Think Before You Flush

While tree roots and fats, oils, and grease (FOG) have always been causes of sewer backups, in recent years sewer agencies around the country are dealing with the problem of flushable wipes.
Companies have been marketing these products as “flushable” over the last few years, but wastewater professionals are finding out these products are not safe for sewage systems.
Flushable wipes are supposed to be biodegradable and break up like toilet paper, but they don’t.
These wipes do not disintegrate. They can cling to the interior walls of pipeline and/or get hung up on snags inside the pipes. They accumulate in pump stations and can clog and pumps. De-ragging pumps and unclogging pipes are labor intensive and increase the cost of maintaining your sewer system.
Examples of products that you should not flush include:

  • paper towels
  • diapers
  • baby and cleaning wipes
  • sanitary napkins/tampons
  • condoms

Do not flush any items that are not designed to disintegrate like toilet paper when flushed. If you have any questions or concerns call Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-611-7191

3 Simple Ways To Care For Your HVAC System

Frequently Change Your Filters
Disposable filters keep your system clean and take out the large particles from your indoor air. Aim to change them every 1-3 months. If it is is allergy season or you have pets in your home, you may consider replacing your filters more often. We recommend picking a filter rated MERV 7-11. Anything more will reduce the airflow on your system which can put an unnecessary strain on your system and will negatively affect its efficiency, too. If you have an air purification system, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for servicing those filters, too.
Clean Your Condensing Unit
Most air conditioners have an outdoor condensing unit/heat pump sitting outside with a fan on top to disperse heat in the summer. The metal fins on the condensing unit frequently get clogged up with dirt, pollen, and grime. Once each season, spray the outside of the unit with a water hose to clean it. Warning: Do not use a pressure washer because it will permanently damage your unit.
Visually Inspect and Create Clearance Around Your Outdoor Unit
Remove the build-up of leaves and overgrown vegetation so they do not interfere with the airflow of your outdoor unit. You can trim any bushes or trees also so your unit has plenty of clearance, about 2 feet, on all sides. Keep a close eye if you have bushes or trees that give off excessive pollen, such as Cottonwood trees in particular. They are notorious for clogging up condensing units.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-611-7191

Do You Have To Shut Your Faucet Off Too Tightly?

When a conventional washer-type faucet has to be excessively tightened down each time you shut it off in order to keep it from dripping, or when the faucet develops a drip that won’t stop no matter how hard you tighten it, then prompt repairs are advisable to keep things from getting worse – for example, to keep from damaging the faucet seat and possibly causing extensive damage to the faucet stem itself.

Most leaks can be repaired by taking the faucet apart and then installing a new washer at the end of the spindle, as well as replacing the packing or O-ring that goes around the outside of the stem in some cases. However, if you wait too long and keep trying to tighten the faucet down harder in order to stop the drip, then chances are that the valve seat will be damaged. The reason is that when you turn the handle on a washer-type faucet to shut off the flow of water the threaded spindle or stem screws its way down into the faucet body and presses the rubber washer on the end of the stem down against the metal valve seat inside the faucet body, thus closing the opening and shutting off the flow of water.

If this still doesn’t work then we advise calling the professionals here at Green Apple Mechanical. Call toll-free at 888-611-7191

How To Improve Your HVAC System This Fall

Fall HVAC Maintenance Tip #1: Replace your Air Filter

It’s good to be in the habit of switching out your air filters at least every 90 days—and more frequently if you have pets or allergies. Clogged filters force your furnace work harder, which translated into higher utility costs for you. Plus, your air quality will be better when it’s not being pulled through a filthy filter.

HVAC Maintenance Tip #2: Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

We all know that warm air rises. To extend the life of your furnace, it’s helpful to push that warm air down into the room. In cooler months, your ceiling fans should be turning clockwise at a low speed, drawing the cool air up and forcing the warm air down along the walls and back to your floors.

Maintenance Tip #3: Clean and Adjust Registers and Vents

Continuing along the hot-air-rises theme: If you have a two-story home, consider closing some registers on the second floor and opening more on the first floor. While you’re at it, take the dustbuster to your floor and ceiling registers and wall vents.

Tip #4: Adjust Your Thermostat

We recommend setting your heat at 68oF while you’re home and awake and pushing it down a few degrees if you’ll be away for several hours and while you’re sleeping. Not only will this save wear and tear on your HVAC unit, but it will also save you some money over time.

#5: Have your HVAC Unit Inspected

There are plenty of preventive measures you can do yourself, but some tasks are best left up to people who know their heat exchangers from their draft inducer motors. By hiring a Green Apple professional to come to check your system—twice per year, ideally—you’ll lessen the chance of a major failure. We will inspect your filter, electrical components, motors, pressure, and more. (We’re pleased to offer affordable preventive maintenance plans to homeowners.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-611-7191

All Your HVAC Questions Answered

You’ve probably heard that you need to have your heating and cooling system (HVAC) serviced regularly. But how often do you need to have an HVAC tune-up and what maintenance is really necessary? We will answer these questions here.
Is Regular HVAC Maintenance Really Necessary?
If your HVAC system isn’t experiencing any obvious problems such as weird noises, you might think you can skip on the HVAC maintenance. But saving on the HVAC service costs now can end up costing you a lot later on.
Routine HVAC maintenance and tune-ups is meant to help prevent breakdowns later on. Breakdowns can be expensive to fix, especially when you’ve got to order a specialty replacement part. Aside from preventing breakdowns, routine HVAC servicing will help your unit last much longer.

Another important part of HVAC maintenance is to make sure your system is running efficiently. HVAC systems account for nearly half of all energy bills, so it is alarming to hear that most HVAC systems are losing about 20-30% of their efficiency from just leaks. They lose more efficiency from other problems like old thermostats which aren’t regulating temperatures properly and dirty air filters.
If you haven’t had your HVAC system inspected and you have some questions or concerns regarding your HVAC system or your plumbing call Green Apple Mechanical NJ

Look Out For Hidden Leaks

One common misconception or myth that is the unfortunate root cause behind the bitter fact that so many homeowners pay substantial utility bills every year. Only in certain circumstances are leaks visible and normally, this depends on the location of the leak as well. Plumbing connectors have pipes underground and behind the drywall as well, so if there is a leak then it will only be visible if the leak has caused considerable damage. Pipe leaks will gradually find its way to the drywall and will chip away the paint ruining the interior.
If you suspect that you might have a hidden leak in your home then be sure to give Green Apple Mechanical a call. We are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing concerns.

New Season, New Furnace Filter

All the heated air that flows from your furnace into the living spaces of your home must first pass through an air filter. If the filter is dirty, more polluted air will enter your home. Air filters don’t just help to improve the air quality in your home, they protect your heating system equipment from damage, too. The Environmental Protection Agency calls changing dirty furnace filters the most important maintenance task for optimizing your heating system’s energy efficiency.

BENEFITS OF REGULARLY CHANGING YOUR AIR FILTER

Energy savings, lower utility bills, and better indoor air quality are the three greatest benefits that you’ll enjoy when you replace your dirty furnace filters. An understanding of the role that air filters play helps explain why they’re so important:

  • Airflow. Even the most energy-efficient furnace can’t keep your home snug and warm without a well-operating air distribution system. If an air filter becomes so clogged and dirty that it restricts airflow, the system will have to work harder to get conditioned air through the ductwork. Dirt can also accumulate on the coils and further restrict airflow.
  • Heater performance. Dirty filters can cause dust, grime, and debris to build up on heater components, which can impair the efficiency of the entire heating system. Over time, the heater’s performance weakens while the energy usage steadily increases. Replacing a clogged filter can lower an HVAC system’s energy consumption by as much as 15 percent.
  • Green Apple Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. If you have any questions regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-611-7191

How A Slow Leak Wastes Money And Water

A slow drip can waste about 7-10 gallons of water per day, adding up to more than 3,600 gallons of water per year.

Are You Experiencing Any Of These Plumbing Issues?

Flushing turns the shower water cold. Older homes have pipes that aren’t conducive to taking a hot shower and flushing the toilet at the same time. While you try to warn your kids about this, the real plumbing solution is to reduce how fast the toilet uses water.
Close the supply valve slightly, buy a low-flow toilet, or place a jug of gravel, pebbles, or sand in the toilet tank. The toilet may take longer to fill and make noise, but this reduces the temperature fluctuation in the shower.

The toilet overflows. You hit the handle too many times and water spilled over, or it’s been too cold outside. If the toilet has a mechanical problem, wrap an old towel around the base of the toilet for easy clean-up. Turn off the toilet water supply line by locating the line’s valve near the bottom of the bowl. Turn it counterclockwise to stop water flow from the toilet.
If this doesn’t stop the plumbing overflow, remove the tank cover. Then, lift the float cup high enough to stop running water. Turn the water heater valve off until the water flow stops completely. Use a small cup to remove any excess water at the brim of the bowl.
If you are still experiencing any problems with your plumbing or even any of your HVAC concerns call Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191

Liquid Plumbers- A Cautionary Tale

Repeatedly using liquid plumbers on drains that clog frequently can deteriorate your pipes and do more damage in the long run. If you experience repeat clogs in the same drains, nix the use of liquid plumbers and call in the Green Apple professionals instead. It will save you time and money in the long run.
Liquid plumbers are corrosive and can cause injury if handled or used improperly. Always observe the safety precautions on the container and never combine them with other ingredients. If you have used a liquid plumber in your drain and later call in a plumber, show them the container and tell him you have used it in the drain. If your Green Apple plumber is unaware and uses an industrial cleaner in the drain, the chemicals may interact causing an explosion or releasing dangerous gases.
Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the professionals 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 at 888-611-7191