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In order to make sure that your pipes work properly throughout the year, it is important to check on them during the winter. Simple tasks such as opening the cabinets that house your pipes will improve heat circulation. If your faucet has one lever, position it in the middle and run lukewarm water through your pipes at a fast trickle; if your sink has two levers, both must be on. You should also make sure that you don’t have hoses attached to your outdoor spigots.
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Last updated 9 days ago
Plumbing mistakes are bound to happen occasionally, but since the average person may not be able to deal with these issues alone, it helps to take steps to avoid or prolong their occurrences. There are many precautions you can take in order to prevent these plumbing mistakes from occurring.
Don’t Flush Things That Don’t Belong In the Toilet
When it comes to flushing, there’s one important rule to remember: If it’s not bodily waste or toilet paper, you probably shouldn’t flush it down the toilet. Even common and seemingly harmless bathroom items such as dental floss and larger baby wipes can clog toilets. Although certain clogs can be dealt with using a plunger, you can run into a real plumbing issue if all you can do is move the obstruction out of reach; if there is something stuck down there, you may have to remove the toilet altogether.
Don’t Apply Too Much Pressure to Leaky Faucets
Whether you think it will fix the problem or you are simply frustrated, applying extra pressure to a leaky faucet will never help. If you turn off your faucet and it still drips, the handle is not at fault; slamming or overexerting the handle just increases your chances of breaking it, leaving you with an entirely new problem to deal with.
Remember How Things Go Back Together
Sometimes you will run into complications that you believe you can handle on your own, and in certain circumstances you will be correct. However, if you are going to take apart a household fixture, it’s important to pay attention to the process so that you can put it back together. It helps to document the steps you went through in taking it apart so that when it comes to rebuilding it, you have directions to follow.
If you run into these plumbing mistakes or any others, don’t hesitate to contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 984-3207. If you live in Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, Concord, and Berkeley, let us take care of all of your plumbing needs, including drain cleaning, sewer inspections, and trenchless sewer line replacement. To learn more, give us a call or check out our website.
Last updated 10 days ago
Is your furnace on the fritz? If so, you’re faced with a big decision: should you have the furnace repaired or should you opt to replace it? There are several different factors to consider. The most important guideline is safety. If your furnace is cracked, it can leak carbon monoxide into your Berkeley home, which puts your family at risk. When there is even a hint of a leak danger, you should replace the furnace. If there is no leak, consider things like price, age of your system, and how energy efficient your current furnace is. This infographic from Berkeley, CA’s Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating explains some of the things you need to keep in mind about your furnace, including why it is so important to keep up with furnace maintenance. Help others cope with furnace problems by reposting this information.
Last updated 14 days ago
Wall heaters are small heating units that are, as you may have guessed, installed directly into your wall. They are best suited for controlling the temperatures of specific rooms in your home, and can be controlled by use of a thermostat. A plumbing and heating expert can easily install wall heaters in your home.
What Do Wall Heaters Do?
Wall heaters use resistance to generate electrical heat. They then circulate this heat throughout the room, often through the use of a built-in fan. Since wall heaters are meant for heating individual rooms or small spaces, each one has its own thermostat. This allows you to manipulate the temperature in each room to match your desired comfort level.
How Do You Properly Maintain Wall Heaters?
In order to get the most out of your wall heaters, it is important to regularly and properly maintain them; fortunately, you don’t need to know much about plumbing and heating in order to do so. Simply clean the heaters themselves and ensure that all dirt, dust, and debris have been removed from the heating grills. This will maximize the efficiency of your wall heaters, because the air will be able to move naturally and without obstruction.
How Can You Save Money with Wall Heaters?
There are a couple of things that you can do to make your wall heater use more economical. Firstly, you can determine the lowest comfortable temperature and make sure that you don’t set the thermostat any higher; you can even mark this temperature on your thermostat so that you can easily reset it after any adjustments. Additionally, you can use automatic wall heaters that will turn off at a certain time, such as when you go to sleep, so you can rest assured that you’re not wasting any energy.
If you live in Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, Concord, or Berkeley and you are interested in wall heaters, contact a plumbing and heating specialist at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today. Our services include plumbing, drain cleaning, sewer inspections, and trenchless sewer line replacement. You can visit our website or give us a call at (510) 984-3207 for more information.
Last updated 22 days ago
As the passageways through which air flows from room to room, air ducts play a major role in determining a building’s indoor air quality. When an air duct is dirty, all of the air that passes through it is exposed to the biological contaminants that are trapped in the ductwork. Over time, this can lead to the spread of mold, mildew, and allergy-causing agents that can detract from one’s quality of life. To find out how a professional duct cleaning provided by a plumbing or HVAC contractor can be a game changer as far as indoor air quality and HVAC efficiency are concerned, continue reading below.
Have you ever allowed the bookshelves, dresser tops, and other hard surfaces in your home to go longer than a couple of weeks without being dusted? If so, you might be able to imagine how the inside of an air duct may look after going a couple of years without being cleaned. Filters help to keep large particulates from entering a home’s ductwork, but small biological contaminants can still find their way inside.
Detecting Mold and Mildew
Mold spores can be microscopic—small enough to enter your building’s ductwork without your knowing and growing and spreading if moisture can be found. In commonly infested areas such as bathrooms, mold is fairly easy to identify. When borne in a building’s ductwork, on the other hand, mold can exist undetected for years, introducing potentially toxic particles into the air occupants breathe.
When a plumbing contractor cleans your building’s airducts, he or she will remove buildup that may currently be hindering your HVAC system’s efficiency by as much as 50%. This will lower the cost of your energy bills and help you to curb your carbon footprint.
HVAC System Longevity
Through the removal of particulate build up, an air duct cleaning not only enables your HVAC system to operate more efficiently. It also promotes longevity, helping you to extend the working life of your air conditioner and furnace.
Are you a Berkeley, CA property owner who would like to boost the efficiency of your HVAC system and improve air quality in your home or business? If so, Albert Nahman Heating & Cooling can help you fulfill these wishes. To learn what our duct cleaning process entails and why it is the best option available to you, call (510) 984-3207.