Why You Should Never Overlook A Leaky Faucet

While a leaky faucet may be somewhat of an annoyance, it can be easy for homeowners to ignore.

Please Don’t Ignore These Plumbing Warning Signs

One warning sign that your home may have an unseen leak is actually found in your water bill. Water could be slowly leaking out of a faulty pipe, not only costing you on your monthly utility bills but possibly costing you even more in repairs later.

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Start now to find out how much it would cost to install central air in your home. Call today to get an estimate so you will be ahead of everyone else. This way you can avoid having to wait for an appointment. Don’t wait till it’s too warm and you are in a hot house. We 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 priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191

New Jersey’s Plumbing Experts

Here at Green Apple Plumbing NJ we are  New Jersey’s experts when it comes to plumbing services and customer service. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Whether it comes to a small repair or a major plumbing emergency Green Apple has you covered. So if you need plumbing installed or you have a sink that just won’t drain we are always there when you need us the most. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Plumbing NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

Always Be Prepared

Now that the rush of preparing for Thanksgiving is over you have some time to schedule your annual furnace inspection. Annual furnace inspections are  important because you can save yourself a lot of time and trouble by catching any problems before they turn into something much larger and more expensive. Green Apple Mechanical NJ can make sure your filters are clear and can inspect your furnace to make sure that your furnace is working to its full potential. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191

Tie a Bag of Vinegar Around Your Shower Head to Clean It

Your shower head is prone to buildup of all sorts of nasty stuff, and it can be a pain to clean if you do it the hard way.You can cure your shower head of its grimy blockage with a bag of vinegar. All you have to do is fill the bag, place it around the shower head so it’s submerged in the liquid, and tie it to the neck with a twist tie or rubber band (or anything else, really). Leave it there overnight and the cleaning will be handled for you.
If you have any more questions or concerns about your bathroom plumbing problems or any of your HVAC needs please feel free to contact your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191

12 Plumbing Facts You Never Knew

At Green Apple Mechanical NJ our service is almost as popular as our HVAC services. From toilets to sewer lines to showers and more – we’ve got you covered. For fun, check out these interesting facts that you may not have known about plumbing:
1. Standardized plumbing can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C. when the Indus River Valley civilization used earthen plumbing pipes to provide transportable water and drain wastes.
2. If you have a leaky faucet that drips twice per minute, you’ll waste over a gallon of water in a week.
3. The flushing toilet was invented by John Harrington in 1596, which is where we get the nickname “the John.” We also call the toilet “the crapper” because of Thomas Crapper, who widely increased the popularity of it.
4. Mario and Luigi (of the video game Super Mario Brothers) are plumbers.
5. Ever hear the myth that when you flush a toilet in the Southern Hemisphere, the water flows the opposite direction? It’s not true. It’s possible for the water to flow either direction in either hemisphere.
6. The word “plumber” comes from the Latin word “plumbum,” which means “lead.”
7. There are two different types of plungers – a toilet plunger and a sink/shower plunger. Toilet plungers narrow at the bottom to fit into the toilet while sink/shower plungers are flat.
8. In 1939, Al Moen invented the single-handle faucet that can control hot and cold water in just one turn.
9. Insulating your home’s pipes can reduce the amount of heat lost as your water travels from your heater to your faucet. You’ll run less water waiting for it to warm up and save money on your utility bills.
10. The floating mechanism in your toilet’s water tank is called a ballcock and it controls the flow of water.
11. The first fire sprinkler system was invented by a British man named Sir William Congreve. He perforated pipes along the ceiling and installed a valve outside the building that could be opened to send water through them.
12. Manhole covers are circular because if they’re turned sideways, they can’t fall through their own opening.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191

Things To Consider When Installing Central Air

As with many home improvements, there is a large selection of central air conditioning systems to choose from, offering a wide spectrum of cost and quality. But price and brand should not be the only considerations when making a long-term investment in your home. Finding the right HVAC company to advise you on the purchase and, to install the system correctly should be one of the most important aspects of your decision when weighing the costs of installing air conditioning.
While the process of determining the best system for your home may seem like a complicated task, the information here delivers the facts and figures that you need to know to make an educated and fulfilling purchase in your price range.

 Choosing a Contractor

First things first! Before you even think about brands or product features, it’s important that you get the advice of an expert about the system that will be the right fit for your home. An experienced HVAC professional will tell you that “bigger is not always better” – meaning that going out and buying the largest sized system you can find will not necessarily yield the most efficient cooling solution for your home.
A trusted professional will evaluate the specific cooling needs and challenges of your home and make an accurate recommendation based on that analysis. Meet with each contractor you consider and ask questions as the estimator evaluates your needs. Good contractors will have a system or checklist for determining the right air conditioning solution for each home. Some things a professional should consider are:

  1. The size, age and layout of your home
  2. The efficiency and placement of your current system (if any)
  3. Your personal priorities – are you looking for energy efficiency? new technology?

Average Central Air Conditioning Equipment Costs

Prices for a new central air system can vary, depending on many factors. For example, the time of year that you have the system installed can play a role in the price. The price differences are due, in part, to build quality and reliability, but are also affected by factors such as unit size, efficiency and brand.  Efficiency is very important to consider, because based on the monthly monetary cost required to run your unit, you may be better off in the long run paying slightly more upfront for a very efficient system which will yield a lower monthly cost and eventually pay for itself.
Some popular and generally reliable brands of central air cooling systems (made for houses with existing ductwork) include Lennox, Trane, Carrier, Whirlpool and Payne, to name just a few. On average, the cost of equipment alone for these systems can range from $1,400 to $3,500, depending on several factors, including where you live. Remember, this cost is for equipment only. The HVAC company you choose should provide a complete estimate that includes the price for the complete job, including equipment and installation.

No ductwork?

If your house has a boiler system as its primary heat source or does not have any ductwork for some other reason, don’t worry; there are cooling options for these types of homes too!  Ductless systems, or mini-split systems, are a welcome solution for owners with homes with a boiler system, or without ductwork. These systems are installed using indoor wall mounts to cool individual rooms, or by using air vents that require minimal ductwork to be added. Some of the options for mini-split systems are made by Fujitsu, Amvent and Gree. The average cost of equipment only for a ductless mini-split system can range from $1,000 – $2,200.

Insist on Quality Installation

If you consider your new central air system as a true investment in your home’s long-term value and comfort, you should view your purchase as a complete package. To get the best value, shop for expert advice, materials, installation and service as a whole from a company you can trust. The installation process will be unique to your home, so your contractor should take the time to get to know your home.
When it comes to your new cooling system, simply buying a good product without investing in quality installation work will cost you greatly in the long run. Depending on where you live, the difficulty of the installation, and the expertise of the contractor, installation can be a considerable factor when it comes to project time and cost.
To compare costs in different areas, you can use an online cost calculator if you want a general idea of the average overall costs being charged for central air conditioning systems.
For homes without ducts, the prices for installation reflect the different process needed to configure the system in the home.
Tips for Reducing Costs 
Investing in a quality central air conditioning system for your home can come with a rather significant price tag. If you are looking to reduce your initial costs, there are a wide variety of rebate options available to you, if you qualify. This can help to put some of that money back in your pocket for your next project.
With many central air conditioning options for all types of homes, it pays to do your own research and find an expert who will guide you through the buying process. The amount you can expect to spend should be in line with the service and attention you receive from the professional HVAC contractor you choose. Skipping the important steps of getting a quality home assessment followed by a quality installation will result in a less efficient system overall, regardless of the brand you choose. In the end, the cost of installing air conditioning should be worth the years of comfort and efficiency if provides for your home and family.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-315-5564

Preparing Your Plumbing For Spring

Preparing Your Plumbing For The Spring Season

Hooray for spring! Now that it’s officially here, it’s time to start thinking about getting your home’s plumbing system ready for warmer temperatures. Even if it’s not on your list of top priorities for the week, performing the tasks below can save you from costly repairs and damage down the road:

  • Test the faucets both inside and out. To do so, turn on the hot and cold water one at a time. You may notice some air in the lines in your outdoor faucets, but don’t be alarmed. This is normal if you turned the water off during the colder months.
  • Inspect your pipes. Drastic changes in temperature at the end of winter can compromise the integrity of your pipes potentially causing them to burst or leak. For this reason, it’s imperative that you know how to shut the water off to your house quickly. Take this time to test shutoff valves.
  • Flush the water heater. Since you should be flushing it once a year, take this time to get rid of sediment in the tank. If you turned up the thermostat for hotter water during the winter, bring it back down to 120°.
  • Reattach garden hoses and check for leaks. It’s that time of year again – where you’ll be spending time outside gardening or washing your car. Reattach hoses, turn on the spigots and check for leaks. Leaky hose bibs can drive up your water bill.
  • Clean out the gutters. We all know how much rain we can get during the spring season so take this time to clean out the gutters. It’s also important to make sure they are draining properly and that water is redirected away from your home and foundation.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191

What Never To Put Down Your Drain

Our trash that goes in the can or recycling is waste we have no choice but to face. Whether it’s hauling the trash cans to the sidewalk, bringing recycling to a center–it’s a mass of garbage that we have to contend with.
Liquid waste, on the other hand, simply gets rinsed down the drain and it’s “bye-bye never have to think about you again.”
It’s a much more expedient process–one that’s hidden from the eyes of any sanitation departments–and one that can wreak waves of environmental chaos, not to mention what it can do to your pipes. We often don’t realize the harm we are doing by what we rinse down our kitchen sinks, bath and shower drains, and even what we flush down our toilets.
In a study published in 20015, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected and analyzed water samples from 139 streams in 30 states. The goal of the study was to measure concentrations of 95 wastewater-related organic chemicals in water. And guess what? One or more of these chemicals were found in 80 percent of the streams sampled.
Half of the streams contained seven or more of these chemicals, and about one-third of the streams contained 10 or more of these chemicals. Pharmaceutical and personal-care products are to blame for many of the chemicals found in the USGS study. Research has shown that there can be effects on aquatic organisms like fish and frogs. Lesson here: don’t flush unwanted prescriptions and try to purchase all-natural personal care products.
But another area of concern is kitchen waste–namely fats, oils and greases which can not only clog pipes, but are terrible for sewage systems. According to the Watership Environment Foundation (WEF), sewer overflows and backups can cause health hazards, damage home interiors, and threaten the environment.
An increasingly common cause of overflows is sewer pipes blocked by grease–this results in raw sewage overflowing in your home or your neighbor’s home; An expensive and unpleasant cleanup that often must be paid for by you, the homeowner; Raw sewage overflowing into parks, yards, and streets; Potential contact with disease-causing organisms; and an increase in operation and maintenance costs for local sewer departments, which causes higher sewer bills for customers.
Where does the grease that causes sewer overflows come from? Much of it from the kitchen sink.

  • Meat fats
  • Lard
  • Cooking oil
  • Shortening
  • Butter and margarine
  • Food scraps
  • Baking goods
  • Sauces
  • Dairy products

Grease sticks to the insides of sewer pipes (both on your property and in the streets). Over time, the grease can build up and block the entire pipe. Note that home garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the plumbing system. These units only shred solid material into smaller pieces and do not prevent grease from going down the drain. Commercial additives, including detergents, that claim to dissolve grease may pass grease down the line and cause problems in other areas.
WEF suggests these tips to alleviate pipe blockage and sewer overflows:
• Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.
• Scrape grease and food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils, and grills and cooking surfaces into a can or the trash for disposal (or recycling where available).
• Do not put grease down garbage disposals. Put baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and empty the drain baskets/strainers into the trash for disposal.
• Speak with your friends and neighbors about the problem of grease in the sewer system and how to keep it out.
• Call your local sewer system authority if you have any questions.
Other things to never wash down your drain:

  • Fats, oils or grease from cars or lawnmowers
  • Coffee grinds
  • Egg shells
  • Produce stickers
  • Chunks of garbage
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels
  • Flushable cat litter
  • Rags
  • Condoms
  • Motor oil, transmission fluids, anti-freeze or other toxic chemicals
  • Solvents, paints, turpentine, nail polish, polish remover
  • Flammable or explosive substances
  • Corrosive substances that are either acidic or caustic
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191