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At Green Apple Mechanical, we know how tempting it can be to save money on plumbing repairs by tackling the project yourself.
However, there are certain tasks that are better left to the professionals due to safety or difficulty concerns. In fact, there are certain scenarios where attempting a repair by yourself can lead to bigger and more expensive issues than the initial problem!
Here are three plumbing projects you shouldn’t do yourself.
Project #1: Installing or Repairing a Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters don’t get nearly enough credit for making our lives comfortable and convenient. But when your unit breaks, or it becomes time for a replacement, it is definitely time to call a Green Apple professional.
Why? Things can go wrong very quickly if you aren’t trained in this particular type of repair. For example, an improperly installed gas or plumbing fitting can cause dangerous carbon monoxide leaks that pose a serious health risk to your family. Additionally, water leaks can lead to additional damage and mold issues in the future. This is why working with a Green Apple professional is always a good idea when it comes to hot water heaters.
Project #2: Pipe Rerouting or Major Remodeling
This one probably goes without saying, but all major remodeling projects that require pipe rerouting require the services of a licensed plumber.
While you might think it sounds easy to move a shower drain from one end of your master bath to another during a weekend project, the truth is that the overall process can be much more difficult and time-consuming. And improperly installed pipe can cause larger wall leaks and other major issues in the future. Save yourself the hassle and let a Green Apple professional handle the project for you.
Project #3: Serious Drain Clogs or Leaks
While plungers and snake tools are great for small plumbing issues, serious drain clogs and leaks need to be looked at by a professional Green Apple plumber. In many cases, what appears to be something small can actually be a much larger issue such as a septic problem or a leak under the concrete slab. Instead of trying to diagnose the issue yourself, call a Green Apple plumber.
Need a little help with one of these plumbing tasks? Our knowledgeable and experienced team at Green Apple Mechanical NJ can help. 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
- Flickering Lights and other Electrical Issues
In some cases, you may need to contact a Green Apple HVAC technician for emergency repairs to be done to your heating system. Specifically, if the signs that you see and hear are indicating that there is a problem with the furnace’s electrical system. For instance, if you or any family member in the home notice flickering lights, humming sounds coming from the electrical system, or the breaker trips, these are dangerous signs that need to be addressed as an emergency right away.
- Gas Odors Radiating from the Furnace
Sometimes heating repairs may not be discovered by the sounds that the furnace makes. In some cases, the only warning signs of emergency furnace repair services needed is the smell of gas in the home. Because a gas leak in a furnace is nothing that a homeowner should fiddle around with themselves, the best course of action is to shut off the main valve in the home and then call Green Apple Mechanical immediately.
- Heating Bills began to Quickly Escalate in Cost
If you want to know when you should repair your furnace, you may also find that some problems are not as easy to identify as others. In fact, sometimes you may not notice anything out of the ordinary happening with your furnace. This is because no one in the family smells gas or hear sounds of rattling or squealing.
Instead, the only clear signs of something going wrong with your furnace is the heating bills began to rise in cost dramatically over a short period of time. For instance, the problem that is not as apparent may be a malfunctioning component on the inside that makes the system use a lot more energy than usual.
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 us toll-free @888-611-7191Read More
Green Apple Plumbers get emergency calls for many reasons, from clogged sinks to burst pipes to sewage back-up. Although no one can predict when a sewer main will clog or a toilet flapper will fail, many of the most common plumbing calls could have been prevented with a little foresight and some knowledge of the home’s plumbing system.
Save yourself money and time: Check out these five things your plumber wishes you wouldn’t do.
Use Chemical Clog Busters
A chemical clog buster should never be your first choice when trying to loosen a stopped drain. If there’s something solid in the pipe, the corrosive chemicals may not be able to dissolve it, leaving you with a sink full of burbling liquid incrementally etching your pipes until the Green Apple plumber arrives.
To unclog a drain, try a plunger, the old baking-soda-and-vinegar trick, a hefty dose of boiling water, or a drain snake. If none of these safe methods work, it’s time to call a Green Apple professional.
Flush Non-Degradable Items Down The Toilet
Toilet paper is designed to degrade quickly, but facial tissues are not. Neither are wet-wipes or feminine hygiene products or baby diapers. All of these items can easily get caught in the sewer lines. The best rule-of-thumb for keeping your sewer lines clear and avoid messy toilet back-ups is to avoid flushing anything except toilet tissue and human waste.
Abuse The Garbage Disposal
Although garbage disposals may seem like mighty machines, their sleek metallic rotor blades chopping with alacrity, they are more delicate than you think. Fibrous materials like banana skins and artichokes can wrap around and strain the blades, and hard items such as chicken bones or stone-fruit pits can grind it to a full stop. Even pasta and potato skins shouldn’t be dumped into the disposal as these starches can swell and gum up the works. Make sure you know the dos and don’ts of proper garbage disposal use, and always flush liberally with water.
Neglect To Learn Location Of Water Shut-Off Valves
Should you find yourself in a situation where water is pouring from a burst pipe, faucet, or across your floor, your Green Apple plumber will tell you to immediately shut off the flow of water to that area. Do you know where the water main valve is located in your house? Do you know where shut-off valves are located for your faucets, your water heater, or the outside hose bib? Learn their locations now so you won’t have to fumble in rain boots during an emergency.
Tackle Big Plumbing Jobs On Your Own
Homeowners often know how to take care of most simple plumbing issues, like changing a faulty toilet flapper or replacing a washer on a leaky faucet. A little mechanical know-how can go a long way.
But when it comes to bigger issues like installations, fiddling with your water heater’s pressure valve, or anything that involves sewage pipes or a blow torch, you’re served best by a trusted Green Apple professional. 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
Green Apple Mechanical is a Family owned and operated company, with the environment in mind, we are your one-stop shop for heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services
It all starts with a personal touch, immediate availability, taking the stress away from you.
Our years of experience take you beyond problem-solving and into avoiding future problems altogether by educating you about how better you can maintain your equipment, prepare for the changing seasons and how best to handle machines during off seasons.
Emergency Is What We Do Best!!
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.