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DO NOT POUR BOILING WATER DOWN YOUR SINK OR TOILET.
In recent years, DIYers looking to find a green alternative to chemical products have suggested pouring a potful of boiling water into a clogged sink or toilet to clear a clog. While it’s probably okay to dump boiling water in the sink when your pipes are clear, a clog will trap the water in the pipe. This can melt PVC piping and pipe seals, causing serious damage.
In addition, using boiling water to clear a clogged toilet can melt the wax ring around the toilet, or even crack the porcelain bowl, leading to a pricey trip to your favorite hardware store.
The also widely suggested solution of pouring baking soda into a drain, followed by vinegar, isn’t nearly as problematic, as vinegar isn’t very acidic. In fact, it may clear very mild clogs. However, this likely won’t accomplish much with more severe clogs, as all the fizzing reaction does is shift around whatever is clogging the pipe.
TO CLEAR A CLOG, USE A SNAKE OR OTHER PHYSICAL IMPLEMENT, RATHER THAN A CHEMICAL-BASED SOLUTION. ALSO, DON’T USE BOILING WATER.
Physical drain cleaning tools are actually very inexpensive and are cheaper overall when compared to one-time-use products after you’ve cleared even a couple of clogs. There are three types of clog removal tools that can be effective.
The easiest to use is a plunger. In addition to the ever-popular toilet plunger, there are specially made sink plungers which are very inexpensive. These may either resemble a child-sized version of a toilet plunger or utilize an accordion design, like the one below.
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Not turning your thermostat down when you leave. The best way to cut down on energy costs from your heating system in winter is to make it run less while you’re asleep or out of the house. Programmable thermostats make it easy to set a schedule for the temperature to be turned down while you’re out during the workday or on vacation say, to the mid-60s and rise to your preferred temperature just before you come home.
Letting cold air in the house. If you’ve got a drafty house, your heating system is going to be overworking itself to keep the inside warm while cold air keeps coming in. Adding insulation to the walls can help keep the warm air trapped inside, but you should also consider closing gaps in doors and windows with weatherstripping.
And it’s not just the temperature of the air that you’ll find change the air inside will likely maintain it’s humidity better as well. “What causes the air to be dry inside the house is the infiltration of 20-degree outside air coming in.
Cranking the thermostat when you’re cold. When you get home from a cold walk outside, it probably feels natural to turn up the thermostat a few extra degrees to pump out the hot air a little quicker. But the pros say doing so won’t help at all: “Most people tend to think that if they put the thermostat up high, it’s going to get warmer faster.” “If the ideal temperature you want is 70, setting it to 75 is not going to get it to 70 any faster.”
Blocking vents with furniture. Sometimes a vent just happens to be in the same location you have to put a couch. But you’ll sacrifice the quality of heating and cooling in the room if you place it there.
You’re more likely to achieve an even distribution of warm air by keeping vents free of obstruction. But if you like your furniture where it is, you may benefit from exploring different heating options. Hydronic heating, which heats rooms with hot water pipes under the floorboards, maybe a better fit to keep your design aesthetic from being dictated by vents. Some vents can be closed individually, but depending on your duct system, closing vents may make your furnace less efficient. Consult a Green Apple Mechanical HVAC professional to determine what’s best for your home.
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 homeowners neglect their heating systems 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 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
1.) Ignoring the Signs
Easily, the worst thing you can do to your home plumbing stems from negligence; ignoring the warning signs of pipe failure or other plumbing concerns will only cause those problems to develop, and result in higher restorative costs later on. Common signs of a plumbing problem you should take immediate note of include persistent clogging, lawn indents, poor water pressure, and lawn moisture.
If you notice any of these signs, do not ignore them or forget about them! By acting fast, you can mitigate not only damage to your plumbing but the extent of later repairs. Very often, we see major plumbing damages as the result of negligent care; damages that are entirely avoidable with the right care and attention given.
2.) Using Chemical Cleaners
One of the worst things homeowners can do to their home plumbing systems is also one of the most common methods people use to “clean” their drain pipes. The fact of the matter is that these chemical cleaners can actually be very hazardous to your home plumbing system, and may even damage your pipes. The pressurized, foaming action and unnecessary additives that make these chemical solutions work is also what makes them dangerous to your plumbing.
If you routinely use these cleaners to resolve home pipe issues, you may actually be causing the erosion and breaking down of your own pipes! Over periods of use, these cleaners will naturally begin to eat away at the inner walls of your pipe. This corrosion can be completely avoided by merely choosing alternative methods of pipe clog repairs, such as natural, vinegar and baking soda cleanse solutions. These natural reactions work just as well as chemical cleaners in a pinch and are much less damaging to your pipes.
3.) Taking On Too Much With DIY
While seasoned DIYers can likely handle any minor plumbing problem with efficient ease, we often find average homeowners taking on huge restoration efforts on their own to save money; while it’s possible to fix your own plumbing without any prior experience, it’s unlikely to turn out that well.
One of the worst things you can do to your plumbing is causing additional damage by getting in over your head with DIY measures. If you feel uncomfortable resolving a plumbing issue on your own, call Green Apple Mechanical NJ for assistance. Often, professional repairs can be done much quicker than DIY repairs, and as it turns out, much cheaper. When unprepared homeowners attempt large-scale DIY plumbing repairs, they can actually increase their costs by using the wrong tools or taking apart the wrong pipe fixtures.
4.) Opting for Dated, Impractical Repairs
Even when homeowners finally make the decision to have their home plumbing professionally repaired, there is still room for mistakes to happen; most often, these occur when people opt for outdated repair options. These techniques, which are impractical given today’s technologies, are often overly intrusive and even damaging to properties, and cause more hassle than they’re even worth.
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 @888-611-7191Read More
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