CONSIDERING REMODELING IN BERGENFIELD? TIPS TO BE SURE IT’S DONE RIGHT

CONSIDERING REMODELING IN BERGENFIELD? TIPS TO BE SURE IT’S DONE RIGHT

September 24, 2012

Remodeling is a fantastic opportunity to make major changes to your Bergenfield home and its layout and decide exactly how you want your bathrooms or kitchen to look. But before you get started, here are a few tips to follow that will ensure the job gets done exactly as you want.

Aim for High Return on Investment

When making changes to your home, comfort should be at the top of your list, but so too should the value of your home. That’s why kitchens and bathrooms are often at the top of the list in terms of remodeling. Other things to consider include new siding, windows and decks, but in terms of what you can do in your bathrooms and kitchen, aim for things that bring real value to your home. This includes new low flow fixtures,  upgraded water lines and drain pipes, and new counters and flooring.

 Map Out Your Changes in Advance

Before you call the first contractor on your list, create a thorough list of things you’d like changed. This list will allow you to contact someone who has a clear idea of what you need and will help you avoid the waffling that often occurs when a contractor comes to do an estimate. It also helps you know what your budget actually is and what changes to your plans may be needed.

 Plan for the Remodel

Above all else, make sure you plan for the remodel. Don’t assume the remodeling process will be done in a single day – be ready for many days of inconvenience in your home. Know where you can take your children for the day and how you’ll make meals when your kitchen is in pieces.

Remodeling can be a stressful experience if you don’t plan it out well in advance. But with the right forethought it can ensure you have the exact bathrooms and kitchen you always wanted. For more information about bathroom and kitchen remodeling in Bergenfield, give BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call!

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FORT LEE PLUMBER’S GUIDE: HOW A SUMP PUMP WORKS

September 17, 2012

One of the most effective ways to protect your Fort Lee home against flooding or leaks in the basement or garage is to have a sump pump installed. This simple device will turn on automatically when water starts to enter your home and remove that water by pumping it into a separate pipe or directly into the sewer system. Let’s take a closer look at exactly how these devices work.

 How a Sump Pump Works

A sump pump is exactly what it sounds like. It is a simple pump that is either submerged in a pit or mounted on a pedestal next to a pit at the lowest level of your home. That pit is very important because when it starts to fill with water, the sump pump will detect it. A float will rise as the water level rises, and when it reaches a certain point, flip a switch that turns on the sump pump. The sump pump will then pump the water out of the pit and into the sewer line or a separate drain line (depending on your local ordinances).

The key to helping a sump pump effectively remove unwanted rainwater and runoff in your home before it causes damage is to ensure that water is directed into that pit. If you have a finished basement, one of the most effective ways to do this is with a set of French drains that gather and funnel water to the pump.

When working properly, a sump pump can remove gallons of waters every day, more than enough to offset the effects of even the worst spring thaws and summer storms in your area. If this is something you are interested in having installed in your Fort Lee home, call BZ Dependable today to discuss the process and learn more about what options are available to you.

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$89 HEAT START-UP

September 14, 2012

Prepare for winter with a heating start-up special! BZ Dependable offer drain cleaning, plumbing renovations and additions, sewer line repair, hot water heaters, boilers and oil-to-gas conversions.

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BERGEN COUNTY PLUMBING QUESTION: HOW DO I SELECT A WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM?

September 10, 2012

Selecting the right water filtration system for your Bergen County plumbing is largely a matter of determining what kind of water you have. In order to find out which is the best water filtration system for your home, you must analyze the quality of water you get at your home. If you get water from a public source, you can get all the information from an annual water quality report.

The next step is to analyze the types of systems available on the market. You can opt, for instance, for filters that have technology to control the levels of various chemicals in the water. On the other hand, for more specific requirements you may have to resort to water softeners to reduce water hardness, oxidation systems to control manganese and iron levels, reverse osmosis systems to reduce heavy metals, distillation systems to remove dissolved minerals and metals or ultraviolet systems to control bacteria as well as viruses. All these systems are important and need to be selected on the basis of the type of water you have in your home.

All these technologies are useful when it comes to control and removal of specific types of contaminants. Some of them can treat the entire water supply of the house while others are only effective when used on single taps. You will likely be forced to combine two or more technologies to get the best quality of water possible. For example, if you use water from a private well and have a problem of hard water as well as bacteria, you will have to use a water softener as well as a UV treatment system.

When choosing a system, you must ensure that the system is efficient and has the right kind of technology and components to handle your specific problem. To help you find the right system for your Bergen County plumbing, give BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call today!

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TEANECK PLUMBER’S GUIDE: COMPARING COMMON DRAIN CLEANING METHODS

September 4, 2012

Drain cleaning is important for any home that has clogged or frequently backed up drains. To ensure yours run properly at all times, it is recommended that you have a Teaneck plumber visit your home on a routine basis and perform drain cleaning. Here are some of the common cleaning methods we use for drains and the benefits they offer to people in your area.

 Plunger

The simplest form of drain cleaning and one that can be performed by most homeowners themselves is plunging. A plunger works well for shallow clogs that are no deeper than the trap in the drain. They are effective in toilets especially and sometimes in bath tubs. However, any clogs that occur deeper than the main drain in the fixture will likely not respond to a plunger.

 Snake or Cable

That’s where a snake or cable comes in. A snake or cable allows you to access and remove clogs much deeper in your pipes. These clogs are the kind that will back up almost completely to the fixture due to a solid piece of matter blocking the pipe or because of grease, hair or other matter becoming stuck to the sides of the pipes. Snakes and cables work for most clogs unless they are very deep in the pipes or in your sewer line.

 Video Inspection

If such a clog occurs, the best option is to use either line detection or video camera inspectionto determine where the clog is located and then go to that water line directly. In some cases, the pipe may need to be disassembled to access the clog.

Whatever type of clog you have, there is a system that will make it possible to clear it out. The key is to know where to start and when to call a Teaneck plumber like BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc.. For those especially stubborn clogs, always call a professional who has the tools and expertise needed to use them to remove your clog.

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