser. Clear debris from around the unit and keep vegetation at least 2 feet away. It’s also important to clean indoor grills and filters on a monthly basis.

 Turn Up the Temperature

Raising the thermostat a single degree could shave 3 to 5 percent from your cooling costs. If your home doesn’t have a programmable thermostat, consider making the upgrade. By automatically adjusting temperatures when you’re asleep or away from home, the device can pay for itself in a few short years.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ 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 HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564

HVAC Warning

HVAC Dangers

Deferred maintenance may sound like a money-saver, but it’s actually the costliest way to run an HVAC system. Problems that would be found and resolved with preventative maintenance quickly snowball into serious issues and costly emergency repairs.

Even worse, unnecessary wear and tear caused by ignoring—excuse us—deferring maintenance can significantly shorten an HVAC system’s life. When an HVAC system dies after a mere decade, chances are very good deferred maintenance was a factor. Don’t ignore small problems as they will most likely end up turning into much larger and much more expensive problems. Remember the old adage “A stitch in time saves nine.”.

Green Apple Plumbing and 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 Check For Hidden Leaks

How To Check for Hidden Leaks

Hidden leaks damage important infrastructure in your homes like wooden beams, drywall, carpet and sometimes pipes and other plumbing accessories. You can test your system to see if it’s using any excess water by checking your meter. You don’t have to wait until you think there is a problem. Regular checks can help you spot problems early.

First, make sure all indoor and outdoor spigots are turned off tightly. Pick a time when you will not need the water for at least 10 minutes or longer if possible this includes any automatic appliances such as ice makers or water softeners and purifiers. Look at the numbers on your water meter and write them down. Then wait the time you’ve allotted and look at the numbers again when you return. If they are the same, your system is tight. If the numbers are higher, you likely have a leak you can’t see. Sometimes the leak can be as simple as a toilet running that you haven’t noticed yet, or as complicated as a small burst in a buried pipe.

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

Keep Your Central Air Clean & Mean

Keep It Clean

Your A/C unit has a filter. It’s thin, light, easily removable, and if you’ve never seen it then it’s probably pretty gross right now. Pull it out, stick it in the shower, and give it a good once-over with a sponge. Let it dry then put it back in—and be thankful you aren’t breathing that filth anymore. This will increase the unit’s output and lower the temp. The other half of this is keeping the coil clean. If you’re on the ground floor, then it’s pretty easy: just use a garden hose to blast some water into the unit through the grates at the top and the sides. If you’re on an upper floor of an apartment building, you’re going to have to get creative. Try using a portable, pumpable sprayer.

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

Do You Know How To Adjust Your Water Pressure?

Adjust the Water Pressure

Anyone with municipal water has a water-pressure regulator between their home and the main supply. Without it, the pressure would blast through all of your appliances and fixtures. To raise or lower the pressure coming into your home, you need to find the regulator and have a partner to test the pressure as you adjust it.

The regulator might be in or around your home, near the main water-cutoff valve, or it could be near the street with the water main. It will probably have some kind of screwed-on cover, but inside is usually a wing nut or bolt you can turn to adjust the pressure. Again, while someone watches the pressure, slowly turn the nut-bolt clockwise to increase pressure and counterclockwise to decrease it.

If you still need assistance with your plumbing make sure to call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ. 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