Should Pasta Go Down The Garbage Disposal?

The reason pasta takes the top spot is that it seems like a great candidate for the disposal. But pasta can never break down small enough to pass through the disposal’s blades and into the drain, so all those bits and pieces find places to hide.

Every time water comes, pasta swells and increases in size, which clogs the disposal drain. This forces the disposal to work overtime and wear out faster.

Also, when it comes to the garbage disposal food triangle, rice is in the same family as pasta. In some cases, rice can cause even more damage than pasta because of a single grain’s ability to swell repeatedly.

So when pasta and rice show up, skip the disposal and go for the trash can. If you are having any issues with your garbage disposal or any other of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple Mechanical toll-free at 888-611-7191

Protecting Your Home From Drafts

  • How to find drafts:
    On a windy day, use a stick of incense, a small candle or tea light or a strand of hair or string and slowly “trace” around all windowsills, door jams, vents etc looking for the flame to flicker or the smoke or hair to be blown away.
  • Seal all drafts.
    Silicone caulking or foam sealant works for drafts in non-movable sources, such as window frames. For movable sources, like windows or doors, use weather-stripping. Using a door draft stopper (like a rolled up towel) and heavy currents can also stop drafts.
  • Don’t forget pet doors.
    Drafts from a pet door can’t be avoided completely but can be protected against with weather-stripping or even a heavy curtain on either side of the door. If your pet door is within a removable panel for sliding glass doors, be sure to weather-strip around it as well.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple Mechanical toll-free at 888-611-7191

More Reasons Not To Use “Flushable” wipes.

Don’t feed the fatberg’: Huge mass blocks English sewer

LONDON (AP) — A British official says a giant “fatberg” has been found blocking a sewer in southwestern England: a mass of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 64 meters (210 feet) long.

Andrew Roantree of South West Water says it will “take our sewer team around eight weeks to dissect this monster in exceptionally challenging work conditions.”

He urged the public not to pour grease down the drain or flush baby wipes down the toilet, adding: “Don’t feed the fatberg.”

The revolting fat mass was discovered in drains in the coastal town of Sidmouth.

In 2017, a 250-meter (820-foot) fatberg was found in sewers beneath Whitechapel in east London. A chunk of that later went on display at the Museum of London, nestled inside transparent boxes.

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How Many Faucets Should I Leave On?

  • Keep the heat on: if you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, make sure your thermostat is not set lower than 55 degrees.
  •  Allow the faucet to drip: this relieves pressure on your home’s water system.
    Keep interior doors open: leaving cabinet doors open allows heat from the rest of the house to help keep the pipes warm.
  • Seal up cracks and holes: look for places on the inside and outside of your home where cold air can get in and around your pipes.
  • Apply heating tape: this is a special electric tape that can be applied directly to pipes.
  • Add extra insulation: foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves can be put directly on pipes to help insulate them from the cold. This is especially important for pipes in attics and basements.

You can leave only one dripping faucet but you want to make sure it’s in the right location. If you know where your water comes into your house, turn on a cold water faucet at the other end of the house to allow for water to travel through the entire system.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-611-7191

Why It’s Essential To Have An Annual Furnace Inspection

Ensures proper airflow
During the furnace tune-up, the heating technician will check your heating system to ensure it is receiving the proper airflow. Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace that can lead to increased repairs and a shortened lifespan.

Keeps you safe
Furnaces burn fuel to produce heat. This combustion process must be precise to maintain efficiency and safety. Even a small problem can lead to gas leaking into your home or dangerous carbon monoxide levels. Don’t take a chance with the health and safety of you and your family.

Reduces repairs
A furnace tune-up not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnace running efficiently, but it also catches small problems before they turn into major repairs.

Saves Time
Getting a furnace tune-up now is much more convenient than waiting for a repairman in a cold home without heat. It is also much cheaper.

Improves energy efficiency
A furnace tune-up should include the cleaning and inspection of the furnace burner and heat exchanger. In addition to ensuring safe operation, this will keep your furnace running efficiently all winter.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-611-7191

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!