Make sure your travel plans include time for plumbing prep.
If you have summer travel planned, make sure your home is ready for it—especially if you’re going to be away for weeks or months at a time.
- Arrange to have a trusted friend or neighbor check in on your house and make sure everything is ok. Even an absence of a couple of days could lead to a big and costly mess if a leak goes undetected.
- Check your water-using appliances for loose or cracked hoses, leaks or other malfunctions.
- Turn your water heater down to its low, pilot or vacation setting. No need to waste energy heating water that won’t be used!
- If you’ll be away for an extended amount of time, consider turning off your water main and hot water heater and draining your pipes and tank.
- Empty the dishwasher and washing machine, and leave them open to air. While you’re at it, make sure your garbage disposal and plumbing traps are clean. That way, you won’t be coming home to musty, unpleasant odors.
- Make sure all indoor and outdoor taps are completely off.
- If your irrigation system is on a schedule, make sure it will run as desired while you’re away.
- 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 call us toll-free at 888-315-5564
Never Cleaning Fins and Coils
Ignoring Your Air Filter
1. Always Inspect for Leaks
Summer is the best time to check for leaks, since a long winter can have an impact on plumbing that we can’t even see, and you want a chance during warm weather to take care of any issues before it gets cold again.
Individually inspect each of the elements that use water inside and outside of your house: Faucets, pipes under the sink, shower heads, bathtub spigots, drinking water line, water softener, hot water heater, outdoor spigots, sprinklers, pool and more to see if they are in good working order. Look for rust, corrosion, leaks, broken or bent parts or other signs of trouble. Grab a bright flashlight to see underneath cabinets and in dark corners. It also helps to have a towel to wipe your hands and a few tissues to help you detect moisture.
For the toilet: Put food coloring in the tank to see if it leaks to the bowl without you flushing the toilet. Check the tank floater and the valve it’s attached to. The rubber float and its arm-like hardware wears out over time, and more quickly in hard water situations. The floater valve must be seated correctly, or it allows water to leak out and your toilet to run — It probably makes noise while it does so.
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
Being located outside means your air conditioning system does not block your views or affect the aesthetic appeal of your home. Conventional window unit air conditioners make it impossible to see out of the portion of the windows they use and they look uninviting from the exterior of your home. Because it does not take up any space indoors, your home looks chicer and more modern.
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.
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 us toll-free at 888-315-5564
Garbage disposals are great for getting rid of unwanted leftovers, expired food, and discarded peels. But we often take our disposal for granted—until it becomes clogged or stop working altogether.
While you’re having a good time in the backyard with your guests and the kids, your plumbing may be suffering under all the extra wear and tear.
The heat is on! Summer’s rising temperatures often coincide with an increase of water usage, both indoors and outdoors.
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.
- Wash your outdoor unit with high-pressure hose water working from the top down. It’s like cleaning out the lint trap on your dryer. If the air conditioning unit is clogged it can’t work properly.
Make sure none of your vents are blocked. Not blocked by a couch, dresser, china cabinet.
If you don’t use your basement or it’s getting too cold, close your basement vents. Since cold air drops, basements always get cold. Closing the vents will force cold air to other areas of the house where the cool is needed more.
In the spring or fall when you don’t need air conditioning but still want to cool the house a little, turn your furnace fan on. This will circulate the air throughout the house making it feel cooler.
If one vent is blowing really strongly it’s taking power away from vents elsewhere. Close the offending vent a little to allow airflow elsewhere. In older houses, this can be done with the dampers in the basement.
Don’t ever turn your air conditioner off in the summer. Once it’s cool enough outside, turn the temperature that your air is supposed to come on up a few degrees and open your windows. When your air comes on you know it’s time to close your windows again. If you let your house overheat in the summer getting full of hot air and humidity before you turn the air on, it’s harder on the air conditioner, more expensive and takes much longer to cool the house down.
During the summer, time spent outdoors tends to be spent on active pursuits like picnics, family days at the park, or other great adventures. While nothing’s more fun than a summer soccer game, it can leave your whole family throwing load after a load of laundry into the washer every time you turn around. After a while, this increased usage won’t just show up on your water bill — it may also show up as problems with your washing machine.
Be sure to stay around the house while doing laundry, so you can catch any problems fast and shut the machine off before they get worse (be sure to call a professional Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ repair technician with any needed repairs or concerns). Some older models may simply need a “break”, so washing your laundry one load at a time instead of doing several loads at once can also help. Finally, move your washing machine out from the wall a little, as this will help keep the water hose from kinking.
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 concerns call toll-free at 888-315-5564