Keep Your Sewer Lines or Septic Tank Clear
If you have municipal sewers, hire a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumber to snake your main sewage cleanout every few years. This helps to remove tree roots that inevitably work their way into these pipes leading to messy sewage backups. If you have a septic system, get the tank pumped out every three to five years.
Other Ways to Avoid Trouble
1. Learn where your home’s main water shut-off valve is so if there’s ever a leak, you can go straight there and quickly turn off the water to the entire house.
2. Remove hoses from outdoor spigots in winter to prevent frozen water from cracking the pipes and causing a flood.
3. Add pipe insulation to the plumbing in cold parts of your house such as garages, basements, and crawl spaces to avoid frozen pipes (and to shorten the wait for hot water).
4. Never use an exposed pipe as a hanger rod for laundry. Doing so can loosen joints and fasteners.
5. Fix problems quickly. Even small leaks can make pipes corrode more quickly, and cause significant water damage or mold.
Air Conditioner Coils
The air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over their months and years of service. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. In time, however, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this problem, check your evaporator coil every year and clean it as necessary.
Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins.
You should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris, and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet (0.6 meters) allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.
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CLEAR THE AREA FOR AIRFLOW
Clear out junk, heat traps, and airflow blockers from your heating and cooling unit. This means that you need to make sure that there isn’t anything flammable near your furnace. That furnace gets incredibly hot while it’s running, and dry cardboard, papers, and fabrics are all a fire risk if they’re too close.
On the other hand, you need to be sure that the area around your air conditioner’s condenser unit is always kept clear as well. The condenser operates on airflow, with a fan drawing cooler air over the heated condenser fins. If brush, trash, or other materials are in the way, air cannot be pulled over the fins to cool it, impeding your unit’s ability to cool your home (this is also why an iced-over air conditioner cannot cool your home).
For forced air climate control systems (which most heating and cooling systems for modern homes are), the most important thing is regulating airflow. When your system was installed, it was designed to heat or cool your home. The power of your system should have been sized to match how large the rooms are and how far the air needs to move through the ducts to reach the individual rooms.
Closing off rooms and vents can actually impede airflow for your system by generating backpressure that your blower fan has to fight against. Backpressure can force open seals, leading to heating or cooling losses in the ventilation ducting. Open doors and vents leave all open to keep maximal airflow for the highest efficiency of your unit.
One way to prevent costly repairs to your home is a regular maintenance schedule. Because many issues with your pipes sneak up on you, a thorough inspection is a key to catching small problems before they grow. Hidden leaks in sink drains or below water heaters are more than just a nuisance; over time, they can cause structural damage. Water that seeps into sheetrock or plaster contributes to mold growth. Porous tile or wood flooring can discolor or warp when wet.
Inspections from a certified Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumber give you a more in-depth look at your home’s pipes and drains. Your inspector will check the water heater, garbage disposal and every area of your home’s plumbing system.
- Drain treatment to maximize the flow rate
- Cleaning of garbage disposals and water heaters
- Pressure tests to detect hairline leaks
- Water pressure assessment and adjustment
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Central Air In Distress
Change your filter. Most people let them get too dirty, and this is one of the most common reasons for poor performance in air conditioners. An unclean filter adds resistance and reduces airflow. Go ahead and check it now. Don’t Wait.
Improve airflow. In addition to the air filter, your AC may have other types of air flow problems. If the evaporator coil is dirty, not enough air moves across it and your home doesn’t cool off as well as it should. If the condenser coil is dirty, it won’t dump enough heat to the outside. If your condenser coil is crowded with vegetation or other obstacles, clear it out. You can trim the bushes yourself, but you should probably call a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ professional to clean the coils.
Look for disconnected ducts. If your ducts are outside of the conditioned space in your home, check to see if anything has come loose. Fixing a supply duct that’s sending all its cool air to the attic or crawl space can have an immediate impact on your comfort. This problem is more common than you may think.
Leak protection can save you big on both hassle and cash. For $200-$300, you can get a system that provides both an alarm and the main water shut-off in the event of a leak in your dishwasher, water heater, and even sink.
Stressing your food processor
Your garbage disposal can and will get clogged if you pour grease, fibrous foods like celery, or bulk amounts of garbage in all at once. Feeding garbage into the disposal slowly, while running cold water, is the best way to avoid a clog.
Keeping the same water heater Forever
Water heaters tend to lose their effectiveness at the 15-year-mark or before and may cause a flood if you’re not careful. Do yourself a favor and invest in a new model before trouble strikes and your home becomes an indoor flood plain.
If any of these plumbing practices sound familiar, don’t panic. All you can do is move forward with new strategies that don’t harm your plumbing. Be sure to contact our experienced team at Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ with any questions, concerns, or to schedule a house call. Call toll-free @888-315-5564Read More