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Should You Install a Water Softener?

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Hard water can present your household with a handful of complications, and yet many individuals do not address the issue. If you do not correct your hard water problem, it is a good idea to have an emergency plumber in Berkeley on call. Keep reading to find out if you should install a water softener.

Water that contains excessive amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other minerals is referred to as hard water. This type of water can make it difficult to fully clean your dishes or your clothing because of its reluctance to lather with cleaning agents. It can also cause a mineral buildup on any appliances in the home that depend on water, which reduces its working life and calls for replacement appliances. A water softener can prevent this damage by removing extra minerals from the water, leaving you with purer water that will react with your cleaning agents and refrain from causing buildup.

For more information about water softeners and whether you should install one in your home, call Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating at (510) 843-6904. We specialize in furnace maintenance and plumbing repair in the Berkeley area. If you live nearby, stop in and see us or visit our website today.

A Homeowner's Guide to Preventing Clogged Drains

Clogged drain bay areaProperly functioning plumbing in Berkeley will ensure that your faucets and showerheads receive clean water while waste is removed from the home. There are a few steps you can take to make sure that your plumbing system continues to work without a hitch. Here is a homeowner’s guide to preventing clogged drains.

Using Your Garbage Disposal Properly

Overusing your garbage disposal is a sure way to end up with a clogged sink. While it may be fine for getting rid of smaller scraps and digestible liquids, your garbage disposal is not designed to be treated like a trash can. Never pour grease down the drain, and consider running cold water down your garbage disposal as you dispose of food scraps; this will help to ensure that everything that is sent down the drain makes it all the way down instead of causing buildup.

Practicing Proper Flushing Habits

Another frequently clogged drain is the one that removes wastewater from your toilet. Preventing your toilet from clogging is easy as long as you use it properly. Flushing toilet paper and waste itself is fine, but larger objects and materials that will not easily break down tend to cause trouble. If you live with children, it is important to remind them not to play near the toilet or attempt to flush their toys.

Finding a Qualified Plumber

If you find that your drains are clogging too easily or frequently, it may be time to call a professional. Search the Internet for a local plumber and browse the websites that you find. Look for special deals and positive reviews from previous customers. You can also use review sites where people can freely log on and leave a comment about their experience to gauge your decision.

Do you often experience clogged drains in your home? Call Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating at (510) 843-6904. Our plumbing service is proud to take care of the Berkeley area. We specialize in furnace repair, air quality, and many other plumbing services. To learn more, feel free to visit our website or stop in and meet with us today.

How Does a Gas Heater Work?

Usually, water heating systems come in two basic types: a tankless water heater or a storage-tank version. Most homes have the standard storage-tank water heater, which stores continually heated water for immediate household use. These heaters are either fueled by gas or electricity. Gas-powered models tend to be more energy efficient than their electric counterparts, though that mainly depends on where you live and what your municipal utility rates are.

If you’d like to know how gas-powered water heaters basically work, check out this informative video. For more information, contact a certified plumbing or HVAC professional who specializes in water heating systems and water heater installation in Berkeley .

Replacing Your Shower or Bathtub

Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is one of your home’s most valuable assets. Keeping it up-to-date will give you a sense of pride and guarantee that your home’s competitiveness if you plan to put it on the real-estate market. Clean and functional showers and bathtubs are the focal points in your bathroom, so consider replacing them when they are damaged or start to show signs of their age. If you are a skilled and ambitious DIYer, you may be able to replace your shower or tub by yourself in the span of a few weekends. However, to ensure that the work is properly done and under warranty, have your Berkeley plumber perform the installation.

Bathtubs are usually constructed out of fiberglass or cast-iron, which can crack over time and may create plumbing issues. Showers can be made from a whole host of materials: ceramic, glass, or stone tiles; plastic; and fiberglass. A popular type of shower is the prefabricated shower stall—made from a sheet of molded fiberglass—which can be damaged in any number of places and may need to be entirely replaced. For more information on showers and tubs, contact your local residential plumbing specialist.

Preparing Your AC for the Summer

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Your air conditioner works overtime during the summer months to keep you and your home cool. Through filtration media or UV-light purification, your central air conditioning and heating system can also help improve your home’s indoor air quality. Routinely maintaining your air conditioner is important. To make sure your AC in Berkeley is running in tiptop shape, create a cleaning checklist. And contact a professional plumber to perform an annual inspection in the spring.

A central AC system is made up of three main components: a condenser, a circulating-fan unit, and a network of ducts. By performing a few simple maintenance chores on each component, you can rest assure that you system will be fully operational and working at its best.

Clear Debris from the Condenser

Your system’s condenser is located outside and is usually found next to an exterior wall of your house or garage. Since condensers are vented to allow airflow through the unit, they tend to attract and trap a lot of debris, such as leaves, dirt, or bugs. After a season of continual use, your unit may potentially be clogged. Before summer rolls around, be sure to check your condenser. A good rinsing with a garden hose will usually dislodge any debris. For tougher jobs, you can resort to chemical cleaners. When in doubt, enlist the help of an HVAC specialist.

Replace Filters

Your blower unit’s circulation fan is a hard worker, so you want to make sure it is not being inhibited in any way. Air flows into this unit through a filter, usually disposable, that traps particulate matter—dust, allergens, viruses—from traveling through the system and ductwork. Filter media tends to clog up quickly when airflow is constant, so check your filters often. A good rule of thumb is to replace your disposable filters once a month. If you neglect to swap out clogged filters, airflow will become severely obstructed and you risk burning out your system’s fan motor.

Check Your Ducts

Be careful not to obstruct airflow by placing furniture or other items in front of your home’s wall vents. Routinely check within your vents to see if any stray objects have made their way inside or if there is mold growth. Check exposed ductwork in your basement or attic for damages, such as seam tears or corrosion holes.

For more help with preparing your AC for the summer, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating or visit our website. We serve the Berkeley area with a variety of HVAC services including furnace repair and installation, leak detection, and other plumbing procedures. Give us a call at (510) 843-6904 if you would like to learn more about us or want to schedule service today.

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