Be Proactive With Your Plumbing Pipes

Protect Your Pipes

Protecting your pipes is the key to preventing expensive water leaks. A water leak not only causes property damage, but it can also drive up your water bill. Start by knowing what to look for when a pipe is leaking. It is not always obvious.

Pipes often leak near joints, so watch for:

  • Wet spots on the floor
  • Water spots on the ceiling
  • mold and mildew on floors, carpet, and walls
  • Sagging floorboards
  • Damp ground around the house

You might also notice a change in the water pressure or a sudden increase in your bill. Keep the area under the sink clear so you can spot drips and leaks there, too.

The best way to prevent leaks is to take steps to protect the pipes.

Green Apple 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 888-611-7191

The Key To Preserving Your Furnace

Get a Tune-Up Every Fall

Be sure to have your furnace tuned up every year to prepare for several long months of persistent heating. Do not have just anybody take a look at your machinery. Be sure that a Green Apple Mechanical NJ service technician which provides both repairs and provides heating systems stop by. Green Apple Mechanical NJ technicians have the specialized expertise to recognize common problems, identify if your furnace or a related component is the cause of any potential heating problems, and fix these issues before you are left shivering.

 Replace the Filter

This is a big one: replace your furnace filter every single time it is dirty and as soon as it is dirty. A dirty air filter can kill your furnace. Here is how: air attempts to flow to the furnace, but filter gunk impedes its path; this forces your furnace to work harder, which, naturally, results in a shorter life span. Think of how much worse off your car would be if you accelerated and braked drastically. Your furnace filters should be replaced every month. Only a good, pleated filter will be sufficient for your system.

Green Apple 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 888-611-7191

Spring Cleaning For Your Furnace

CLEAR THE WAY FOR OPTIMAL AIR FLOW

Spring cleaning should apply to your HVAC unit as well. Be sure to clean the outside of the furnace; dust is a fire hazard and removing it also helps improve the quality of the air circulating through the system.

Before the summer heat arrives, take the time to clean around your outdoor unit. Air conditioning systems need 12 to 18 inches of clearance space in order to work properly. Prune bushes, trim back any plants and grass growing near the unit and clear away leaves, twigs, and dirt which can all enter into your system and slow it down.

4. CLEAR THE AIR

Spring is a good time to vacuum registers and air filters to clear out any dust that has accumulated. You should replace the used, worn-out air filter before turning off the heat for the season. Remember that HVAC system filters should be replaced at least every 90 days. If you have pets, or if someone in your family suffers from allergies, filters can be changed more frequently – about every 30 days.

For optimal indoor air quality, now is the time to schedule annual maintenance. Before turning on the A/C, it’s good to free ducts of dust and allergens that have built up during the winter.

Green Apple Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersy 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

How To Get The Best Air Quality From Your HVAC System

Maintain the Heating and Cooling System

Heating and air conditioning systems offer improved comfort and air quality when they’re operating at peak efficiency. Without regular annual maintenance, your HVAC system has to work harder or stay on longer to keep your home at the same temperature. Regular maintenance can help your HVAC system save energy and last longer before replacement is necessary. To keep up that efficiency, you should have your HVAC system inspected by a professional at least once per year.

Check your air filters once per month and change them at least every three months or as soon as they get dirty. Changing them regularly keeps dust and dirt from building up in your system and leading to expensive problems. Airborne pollutants will also stay in your home as your filter loses its effectiveness. You can even add an air filter monitor that measures air pressure differences in your HVAC system so you can tell exactly when to change your air filter. Some monitors can send a wireless reminder to your smartphone or tablet when it’s time to change your filter.

Green Apple 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 888-611-7191

Is Your Plumbing Trying To Tell You Something?

Gurgling noises from your water-using appliances

A gurgling noise coming from your toilet, shower or any other water-using appliance may be your system trying to ‘find air’ in a clog. This can potentially cause a system backup. In addition to gurgling – these appliances may drain very slowly, signaling a blockage somewhere in its pipes.

Stubborn clogged drains

Appliances or facilities with continuously clogged drains despite your best efforts signal a much larger problem at hand. Most homeowners repeatedly attempt to fix this issue themselves, inadvertently putting more stress on pipes and making the problem worse.

Harsh cleaners like Drano can eat away at the inside of your plumbing system and make the piping brittle. When attempting to fix a clogged drain, the best thing to do is boil some hot water and pour it into the source to clear the clog. If the drain is still plugged, leave the job to a professional.

Very low water pressure

Prolonged low water pressure in any water-using appliance in your home could signal a broken or cracked pipe. To investigate the source of the issue, Call a certified Green Apple Mechanical technician. Another hint to the source of the problem is the color of the water coming out of the affected faucets. Any brownish discoloration of the water indicates a water line break.

Sewage / Sulfur Odor

A sulfur or sewage odor is typically an indication of dried up debris in specific drains; however, this issue may also point to a broken vent or sewer pipe. In addition to odor, be on the lookout for sewer flies, backed up drains and malfunctioning toilets. A sewer line backup needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. If you don’t have the issue repaired in time, it can cause a backup of raw sewage, which can cause serious damage to your home.

Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the professionals 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 toll-free at 888-611-7191

World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day is an international event, initiated by the World Plumbing Council, held on March 11th each year to recognize the important role plumbing plays in societal health and amenity.

The WPC, through its member countries and its partnerships with bodies like the World Health Organisation, works all year round to promote the benefits of safe plumbing, but in 2010 it decided to launch the concept of embedding a single day on the world’s calendar dedicated to plumbing. The idea was that on March 11th each year people all over the world would pause to reflect on the vital role plumbing plays in preserving their health and way of life – in the case of countries like ours – or in building sustainable disease free futures for millions in the developing world.
And so World Plumbing Day was born, and it is big and getting bigger all the time.

Today, on the continents of Australia, Europe, and Africa events are organized to mark the occasion and draw attention to the importance of good plumbing and sanitation. In China, England, Germany, India, Canada, North, and South America and many more places industry leaders – like us here today – governments, policymakers, and community-based organizations are promoting World Plumbing Day.

Green Apple 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

This Is How You Are Overworking Your Furnace This Winter

Not changing your filter. Most boilers and furnaces in the U.S. are kept in the basement, attic or a similarly out-of-the-way area, so it’s all too easy to forget about regular maintenance on the system. The air filters on an HVAC system need to be replaced periodically, or you’ll likely see it reflected in your energy bills because the furnace is forced to work harder.

How often you need to change your air filter varies based on the type of air filter you purchase, and most will specify the recommended frequency on the package. High-quality HVAC air filters can last up to a year and typically cost around $30. Other filters will need to be changed more often and can go for less than $5.

Skipping annual maintenance. Naturally, we find ourselves returning to the “out of sight, out of mind” issue. All too many homemakers never think about their heating system until it backfires – and you’ll only notice a nonfunctioning heating system when you need it most. It’s imperative that you have annual maintenance done on your heating and cooling system to ensure maximum efficiency and get ahead of any issues before they become a major problem. Having your heating system serviced prior to the coldest months of the year will likely make it easier to schedule an appointment and lower the probability that you’ll have a problem once the heat is already on.

Green Apple 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 888-611-7191

Are You Experiencing A Main Drain Problem

  • Don’t neglect your drains

    Drains are often overlooked until they become clogged and no longer work effectively. To keep your drains in working order and avoid unwanted build-up, pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down them on a monthly basis. In the bathroom, use strainers in the sink and bathtub drain to keep hair and soap out of your pipes. Avoid using harsh chemical drain cleaners as they are harmful to the environment and can damage your pipes.

  • Listen to your toilet

    If your toilet is making a gurgling noise, your home might be experiencing main drain problems. If the main drain was installed prior to 1980, there is a good chance it is made of clay and therefore easily penetrated by tree roots. A ‘gurgling toilet’ and wet marks around floor drains are early indications that underground roots are growing and placing pressure on your pipes. Listen to your toilet and have an experienced Green Apple Mechanical NJ plumber fix the problem before your pipes break and must be replaced.

  • Check your toilet for leaks

    Your toilets can be the home’s biggest water waster, with toilet flushing accounting for 30 percent of daily home water usage. To test your toilet for leaks, drop some food coloring into the tank. If the color seeps into the toilet bowl within 10 to 15 minutes, your toilet has a leak. Prevent unnecessary water-loss by ensuring your toilet is leak-free.

  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC concerns call Green Apple toll-free @ 888-611-7191

Never Let Any Of These Things Down Your Drain

#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.

#2: Wipes

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.

#5: Pasta

You know the way pasta swells up in water when you cook it? 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 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 Mechanical NJ 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 @ 888-611-7191

Is Your Furnace Trying To Tell You Something?

1. Dirty or Broken Flame Sensor

This is a common problem we see often. The furnace will turn on and off but doesn’t stay on. It cycles to attempt to start the furnace but will shut off as a safety precaution. When your furnace starts, the flame sensor has a short window where it needs to detect if a flame is present. If your furnace continued to emit gas when there was nothing there to ignite it, then it would create a buildup of dangers unburned gas. Most units are set up to go into a “safety lockout” after it’s tried three times.

The flame sensor can become dirty due to carbon build up, and the slightest amount of carbon coating can cause the sensor to misread and shut down. The only way to fix this problem is to have a Green Apple Mechanical technician clean or replace the flame sensors. Do not attempt to open the furnace and clean on your own.

2. Thermostat Isn’t Working

For starters, make sure that it doesn’t need new batteries. Double check that you have it set to heat and the correct temperature. If there is still a problem, contact a Green Apple Mechanical NJ technician Chances are that if you’ve followed these steps, then your thermostat is fine. It’s your heating system that’s having issues.

3. The Blower Runs All the Time

First check the switch on your thermostat. If it’s set to “on”, your blower will run constantly. Change it to “auto” so that it will turn itself on and off as needed when it reaches the set temperature. If it’s set to auto, you may also need to change the filter as we mentioned before. If the problem persists, it’s time to call Green Apple Mechanical.

4. Blowing Cold Air

Make sure you have it set to “heat” before you panic – it’s easy to press the wrong button. However, it could also be blowing cold air because the flame sensor is broken or dirty. Call Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free @888-611-7191 if you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs.