#1: Feminine products
Tampons, pads and other feminine products swell up and can easily cause blockages in your pipes. Never flush these – use the trash can instead.
Even if the package says they’re “flushable,” wipes can still clog up your pipes. They’re designed to absorb moisture, so when you put them in a pipe with running water, they blow up like balloons. Again, always throw them out. Never flush them.
#3: Paper towels
Paper towels are great for drying your hands or wiping off toothpaste stains on the mirror. But whatever you do, don’t flush them down the toilet! They’re not designed to dissolve, the way toilet paper is, so they can quickly create blockages. Dispose of paper towels in the garbage.
#4: Any type of leftover grease or oil
Dispose of oil and bacon grease in a closed container in your trash can. Or pour it out in the yard if you must. But never put it down the disposal, you’re just asking for a nasty congealed mess in your pipes.
Pasta swells up in water when you cook it well, it does the same thing when it goes down the drain. Avoid pasta-clogged pipes. Don’t let those noodles escape when you’re draining your spaghetti.
#6: Liquid drain cleaners
We saved this one for last because it’s especially dangerous: liquid drain cleaners are corrosive and can destroy pipes. If you need your pipes cleaned, don’t DIY. Call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ. We can get rid of the mess without ruining your drains in the process.
If you read all these tips and you still managed to get your pipes clogged up, give Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical a call. We 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
Some Rooms Are Warm, Others Are Cold
Ductwork is the pathway through your home that spreads warm air. A leak in the ductwork can cause uneven heating. Is your heater in the garage or on one end of the house? If so, the air has to travel farther, making some rooms warm and others cold.
Ask your Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical HVAC professional to help you identify the real problem. They can show you your options. Maybe you need some tests done, or a two-stage furnace. Two-stage furnaces blow at high and low speeds, instead of just “on” and “off”. This can help spread the air through your house more evenly. Our experts can also offer options for supplemental heating sources if your furnace isn’t centrally located in the home.
High Energy Bills
Have we mentioned to check the furnace filter? A dirty filter can make your energy costs go up by 15%!
Do you have a swamp cooler? In the winter, a damper needs to be placed in the ductwork leading to the cooler. Otherwise, the warm air you’ve paid to heat your home escapes to the outside and you’re just wasting energy and money.
Your Heater Makes Loud Noises
Banging, whirring or strange clicking noises are not a good sign. Your heater could be trying to tell you that the motor is going out. It may be slow and noisy to start up. There could also be something stuck in the ductwork like flapping tape. An HVAC Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional can help you pinpoint the noise. If you have any questions or concerns call toll-free @888-315-5564
The furnace is older than 15 years: A furnace’s age impacts its effectiveness. The average lifespan of a furnace is between 15-20 years. You may want to consider a replacement if your furnace is over 15 years old even if you think it is in good working order.
Energy bills are higher despite usage staying the same: Furnaces that have become inefficient have to work harder to provide proper heating, resulting in more expensive heating bills. Consider spending the money to replace your furnace and enjoy the benefits of a reduced bill during the life of your new appliance.
Rooms in your house are heating unevenly: Changing your thermostat constantly to feel more comfortable could be a sign your furnace is not distributing heat evenly throughout the house. This may mean you have an old or faulty furnace that needs replacing.
The furnace is excessively noisy or develops rattles, buzzes or hums: It’s highly likely that if your appliance is making these noises it has some major mechanical issues and that replacement may be necessary.
The furnace has needed frequent repairs over the past two years: Are you calling for heating service months after your last repair? Your furnace could be reaching its lifespan and needs replacing. Keep in mind that repair costs will eventually outweigh the costs of getting a new unit.
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
Avoid Health Hazards
A faulty furnace or one that’s in disrepair can be dangerous to your home and those in it. When you have your furnace serviced by a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical HVAC expert, you can avoid dangers like carbon monoxide poisoning and fire.
Make Your Furnace More Efficient
A dirty furnace or a furnace in disrepair may operate, but it will not be operating as it should be. Furnace maintenance and service includes cleaning, inspections, lubricating and other items that will make sure your furnace is at its most efficient. When your furnace is working efficiently, you will see your electricity and gas bills drop.
If you haven’t been getting your furnace serviced regularly, you are putting yourself at risk of no heat, health hazards, and high heating bills. Have Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ come out at least once a year to make sure everything is geared and ready to go when the temperatures drop.
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 plumbing or HVAC needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564
Ditch the Grease You should never pour grease down your drain. If you find your kitchen drain is slowly flowing, you can battle grease build-up with liquid dish detergent and boiling water. The dish soap will dissolve grease and oil, while the boiling water will melt the grease deposits and flush everything away.
- Fill up a large pot of water and put on to boil
- Squirt a generous amount of liquid dish detergent directly into your drain
- Slowly pour the boiling water down the drain, just a little bit at a time
After clearing your drain, be sure to use lots of cold water when you use your garbage disposal. Why not hot? The cold water helps to keep the oils and grease in a solid state so the garbage disposal can do its job by breaking it up. Using hot water melts and softens the grease, causing it to coat the inside of your drain.
In your bathroom, you can tackle the hair and gunk with a simple kitchen ingredient: table salt.
- Pour at least 1 tablespoon of salt into the drain
- Immediately pour ¼ cup plain white vinegar into the drain
- Let sit for one hour
- Run very hot water through the drain (this helps to clear out everything just loosened)
- If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple toll-free @ 888-315-5564
A pipe has burst. If water is gushing from a wall or ceiling, or quickly pooling in the floor, you probably have a burst pipe. You might also notice that when you turn on a valve in the house, the water pressure is very low.
First, you need to shut off the water at the main valve (usually located outside your house, perhaps near the street). You can’t allow the burst pipe to continue pouring water into your home, and you probably don’t want to live for several days without water, either.
Sewage is pouring backward out of your drains. If there’s a clog in your drainage system, sewage might back up into a toilet or even bathtub. Even if you clean up the initial mess, that clog is still there, and you need to use the toilets, sinks, shower, washing machine, and so on. Call a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical plumber so that we can snake your drains, remove the clog, and save you from a week of sewage horrors!
Green Apple PlumbingMechanical 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
Seal the Ducts
Most HVAC systems rely on extensive ductwork to move air through the home, and the average ductwork contributes to 20 percent of energy loss because of leaks as air passes through the ductwork. While a furnace at the end of its lifespan can cause constantly rising energy bills despite unchanging energy needs, leaky ductwork can also contribute to increased energy loss over time.
To make your furnace more energy efficient and prevent it from working overtime to warm your home, call in a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional to take a closer look at your ducts. By updating the joint seals and improving the insulation on any exposed ductwork, you can make big strides towards better efficiency.
Get a Regular Tune-up
If your furnace seems to be running smoothly, it is easy to let a few maintenance appointments slide. This can quickly add up, though, since a typical furnace needs annual maintenance. To get the best performance from your furnace for its entire 20- to 30-year lifespan, be sure to schedule a Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical professional to check fluids, change the air filter, and perform regular preventative maintenance. Keep in mind that furnaces over 10 or 15 years old that exhibit serious operational issues might be ready for replacement.
Schedule an appointment to ensure your furnace is functioning efficiently. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call us toll-free @ 888-315-5564
1. The “Stack Effect” describes how air moves through a building
The Stack Effect principle refers to the movement of air through spaces, most specifically, the rising of heat in buildings. In the cold winter months, the warm air in the building is less dense than the cold air outside. That warm air bubble wants to rise up and out of the building.
This rising air causes cold air to be drawn into cracks at the bottom of the house. This is why your basement is colder than your highest floor. This is also why leaky houses consume larger amounts of energy.
2. In Britain, “furnace” has a whole different meaning
In Britain, the term “furnace” only refers to industrial metallurgical furnaces used for smelting iron ore, lead or copper. In America, we call this type of industrial furnaces “blast furnaces”. The Brits call their heating systems “central heating”.
3. The word “furnace” has Greek origins
It’s said that the name comes from the Greek word “fornax” which means oven.
4. They really do require maintenance
Did you know that a 6 room house collects an average of 40 pounds of dust a year? You can see why regular maintenance of your HVAC is so important!
If you are interested in scheduling some annual maintenance for your furnace or have any questions about any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564
Showing Love means lower costs
Spending a little bit to prevent a serious problem can go a long way towards preventing you from having to spend a whole lot of cash. A major plumbing repair can not only cost you in downtime, but it can make a hefty hole in your pocket if it becomes a critical emergency. For example: when was the last time you checked your home faucets, hose bibs or spigots around your home for any drips or leaks? Leaking pipes and faucets also cost you a lot in wasted water, so a quick fix could actually save you hundreds over the course of the year.
– Showing Love means No Sudden Emergencies
Maintaining your plumbing not only increases your reliability, but it dramatically decreases the chances that something devastating will go wrong when you least expect it to. Rusted, corroded pipes under pressure can burst, a water heater can create pressure and start to leak, and tree roots in a sewer line can cause your entire home to back up. But taking a few extra preventative steps and having a trained eye to survey and inspect your property can do wonders for preventing these issues from ever emerging to an emergency.
Remember to show your plumbing some love this year, by lowering your costs with preventive measures. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564
Maintain Your Manufacturer’s Warranty
It’s a good idea to get regular furnace tune-up so that you can maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.
On most good-quality furnaces, you can get a 10-year warranty option. Since a well cared for furnace can last as long as 20 years, you’ll want to regularly check in on your furnace to make sure that it still qualifies for the warranty.
If there comes a day when you do need to cash in on that warranty, they are going to ask for service records to prove that you’ve been taking care of it. If you haven’t, you’re most likely not going to get the outcome you were hoping for.
Investing in annual furnace maintenance is the best way for you to be better safe than sorry.
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 888-611-7191