THE HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING
November 25, 2013
Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football or the parade, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. Beyond all that, however, there’s a fascinating history to the holiday and its traditions.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than the one we’re used to, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged.
It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”
From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941 making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).
Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.
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November 18, 2013
We often recommend that our clients install boilers in their homes as a way to receive quality heat through the cold months. Although the technology of boilers has been around for more than a century, contemporary models are among the most durable, energy efficient, clean, and effective heating systems on the market. To have a cozy winter in Westwood, NJ, a boiler is one of the best options available.
We’ll explain in brief how a boiler distributes heat around your home, because it illustrates some of the reasons why boilers are such good choices for home comfort. If you have further questions, or if you have a boiler that needs repairs or maintenance, contact BZ Dependable. Our promise is in our name.
Boilers do not used forced-air heating to warm up your house the way that furnaces and heat pumps do. Instead of fans and ducts spreading heated air, boilers use hydronic heating: they raise the temperature of water, then use pumps to send the water to terminal point to provide radiant heat.
When the thermostat sends the signal to the boiler to provide heat, gas jets or electrical elements activate to heat up the water inside the boiler’s tank. (Some boilers still actually boil the water, creating steam. Most models only need to raise the water’s temperature.) A pump then sends the heated water through pipes that run through your home. This hot water reaches terminal points, such as radiators or baseboard heaters. The heat that radiates from these objects then provides heat to the room. The cooled water then returns to the tank, where the cycle begin once more.
Since boilers do not use ductwork, they produce much cleaner warmth than forced-air systems. This makes them excellent choices for people with allergies to airborne pollutants. The hot water distribution also requires very few mechanical parts (the pump has the most moving parts), and that means boilers need fewer repairs and have longer lifespans than most other systems.
However, boilers will need occasional repairs to keep them operating; leaks are the most common trouble that boilers face, but with regular maintenance you can reduce the risk of the corrosion and high water pressure that cause leaking to almost nothing.
If you are currently debating about installing a new heater in your home, we recommend you put a boiler on your list of options to consider. If you already have a boiler in your Westwood, NJ home working to keep you warm, you know the advantages. To keep the boiler doing its best work, rely on BZ Dependable for all your boiler installation and repair needs.
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November 11, 2013
Oh no… another drain clog! Didn’t you just clear out the last one? And this looks like a thick clog you won’t be able to clear out with just a plunger. You know that liquid drain cleaners are potentially harmful to your pipes, so it’s time to call in a plumber to fix the problem.
You’re definitely making the smart move by summoning a professional plumber in Bergen County, NJ to fix your drain clog. But you can make a smart move for the future as well that will help you avoid potential drain problems and give you an environmentally friendly option as well: sign up for Drain Maid Maintenance Program with Biosmart from BZ Dependable.
Wait… what’s BioSmart? And why should I get it?
BioSmart is a drain treatment that improves over the toxic and pipe-damaging drain cleaners you find on store shelves. Instead of acidic chemicals, BioSmart contains a mixture of enzymes and bacteria that cuts right through the organic matter plugging up your drains. This duplicates a process in nature: bacteria consumes organic waste and changes it into a harmless residue that returns to the soil. Because the process is similar to one found in nature, BioSmart poses far less threat to the environment than inorganic chemical compounds.
BioSmart is safer for your drains as well, because there is no caustic action that can wear away at the inside of your pipes. And BioSmart is safer for you because there’s no danger of hurting your skin or eyes because of splashes of acidic chemicals, or any health problems due to breathing toxic fumes.
You also need far less BioSmart to clear a clog: approximately half a capful. With commercial drain cleaners, it sometimes requires a full bottle to cut through even an average clog. Imagine a whole quart of acidic liquid sitting down in your pipes for half an hour!
BioSmart keeps working for you after the clog is gone. Low levels of the enzymes and bacteria remain in your pipes, preventing further organic build-up. You can use BioSmart as a preventive step—something you would never try with chemical drain cleaners. Just pour a half capful down the drain every month and you’ll have a weapon against future blockages.
Start with BioSmart today
You don’t need to wait for clogs to happen to start receiving the benefits of BioSmart. Contact BZ Dependable today and get our Drain Maid Maintenance Program with BioSmart working for your plumbing. You’ll “go green” and have fewer emergency calls for a plumber in Bergen County, NJ.
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November 4, 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.
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