What To Do If Drano Isn’t Working

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As you may know, using over-the-counter chemical drain cleaners is a big no-no for your plumbing system. These types of cleaners are very caustic, rarely resolve your drain’s clog as needed, and may actually do damage to your plumbing instead. But there is one OTC product you can buy to clean your drains in Fair Lawn effectively and naturally: BioSmart drain treatment.

What Is It?

BioSmart drain treatment is a 100% natural drain cleaner made from vegetative microbes; as such, “good” bacteria and enzymes are part of the treatment’s patented formulation. Bacteria and enzymes feed on organic waste like fats, oil and grease (FOG), food particles and soap scum, which are typically the top reasons for slow draining and clogs. BioSmart will even breakdown hair over time, but more importantly, it eats away at the build-up that holds hair in a clog, allowing it to wash out of your system. BioSmart comes in two forms: liquid and powder. The liquid form doesn’t require any mixing and is safe for septic use; the power form of BioSmart has the same power as the liquid, but is good for those who don’t like to use liquid or those who have had a sewage spills.

Why Use BioSmart?

The most obvious reason to use BioSmart is to clean your drains both effectively and naturally. No one likes the idea of putting harsh chemicals into their plumbing system, and BioSmart allows you to clean your drains without this worry. Second, the effects of BioSmart last for weeks because of the organic material used: the bacteria and enzymes not only clean your pipes, they also coat them. This action allows the micro-organisms to eat away at sink waste before it can form a new layer of build-up. Lastly, BioSmart is cost effective: the treatment is very inexpensive compared to a mechanical drain cleaning and it can help prevent future clogging.

Contact BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our drain cleaning experts.



Clogs are gross; there’s just no way around that fact. Unfortunately it’s likely that you’ll deal with a number of them over the course of your life because indoor plumbing is both a necessity and commonplace, and clogs can be a somewhat unavoidable problem with plumbing systems. But there are ways you can prevent at least some clogs from developing with the new plumbing from your kitchen remodeling in Fort Lee, and our BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., technicians have outlined some of these suggestions below:

Install a Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals pulverize food waste into a manageable form of waste that can be easily washed down your drains. As long as you follow the guidelines, which include things like keeping glass, plastic, metal and FOG (fats, oils, grease) out of the disposal, you can avoid food-related clogs from developing.

Clean Your Pipes with Baking Soda and White Vinegar

One of the best ways to scour your pipes with an all-natural remedy: white vinegar and baking soda. The chemical reaction that occurs when these two materials combine in your drain creates a mixture that can scour some very tough stuff off the insides of your piping; you can even do it with your toilet. Doing this once a month can help keep your plumbing in tip-top shape.

Run Hot Water

If you don’t have a garbage disposal, running hot water down your pipes is a good thing because it helps clear sticking debris and flushes it out of the system. Running hot water twice a week is a good way to keep your drains healthy.

Don’t Dump FOG into Your Drain

FOG (fats, oil, grease) is one of the prime enemies of any plumbing system, be it big or small. FOG sticks easily, and when it congeals, it can become hard and stubborn. Hot water will not help the full removal of FOG from your plumbing system because it only serves to melt it and push it further into your drains, where it can congeal.

Schedule Annual Plumbing Maintenance

Just as schedule annual heating maintenance for your heating system, so, too, should you schedule plumbing maintenance for your plumbing system.

Don’t let those brand new plumbing pipes from your Fort Lee kitchen remodeling become clogged with gunk.

Use these tips from our BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., experts and keep your new plumbing system happy and healthy.

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Typically water and metal are not good combinations, but they are necessary for certain components like your home’s water heater. Rust is always a concern with water heaters which is why precautions are taken during manufacturing to help significantly reduce the chances of rust developing inside your water tank. One way manufacturers do this is by insulating the storage tank; another is by installing an anode rod. Anode rods are used for a number of things, but specific to water heaters, they are very important in curbing the development of rust inside your tank.

What Is an Anode Rod?

An anode rod, also known as sacrificial anode or sacrificial rod, is made of a highly active metal, usually magnesium or aluminum; the core of the anode rod is steel. The reason for the rod is made of highly active metals is that these metals attract the electrolytes that begin and are part of the corrosion process. By attracting these electrolytes, the other metal parts inside the tank can be prevented from developing rust.

Anode Placement

Anodes screw into the top of the water tank and hang down. The number of anodes a tank will have depends on the type of tank it is and the warranty on the tank. Residential tanks typically come with either a 6- or 12-year warranty; a 6-year warranty means the storage tank has a single anode rod and a 12-year warranty means there are two anode rods. Commercial water heaters can have anywhere from one to five anode rods depending on size.

Average Lifespan

The average lifespan of an anode rod is typically between 6-8 years, but this can depend on a few factors:

  • The quality of the water
  • Amount tank is used
  • Temperature of the stored water
  • Quality of the storage tank

An increase of sodium can accelerate the corrosion of the anode rod, so it’s important to monitor any water softening.

Replacing Anode Rods

Anode rods can, and should, be replaced, but only by trained experts. Allowing a corroded anode rod to stay inside your water tank can put your water heater tank at risk for corrosion.

If you are concerned about the state of your water heater’s anode rod, call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today and schedule water heater repair for your Tenafly home.

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Boilers aren’t one-size-fits-all appliances. Like other heating systems, it is necessary to take a few steps in order to ensure that you are installing a heating system that will fit your needs and the needs of your home. To make your Hillsdale boiler installation a success, here are some suggestions from our installation experts here at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.:

Determine Your Fuel Types

There are two main types of fuel that boilers use: oil or natural gas; they can also use propane and solid fuels, but these aren’t as mainstream as oil or gas. If you are replacing an existing system, you may want to stay with your current fuel, but one of the benefits of new installation is the opportunity to explore your options. Once you determine which fuel you’d like to use for your boiler, it’s time to look at sizing.


Many times you’ll hear that all you need to know when installing a new boiler is the square footage of your home; this is not accurate. To properly calculate heat load, you need to consider the following items:

  • Your home’s orientation
  • Daytime heat gain
  • Insulation levels
  • Types and number of windows and doors
  • Floor plan
  • Number of rooms
  • Number of occupants
  • Square footage

Doing a proper and correct heat load calculation helps ensure that you’ll install a heatingsystem that is the right size for your home.

Work with an Expert

Working with an expert from the very start of your process to the finish is one of the best ways to make sure you install a system that fits with your home, meets your needs and will last for the long-term. Not only can an expert help you with the heat load calculation, he or she can explain to you all of the options available with using a boiler, including outlet types, and can help advise you on energy efficiency levels and what they can mean for your home. Lastly, he or she will install your new boiler correctly the first time around.

If you are in need of a new boiler installation in Hillsdale, call the experts you can count on: BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.



*BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. no longer offers radiant heating services. Check out our other heating services to find the perfect fit for your heating needs.

Radiant floor heating is a wonderful option for heating your home. Though it has been rather slow to gain widespread use in the U.S., radiant heating is becoming more and more popular as it is brought to the attention of homeowners. Since it isn’t as well-known as other, more traditional systems like furnaces, a lot of people remain ignorant of how radiant heating actually works. Let us explain the way radiant floor heating is installed, how it works, and why you should care.


The installation of radiant floor heating begins with inserting water pipes into the subfloor of each room that needs heat. This network of water pipes is then connected to a central boiler. Occasionally, the pipes in each room will terminate in terminals, like iron radiators or baseboard heaters.

The big consideration when installing a radiant heating system is what kind of flooring would work best with it. Generally, stone, concrete, or ceramic tile is the most compatible with radiant heating systems. Hardwood and vinyl floors can work as well, as long as they are properly conditioned for it.


When the heat is turned on, the boiler heats and distributes water throughout the house. As the water flows through the pipe network, the heat radiates through the pipes and out into the room. The heat is transmitted between solid objects, often beginning with the floor and spreading upwards into furniture and other objects.


Radiant floor heating has a great many advantages, compared to forced air heating systems. Water is a much better thermal conductor than air is. A room heated by a water-based system, like radiant floor heating, heats up faster and stays warm longer after the system turns off. Radiant floor heating also avoids one of the biggest pitfalls of forced air systems: duct leaks.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that forced air systems lose as much as 30% of their heat on average to duct leaks. Since radiant systems don’t use ducts, they deliver almost all of their heat to the desired destination.

If you’d like to install a radiant floor heating system, call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. We provide heating services in Westwood.



Across the world, many cultures have specific traditions to celebrate the transition from the old year to the new. In the U.S. and Canada, we associate New Year’s with the ball in Times Square, kissing at the stroke of midnight, resolutions, and singing “Old Lang Syne.” But for many Spanish-speaking countries, one of the key traditions has to do with eating grapes as fast as possible.

The “twelve grapes” tradition comes from Spain, where it is called las doce uvas de la suerte (“The Twelve Lucky Grapes”). To ensure good luck for the next year, people eat one green grape for each of the upcoming twelve months. However, you cannot just eat the grapes during the first day of the new year any time you feel like it. You must eat the twelve grapes starting at the first stroke of midnight on Nochevieja (“Old Night,” New Year’s Eve) as one year changes to another. And you have to keep eating: with each toll of midnight, you must eat another grape, giving you about twelve seconds to consume all of them. If you can finish all dozen grapes—you can’t still be chewing on them!—before the last bell toll fades, you will have a luck-filled new year.

Where did this tradition come from? No one is certain, although it appears to be more than a century old. One story about the Twelve Lucky Grapes is that a large crop of grapes in 1909 in Alicante, Spain led to the growers seeking out a creative way to eliminate their surplus. But recent research through old newspapers shows that perhaps the tradition goes back almost thirty years earlier to the 1880s, where eating grapes was meant to mock the upper classes who were imitating the French tradition of dining on grapes and drinking champagne on New Year’s Eve.

It can be difficult to consume grapes this fast, and the lucky grapes of New Year’s Eve have seeds in them, making the job even trickier. (Seedless grapes are not common in Spain the way they are over here.) For people to manage eating all the grapes before the last stroke of midnight requires swallowing the seeds as well and only taking a single bite of each grape.

Oh, there is one more twist to the tradition: you have to be wearing red undergarments, and they have to be given to you as a gift. The origins of this part of the tradition are even more mysterious, and it’s anybody’s guess why this started.

Whether you go for the grape challenge or find another way to ring in New Year’s, all of us at B.Z. Dependable hope you have a great start to the year and a fruitful 2015.

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