Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

3 Ways to Spot a Plumbing Leak

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Plumbing leaks are a significant problem, and no one wants to wake up to find water all over their kitchen floor. But the worst leaks are those that escape detection: breaching behind your walls or underground somewhere where you can’t actively spot it. Here in Bergen County, NJ, spring and summer are the ideal time to address such issues, when the weather is warm and the ground between you and the broken pipe isn’t frozen solid. But before you treat the leak, you need to learn to notice it and call for professional assistance. Here are 3 ways to spot a plumbing leak that you should watch for: (more…)

Reasons to Consider Using the Krystal Klear Whole House Water Filtration System

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Having clean water throughout your home isn’t luxury, it’s a necessity. If you’ve been concerned about the quality of your water, or just want the ability to have the cleanest water possible in your home, you may want to consider the installation of a water filtration system. The experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., can install just about any water filtration system around, but the one we specialize in is the whole house Krystal Klear water filtration system. This system is unlike any other water filtration product available for homes and businesses, and offers a number of benefits that you may not get with other types of whole home water filtration systems.

What Is the Krystal Klear Water Filtration System?

The Krystal Klear water filtration system uses two proprietary components to thoroughly clean your home’s water: a coconut-shell granular activated carbon and KDF-55. The device itself is about the height of a water tank, although much more narrow, and contains an electronic meter at the top, a distributor tube that runs from top to bottom, the KDF-55 filter, the granular carbon and at the bottom of the tank, the patented CyclonicRinse technology.

How Does It Work?

Water enters the tank through an inlet valve and is filtered through the KDF-55 layer and then the carbon layer. The two filters create a dual-action system that uses both absorption and oxidation to remove harmful contaminants from your water. The newly-filtered water at the bottom of the tank is then circulated back into your home’s water supply via the distributor tube.

Benefits

There are a number of benefits that the Krystal Klear water filtration system offers your home:

  • Removes VOCs (volatile organic compounds), chemicals, arsenic, poisons, pesticides, herbicides, solvents and MTBE from your home’s water
  • Removes heavy metals such as nickel, copper, mercury and aluminum
  • KDF-55 filter inhibits bacterial growth in the filter media
  • Doesn’t need a brine tank
  • Guaranteed no maintenance for the first 5 years thanks to the CyclonicRinse technology

The Krystal Klear water filtration system can keep the water throughout your home clean for years to come. Call us today and see what this system can for your Bergen County, NJ, home!

Do My Pipes Need Replacing?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Modern plumbing systems are necessary for any home or business to function. And while they’re designed to last a number of years, unfortunately, at some time or another, even the best laid pipes can fail. When this happens to you, you’ll need to schedule replacement services for parts of pipes or possibly for your entire plumbing system. But how do you know when it’s time?

For the most part, when your New Milford plumbing system is running into trouble, you should call on an expert to best determine the next course of action.

Signs to look out for

There are a few things you may want to look out for when you are trying to determine whether your pipes need replacement. In general, however, you should trust a plumbing professional to inspect the pipes and make the final decision with you.

  • Low water pressure – If the water pressure in your home is not up to your standards, it may be due to leaks and holes throughout the water supply pipes. When leaks begin to affect the water pressure in your home noticeably, it’s usually a sign that there are larger leaks along the pipes or perhaps that there are several smaller leaks. In either case, it may be due to corrosion, a problem that will require immediate repiping services.
  • Material – You may need to replace pipes even if they don’t appear to be running into trouble if they are made from galvanized steel. Galvanized steel is a material that was retired for plumbing systems decades ago because of their proclivity towards rust and corrosion. Even if you’ve never had a problem before, there’s still a chance that your pipes may run into trouble, so you may need to replace now to prevent the chances of a leak later on.
  • Old age – The age of your home may give you some indication as to the age of your pipes if you’re unsure. Pipes can last several decades, but only if they’re installed soundly, and if they receive proper maintenance from a trained professional. Usually, however, about 40-60 years means it’s time for your pipes to retire.

Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. when you need to find out whether your pipes can be salvaged or if replacement is a better option. Call us today to speak with honest, reliable experts about your plumbing in New Milford.

At BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., we use the latest technology to inspect your plumbing, and we will give you an honest assessment of the state of your pipes.

Why You Need Professional Leak Detection

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Leaks: the Great Enemy of All Plumbing. Even a minute leak, no larger than a pinhole, can cause immense damage to a home and waste a few hundred gallons of water a year. But these are not the worst aspects of leaks. The major problem leaks present is… finding them in the first place.

When a pipe breaks and water floods out, or your sink faucet begins to annoyingly drip water, you’ll immediately know you have a problem and can call a plumber. But this only covers a few of the possible places where leaks can occur in your plumbing. The majority occur in spots out of sight: behind walls and under floorboards, beneath concrete slabs, hidden in unused rooms. The best way to find these disguised leaks is to hire a plumber skilled in leak detection and armed with the equipment to get the job done.

For plumbers to handle the leak detection that will rescue your plumbing in Westwood, NJ (and maybe rescue your home as well!), contact BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Professional leak detection

There are some signs to watch for that can indicate hidden leaks plaguing your pipes. Discolored spots on walls, slight warping in floorboards (watch for doors that become harder to close because of shifting boards), odd bulges under carpets, the growth of mold or mildew, and unexplained spikes in your water bills… all of these can warn that leaking is happening somewhere in your pipes, probably in multiple places.

Professional leak detection both locates where leaks are occurring and helps plumbers perform precision repairs that will cause the least amount of damage to your home’s building materials. Plumbers use sound equipment and pressure detection devices to pinpoint the leaks, then remove only enough construction material to reach the damaged pipe and seal the break. The plumbers won’t stop with the obvious repairs, however: they will examine your plumbing for other leaks that might have started and also deduce the reason the leaking started in the first place.

Leaking must be stopped as soon as possible

One of the great dangers of leaks in plumbing is that they are insidious. A single leak will grow, and it will cause other leaks to start. If a rise in water pressure was responsible, then the leaking problem will rapidly increase.

Even if a leak remains isolated, the development of standing water can destroy wood and drywall, and create an environment for the growth of mold and mildew that will speed up the rate of damage. And even the smallest leak will waste enough water to affect your utility bills.

Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for the help with your plumbing in Westwood, NJ that will locate and stop leaks and prevent future leaking problems.

How to Care for Your Drains and Sewer

Monday, April 7th, 2014

There are a lot of components which make up your plumbing system. It can be a challenge to keep all of these components in the best working condition possible, due largely to the fact that so many of these components are completely hidden from view. Just because they are out of sight, though, does not mean that you can afford to push these components out of mind. If you are not able to properly dispose of wastewater from your home via your drain and sewer system, you are going to run into some serious problems. Fortunately, the professional plumbers at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. are here to help.

We have the tools and training that we need to ensure that your drains and sewer line in Westwood, NJ are in the great condition necessary to performance properly. One great asset is our video pipeline inspection services. By using specialized equipment, we can turn the very notion of “out of sight, out of mind” on its head. We can insert a flexible rod equipped with a video camera on its end into your piping system. This camera will feed back live video from within your pipes. This allows us to pinpoint any issues within those pipes so that we can resolve those issues promptly while eliminating any guesswork that would otherwise be necessary.

Another outstanding service that we have to offer is BioSmart drain treatment. BioSmart drain treatment is a non-toxic and environmentally-friendly way to clear drains. The enzymes and bacteria it contains will break down organic waste and grease, clearing clogs quickly and safely. While a drain snake has its uses, there are some situations where removing the entirety of a clog or buildup cannot be accomplished with a snake alone. In such instances,  call in a professional and explore other options.

To learn more about the issues that can develop with your drains and sewer in Westwood, NJ over time, call the pros at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. We want to ensure that you are able to enjoy the best performance possible from your wastewater disposal systems. Contact us today to schedule service with well trained, well equipped plumber.

How Plumbers Do Leak Detection

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Leaks are one of the most persistent, and difficult to locate, troubles that can afflict your home’s plumbing. Leaks as small as pinholes can cause serious problems for pipes and building material, leading to elevated water bills, reduced water pressure, mildew growth, and structural damage.

Locating a leak is often more difficult than fixing it, and to help you with this job you will need a trained, experienced plumber with the necessary equipment to zero in on where leaks are occurring behind walls and under floors.

For excellent leak detection in Tenafly, NJ, look to BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. and our certified professional plumbers.

The tools of leak detection

Sometimes plumbers can locate leaks visually through clues, such as cracks, damp spots on walls, floorboard warping, or spots of mildew. The majority of the time, however, they need to use listening equipment that can penetrate through material such as wood and stone to pick up the tiniest sounds of dripping water or changes in water pressure. With the right equipment and the skills to use it, a plumber can pinpoint a leak to a tiny area so that the minimal amount of digging, drilling, or disruption is necessary to access the leak and fix it.

Another tool that assists with leak detection is infrared sensors, which can pick up excess moisture in hidden areas. Plumbers also use video pipe inspection equipment—miniature cameras mounted on long, flexible fiber-optic cables—to look down into pipes where they suspect there may be leaks.

The combination of listening equipment, infrared sensors, and video pipe inspection cameras allows skilled plumbers to not only find leaks with precision, but to use the data to deduce the reason the leaking started. Fixing a leak is also about fixing what caused it in the first place.

Trust to professionals in leak detection

Consumers can purchase some high-end leak detection equipment through online retailers. However, the tools come with a large price tag and require special training to use and interpret their readings. But even if you could find these leaks on your own, the work needed to expose the leak and fix it is not the work for a hobbyist. Make the job easy for you and your plumbing: call up certified professional plumbers who have the right tools.

BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. has a staff of plumbers to help you with leak detection in Tenafly, NJ. Let us stop those leaks in your home’s plumbing before they turn into major problems.

3 Ways Leaks Can Damage Your Home

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Leaks are one of the most destructive problems that can occur in your home’s plumbing—and also one of the hardest to find. It only takes a small leak, such as “pinhole leaks,” to cause severe damage to your house.

When you require leak detection in Teaneck, NJ to find where you need these destructive leaks repaired, give BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. a call. We have provided quality service plumbing in Bergen County for many years.

Here are three ways that leaks can cause damage to your home:

  1. Ruining building material: Water splashing onto a wall of your home won’t do much. However, a slow build-up of water from a leak can eat right through the materials that make up your house. Water will destroy drywall and cause wood to warp, often leading to extensive repairs and even rebuilding. Slow and small leaks that remain hidden are perhaps the most destructive, since they will have a long time to cause damage.
  2. Mold and mildew: Standing water from leaks will promote the growth of mold and mildew. Both can lead to unhealthy air (especially for people with allergies) and unpleasant odors. But they also add to the destruction of drywall and wood, causing them to rapidly rot away. Mold and mildew will also quickly ruin insulation in walls, requiring replacement. Mold remediation can be very expensive if the issue is not discovered early.
  3. Damage from humidity: As leaks start to occur in your house, the water will raise the indoor humidity level. This will cause wallpaper and paint to peel, hurt items stored in the basement or attic, and damage systems like furnaces and ventilation.

If a major leak springs up in a sink, you’ll know about it right away and call for repairs. But most leaks occur where you cannot see them, along pipes and at connections hidden in walls, floors, or in the basement.

You need to pay close attention to signs of leaks: look for mildew or mold developing in corners, signs of damage to wallpaper or drywall, warping of wood floorboards, ceiling stains, or musty smells. Don’t hesitate when these warnings appear: call for professionals to perform leak detection to find all the locations where water is escaping.

Using high-technology detection equipment, our plumbers at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. will locate where leaking has occurred in your plumbing and put a stop to it. They will also find what caused the leaks in the first place and remedy it to avoid future trouble. For the leak detection in Teaneck, NJ you need, call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

The Benefits of Copper Pipes

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

In the long history of plumbing—which started with hollowed-out wooden tubes to carry water—galvanized steel pipes were a revolution in design. They improved vastly in strength and durability over iron, and they allowed the spread of indoor plumbing. Many homes today, and perhaps yours, still rely on steel pipes to carry water and waste.

However, today plumbers today favor other materials, particularly copper, for a variety of reasons. If your plumbing in Tenafly, NJ has old steel pipes that are causing issues for your home, you might want to consider consider replacing them with copper ones. BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. can replace the pipes in your home so you can take advantage of the many benefits of copper piping.

Here is why copper pipes are so popular:

  • Corrosion resistant: Copper is a naturally corrosion-resistant metal, unlike steel. Steel pipes will eventually develop rust and other corrosion damage that will cause them to leak and eventually break. Copper will outlast steel pipes by many years, and they often outlast the buildings in which they are installed.
  • No sagging: Copper is a light but rigid metal, so it does not require as much support when it is slung across long runs.
  • Non-synthetic: Plastic piping is popular today—PEX, CPVC—but copper is a 100% natural metal that is environmentally friendly, with few emissions from its creation.
  • Safe: To install copper tubes, plumbers do not need to use solvents that contain volatile organic compounds, such as adhesives that contribute to air pollution and ozone depletion. Copper is also lead-free.
  • Durable: Copper can stand more than 1,000 psi of pressure, and it also resists the pressure problems created from a pipe freezing and thawing.

You don’t necessarily need to have all your plumbing replaced with copper pipes right away, but you should consider converting over some of the oldest pipes as soon as you can—especially for your sewer line. If you are experiencing an increasing number of leaks from your pipes, pipe replacement might be a better long term solution than just repairing the leaks.

Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. to talk about pipe replacement with our Tenafly, NJ plumbing experts.

Why Contact a Professional Plumber for Drain Cleaning

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

If you have started to experience clogs occurring more frequently in your drains, you should consider calling a professional plumbing company and schedule a thorough drain cleaning. Occasional clogs can occur from objects getting stuck in drains, but when the problem becomes common it usually indicates a build-up along the inside of the drainpipes that won’t go away unless you have professionals perform a drain cleaning. Even if you aren’t suffering from clogs, a drain with too much build-up will cause an increase in water pressure, which can lead to leaking and other problems.

But is it necessary to hire plumbers for this task? Why can’t you rely on liquid drain cleaners from a store that you can pour down the sink? After all, aren’t those “drain cleaners”?

Yes, you do need professionals for drain cleaning. We’ll explain why calling a company like BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for drain cleaning is the best way to go for the health of your plumbing. 

First, let’s address the chemical “drain cleaner” issue. You should never use those on your drains at all. The caustic action of the chemicals can damage your pipes, and they will create harmful fumes. The toxic residue left in the bottles gets into landfills and can cause environmental damage.

Professional plumbers come equipped with technology that’s not available to most consumers. Among the devices the professionals use for drain cleaning are motorized drain snakes and hydro-jetting. Hydro-jetting does a thorough job of blasting away grease, fat, and other deposits from the interior of drain pipes while not causing any damage to the pipes themselves.

Some plumbing companies use special biological treatments to clean drains, such as BioSmart. These are environmentally-friendly, non-caustic cleaners that use the natural action of enyzmes and bacteria to eat through clogs and cleanse the inside of pipes. These cleaners also remain in your plumbing for weeks after they are used, which helps keep the build-up from returning.

At BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., we’re proud to use BioSmart as part of our Drain Maid Maintenance Program. Our plumbers have all the advanced tools and the knowledge of how to best use them to give your drains a thorough cleaning. Leave the acidic chemicals on the grocery store shelf and go with BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today for your Teaneck, NJ drain cleaning.

What to Check When You Aren’t Getting Enough Hot Water

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Here’s a surprise you never want to run into in the morning: a shower that won’t get warm enough, or that loses its hot water after only minutes. But a decrease in hot water will be a nuisance throughout your home, any time of the day. Lack of hot water makes it harder to clean and cook, and it affects appliances like dishwashers and laundry machines. When you find that you aren’t getting enough hot water, it’s time to investigate.

But where to start? We’ll offer a few pointers. However, if you cannot discover the reason for your loss of hot water, or if it’s a problem beyond your ability to fix, call in professionals to solve the problem. BZ Dependable has a solid reputation for quality plumbing in Englewood, NJ, so make us your first call.

Check the following when you start losing hot water:

If you have an electric water heater, make sure it is still connected to a power supply. An electric water heater uses heating elements inside the tank to directly heat water, and without a power supply, you won’t get any hot water. One of two of the elements may have burned out: if you have only lost some of your hot water, it may be because one element has died—and this will require professional repair.

If you have a gas-powered hot water heater, look to see if the pilot light has gone out. Sometimes a draft can blow it out, and you will have no trouble relighting it. If this still doesn’t solve the problem, then you’ll need to contact a technician.

Another thing you can check on a gas-powered water heater is the “dip tube,” a pipe along the side of the water heater that forces cold water to the bottom of the tank and allows the heated water to leave from the top. If the dip tube breaks, cold water will be mixed near the top of the tank over the hot water, and only the hot water above the break will leave the tank. This will cause the hot water to run out rapidly. Contact a professional to have the broken dip tube replaced.

If you cannot determine the reason for the loss of hot water, it’s possible that the water heater is too small for your needs. Before making any serious decisions about a replacement, bring in a technician with knowledge of water heaters to find out what the trouble actually is.

BZ Dependable delivers reliable service that will restore your hot water. We also offer regular maintenance that will provide your water heater with a yearly tune-up to help it avoid trouble in the future from broken heating elements, failed pilots, corrosion damage, and other threats to your crucial supply of hot water. For all your needs for heating and plumbing repair in Englewood, NJ, call BZ Dependable.