A FAIR LAWN, NJ PLUMBER’S GUIDE: WATER FILTRATION INSTALLATION PROCESS

A FAIR LAWN, NJ PLUMBER’S GUIDE: WATER FILTRATION INSTALLATION PROCESS

January 1, 2013

Does your shower get coated in a thin film of mineral deposits? Does your dishwasher leave residue on your supposedly clean dishes? If that’s the case, then your home in Fair Lawn, NJ likely has hard water. Hard water is when there are excess minerals in your water. While these are normally harmless for you to drink, they can wreak havoc on your home’s appliances and on your bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Having a whole home water filtration system is a great way to remove a lot of those unwanted minerals from your water. At BZ Dependable, we have many years of experience offering whole home water filtration installation in Fair Lawn, NJ. We know that many of our customers are suffering from hard water but may be avoiding installing a filtration system because they’re not sure what the installation process is like. Here is a quick description of some of the benefits of water filtration and the easy installation process.

Benefits of Whole Home Water Filtration

We are very fortunate to have access to unlimited clean water. But even though our water is treated at a plant and delivered to us, there can still be a number of unwanted contaminants in it. When you have hard water, minerals can start to accumulate in it which can cause damage to your home and keep your clothes or dishes from getting clean. Here are some of the benefits of whole home water filtration.

  • Cleaner dishes and clothes – One of the big downsides to hard water is that your soaps are not as effective. The minerals in the water keep your soaps from foaming and from cleaning as well. Additionally, the minerals themselves can get caught in your fabrics and leave unsightly residue on your dishes. Removing those minerals will help your soaps work better so that you don’t have to use as much soap as well.
  • Cleaner fixtures – The minerals in your hard water in Fair Lawn, NJ can start to collect on your fixtures which make them appear dull and dirty. Removing them can freshen up your bathroom and kitchen fixtures.
  • Clogged fixtures – Shower heads are especially vulnerable to mineral build-up. Over time, the minerals can start to get clogged in your dish washer lines, laundry lines and can cause serious performance problems.

If you have any questions about professional water filtration installation in Fair Lawn, NJ, just call the plumbers at BZ Dependable today!

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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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EMERSON, NJ PLUMBING Q/A: WHAT IS A FAUCET AERATOR?

July 2, 2012

A tap aerator or faucet aerator is located on the tip of water faucets which are used indoors such as kitchen and bathroom sink faucets.  Their purpose is to spread the water stream into a number of smaller streams, in essence adding air to the water stream.  This saves the amount of water which comes out of the tap at one time while also reducing the amount of backsplash which occurs when the faucet is turned on.

Utilizing faucet aerators can be one of the most inexpensive ways to save money on water consumption and save energy with your Emerson, NJ plumbing.

There are two main types of faucet aerators, some which use metal or plastic screens to separate the water, and some which do not use screens. One advantage to those without screens is that they eliminate problematic clogging which occurs on screen aerators due to sediment buildup.  There are also aerators with off-valves and swivel aerators which allow users to direct flow to wherever the water spray is needed.

There are three main flow-types seen today. The needle method creates a circular pattern of small, single streams of water with no water-flow in the very center.  The aerated method created a tubular flow with air mixed into the water, creating a single stream of bubbly water.  The laminar method has no air mixed in which makes for a single stream of water with no bubbles.

Many aerators are designed as more economical low-flow aerators which optimize the water flow while still providing optimal water-flow performance.  In kitchens these low-flow options decrease flow from 2.2 gallons per minute to 1.5 gpm or 1.0 gpm, saving anywhere from 32% to 54% of water-usage.  On bathroom faucets the water-flow is decreased from 2.2 gpm to 1.0 gpm or even 0.5 gpm saving from 77% to 84% of water usage.  When engineered properly, low-flow or economic aerators can provide increased perceived water pressure while in actuality helping to save water.

When purchasing new faucet aerators, ensure that you find the proper type (male or female) and the proper size (regular or small).  There are dual-thread options for those who do not know whether a male or female aerator is necessary.  Also, look at the tap aerator’s price in conjunction with how much savings it can provide in water usage annually and see how little must be spent on each faucet in order to save hundreds of dollars. For any new plumbing installation you need in the Emerson, NJ region, give BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating a call!

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HACKENSACK PLUMBING Q/A: WHY BUY WATERSENSE LABELED FIXTURES?

June 18, 2012

If you have been shopping for new plumbing fixtures lately in Hackensack, or even just wandered through that section of the home improvement store, you have probably noticed that some of them bear a familiar label.

“Just what is this ‘WaterSense’ company and why have I never heard of them before?” you may ask yourself. “Are they a new manufacturer?”

No, it’s not a new fixture company. WaterSense is a program in partnership with the Environment Protection Agency designed to make it easier for consumers to find, identify and choose products that use water more efficiently. You can find it on a number of faucets, shower heads and toilets. Even some newly built homes that exclusively have WaterSense fixtures installed bear the certification.

In order to wear the WaterSense label, a product has to meet strict criteria, such as using water at least 20% more efficiently than its average competitor, while also performing at least we well, and obtaining certification from an independent third party.

That’s all well and good, buy why should anyone buy a WaterSense labeled fixture? What are the benefits? In contrast to older or less efficient products, fixtures with the WaterSense label:

  • Are kinder to the environment
  • Reduce water consumption
  • Operate more efficiently
  • Employ more advanced technology
  • Perform as well as or better then competing products
  • Save you money on utility bills

As with the EnergyStar label that graces so many appliances and electronic devices these days, in this case what is good for the environment is also good for your wallet. The added efficiency of WaterSense products reduces water consumption, which not only conserves water for everyone, but conserves money for you.

So, for homeowners who are in the market for new plumbing fixtures and like to save the planet as well as some money, WaterSense labeled products are the way to go. For more information about how you can upgrade your Hackensack home’s plumbing, give BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating a call!

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TEANECK PLUMBING GUIDE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SHOWERHEADS

April 30, 2012

Everyone, at one point or another, wants to upgrade their Teaneck plumbing, and your bathroom showerhead is a great place to start. Showerheads in all their glory are actually a quite wonderful invention: giving us a hot, relaxing time of quiet, a sort of respite from the worries which bombard us outside their steamy spray.  Consider this your guide for all you need to know about showerheads, and possibly some information you never even thought of!

Prior to 1994, showerheads had a flow rate of 5 ½ gallons per minute, but since then with the involvement of the EPA the flow average rate per showerhead has decreased to an average of 2 ½ gallons per minute, thus conserving half the water which used to be wasted in this one area of the home.  Don’t be misled by price: the highest price-tag is not always the best; some of the top-rated showerheads are quite reasonably priced.

Showerhead Types

There are a number of showerhead types which offer a variety of functionality, some with incredible water-efficiency.

  • Multi-Setting Models:  Provide adjustable flow patterns up to as many as twelve settings such as massage, mist, wide stream, narrow stream, pulsing, and even a water-saving trickle while applying soap or shampoo.
  • Single-Setting Models:  Provide one setting and tend to cost considerably less than their multi-setting counterparts.
  • Multi-Head Models:  Provide a spa-like experience in your own home with a fixed or handheld showerhead as well as several body jets mounted on a vertical tower.  However, with such comfort comes a higher price tag.  These are the most expensive to purchase, install and run, oftentimes using as much as 10 gallons per minute of water.
  • Custom Models:  Modern showers are created with unique showerhead designs, from luxury panel showers, to artistic expression through showerheads with special lighting, to pocket showers which can be taken on the go and are in essence a waterproof reservoir which holds enough water to have an outdoor shower while camping.

Showerhead Features

  • Aerating Showerheads:  Mix air with water, producing a misty spray which makes the water-flow feel more substantial, and they don’t create as much steam and moisture.
  • Handheld Showerheads:  Leave it in the holder or remove it to focus the spray on a particular body-part, allowing for quicker cleaning and rinsing.
  • Rain Showerheads:  Large heads and wide spray patterns provide a soft, soothing flow of water.
  • Low-Flow Showerheads:  Features can include a pause button to start and stop water during the shower, a shower timer to manage the time spent in the shower, a temperature gauge which keeps water-flow to a trickle until the desired water temperature is reached, and water volume controls to let you manually adjust the gallons per minute.

From showerhead types to showerhead features, this should give you all you need to know about showerheads in order to make an informed decision on what type of new showerhead is right for your home and lifestyle. For even more information, talk to the Teaneck plumbing experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating!

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS PLUMBING GUIDE: HOW A GARBAGE DISPOSAL WORKS

February 29, 2012

Garbage disposals are becoming more and more prevalent in homes across the country, including Englewood Cliffs. So the chances are pretty high that you have one in your home. Garbage disposals definitely make getting rid of food waste easier. Instead of scraping all those plates and dishes into the garbage first, you can simply flush it all down the drain, run the garbage disposal and it magically disappears.

But do you really know what is happening when you turn on that wonderful garbage disposal and where all your food is really going? The truth is that a garbage disposal is not a particularly complicated piece of equipment. There are some variations, but in general your garbage disposal has a motor attached to rotating blades which are located in a chamber below your sink that is attached to your drain.

When you put food down the garbage disposal and turn it on, these blades shred the food into small enough pieces that it can pass safely through your drain pipes and out into the sewer system. The shredded food then runs with the water back into your main drainage system and passes out of your house.

This is a pretty simple operation, but there are some things you should be aware of if you use a garbage disposal in your home. First of all, it is important to never reach into the garbage disposal when it is running. If you need to reach in, make sure the unit is switched off. It is even a good idea to shut off the power to the garbage disposal entirely so that it cannot be turned on by accident while your hand is in there.

You may notice a foul odor coming from the garbage disposal after a period of time too. This is common and easy enough to fix, but you will have to get down into the garbage disposal to get rid of the smell. The smell simply comes from residue of the food you have put down the garbage disposal and that needs to be cleaned off so the smell will go away.

Again, make sure you have the garbage disposal turned off completely before you reach in to take parts out to clean them. You can also put baking soda, vinegar or half a lemon down the garbage disposal and run it in order to combat a persistent smell or to keep one from developing.

If you suspect a problem with your garbage disposal, give BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating a call today!

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