SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for July, 2014

Oil to Natural Gas Conversions: The Time Is Right

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Do you still use oil for power in your home? Chances are good that you, like many people in Southern New Jersey, still make use of oil to fuel boilers, furnaces, or stoves. However, the option to convert your home over to natural gas may be heading your way. South Jersey Gas is expanding a natural gas pipeline as part of a $90 million project to increase the state’s use of natural gas and create more environmentally friendly and efficient energy solutions.

There are many reasons you should consider an oil to natural gas conversion in Sicklerville, NJ for your home. Contact SPS Mechanical Inc. and we will help you find out if conversion is possible where you live (or if it soon will be). You can then let us take over the job of connecting your home and its appliances to the gas line.

Why You Should Change From Oil to Natural Gas

  • Convenience: You’ve probably run out of oil before at a time when you needed power the most. That is the biggest hassle about using oil for heating fuel: you have to store it, and if you forget to take delivery you can run out at the worst time. But with natural gas, the power comes from a municipal supply, piped right into your house. You never have to worry about running out of fuel.
  • Increased energy efficiency: One of the reasons the State of New Jersey is making the conversion to natural gas is that gas is more budget-friendly than oil because it burns more completely, resulting in less waste. In 2011, the federal Energy Information Administration found from a study that the average U.S. homeowner paid three times more to heat a home during the winter using oil than using natural gas. Just as New Jersey expects to pay less for energy, you can also expect to pay less with the switch to natural gas.
  • Domestically produced: Natural gas comes from local sources, not overseas oil drilling. You help support U.S. energy independence when you start using natural gas.
  • Tax rebate: As part of New Jersey’s natural gas expansion, some utility companies will offer rebates to homes that choose oil-to-gas conversion. Rebates run as high as $400, making natural gas an even better bargain that will rapidly pay for conversion costs.

Oil is an out-of-date fuel source for homes, and if there is any way of making the switch to gas, you should take advantage of it. An oil to natural gas conversion in Sicklerville, NJ may now be possible for your home, or possible in the near future, thanks to the new natural gas pipeline. Give us a call today to talk with one of our oil-to-gas conversion specialists at SPS Mechanical Inc. and learn more about the process.

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New Natural Gas Pipelines Help Power Southern New Jersey

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Natural gas as a power supply for your home offers a number of major advantages over using electricity and oil. Natural gas is less expensive than electricity and more efficient when it comes to powering a furnace or a boiler. It is also less expensive than oil and propane, and in addition it burns much cleaner, and you don’t have to worry about running out of your supply because natural gas comes right to your house through a pipeline. No more unpleasant surprises because you forgot to fill up the tank! If you have a home that depends on oil or propane to fuel its furnace or boiler through a New Jersey winter, then you should give serious consideration to making a full oil-to-gas conversion. This is especially helpful if your home relies heavily on liquid propane not only for a furnace or boiler, but also for your hot water heater, kitchen range, and clothes dryer. Contact SPS Mechanical Inc. today to talk to our conversion specialists about hooking up your home with the cost-effective and clean benefits of natural gas if you have a nearby natural gas pipeline and in need of a natural gas piping service in Sicklerville, NJ.

But even if you only use electricity to run the appliances and heater in your home, natural gas provides great advantages. As a power source for the electrical plants that provide energy to homes across the state, natural gas offers a clean, in-state, low-pollution solution to power planets that use coal and oil. And right now, the construction of a large pipeline build-out project will benefits hundreds of thousands of homes through the southern portion of the state.

South Jersey Gas has invested $90 million to construct 21 miles of new, 24-inch gas transmission pipelines in Southern New Jersey. Construction of the new pipeline will take place throughout 2014. The pipeline will deliver natural gas to the BL England electric generation facility, 15 miles southwest of Atlantic City. This plant currently operates from coal and oil, and the switch to natural gas will mean a far cleaner and more efficient working facility to provide electricity across the south of the state. This will serve the goals of promoting new, clean, in-state electrical power generation. It will also offer a level of reliability that many customers have not experienced before, delivering power to approximately 267,000 homes. The pipeline is state-of-the-art, including automatic and remotely controlled valves. South Jersey Gas had received approvals from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

For Woolwich and Pilesgrove Townships, a recent expansion of local gas lines is placing more homes within reach of the benefits for natural gas. The current plan is for the expansion to finish by fall of 2015.

To find out more about the various new natural gas pipelines available in these townships and in Sicklerville, NJ and how they will affect you, call our experts at SPS Mechanical Inc.

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Plumbing Upgrades to Consider

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Professional plumbers aren’t just available to assist you when something goes wrong with your pipes or drains. They are also ready to help you upgrade your plumbing to a new level of convenience and efficiency. A skilled and experienced plumbing service will offer many different upgrades for your home’s plumbing that will heighten your quality of life.

Make a phone call to SPS Mechanical Inc. today and ask our knowledgeable staff about how you can improve your plumbing in Woodbury, NJ.

Here Are 4 Possible Upgrades for Your Plumbing

  1. Whole-house repiping: This is the most extensive and drastic upgrade you can have for your plumbing… because it upgrades all your plumbing. If you have a home built during the last few decades, you probably won’t require such an extensive service. But for homes built pre-1970 and especially pre-World War II, repiping is something you shoudl give serious consideration. Aging, outdated pipe materials will lead to increasing repair needs and generally inefficient plumbing; the older standards for plumbing may not meet your current water use. Although whole-house repiping is a large job, with the right plumbers the work will go fast and smoothly.
  2. Tankless water heater: You don’t have to settle for the standard storage tank water heater any more; there’s an option that will save on your energy bills and assure that you will never run out of hot water—the tankless water heater. These systems do not need to run constantly to maintain a tank of hot water; they only turn on when a tap demands hot water. You’ll spend less on energy to heat the water, and you will never need to worry about depleting the supply of hot water in a tank. Tankless systems also have longer lifespans.
  3. Water treatment systems: If you have concerns about the quality of the water coming into your home from the municipal system, then a whole-house water treatment system attached to the water main will help solve the problem. There is a large variety of systems to address different problems, from hard water to removing chemicals and bacteria. A professional plumber will help you find out what issues in your water need remedy, and then recommend the treatment system to do the job.
  4. Garbage disposal: If you live in an older home that doesn’t have a garbage disposal… it’s time to stop delaying and have one put in! It will not only make your kitchen more efficient, it will protect your plumbing from food particles and clogs.

This is only a sample of the upgrades that SPS Mechanical Inc. can offer for your plumbing in Woodbury, NJ. We are a full-service company that can handle installation, repairs, and maintenance to keep your home’s plumbing in the best shape possible. Give us a call today to schedule your next service appointment.

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Causes of Backflow in Your Sink or Toilet

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Clogs that cause backups are a regular occurrence in most homes. Sometimes you can clear them through plungers, other times you will need to contact plumbing professionals to remedy the situation.

Backflow is a different problem from backup. Although less common, backflow is more worrisome: instead of plumbing what won’t run wastewater through it, the wastewater will start to come up through the sink, toilet, or shower drain, even when they aren’t being used. This is one of the most serious issues that can affect your plumbing, and it requires that call a skilled plumber in Sicklerville, NJ as soon as you to locate the cause of the backflow and stop it before your home sustains damage.

Backflow is a textbook example of a plumbing emergency, so make sure you have the number of a skilled plumber with 24/7 services available should your home ever encounter sewage backflow. SPS Mechanical Inc. is here to help you any time of the day or night.

What Can Cause Backflow to Occur?

  • A broken backflow preventer: The backflow preventer is a crucial component of your home’s wastewater disposal system. Most homes use gravity to move sewage from the house and into the municipal system, although ones that are lower than the entrance to the municipal sewer will need a sewer ejector pump. The backflow preventer is a check valve that keeps the sewage from flowing back into the system. Should the backflow preventer break, you will start experiencing backflow troubles throughout your home. Broken backflow preventers are serious problems that must be remedied immediately. Make the call—whatever time of day or night—to professionals to come out and handle the replacements and repairs necessary.
  • Sewer line damage: The sewer line that carries the wastewater from your house to the municipal system can suffer damage (especially if it is made of older material like galvanized steel), and this will cause sewage to begin to flow back inside your home. This will usually start in your basement before it reaches toilets and sinks, so watch for signs of sewage leaking from basement drains and traces of foul odors. Sewer line replacement requires extensive work from professionals.
  • Municipal source: Sometimes, there is nothing wrong with your plumbing; the issue lies in with the city or local sanitation district, and a backup within the system has caused the backflow into homes. Although the responsibility rests with the utility company to fix the problem, you must still call a plumber to your home to manage the clean-up and to prevent damage to your plumbing and home.

We must emphasize the seriousness of sewage backflow: it can lead to major damage to your home and require extensive restoration work if it is not halted quickly. At the first sign of backflow, give us a call anytime and the 24-hour emergency services of SPS Mechanical Inc. will send a plumber to your home in Sicklerville, NJ to fix the problem, pronto!

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The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

Friday, July 4th, 2014

If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory.

Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the history of the document that announced the Thirteen Colonies’ decision to break away from British rule, the event in the painting occurred on June 28, 1776, not July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull, a Connecticut native who fought in the Revolutionary War and whose father was the state governor, was commissioned to create the painting in 1817. He did painstaking research on the figures in the picture and also visited Independence Hall to see the actual chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. Trumbull only included 42 of the original 56 signers, because he could not find adequate likenesses for 14 or them, and added a few figures who were not present (most of whom declined to sign the actual document). In fact, the men depicted in the painting had never been present in the same room at one time.

So if the painting does not portray the signing of the Declaration of Independence, what is happening in the image? The Trumbull’s scene depicts the presentation of the draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress for editing and approval. The five-man drafting committee (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) is handing over their finished work, which congress would then edit carefully over the next few days before voting on it and signing it on the day that we now celebrate as the start of the United States of America.

One last, odd, fact: two of the five-man drafting committee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4th—although many years later.

Our family at SPS Mechanical Inc. hopes that your Fourth of July (or Twenty-Eighth of June if you decided to start celebrating early) is a memorable and happy one.

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