Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

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.

Ask a Plumber in Bergenfield, NJ: What’s That Hammering Sound?

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The only hammering sound you usually want to hear inside your home is from your own hammer, working on a project or putting in a nail to hang a picture. You don’t want to hear it coming from your house’s plumbing. What is that bizarre hammering sound from the pipes, anyway? How could water running through pipes cause that sort of noise?

This hammering noise in plumbing is a common problem, and we’ll explain why it happens and what you should do about it. Whenever you need more help with plumbing issues, no matter what they are, you can look to BZ Dependable if you need an excellent plumber in Bergenfield, NJ. We put our promise of quality right in our name.

That hammering sound is a specific issue called, appropriately enough, “water hammer.” It can occur in kitchen pipes, but it’s most likely to happen on the piping attached to washing machines and dishwashers. It happens when the solenoid valve, an electrically operated valve, shuts quickly. When this occurs, it can cause an abrupt stopping of 5 to 10 pounds of water moving at a high speed. This sudden stopping of momentum can make the whole pipe shift forward—and that’s the sound you hear.

Normally, a sudden stoppage of water from a valve won’t result in water hammer. Properly constructed and installed pipes have air chambers to brace against the force of water. If hammering suddenly starts, it might be because the air chambers have become filled with water. This can sometimes occur because of a buildup of scale or mineral deposits.

Water hammering is not healthy for your pipes. Each impact causes excess stress on them. Modern pipe manufacturers construct their products for high endurance, but too much repetition can damage the best-made piping.

One way to solve water hammer is to have a plumber install a shock absorber—a foot-long piece of pipe—near the valve. This creates an air cushion to slow down the rush of water. Another option is a spiral of copper piping. If the problem is continuous, even with repairs, a plumber might suggest you get a pressure-reducing valve installed on the main water line of your home. This is a good solution if you have experience high-pressure problems in other parts of the house.

When you call for a plumber in Bergenfield, NJ to help stop the water hammer in your pipes, make sure to call BZ Dependable! We offer free estimates.

 

Ask a Plumber in Bergenfield: Should Water Leaks Concern Me?

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Water leaks are an inevitability with any plumbing system. Sooner or later, some fitting corrodes or some pipe loses integrity, turning into a drip (or a flow) in the last place you need it to be. If you’re a plumber in Bergenfield, you’ve seen your share of leaks, particularly during the winter when water freezes in the pipes and causes them to burst. The question remains: “should water leaks concern me?” The answer is “always,” even in circumstances where they don’t appear to cause much damage.

For starters, water leaks don’t simply go away on their own. The more time passes, the worse they become, and the more damage they can cause. Putting a bucket under the leak is a stopgap measure at best; without professional repairs, the situation won’t improve. Furthermore, leaks tend to cost you in higher water bills. Even if it’s just a dripping faucet, those little drips can add up to hundreds of gallons over the course of a year: enough to make you feel it when your monthly bills arrive.

Perhaps most importantly, pooling water proves to be more than just a mild annoyance. If left unattended it can ruin surrounding components in your house, from dry wall to wood fixtures, turning what should be a simple repair into a major restoration very quickly. This is of especial concern if the leak takes place in the walls or somewhere out of sight. You may not be aware of the damage until it’s far too late to prevent it, and your little leak has caused a great deal of trouble.

The good news about leaks is that they’re often fairly easy for a professional to repair. Replacing the leaky component doesn’t take an excessive amount of time and while some leaks require more extensive repairs, you can often save yourself a great deal of trouble and expense by starting the operation early. If you’re wondering “should water leaks concern me?” it’s probably time to call a plumber. In Bergenfield, the experts at BZ Dependable are standing by to help. Call us today and let us put those pesky leaks behind you.

Tenafly Plumbing Tip: Dealing with an Overflow

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Tenafly, NJ features homes both new and old, and each home has its own unique plumbing situation. A 100-year-old townhome has different plumbing needs than a 21st century condo. Regardless of the pipes, however, one thing is certain: the water should be flowing one way only. When it doesn’t – when an overflow takes place – it usually signals a significant problem in need of expert solutions. Dealing with an overflow isn’t fun, but with the right help, you can handle it quickly and efficiently, regardless of the circumstances. Some basic advice from one of our Tenafly plumbers can be found below.

  1. Shut off the water. You can usually find a shut-off valve in the back of the toilet or underneath the sink. That cuts off water to the appliance and prevents any more from spilling out into the rest of the house.
  2. Mop up the overflow water using towels, rags, a mop or similar device. The overflow water may contain waste or similar contaminants, so don’t use anything fancy. Wash your hands and clothes thoroughly when you’re done.
  3. Apply a plunger to the overflow drain to see if the water goes down at all. In some cases, a plunger will solve the problem.
  4. If that doesn’t work, call a plumber to snake the drain.

If the water doesn’t drop and/or the overflow continues, it’s time to call in a professional. A properly trained plumber can identify the source of the problem, and implement a solution that works. In many cases, the issue go beyond a simple blocked drain, in which case you need someone with experience to do the job right.

BZ Dependable offers plumbing services in Tenafly, NJ and throughout the surrounding communities. We handle 24 -our emergency services and our technicians are dedicated to your complete satisfaction. If your fixtures are overflowing and basic troubleshooting won’t fix it, give us a call today.

Ask a Plumber in Bergenfield: Why is There a Sewer Smell in My Home?

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Plumbing issues in Bergenfield, NJ can stem from any number of sources, from tree roots clogging the sewer lines to leaky toilets spreading water across your bathroom. It can sometimes be difficult to spot trouble, however; unless water is actively flowing across your bathroom floor, the problem is likely taking place out of sight. One sure sign of an issue with your plumbing is a distinct sewer smell in your house. It can originate from a number of sources, ranging from the minor to the significant.

The worst case scenario is a break in your main sewer line, leaking waste into the ground beneath your yard. You can spot that both from the smell and from telltale signs in your yard, such as soggy ground or grass that seems greener in one particular spot for no reason. A professional plumber can spot the leak using video camera pipe inspection and other equipment, then undertake an excavation to reach the line and repair the break.

A less severe cause may be a a problem with the water trap for the outlet containing the smell. The trap exists specifically to keep that sewer smell from entering your house. If the trap stops working – drying out, for instance, or a pressure imbalance causes the water level to get too low– then the smell will enter your house. In some cases, you can correct the problem simply by running the water and replacing the water in the trap. If that doesn’t work, the trap may need to be replaced or your pipes repaired, in which case you should call a trained plumber.

When it comes to plumbing issues in Bergenfield, NJ and throughout Bergen County, BZ Dependable offers reliable expertise. Our team is dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction, and engages in all consultation and repairs with an eye on fixing the issue as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you detect a sewer smell in your home and you can’t hunt down the source, give us a call immediately and set up an appointment. We’ll send a technician out to your home to get to the bottom of it asap!