As we enter the Fall season in NJ, storms and heavy rains have become the norm. For those homes with French Drains installed, functioning sump pump(s) can mean the difference between a warm, dry and cozy basement, and a potential flood-destroying carpets, and ruined electronics left on the floor of a finished basement.
The One Tool Homeowner There are all sorts of plumbing problems facing homeowners, business owners, and condo/townhouse owners. Because of the technology continually built into plumbing, water, and heater and/or cooling controlling devices, these problems can become far more of a project than in the past. While it's likely that a simple clog can be dealt with fairly quickly using a plunger which we highly recommend as your very #1 plumbing tool. From there, one pair of channel lock pliers won't really fix too many of today's issues, though it can help tighten a supply valve. And to go a step further, [...]
Whether your smoke and/or CO2 alarm in wired-in or freestanding, they both have one thing in common - A BATTERY. You can make this Valentine's Day present to your significant other, your folks, your kids, or even YOURSELF! Just because it beeps when you press it does not mean it's providing safety throughout your home. So just before you turn the lights down low, slip into a more comfortable outfit and open the Champagne, do one thing first. Get either you or your "signifcant-other" up on a ladder and replace the battery (DO NOT BUY CHEAP OR OLD BATTERIES) Hang [...]
Seasons Greetings! If you read Mike's Tips for Thanksgiving, many still apply for Christmas (and New Year's Eve too!). Here's some more details to help you avoid a problem during the dinners and parties you host and attend. We've divided them into Bathroom Goals and Kitchen Goals The Bathroom Goals Goal number 1 in the bathroom(s) is to eliminate anything that might accidentally fall in to the toilet bowl. Likewise, child-age guests, wanting to see holiday knick-knacks flushed out to sea, should be hindered by putting anything tempting up high and away. Goal number 2 is what one of my friends call "TP Mittens". This [...]
Mike’s Top Three Thanksgiving Tips – Nov 2017 There are three issues that consistently cause our phones to ring on Thanksgiving and Mike is sharing them as tips with you to avoid a call to a plumber in the middle of your holiday festivities. 1) Overflowing or Clogged Toilets on Thanksgiving This can be embarrassing for the hosts as well as the visitors. Let’s make the first step removing anything that might go into the bowl. Paper towels are at the top of the list. By design, they do not break down in water so flushing them along with anything [...]
Whether you’ve taken a shower and your ankles are underwater, or your kitchen or bathroom sink takes forever to drain, here’s what's causing the clog and some tips on what to do today if your drains running slow or not at all. Soap: The Silent Drain Clogger When it comes to bathroom drains and basins, the typical cause is a combination of soap and hair. Whether it’s gel-based shaving cream, liquid soap for washing hands or shampoo in the tub, they all have the same thing in common – they are sticky. Whether your drains are metal or plastic or [...]
The “V” in HVAC is Very Important - Breath Easier, Save Money Summer is officially here. For most home and business owners, that means air conditioning running somewhere between 12 and 24 hours a day. There’s a lot more than just keeping your home or business comfortably cool. It’s also extremely important that you realize that the air OUTSIDE most homes and businesses are pulling in pollen, pollution, mold spores, bacteria and a host of other microbes that can make you, your family, your clients, and customers severely, and unnecessarily ill. Bergen County towns typically have a balance of residential and commercial [...]
STOP. Before you continue reading, please press the test button on all your smoke detectors, and make sure the warning sounds and (if so equipped) the spotlight illuminates. If it doesn’t, and it is battery operated, please replace the batteries NOW. Out of batteries? Unless you are reading this in the middle of the night or while travelling, go out NOW and buy new batteries for each one. Please. Here’s a great way to remember. Every valentine’s day, replace the batteries. It’s the gift you give to yourself, your family, and your pets. Think of your heart and how quickly [...]