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Clogged drains, damaged pipes, and gas leaks are the most common residential emergency plumbing situations that people summon their plumber for. The irony is that such plumbing emergencies can be prevented by us from the start. Indeed emergency plumbers report that plumbing negligence is the number one cause for stubborn obstructions in drains and defective pipes. Surprisingly this indicates that we value our cars more than our home. Why? Simply because we service our cars once a year while we dismiss doing the same to our plumbing systems until we face a plumbing emergency by which time it is too late to undo the damage done to our home.
In general preventive maintenance to your home’s plumbing, every once in a while, will not only keep plumbing fixtures, drains and pipes in good condition for a long time, but will further allow you to spot early problems and have them fixed before they escalate to costly plumbing emergencies. When you encounter an emergency plumbing situation you can take steps to reduce damage to the minimum thereby cutting down your plumbing cost too.
Follow the top 5 common emergency plumbing troubles and their repair:
1 – Burst Pipes: Your top objective until the Green Apple plumber arrives on the scene is stop water flowing out of the hole. Locate the main shutoff valve to your house and close it. Turning off the shutoff valve will close the water supply to the fixtures and therefore stop the flood. Next turn on cold water taps to quickly drain pipes from trapped water and steam. After damage controlling the emergency call in your Green Apple plumber to repair or replace the burst section of the pipe.
2 – Frozen Pipes: When the water in pipes freeze they expand and may even burst the pipe. Close the main shutoff valve. If the pipe has not split yet, thaw it with hot water bottles from the end of the pipe nearest to the tap. Thawing must be gentle, never with a naked flame, to avoid thermal water expansion that too can split the pipe. As a preventive maintenance make sure your pipes are appropriately insulated against the cold months.
3 – Leaky Plumbing Fixtures: Close the shutoff valve singular to the leaky fixture. Check the fixture’s trap for debris, hair, soap scum, and food particles that might obstruct its opening and cause overflowing of the fixture. Contact your Green Apple plumber for effective plumbing repair.
4 – Blocked Drains & Toilets: Try to lift the obstruction by means of a plunger or a plumber’s snake. If such plumbing tools fail to dislodge the clog, call in your Green Apple plumber.
5- Gas leaks: When smelling gas simply evacuate the building. Gas leaks do not lend themselves to D.I.Y repair due to their deadly nature in the wrong hands. Once outside the home call in your Green Apple plumber or Gas Company. You can and under professional guidance attempt to turn off the gas meter at the control valve.
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 @888-315-5564Read More
Your Furnace Seems Less Effective Than Ever
Have you noticed that some rooms in your house are warmer than others? Do you feel like you need to run back and forth adjusting the thermostat to stay comfortable in any given area? Does the air feel muggy or humid? If so, these might be signs that your furnace is losing its effectiveness.
If your furnace felt less powerful this past winter than it did in previous years despite similar temperatures and household routine your system might be losing power, or you may have an outdated duct system that’s struggling to distribute heat evenly through your home. If the system has continued to worsen after two heating seasons with no apparent cause, it may be time for maintenance.
You can make the decision to repair or replace an ineffective system by considering the furnace’s age and the cost of repairs:
- Repair: If the system is less than 15 years old and the cost of repairs doesn’t exceed 50% of the cost of replacement, repair the issues that are causing lost productivity.
- Replace: If your furnace is nearing the end of its expected lifetime, repairs may provide a temporary fix to a problem that will increase over time. Consider replacing ineffective older systems.
Repairs Are More and More Serious or Frequent
Like an old car, you know when your old furnace just isn’t worth the cost of excessive maintenance. If you’ve had the same system for over 15 years that has only needed repairs once or twice but you now find yourself calling a heating specialist once every few months, this indicates that your furnace isn’t worth the cost of upkeep. Likewise, you may need to consider purchasing a new heating system if repair costs are increasing with each repair. You can expect future maintenance to be more severe and frequent once a furnace has reached its life expectancy, which puts an unnecessary strain on your wallet. It’s often more cost-effective to install a brand new system than to patch an existing broken-down one.
However, if you notice frequent or serious breakdowns in a newer furnace that is well within its expected lifespan, this could mean that the problem is being misdiagnosed or mistreated. If you have a younger system that’s needed two or three repairs in the past couple of years, consider contacting a different heating specialist to get another opinion on the root issue.
Consider the following options when dealing with severe or frequent repairs:
- Repair: Repair if your furnace needs minor maintenance such as low airflow, water leaks or thermostat repairs, and get a second opinion for repeated repairs of a newer system.
- Replace: Replace your system entirely for major repairs such as a damaged heat exchanger or control module, and replace old systems that need frequent maintenance.
- 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 @888-315-5564
Repair Vs. Replace
While there are no set rules, there are some factors to keep in mind as you determine whether to keep your current furnace or upgrade to a more efficient model. Consider the following scenarios to help you decide whether you should repair your system or replace it entirely. Of course, no matter what time of year, the decision to repair or replace your furnace can be overwhelming. It’s never a simple choice, and every situation is unique.
1. Your Furnace Is Emitting Carbon Monoxide
Any system that could potentially expose you and your family to harmful carbon monoxide needs to be replaced not repaired as soon as possible. A furnace with a cracked combustion chamber allows carbon monoxide to leak into your home and should always be replaced immediately.
Known as the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas that causes death when inhaled over long periods of time. The highest number of deaths occurred in the winter during the months of frequent furnace use.
Some signs that your furnace may be emitting carbon monoxide include:
- Yellow furnace burner flame instead of blue
- Excess moisture on windows, walls and other surfaces
- Rusting on pipes
- Streaks of soot around the furnace
- Absence of upward draft in the chimney
- Feelings of nausea, disorientation, headaches and other flu-like symptoms.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to evacuate your home immediately, call the fire department, notify your utility company to turn off your gas and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Afterward, contact a Green Apple Mechanical heating professional to get your furnace replaced.
2. Your Furnace Was Installed Over 15 Years Ago
Unfortunately, even the highest quality heating systems don’t last forever. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a furnace should last 15-30 years before you’ll need a replacement. Of course, this varies by brand, furnace quality, and various other factors. But a heater will generally start to show increased signs of wear that will lead to more frequent and costly repairs during this timeframe. Instead of continually monitoring an old system for repairs, it may be a more economical choice to replace the furnace with a newer system.
If your furnace has been serviced a year ago or less and continues to need costly repairs, this may be a sign that your system is too old to function properly. Similar to a car with high mileage, an old furnace may run okay with minor repairs but won’t be able to adequately keep up with your needs as efficiently as a replacement. However, if it was recently installed and hasn’t reached its full lifespan potential, you should consider making repairs to keep it running as long as possible.
Overall, use the following to judge whether to replace your furnace due to age:
- Repair: If the system is less than 15 years old, it’s often best to have it serviced rather than install a new one.
- Replace: Any system over 15 years old is prone to frequent and expensive repairs and may need to be replaced.
- Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been servicing 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
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We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, rain or shine, snow or heat wave, holidays or weekdays – we are here to assist you whenever you need help, we know machines tend to break at the worst possible time, Thanksgiving – we’ve been there, middle of a snowstorm – that’s the time the boiler loves to break down, we’ve dealt with that too, a 5 day heat scorcher, AC gives up life – we know and we have been there to cool back your home and family.
We provide instant relief when it hurts the most, our phone operators take service order at any time and connect you with one of our team members who know how to calm you down with a perfect solution you will not have to wait long for to come.
We’ve been taking service calls in northern New Jersey for years, we know the terrain, weather-related problem, style of home structures, we know the weak spots, the equipment and there for can provide the fastest solution to the problem. Our summers are extremely hot and humid, our winter can be brutal and your home needs to weather it all. Our next job after the fix is alert you about year-round maintenance.