Simple Ways To Care For Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are great for getting rid of unwanted leftovers, expired food, and discarded peels.

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:

One-way drain plug protection
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    Standpipe protection
  3. 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.
  4. 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

How The Holidays Can Affect Your Plumbing

You might be surprised to learn that the busiest time of the year for New Jersey plumbers is the holiday season.

Why Changing Your Furnace Filter Is So Important

When was the last time you gave any thought to your home’s furnace filter? If you haven’t replaced your air filter in a while, now is the time to think about it.

The Early Signs That You Must Call Your Plumber

It can sometimes be hard to tell if your plumbing system is in good shape at any given moment. Most people don’t think very much about their plumbing system at all, provided that the pipes continue to work for them the way it always does. Out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, that’s not the best way to deal with plumbing issues.

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.

Fascinating Things About Plumbing That You Never Knew

Great plumbing and the technology of the sewer system is something that is often taken for granted but has a rich and fascinating history full of interesting plumbing facts you never knew.

All The Benefits Of Sewer & Drain Cleaning

New Jersey being one of those cities with large populations, drainage and sewer cleaning becomes very important and ideal to be done.

The Most Common Kitchen Plumbing Concerns & How To Handle them

When you think about how much we rely on the plumbing fixtures in our kitchens every single day, it’s easy to understand how annoying it can be if something goes wrong. So in order to help you deal with potential issues, today we’re going to talk about some of the most common kitchen plumbing problems and what you can do to prevent and fix them!

3 common kitchen plumbing problems and what to do about them

  • Clogged kitchen sink. Out of all of the things that can go wrong with the plumbing system in your kitchen, a clogged kitchen sink is one of the most common. That’s because we send food particles down our kitchen sinks almost every single day, and those particles can build up in our drains over time. You can help prevent kitchen sink clogs by using a sink strainer when you’re washing dishes, which will trap large particles instead of draining them, and by avoiding flushing grease and coffee grounds down your drain. If you have a sink clog that cannot be fixed with a plunger, be sure to contact Green Apple Mechanical & Plumbing so we can take care of the problem for you! Deep and severe clogs may require disassembling your pipes, which should only be done by a Green Apple professional.
  • Clogged garbage disposal. A garbage disposal is a very convenient appliance to have in your kitchen because it allows you to break up large food particles into smaller pieces that can be drained more easily. However, it’s common for garbage disposals to clog up over time. In order to stop garbage disposal clogs try not to grind up items like bones, pasta, eggshells, celery stalks, and other items that a garbage disposal is not designed to handle (refer to your user’s manual to learn more). If your garbage disposal does get clogged, contact Green Apple Mechanical & Plumbing so we can take care of the problem for you. Fixing a garbage disposal clog on your own can be dangerous, especially if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing!
  • Faucet and sink leaks. Faucet and sink leaks can develop for a number of different reasons, some of which are avoidable and others that just happen because of years of normal wear and tear. One of the best ways you can avoid leaks in your kitchen is to work with a qualified, professional plumber like Green Apple Mechanical & Plumbing for all of your kitchen plumbing installations. If any part of your faucet or sink is installed or sealed improperly, a leak can develop quickly. In addition, keep an eye out for faucet leaks and check the cabinet under your sink frequently for hidden leaks. If you discover a leak, contact Green Apple before it causes any damage or wastes a significant amount of water!
  • Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical has 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 call toll-free @888-315-5564

To Protect Your Plumbing Never Flush These Hazardous Items

Toilets are a modern-day convenience that takes care of human waste, but they’re not so great at disposing of other items.