The Best Ways To Prevent Basement Flooding
If you’ve ever experienced flooding in your basement after heavy rainfall, you’ll know that there’s more than just water damage to deal with. Sewer backup claims typically involve sewage/wastewater- a health hazard that can be very costly to clean up properly. One indication that its sewer backup is the smell there is usually a very strong/foul odor associated with the water from sewer backup.
How To Protect Your Property From Sewer Backup
Here are 4 ways to prevent basement floods due to sewer backups:
- Floor Drain Plug: One-way drain plugs can be installed below floor drain grates that prevent water from backing up due to overloaded sewers. Once the sewer conditions return to normal, a special float is deactivated, and water can return through the opening. One-way plugs are relatively inexpensive and often are the simplest preventative solution. A regular commercial plug can be used to completely seal off a drain; however, will prevent proper drainage in the case of a burst pipe or overflowing laundry machine. When using a one-way drain plug, be sure that the float mechanism is always free from any debris that could prevent it’s proper function.
- Standpipe: A standpipe is basically an ordinary pipe stuck in the floor drain, surrounded by a watertight rubber seal. Any water that rises out of the drain goes into the pipe, not out on the floor unless the backup is so deep that it goes over the top of the pipe, typically 3 feet or so. When flood conditions are no longer a threat, the standpipe can be removed, allowing any water spillage to drain.
- Overhead Sewer: An overhead sewer is the most foolproof protection against basement flooding, but also the most costly. Any overflow is collected in a space below floor level known as a sump, where water is pumped into overhead pipes, where it can then drain into the building’s main sewage line. Installing an overhead sewer can require a Green Apple plumber and a building permit.
- Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs feel free to call toll-free at 888-611-7191
Preventing A Major Plumbing Disaster
Learning how to prevent plumbing problems such as leaks, burst pipes, and clogged drains is easy with the right tools.
Don’t Ever Try To Solve These Plumbing Issues By Yourself
You might be a really handy person who loves to fix stuff around the home, but knowing when to call in a professional Green Apple plumber can help you get a lasting solution and save more money in the long run.
What The Warning Noises Your Plumbing Is Making Means
The old phrase “no news is good news” definitely applies to the plumbing in any New Jersey area home.
Early Warning Signs That You Must Call A Plumber
Your plumbing plays a major role in keeping your home in good and working condition.
The Problem Of Frozen Pipes Explained
Especially in places that typically see cold winter weather, like New Jersey, well-constructed modern homes are built to protect pipes against freezing. In older homes, however, or during unusually cold temperatures, pipes that are most at risk of freezing are
Here’s How To Extend The Life Of Your Furnace
Many warranties provided on heating systems have a clause that void the warranty if furnace inspections or maintenance are not completed at regular intervals. These warranties may also be voided if someone other than a professional has worked on the system.
How To Protect Your Plumbing During The Holidays
While holiday activities can put a strain on your home’s plumbing, there are ways to ease this strain. Here are six quick tips to prevent a plumbing catastrophe during the holidays:
Here’s How To Be Sure Your Furnace Is Functioning Properly
Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse
Warm air rises, and turning your ceiling fans on reverse forces the warm air back down where you want it, ensuring your home reaches a comfortable temperature quickly. This gives your furnace a bit of help when it comes to keeping your home comfortable.
Use Your Programmable Thermostat
There’s no reason to have your furnace heating your home when you aren’t there to enjoy it. Use your programmable thermostat to lower the heat in your house while you’re away, and heat it back up to a comfortable temperature just before you come home.
Clear the Area Around Your Air Vents
When your air vents are obstructed by furniture and curtains, your furnace can’t get the air it needs to work properly. Clear the area around your air vents, and vacuum or sweep around air vents regularly during the winter months to keep dust from gathering.
Check and Replace Furnace Filters
When your furnace’s air filter becomes clogged with dust particles, it causes your furnace to work harder than usual to draw air in. Replace or clean your filters every month to ensure your furnace can get the air it needs. Mark on your calendar when to change your filter so you don’t forget this very important task.
Schedule a Furnace Inspection
Lastly, an annual inspection is essential to keep your furnace running efficiently because it gives a technician a chance to clean dust and debris from the furnace’s interior and replace worn parts. Inspecting your furnace annually also prolongs the life of the unit and can prevent costly breakdowns.
Helping your furnace heat your home efficiently saves energy and saves you money on heating costs. 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
Happy Thanksgiving From Green Apple
We would like to wish all of our customers a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday from your Friends at Green Apple Mechanical. And remember don’t put turkey bones down the garbage disposal!