3 PLUMBING PROBLEMS TO WATCH FOR AFTER A RAINSTORM

3 PLUMBING PROBLEMS TO WATCH FOR AFTER A RAINSTORM

April 29, 2014

Heavy rainfalls can strike throughout the spring, and the summer might have its occasional downpour as well. Even though the roof of a home will keep you dry during a rainstorm, it won’t necessarily protect the plumbing. Heavy rain places stress on drainage systems and pipes, and you may discover your plumbing plagued with problems in the aftermath of even a mild storm.

To reach a plumber in Teaneck, NJ for your post-rainstorm plumbing blues, contact BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. We handle pipe replacements, leak detection, drain cleaning, and sump pump installation (an important defense against flooding).

Watch for these 3 problems after a rainstorm

  1. Broken pipes: A large rainfall, especially one that arrives after a long dry spell, can create shifting in the ground. This puts pressure on underground pipes that can cause them to break. Older galvanized steel pipes that often suffer from corrosion as they age are the most susceptible to damage. If you discover discoloration, grit, or debris in the water coming from your faucets after a storm, you probably have broken underground pipes. A plumber can locate the break and repair it.
  2. Blockage: Pipes can become backed up after a rainstorm because of the immense amount of debris that rain will deposit into storm drains and downpipes. This type of clogging is rarely something a sink plunger can alleviate (and you should never rely on chemical cleaners under any circumstances) and will require the work of a plumbing expert. Debris on the roof can also block the drain vents, which will cause sewage odors to seep up through your drains.
  3. Basement flooding: Rain seeping into the soil can enter the walls of the basement or the lowest rooms of your house—especially if you live on land that has a high-water table. The drains in basements often cannot handle this amount of water, and the excess moisture will lead to destructive mold and mildew growth. If you encounter trouble like this frequently after rains, consider having a plumber install a sump pump.

Hard rain doesn’t need to become a disaster for your plumbing if you act fast to solve issues that appear. Plumbers can help you with precautions as well: along with a sump pump, they can replace older pipes that might break due to ground shifting.

BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. has an expert team that can repair your plumbing in case of storms. Just make a call for a plumber in Teaneck, NJ, and we will come to your rescue.

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GURGLING DRAINS: SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?

April 18, 2014

You run water down the drain of a kitchen or bathroom sink. Soon afterwards, when you should hear nothing from the drainpipe, up comes an odd gurgling noise, like bubbles rising through liquid. The sound is a bit unusual… but is it a reason to feel concerned?

Yes, most of the time it is. And even when it’s not, you should feel concerned and call for help just in case.

We’ll look at the reasons why your drains may create that gurgling noise when water runs down them. Much of the time, you’ll require professionals to fix trouble with your plumbing—and it could be very serious trouble that needs immediate remedy. Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for the plumbing repair and drain cleaning in Teaneck, NJ necessary to solve the problem.

Reasons for Gurgling Drains

The gurgling could indicate a thick clog down in the sink that hasn’t yet blocked up the drain. The clog is releasing air bubbles trapped inside into the water just poured down on it, creating the gurgling. A plunger may fix the problem, but otherwise you should call in a plumber.

If you don’t have a clog in the drainpipe, the reason for the gurgling is often blocked drain vents. These vents allow sewage gas to escape away from the house; the vents usually open onto the roof of a house. If the vents become blocked (animal nests, debris blown from the weather, etc.), it will force the sewer gas back down the pipe and force it up through the water plug in the p-trap (the u-shaped pipe under the sink), creating the gurgling noise. The water plug is usually sufficient to stop the escape of sewer gas, but not when the vents are blocked.

The third reason for gurgling drains is a serious one: blockage or damage to the sewer line. This pipeline runs under your property, out to the street, and carries all the wastewater from your drains to the municipal sewer. If the line breaks or if tree root growth blocks it up, the sewage will start to back up into your drain pipe, forcing sewer gas ahead of it and up through the water in the p-trap. You need plumbers on this job as soon as possible.

Since the solution to gurgling drains could range from using a drain snake to excavating a damaged sewer line, don’t guess at the problem: bring in professional plumbers. For drain cleaning in Teaneck, NJ and all other plumbing issues, call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

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OIL TO GAS CONVERSION AND YOUR BOILER

April 12, 2014

Boilers that use stored oil for fuel have been around since the earliest days of hydronic heating. However, oil boilers have started to fall out of use over the past few decades with the increasing availability of natural gas and the increasing efficiency of electric boilers. Today, many people opt to have an oil-to-gas conversion done for their home to free themselves from the limitations of an oil boiler and provide their whole home with the convenience of natural gas.

We’ll look at why people are choosing to change from oil to gas boilers and if this option is something you should investigate. Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for more detailed information about oil-to-gas conversions and your boiler in Westwood, NJ.

Why are people switching to natural gas?

Oil boilers are effective at providing you heat—more so than many electric boilers. However, oil does not burn as cleanly as natural gas, which makes it both less energy-efficient and more damaging to the environment. Burning oil creates polluting emissions, which are not only bad for the earth, but also lead to soot and grime inside your home.

Natural gas not only costs less to use (saving families in test studies approximately $1,800 a year), it is more convenient. Gas comes to your home from a municipal supply, while oil need to be delivered to your home in shipments. You can run out of oil, but you can’t run out of natural gas. Some homeowners also like that natural gas is a domestic product, reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

How difficult is the conversion?

The switch to natural gas first requires that your home is in an area that has access to a municipal gas line. Check with a heating service to find out if a conversion is even possible for your home. If there is a gas main nearby, your local utility company will need to dig a trench to your home, and after that the task can take a few days for heating professionals to perform the necessary work to pipe the gas to your new boiler. Although an extensive process, it will pay you back in numerous ways.

Are there any other options?

Yes: electrical-powered heaters. Ask a heating technician about the most efficient and effective electrical heating systems for your home.

How do I get started?

Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. to schedule an appointment to look into how we can best provide you with an oil-to-gas conversion for your boiler in Westwood, NJ.

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HOW DOES VIDEO PIPE INSPECTION WORK?

April 11, 2014

Advances in technology have provided plumbers with the tools to do amazing repair work on home plumbing that goes beyond what anyone would’ve dreamed only a few decades past. One of the essential modern tools in a professional plumber’s kit is video pipe inspection equipment. Using these devices, plumbers eliminate most of the guess-work and extra time involved in dealing with clogged and damaged pipes. Repairs are done faster and with less need to damage home construction.

At BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., we use the finest video pipe inspection equipment to assist repairs. Your BZ Dependable plumber in Teaneck, NJ will locate the problems in your plumbing quickly and with minimal disruption to your life.

How Video Pipe Inspection Works

We can thank miniaturization technology for the development of video pipe inspection equipment: we can now insert a high quality camera deep into narrow plumbing to locate clogs, breaks, corrosion, sediment build-up, and then identify the specific issues that our repairs must address.

The inspection equipment consists of a long fiber optic cable with a miniaturized camera attached to one end.  A light, usually an LED, is also mounted on the end to illuminate the interior of the pipes.

The cable snakes down into a drainpipe, and the camera relays footage to a monitor for the plumbing technician to see the inside of the pipes. Inspection includes recording the feed so the plumbers can go back over the images and analyze them.

The video camera can locate almost any kind of damage inside a pipe, from tree root infiltration to organic clogging. Plumbers then decide what methods to use to remedy the problem with the least amount of intrusive work. Roots, for example, can sometimes be eliminated with chemical foam, and liners can fix some damage without requiring excavation. But if excavation appears necessary, the plumbers can narrow it down to the smallest area.

Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Today!

When you have issues in your plumbing, make sure you find a plumber in Teaneck, NJ who can perform video pipe inspection. You’ll save time, and have assurances that the plumber will correctly identify the problem and fix it in a way that will cause minimal damage to your home.

BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. takes full advantage of technology to assist us in delivering the plumbing work our customers need. Call us for all your plumbing repair issues.

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HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DRAINS AND SEWER

April 7, 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.

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