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What is Orangeburg Pipe?

Orangeburg is wood pulp and asbestos fibers bound together by tar used from 1945-1972. Orangeburg is a low cost, brittle pipe that is easily penetrated by tree roots. The name originated because the manufacturer was Orangeburg Manufacturing Co., Inc. located in Orangeburg, New York. This product actually started to evolve in the 1890’s, making the company successful for 60 years.

Options to repair

If most of the line is collapsed, then a full dig and replacement would be your only option. If only a section has collapsed, then pipelining will be the best option. Once the liner is inserted and steam heated, it is harder than concrete. The liner is guaranteed for fifty years.

Signs of a sewer line crack or breakage

  • Frequent or persistent drain issues and clogs
  • Decreased flows and water pressure
  • Indentations and puddles on lawns
  • Lush grass in specific areas
  • Progressing or sudden pipe collapse
  • Tree root and biological penetration into pipelines
  • Frequent toilet back-ups
  • Foul sewer odors from drains
  • Sinkholes in the foundation

Supercharge Your Great Outdoors

As temperatures are warming up and we head into Spring, visions of outdoor living come to life. The events of 2020 left us COVID home-bound and now you start to dream of amenities you never knew you needed. Patio and deck furnishings should be as comfortable as indoor living space and the same is true for your electrical. Landscape lighting adds value and function to your outdoor living space, not to mention drama that makes neighbors jealous.

In the evening, lighting up pathways and stairs also addresses safety concerns for you and your guests. If you love the decorative string lights you should also consider adding a few outdoor outlets. Installing a sound system may seem decadent but consider how much time you spend in your home! You are investing in your home’s value and your own enjoyment. We are installing outdoor lighting in multiple homes this week in Saddle River and Morristown, New Jersey. Adding landscape lighting provides another layer of security for your home. A well-lit home is less likely to be burglarized when combining lighting with other security products.

Supercharge Your Great OutdoorsIf you happen to have a screened in porch adding a ceiling fan keeps the air moving, while bringing comfort to the space. Ceiling fans also keep the temperature more consistent indoors, putting less stress on your AC unit.

Adding your own style to your backyard includes plants, flowers, and garden accessories to complete the transformation. Think of alternate ways to create privacy other than fencing. Anytime you can create a natural solution that provides functionality as well as aesthetics, it is a winner. Look at these 10 outdoor living predictions for 2021.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water HeatersWe are on the cusp of a national water heater shortage. Part of the reason has to do with bad weather in key states that manufacture, Texas for example. A few years ago, Texas was hit hard by a tornado that made getting furnaces difficult. We will soon see a similar scramble in our area of Union, New Jersey trying to locate the traditional 40-gallon water heaters. This past week we have installed seventeen gas water heaters in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Teaneck, and the Watchung, New Jersey area. We recommend having your water heater serviced and checked before the summer to be safe. The alternative is a tankless water heater for those who can’t get one in time for a replacement.


What are the negative aspects of a tankless water heater?

Tankless water heaters produce an endless supply of hot water, they take up less space, have a low risk of leaking or flooding, and have a longer lifespan. The main downside of tankless water heaters is their upfront cost is higher than tank-style heaters.

Pros and cons of on-demand hot water:

  • Pros of tankless water heaters
  • High efficiency
  • Long-term savings
  • Environmentally friendly and
  • Rebate money for NJ residents

  • Cons of tankless water heaters
  • Limited flow rate
  • High upfront cost
  • Can require prior setup work


A typical family of 5 would need a 10 GPM gas tankless heater if you live in the northern part of the USA, where the input water has a lower temperature. The tankless heater works harder to bring the water temperature up to 110˚F.

A high efficiency tank water heater uses up to 8 percent less energy to do its job. The savings is calculated by better insulation and more efficient components. Overall, the tankless water heater saves more energy and is lower in utility costs. If you are looking to increase the value of your home, adding a tankless water heater to your features is a good investment. According to a study conducted by Zillow, homes with tankless water heaters sold for 4% more than their expected value and these homes also sold 43 days faster than expected. Another good place to find information on tankless water heaters is Another plus is that tankless water heaters are the only ones with a rebate money from New Jersey Clean energy.

When you open a hot water tap or start using hot water, the tankless water heater recognizes the need and starts the heating process. The temperature of the incoming water is used to calculate how much heat the burners must produce to deliver water at designated temperature. When the demand for hot water stops, it shuts down and stops using energy. You use only what you need at the time you need it. The small size makes it appealing to apartments, condos, and town homes. If you have traveled to Europe, you will notice tankless water heaters are common in residential homes.

How Sewer Pipelining Saves You Money in New Jersey

NJ SewerMaybe you have moved into a new home in New Jersey or purchased a property with a tear down home with the same old sewer line. Requesting a NJ drain video camera inspection of your sewer line from a home inspector or plumber should be on the top of your list. A video for a couple of hundred dollars can literally save you tens of thousands of dollars.



If your NJ sewer line breaks or starts leaking, the traditional way to fix it has been to dig up your entire yard 6 feet down. The line runs from the front of your house to the street. This means bushes, trees, landscaping, and driveways may need to be replaced. Add up the cost of these items with labor can easily equal $10k. Now add in the 3-4 days of labor on a traditional sewer dig plus the inconvenience of not being able to use your plumbing for those 4 days.

Pipelining by comparison has many monetary and financial advantages. First, most jobs are 1-2 days cutting labor costs in half. If a job takes more that one day our technicians can reconnect the sewer line so you are able to use your plumbing at the end of the day. Saving you from spending days in a hotel or relying on the kindness of neighbors. Next let’s talk about how none of your landscaping or driveway needs repair. The process is a no dig or small area that may need grass seed after the repair is finished. In our busy New Jersey lives just the time savings is huge!


Keep the Cold Out of Your Home this Winter

Keep the Cold Out with these 4 Tips

1. Protect Your Pipes

Water expands as it freezes which can cause your pipes to crack and burst causing a lot of damage.  Take a few steps to winterize your pipes and avoid a potentially catastrophic event.

  • Drain water from outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems to keep those pipes from freezing
  • Disconnect and store outdoor hoses; cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators
  • Protect water pipes that run through unheated areas of your home with insulation, such as the attic, basement, or garage

2. Change Your Heat Filter

Change your furnace filter at the start of the season and then every two to four months after.  Filters get dirty much more quickly if your home is dusty or if you have furry or feathery pets.

  • Clogged or dirty filters are less efficient, which means your home might not warm up properly
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat that can save you money by programing it to be warmer when you return home or get up on cold winter mornings

3.  Inspect Your Fireplace and Chimney

      Before you light up that first log, make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean and critter-free

  •         Keep your home's warm air from escaping out the chimney when you're not using it by keeping the flue closed and you shouldn't be able to feel any cold air coming down the chimney
  •             You can also install glass fireplace doors or a chimney inflatable that blocks cold air from coming down the chimney and keeps in warm air

4. Seal Windows and Doors 

Gaps around windows and doors can make it tough to keep your house warm in winter.  Caulk around windows and install weather stripping around doors as needed. This minor and inexpensive task can help you save on heating costs. 

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Why Choose Service Professionals
Why Choose Service Professionals

Experienced Professionals

Take a look at the testimonials from our delighted customers and you'll see a consistent pattern across out staff - customers pleased with the quality of workmanship and the standard of service from everyone at Service Professionals. Your repairs and installations will be undertaken in the best in New Jersey - highly trained, with an attention to detail, and dedicated to providing the kind of workmanship and service that lives up to our reputation.

On-Time Convenience

When you have a busy schedule, you need to be able to rely on a company that turns up at the time agreed - a time convenient for you. When you call the Service Professionals, you can be sure that we'll be there.

24 Hour, 7 Days Service

You can rely on excellent plumbing, heating and air conditioning service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Why Choose Service Professionals
Why Choose Service Professionals

Up-Front Prices

You know the price up-front - it's peace of mind while the work is being done, and it's your assurance that you'll receive your 100% satisfaction guarantee no matter how long the work ends up taking. You can also be reassured that we are fully licensed, insured and compliant with building codes.

Delighted Customers

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    I have used them for several years for my heating and now for my plumbing. I would recommend them to anyone in need.

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