Take Care Of Your Plumbing

Taking care of your plumbing is what Green Apple Plumbing does best! With years of expertise and experience, no one is more qualified in the New Jersey area to serve you better! We have you covered no matter what your plumbing concern may be. With the cold weather arriving, there comes a new set of plumbing troubles and Green Apple Plumbing is here to help you through. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

Every Possible Plumbing Concern

Here at Green Apple Plumbing NJ we would like to remind you that we have every single one of your plumbing concerns covered. With years of experience and expertise, no one is more qualified to make sure you get the best service and price for all of your plumbing problems. 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

Big Or Small We’ve Got Your Back

No matter what the problem is your plumbing is having whether it be big or small you can always rely on Green Apple Plumbing NJ to have your back. We are New Jersey’s most reliable plumbing service. So whether it’s broken frozen pipes or a dripping faucet or a broken garbage disposal. So, if you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing concerns feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

Prepare Your Pipes For The Cold

The cold weather is upon us here in New Jersey. It’s very important to make sure your plumbing pipes are prepared for the cold weather. Let us here at Green Apple Plumbing NJ help you and your family navigate through the seasons. We can inspect your pipes and make sure they are prepared for the cold season. Feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

As The Season Changes..

As the season changes from summer to fall it’s important to remember that as the seasons change so do the needs of your plumbing systems. So whether that be keeping your pipes warm and keeping them from freezing or making sure not to abuse your garbage disposal. Green Apple Plumbing will always be there for you and your family through all the seasons. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll free at 888-315-5564

Today Is The First Day Of Fall! Protect Your Plumbing

Fall has arrived!, and in New Jersey that means a profusion of glorious colors as the leaves turn from green to red and gold. What’s slightly less intriguing for the homeowner, however, is the problems caused by those leaves when they drop into the drainage system. The backup they cause in the pipes can lead to a variety of sink plumbing problems, both in your kitchen and bathroom sink. Here are our 3 top tips for preventing Fall plumbing problems.

Tip #1: Clean Up Regularly

Keep an eye on falling leaves and take notice of where they come to rest. They don’t just fall on the ground below the tree – wind, rain and traffic can cause them to migrate en masse to hollows found in your yard such as:

  • Eavestroughs
  • Basement window wells, and
  • Gutters

If you find leaves collecting in a particular area, there’s a good chance it’s an escape route for water from somewhere, and that could mean it enters the drainage system. A blockage in the drainage system can cause sink plumbing to clog, so rake up the leaves at least once a week and bag them immediately, to prevent them being distributed across the yard a second time.

Tip #2: Fit Drain Covers

A variety of covers is available for keeping leaves and other debris out of your drains. Some covers are specifically engineered to catch fallen leaves, for the express purpose of preventing sink plumbing problems. Whether you fit a solid cover manufactured to fit your particular type of drain, or a DIY solution made from some wire mesh weighted down with rocks, as long as the material is dense enough to stop even the smallest leaves and seeds from entering the drain it will work. In instances where you need to do regular drain cleaning and inspections, a DIY cover might be easier to remove when necessary.

Tip #3: Get an Inspection

Green Apple Plumbing NJ recommend regular inspections of your drains and plumbing, and Fall is a good time to schedule one. Before it gets any colder, arrange to have your Green Apple Plumbing NJ plumber do the following:

  • Conduct a camera inspection and identify any cracked or leaking pipes
  • Check your hot water heater for full efficiency,  and
  • Conduct  any faucet repair you might need

Check your sink plumbing throughout the home, too, because once everything is frozen outdoors it can be challenging even for the best-equipped professionals to gain access.

Preparing for Winter

The Fall is also a good time to prepare generally for Winter, by checking the insulation on all exposed pipes, making sure your sump pump is working effectively and repairing any signs of damp in your basement. Remember, a basement wall that is just wet in summer will be freezing cold in winter, and could cause lasting damage to your home’s foundation or items stored in your basement. Cover your outdoor faucets with Styrofoam cones, available from your local Home Depot, or Lowe’s at around a dollar each.

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 Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-315-5564

Fall Heating Prep Checklist

Fall is just about here in New Jersey and that means cooler temperatures are settling in. While you may still be able to crack the windows to achieve a comfortable indoor temperature, pretty soon it will be far too cold for that. It’s time to start thinking about having your furnace inspected and tuned-up so you don’t have to deal with an unexpected breakdown in the dead of winter.

 

At Green Apple Plumbing NJ we are your certified specialists for home heating system maintenance. We offer the following services:

  • Forced air gas furnaces
  • Hot water boilers
  • Steam boilers
  • Radiant heating
  • Electric furnaces
  • Oil furnaces
  • Heat pumps

Why have a pro get your system ready for the season? Proper system maintenance can help lower utility costs and extend the lifespan of your system and its parts. Your system will work more efficiently and there’s much less of a chance for a breakdown when you need your equipment most.

If you have any concerns regarding any of your plumbing, heating and air conditioning  needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll free at

(973) 943-0927

The Best Tips To Prepare Your Plumbing For Fall

Fall is just around the corner here in the New Jersey area.  What some people tend to forget to do for their homes for the fall is to check their plumbing before winter sets in.

Do you usually focus on the outer beauty of your home and neglect the inner beauty? Never fear! Here are nine essential tips to help you in preparing your pipes for the imminent wild winter weather:

Safeguard Those Pipes! What’s the easiest way to prevent pipes from freezing or bursting? Why, vigilance, of course! Be sure that your pipes (and even the wall cavities in which they reside) are well insulated. If you’re not sure if your pipes are well insulated or not, give us a call, and we’ll inspect your pipes for you!


Leaky Faucet? Fix it! 
If there were an opportune time to fix any and all leaky faucets in your home, now is the time! You’ll want to check those pipes out before the temperatures dip into the low, bone-chilling, slightly-above-freezing level. Check out all faucets in the kitchen, bathroom(s), and any utility room locations. If they’re leaking, tap into your inner handyman to fix it! If you’re not able to or don’t know a family member who can help, we here at Green Apple Plumbing NJ would be more than happy to lend a hand or two!

Drain Your Hot Water Heater: This is especially necessary if you happen to live in an area that uses hard water. When your hot water heater isn’t drained enough, extra amounts of sediments could build up in the tank, and rust could begin to develop in the tank. Fall is the PERFECT time to drain your hot water heater! If you find that your hot water heater is too old or is rusting, you should probably consider getting a new one. You don’t want to go throughout winter taking cold showers!

Disconnect Outside Water Hoses:  Remember when you used to go outside to fill up the kids’ pool or wash your prized car in the summertime, thanks to your trusty outdoor water hose? Well, now’s the time to disconnect your beloved water hose and put it away until springtime. If you leave your outdoor hose connected to the faucet, the water that’s still left in the hose can freeze and expand during the fall and winter months, which can cause your faucets and the connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and, ultimately, freeze. Not only will you be hindered from your future summer outdoor activities in the coming year, but you will also have to foot a hefty repair bill if you neglect to disconnect the hose!

Your Outdoor Faucets Matter, Too! While you’re caring for your indoor faucets and piping, don’t forget about your outdoor faucets! Make sure they aren’t dripping or leaking; if they are and aren’t fixed, this could lead to some nasty accidents in the future, especially when the temperature goes below the freezing point.

Close and Drain Shut-Off Valves Leading Outside: If your house is furnished with interior shut-off valves leading to any outside faucets, be sure to close them and drain the water from the outside lines. If the water remains in the lines and freezes, it could cause a good amount of damage and could cost you a pretty penny to repair.

Inspect and Clean Sump Pump and Pit: Before you feel the autumnal chill in the air (or, at the very latest, see snowflakes!), it would be very wise to inspect and clean your sump pump and the pit in which it’s situated. When your sump pump is exposed to extreme cold, it can freeze, which in turn prevents the pump from operating. Without a properly working sump pump, water can enter your basement and can easily cause flooding, especially when precipitation is high.

Got Outdoor Pipes? Wrap ‘Em Up! Do you have any pipes that are not within an insulated area? Wrap them in heat tape before the weather grows cold so they will operate properly and be less prone to freezing or bursting. Uninsulated garages and beneath mobile homes are good examples of places where pipes can be without being insulated.

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 973-943-0927

How to keep your pipes from freezing in cold temperatures

Colder temperatures are beginning to linger, and that freezing air can affect your water pipes. Pipes in homes and businesses can freeze and burst, even at temperatures in the lower 30s.

Our experts at Green Apple Plumbing say there are many things that can be done to prevent this from happening.

“Keep the house heated and if you’re going to leave for an extended period of time, one thing you can do is turn the water off at your meter, which is normally in the basement.”

The temperature in your home should be kept above 50. Unplugging outside garden hoses, keeping cabinet doors cracked open and turning the faucet on to a drip are other tips that can help.

Opening cabinets beneath the sink allows warm air to flow to the pipes, and letting the faucet drip keeps water flowing.

“Basically, just try to keep all exposed lines as well-insulated as possible.”

Pipe insulation can be bought at any hardware store. It’s usually about $3, and very easy to put on.

“Some of it comes with self-adhesive, so you just cut it to the length you want, pull the tape off and just squeeze it together.”

If you’re still worried about the pipes freezing and not sure what to do, you can always call us at (888) 315-5564.

“We can do a full inspection and see if we see any weak point in it, or see if there’s anything we can do to lessen your chances of a freeze.”

Everything You Need to Know About Winterizing Pipes

As you ready your house for the colder months ahead, don’t forget about your water system. When water freezes, it expands. So if the temperature of your pipes drops below 32 degrees, even for a short period, you run the risk of a pipe fracture or worse. Take the following precautions now to avoid a major headache later.

Inside Your Home
Anywhere cold air blows on a pipe, it creates the potential for freezing. To make sure your pipes are well-insulated, close crawl space vents and stuff insulation over the openings. Even a tiny hole can let a lot of cold air blow in; make sure you fill in all the cracks.

A bathroom or laundry room located above or next to a garage can be particularly vulnerable, so keep the garage door closed to maintain maximum heat.

If your bathroom pipes run along an outside exterior wall, try keeping the vanity door(s) open to allow heat inside. If you’re anticipating a deep freeze, consider using a fan to help circulate the air near the pipes, or purchase a small space heater for some extra temporary heat.

Finally, never turn off the heat when you leave home during the winter. Instead, set the temperature to at least 55 degrees F (higher if you’ve had problems in the past or live in an area of extreme cold). If you have multiple heat zones, be sure to adjust all thermostats appropriately.

Outside Your Home
Disconnect and store garden hoses. If your home has a separate shut-off for external faucets, turn it off and drain the water from those faucets.

Turn off and drain sprinkler systems. You may want to call in a professional company to blow out any leftover water in the underground lines. A broken sprinkler pipe can do damage to the delicate components that make up the entire system, increasing the cost of repair.

Know where your main waterline shut-off is before problems arise. Depending on the age of your house, it can be inside a garage, basement or laundry room, or underground in your yard. After turning the water off, turn on faucets to allow the water to drain and release the pressure in your pipes.

Signs You Have Frozen Pipes
• You turn on the faucet but nothing comes out. Look in the most likely places and use the techniques listed above to gently thaw the area. Whatever you do, do not use a blowtorch to warm up a frozen pipe. Many homes have been set on fire this way.

• The water is turned off but you hear rushing water running anyway. This could be a sign that you have a leak somewhere. You should turn off the water lines immediately and investigate.