Controlling Your Air Quality With Central Air

FILTERED AIR

One of the many benefits of a central air system is the air pushed through the ducts is filtered. The air quality of your home will improve, which means fewer allergens and potentially harmful gases.

However, this benefit requires maintaining and changing the filter regularly. Modern units have filter indicators that’ll tell you when you need to change your filter.

If you live in an area with high levels of humidity, filtering the air also means lowering the humidity level. This increases the comfort level of your home, too.

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 888-315-5564.

Simple Plumbing Secrets You Should Know

1) LEMON PEELS WILL MAKE MY SINK SMELL GOOD.

This is true, but we don’t recommend it unless you have a very powerful garbage disposal. We recommend a homemade mixture of vinegar and a bit of baking soda, completely dissolved, being poured down the drain to keep it fresh smelling.

 

2) FLUSHABLE WIPES CAN BE FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET.

Wow – this is a tough one! They can be, but we do not encourage their use. They can cause major clogging issues. It is true they are more biodegradable than say a wet sock, but not much better. Flushable wipes have the potential to back up your entire system. Don’t waste your money.

3) A SLOW LEAKING FAUCET IS NOT A PROBLEM.

FALSE! Anytime there is a dripping that won’t stop you are hiking up your water bill, wasting water, and causing wear and tear on your faucet and plumbing fixtures. If you can’t fix a leak yourself, call in a professional Green Apple plumber and the reinforcements to tend to it. Don’t wait!

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

Air Quality And Your HVAC Unit

How Can You Protect Yourself Against AC Air Pollution?

  • Check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning or changing your unit’s air filters.
  • Open the windows as much as you can. Allow fresh air to circulate in your home and flush out pollutants.
  • Have a Green Apple HVAC technician perform annual maintenance checks.
  • Turn the temperature up, or turn the unit off altogether, at night or when the house is empty.
  • Try using the fan-only mode on your AC unit.
  • Don’t forget about the AC unit in your car. Be sure to change your cabin air filters after a few years to ensure a clean ride.

There are many small steps you can take to protect yourself and your family against air contamination caused by a dirty air conditioning unit.

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 us toll-free at 888-315-5564

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 Long Should Your Garbage Disposal Last?

HOW TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR WASTE DISPOSAL

There are some steps that you can take today to help stop your garbage disposal from failing prematurely. With proper care and maintenance, you may be able to help your food disposal last far beyond the average 12 years that most people can expect. In fact, you may be able to boost the life of your unit to 15 or even 20 years.

It’s a good idea to use a snake or other plumbing device specifically designed for garbage disposals every two years or so to clean out any food or debris that has collected in the unit. This helps to prevent buildup from reaching levels that could inhibit the operation of the internal blades and mechanisms.

Often, backups and drainage issues are caused not by the garbage disposal itself but by food and particles that get stuck further down the pipe. Before resorting to harsh chemicals to remove these types of blockages, consider plugging the drain hole and filling the sink with cold water. Pull the plug, and allow the pressure of the water to help remove the blockage.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have 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

How To Pamper Your Plumbing

Taking daily steps to prevent drain clogs is so important. In the kitchen, this means not pouring grease, fats, or oils (including cooking oil and butter) down the drain. These products will eventually coagulate inside of the drains, and if the clog is in the drain outside of the home, then the repair can really get expensive.

Proper use of the garbage disposal is also important for preventing clogs. When using your garbage disposal, you should turn the water on before running the disposal and leave the water running for a good 15 seconds afterward to help rinse the debris through to the main line. You should also avoid putting certain foods in the disposal, including fibrous foods like banana peels and celery, as well as foods that are difficult to process, like potato peels and cucumber peels.

In the bathroom, you should reduce your use of bath oils and avoid using chemical clog removal products. You should also avoid flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Things like tampons, diapers, and other garbage items will quickly cause a clog if you try to flush them.

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 888-315-5564

Have You Overlooked These Air Conditioning Concerns?

Never Cleaning Fins and Coils

Air conditioning evaporator fins and coils allow heat to pass from the refrigerant in the system out into the air, just as condenser coils absorb heat from inside the house. This process of moving heat is very important, but it can become impeded by layers of dust and grime. If you never ever check on your coils that grime is costing you money and decreasing efficiency. Clean your air conditioner at the beginning of the warm season and check it from time to time, especially after storms or high winds to make sure your coils and fins stay clear.

Ignoring Your Air Filter

Your home’s air filters help to remove dust, allergens and more from all the air that passes through the system. These filters are typically light cardboard-and-wire constructs that are designed to be regularly replaced. After around six months or so, that filter is so filled with dirt, air has a tough time getting through and the unit can’t really do its job anymore. That not only raises the volume of dust in your home, it also greatly decreases airflow and efficiency for your AC unit. You can improve energy use for your AC  by five to fifteen percent just by replacing a dirty filter, so make sure that you get a new filter a couple times a year and remember to check and change it after particularly dusty activities, like a big demolition and remodel.
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Reliable And Affordable Plumbing

Here at Green Apple Plumbing NJ we always provide the most reliable and affordable plumbing services available. 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. We take care of every type of plumbing situation whether it’s a slow leaking faucet or a major plumbing emergency we have your back. We are New Jersey’s most trusted professionals. 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

Why Plumbers Think You Shouldn’t Use Drano Type Products

One of the biggest pet peeves plumbers have is that people seem to think that Drano and Liquid Plumr are the solutions for any drain clog in the house. While these can be useful tools in some instances, in others, they can cause more damage than they are worth.
Why Shouldn’t I Use Drano in My Toilet Bowl?

Toilets are a special case, as any chemical you put in the toilet is going to stay there for some time, since the bowl fills with water and is slow to drain without flushing. The chemicals will settle onto the porcelain. Plumbers will tell you this is a bad thing because the chemicals in Liquid Plumr and Drano will heat up while standing in the ceramic bowl. This will cause one of two things to happen. First, it can crack the porcelain bowl, meaning you will have to replace the entire commode. Second, the concoction could explode, leading to replacement of fixtures, furniture, and perhaps walls in your bathroom. Both are much more expensive than calling a plumber to bring a drain snake for repairs or using a plunger.
Why Shouldn’t I Use Liquid Plumr in Other Parts of My Home?

There is no rule that says over the counter drain clog removers aren’t safe in some instances. For example, you could potentially clear out a really bad clog in your shower drain with one of these liquid agents. However, plumbers will warn you that, if you have plastic piping in your plumbing system, the chemicals in these agents will eat away at your pipes quickly. In fact, they can even begin to eat and corrode metal piping over the long term. If you use them too frequently or if the chemical doesn’t resolve the clog then it just sits in your pipes eating them away. For reoccurring clogs, you should always call for professional help rather than risk the cost of repiping your home.
Signs You Might Be Getting Played

Of course, if plumbers insist that you never use chemicals for small projects, they are likely just trying to make an extra buck or two. In many cases, a single use of Liquid Plumr or Drano isn’t going to cause an issue with your pipes, though you may still want to avoid use of harsh chemicals in the toilet. Don’t be guilted or frightened into getting professional help when it’s not necessary, but also know when to make that phone call to the trained and licensed plumbing contractor!
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Women Working In The Plumbing Industry

Hispanic female, former makeup artist with a gag reflex issue — that’s not what comes to mind when one thinks of a plumber.

But it’s an apt description of Chicago resident Cristina Barillas, who shocked family and friends 14 years ago when she told them she was planning to work in the male-dominated trade.

“My mom said, ‘It’s a job for men. People will look at you weird. It’s not what girls do,’ ” she said.

“But … once I got my license, my family [realized] this is a career for me, something I want to be in forever,” their attitudes changed, she said, adding that now “they call me for questions and advice.”

Barillas, a journeyman plumber, is among the mere 1.1 percent of women working among the 553,000 plumbers, pipe layers, pipefitters and steamfitters in the U.S., according to the Labor Department.

Also among them is apprentice plumber Zahrah Hill, 23. Asked what she finds rewarding about the trade, she replied, “The look on peoples faces when I say I’m the plumber, and when I leave with the problem fixed and they’re like, ‘You go girl.’ ”

The field is one more women should pursue, women plumbers say. They cite pay, which for journeymen plumbers is $46.65 an hour — $72.56 an hour including benefits once one completes five-years of training. And apprentices start at $15.90 an hour in pay and $36.42 an hour with benefits, according to Plumbers Local 130 in Chicago.

Despite the compensation, the industry’s image hurts recruitment. So said Jayne Vellinga, executive director of Chicago Women in Trades, which works to attract women and help train them for high-wage, nontraditional careers.

“Think toilets; many women and people in general can’t seem to get past [that],” Vellinga said. “It’s true that there are icky moments in this trade, not just in terms of human waste, but also [the] crawling around in basements, rats, etc. But most women actually work in new construction and don’t endure conditions any more difficult than other trades.”

Sarah Stigler, 33-year-old board chairwoman of Chicago Women in Trades and a journeyman plumber, said there needs to be greater education about the diversity of the work.

Barillas notes her work history has been varied. She is based at O’Hare Airport, where she does maintenance and service work. Prior to landing at O’Hare, she did residential work, including new construction and renovations replacing water heaters and dishwashers and repiping apartment buildings. She also worked laying water and sewage lines and trimming out kitchen, sink and bathroom fixtures for individual units.

“I have not one time dug in any toilet,” said Hill, who became an apprentice in May. “Of course it’s going to come, but that represents only a small part of what plumbers do.”

Recently she has worked on jobs installing water meters for Chicago residents. She stressed that plumbers have cause to be proud of their work.

“Plumbers protect the health of the nation,” Hill said. “You can live without lights. You can live without gas. You can’t live without water. If you don’t have water, you’re up the creek, and you have to know how to get rid of your waste.”

For 30-year-old apprentice plumber Symone Holmes, the trade has led to greater financial security.

“I grew up in CHA housing,” she said. “We were on welfare. Now, I don’t have to stand in the welfare line. I can get my own apartment and afford lights, gas, rent and everything else with no headache.

Her interest in plumbing began when she was a student at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, where she decided to take a plumbing class and heard a presentation from Chicago Women in Trades, Holmes said.

But barriers continue to keep many women from pursuing the field, including gender stereotyping, lack of information and preparation and discrimination, Vellinga said. Still, progress is being made.

“For the plumbers in Chicago specifically, there has been some improvement recently as the program switched from a subjective interview to an objective experience form for new applicants,” she said. “Overall, I’d say the selection process is reasonably fair, and women do have a good shot at being accepted into the program if they can test well and are physically fit enough to pass the strength tests they require.”

But keeping women on board is a challenge.

“In terms of retention, I’d say we still have a lot of work to do with the contractors,” Vellinga said. “Women’s ability to build long-lasting careers in the industry is dependent on whether or not they are able to work steadily … and receive solid on-the-job training” — not just temporarily meet an Equal Employment Opportunity goal for someone.

“It really isn’t enough to say we’re not going to discriminate; numbers won’t improve without targeted efforts to recruit and retain women specifically,” Vellinga said.

Hill shared an incident where she got an unexpected reaction because of her gender. Shortly after she and her male partner arrived at a customer’s home to install a water meter, the customer refused to let her work.

“He said, ‘Women don’t do this kind of work,’ ” Hill said. “My partner said, ‘It’s a new day.’ But the customer [insisted], ‘She can’t do this work in my house.’ ”

Hill left and her partner joined her in what she viewed as a show of support.

“He knew I knew what I was doing,” Hill said of her partner.

Recently Hill worked on a job at an elementary school, where she had a more pleasant experience opening a little girl’s eyes to possibilities in the trade. When she and her partner walked into the school, the child stared at her partner and then turned her gaze to Hill.

“He’s this rugged guy,” she said of her partner. “Me, my hair is in braids. I still try to be feminine, with mascara or lip gloss, but I was dressed to work. She looked at me and was like, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘Baby, I’m replacing the water fountain.’ She said, ‘You know how to do that stuff? I didn’t know girls could do that.’ I said, ‘Girls can do everything.’ I loved it. It made the day.”

Stigler says to succeed in the trade a woman needs a sense of humor, thick skin and to know when to speak up for herself.

“You have to get used to the temperature of the water and recognize this guy has my best interests in mind, even though he called me a blank. But that’s what he calls everybody,” she shared. “The trades culture is different. Understanding how to take people is a big part of it. You have to take punches like everybody, work your way up and conduct yourself in a way that people respect you and understand you. And you have to know when to advocate for yourself.”