Solutions To Your Plumbing Concerns

Plumbing affects many parts of your home and you want it to work well. When plumbing breaks down, not only is this an inconvenience. It also brings worries about costly repairs.

While many plumbing repairs do require professional service, there are a few simple problems you can check for yourself. Sometimes, a simple step will fix the problem. If not, a Green Apple plumbing professional can help you. By checking first for simple solutions, you will know when you call for a Green Apple plumber that it was not something simple you missed.

Often, it’s tempting to try deeper plumbing system repairs on your own. But be aware of the many ways you can damage your pipes. You will save money and aggravation in the long run by getting a Green Apple Mechanical professional to help you.

Here are some common plumbing problems that can have many different causes. For each one, there is something you can check first before calling for plumbing repair. If the first solution doesn’t work, a Green Apple plumbing professional can make the necessary repairs and get your system back up and running properly.

Low Water Pressure

This can have a number of causes that trace all the way back to the water supply, or to water leaks, faulty valves, or sediment build-up in the system. This is not a problem you want to ignore.

You can start by checking your faucet. Sometimes, the problem is as simple as a build-up of debris inside the aerator the little screen that screws onto the opening of your faucet.

If you take off the aerator and the water pressure is fine, clean the residue off the aerator and put it back on the faucet.

That’s a simple solution. If you still have low pressure after checking the aerator, a Green Apple plumbing professional can help you isolate and repair the problem.

Sluggish Draining of Tub or Sink

A build-up of hair and dirt in the drain can cause sluggish draining. Check immediately around the drain for a visible clog and remove it. See if that solves the problem. Consider installing a drain basket to prevent future build-up.

If the drain is still sluggish, the problem is deeper in the pipes. A Green Apple plumbing professional can remove the clog and check on the system for any further causes of sluggish draining.

A toilet that Continues to Run

Sometimes a running toilet means the flapper didn’t close all the way. This is easy to check and fix. Look inside the toilet tank to see if the flapper is up. Try simply pushing it down so it fits securely over the opening.

If you are familiar with the inner workings of a toilet tank, you can also check the float ball or cup, and the overflow tube to see why the water continues to flow. Check with your toilet manufacturer for a diagram of the parts inside the toilet tank, their functionality, and simple tweaks to keep them working well.

Sometimes, a repair or replacement part is needed. If one part is worn out and needs replacing, there is a good chance the other parts are worn too. A Green Apple plumbing professional can locate the problem and help you determine the most cost-effective solution

Dripping Faucet

Sometimes, all a dripping faucet needs is a washer replacement. If that does not stop the dripping, the problem is deeper in the system. A plumbing repair professional can help. While a dripping faucet might seem like a minor inconvenience, it will run up your water bill and could indicate a bigger problem. It’s best to get help while the problem is still minor.

If you take regular steps to keep your plumbing clean, check for signs of problems, and try simple solutions, you will do a lot toward keeping your plumbing system in good repair. When simple solutions don’t work, a Green Apple Technician can help you find the best solution and avoid bigger problems.

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 @888-611-7191

Active Signs You Need To Call A Plumber

How to Know When You Need to Call a Plumber

1. Low Water Pressure

If you ever notice that the water is coming out of your faucets or showerheads slower than usual, it’s likely due to a plumbing issue. Sometimes, your pipes need to be cleared of buildup. In other instances, you might have an unaddressed leak somewhere.

2. Visible Changes in Your Water

The water running from your faucets should be clear when everything is working correctly. If you notice a rusty color, you could have corroding pipes, or if it only occurs when running hot water, you may need to repair or replace your water heater. If the issue isn’t related to your heater, you may need to have some of your pipes replaced.

3. Strange Noises From Your Pipes

It’s normal to hear the sound of water running through your pipes when someone is using a sink or when you have the dishwasher running. However, if no one is using faucets in your home and you hear water running, that’s usually indicative of a leak. You should also listen for gurgling noises from your toilets and appliances, as this sound can indicate a clogged drain that needs to be addressed to prevent backups.

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 @ 888-611-7191

Who Invented The Air Conditioner?

Who hasn’t sung the praises of air conditioning on a sweltering summer day? But who do you have to thank for this refreshing convenience?

The short answer to that question is Willis Carrier, an American engineer credited with inventing the first modern air conditioner. However, the idea of using evaporated water — or other liquids — to cool off a muggy space far precedes Carrier’s 1902 invention.

The first known systems that used water to cool indoor spaces were created by the ancient Egyptians, who lowered the temperature in their homes by hanging wet mats over their doorways. The evaporated water from the wet mats reduced indoor air temperatures and added refreshing moisture to the dry desert air.

Not long after the Egyptians beat the heat with their doorway mats, the Romans developed a primitive air conditioning system by utilizing their famous aqueducts to circulate fresh water through indoor pipes, a method that significantly reduced the air temperature inside stuffy villas.

If you are experiencing any trouble with your current HVAC system or just need general maintenance call the professionals at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free @888-611-7191

Be Able To Locate & Turn Off Your Water Main

 Locate and Turn Off Your Water Main

 

Should your home spring some kind of leak, you will appreciate knowing right where to go and what to do to cut off the water instead of trying to find it while you’re panicked and water is spewing everywhere. There is almost always a main valve near the street, and sometimes a secondary in or around the house, such as in the basement. The water main usually resembles a wheel or bar-type lever. If it’s a wheel, you should turn it slowly clockwise until it stops. If it’s a lever, you push right (or down) until it stops.

If you’re not sure the water is off, you can test it by trying to run water at a sink. If it does not run, you were successful. It never hurts to find the main and practice turning it off so that if a crisis occurs the process is familiar to you.

If you are still experiencing trouble be sure to call Green Apple Mechanical NJ. 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 @888-611-7191

Easy And Creative Ways To Save $ On Your Central Air

  1. Vacuum indoor vents and keep vents unblocked. You can vacuum dust and any debris away from indoor supply vents to help maintain steady airflow from your system. Also, keep items like blinds, furniture, and toys away from blocking the vents.
  2. Increase your thermostat by a few degrees. Typically, adjusting temperatures 5 – 8 degrees (down in winter, up in summer) can help save money and energy. With a programmable thermostat, you can automatically adjust the temperature for different times of the day or during times you are going to be away from home for several hours.
  3. Keep lamps and other heat-producing appliances away from your thermostat. Having heat producing appliances near your thermostat will tell it that the air in your home needs to be cooled more, causing the system to run longer and work harder than it may need to.
  4. Keep curtains and blinds closed in the heat of the day. When the direct sun hits the windows in your home, keeping your curtains or blinds closed can keep some of the heat from warming the inside of your home.
  5. Avoid using your dryer and oven in the hottest hours of the day. Running your dryer will cause warm air to be drawn into your home and using your oven will add additional warm air to your home, causing your air conditioner to have to work harder.
  6. 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

Help Your Central Air Save Energy

Want to help your central air system save energy? Try insulating the home. Most homeowners do not realize how their home aids in energy loss. There are many cracks, crevices, leaks and holes throughout the house that cause heating and air conditioning to escape.

To help your central air save energy, opt for attic insulation and duct insulation. These two types alone help protect the efficiency of your air conditioning. In addition, take a look around the home and caulk or weather-strip leaks. Look for crevices around windows and doors in particular.

Taking the time to insulate the home will help your home comfort more than it may seem.

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 Green Apple 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

How To Keep Your Furnace Running Smoothly

Change Filter

Changing the filter is an easy task that is often overlooked; so if it’s helpful for you, put a reminder on your calendar or electronic device to help you remember to regularly do this. The frequency of filter changes often depends on how often the furnace is running; but it’s probable that during the winter months, the filter needs to be changed every month. Not only does this help increase the overall life expectancy of your furnace by keeping the inside clean, but it helps your furnace run more efficiently so that your utility bills will be lower.

Winterize Your Home

You can also help your furnace last longer by putting less stress on the furnace by better winterizing your home. This can be done by adding insulation to your home, lowering the thermostat a couple of degrees, and better insulating windows and doors. When less heat is transferred through the attic and windows of your home, your furnace can run less frequently while still being able to keep your home at the temperature you prefer.

Utilize Professional Services

It’s also important to have a professional Green Apple Mechanical technician perform your annual furnace service in New Jersey to prevent breakdowns, identify needed repairs, and increase the safety of your heating system. A professional inspection will identify blockages of the outdoor combustion air pipe and exhaust pipe and problems with the burners and heat exchanger. Cracks or holes in the heat exchanger may not cause your furnace to stop running, but it can allow deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your home. The flame sensor and gas pressure will also be checked. This inspection makes it much more likely that your furnace will last longer and perform as it should throughout the winter.

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

Why You Need To Be Extremely Cautious With Drain Cleaners

1-Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Not Septic Safe

If you have a septic tank, drain cleaners are not good for your septic system. They can destroy and kill the useful bacteria inside the septic tank you need to break down waste. Without these bacteria, your septic tank will fill up quickly. It is never fun to come home and see waste spewing up from the ground from your septic tank.

2-Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Not Effective

Sure, the drain might work great for a short while after dumping a bottle of liquid drain cleaner down it. Eventually, clogs can return because the cleaner only removed part, not all, of the clog. In addition, the chemicals used in these products do not work with all types of clogs.

3-Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Harmful to the Environment

The containers the drain cleaners come in will still have some liquid and chemicals left inside when you toss them in the trash. The containers tend to end up in landfills where they can leach harmful chemicals into the ground. Eventually, these can get into fresh water supplies and harm wildlife, vegetation, and humans.

Green Apple Mechanical NJ 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 toll-free @ 888-611-7191

Don’t Wait To Call A Plumber If This Happens

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 Mechanical plumber so that we can snake your drains, remove the clog, and save you from a week of sewage horrors!

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 888-611-7191