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A Look at What Causes Clogged Drains in Homes

A clogged drain is a very common plumbing problem that can typically be repaired very quickly by a plumber. You can reduce your risk of clogged drains, and your need for frequent plumbing repairs like drain repair, sewer repair, drain cleaning, and re-piping, if you know what causes clogged drains in the first place. Here is a look at the most common causes of clogged drains in homes.

Sewer Line Clog

A sewer line clog occurs when there is a buildup of gunk, sediment, or foreign objects in your main sewer line. This buildup prevents efficient flow of water and waste down the sewer line. Signs of a sewer line clog include multiple clogged drains at one time, a foul sewer smell, and strange noises coming from your plumbing. An emergency plumber can perform sewer repair.

Improper Use of the Garbage Disposal

If you don’t operate your garbage disposal correctly, your kitchen sink will clog. Never use your garbage disposal for animal bones or fat, grease, cornhusks, potato peels, or any other fibrous, tough food, non-food, or non-biodegradable items. You may damage the garbage disposal’s blades, and clog up your sink’s drain. If your garbage disposal is running slowly or your sink is draining slowly, call a plumber for garbage disposal repairs.

Flushing or Rinsing Foreign Objects Down the Drain

The most common cause of a clogged drain in residential plumbing systems is foreign objects trapped in the plumbing. You should only flush toilet paper down your toilet. Avoid flushing paper towels, sanitary items, or baby wipes. Do not rinse hair, paint, grease, fat, or oils down the drain. If you have a clogged drain, call a plumber as soon as possible to prevent further plumbing problems.

If you’re in need of emergency plumbing services near Hayward or Fremont, come see us at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Our experienced emergency plumbers can quickly provide plumbing repairs for clogged drains, broken garbage disposals, and water leaks. To schedule residential plumbing services, call us today at (510) 843-6904.

Home AC Maintenance

When you carefully maintain your home’s HVAC system, your AC and heater will work more efficiently. Routine AC and furnace repairs and maintenance, such as duct cleaning and air filtration cleaning, will reduce the amount of time your cooling and heating system will need to run. In turn, this will lower your heating and cooling costs.

Watch this video to learn about some important home AC and HVAC maintenance routines. Air duct cleaning and maintaining your AC’s air filtration system will also improve your indoor air quality and reduce symptoms of allergies and asthma.

If you’re in need of maintenance or repairs for your HVAC system or AC near Berkeley, come see us at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Our HVAC specialists can provide AC maintenance like duct cleaning and air filtration cleaning, as well as furnace repairs and furnace maintenance. To schedule an inspection of your cooling or heating system, call us today at (510) 843-6904.

Questions to Ask When You Schedule Plumbing Services

Before hiring a plumber for plumbing repairs like water heater repair, leak detection, or emergency plumbing services, be sure you’re choosing the best plumber in your area. The more experience your plumber has with your specific plumbing problems, the more likely you are to receive high-quality plumbing repairs. Here are a few questions to ask your plumber when you schedule plumbing services.

Can You Provide References for Previous Plumbing Repair Jobs?

Ask potential plumbers to provide references for any residential plumbing or emergency plumbing repairs they’ve completed that are similar to yours. You want to be sure that your plumber can handle your specific plumbing problem. Ask for 3-5 plumbing references, and you should ask the references these questions: Were the plumbing repairs completed on time? Did the plumbing services end up costing more, less, or the same as the plumber’s estimate? Were there any challenges, and if so, how were they handled? Would you hire this plumbing company again?

Are You Licensed and Bonded in My State?

Not every plumber who advertises plumbing services in your area is actually licensed according to state regulations. You should find out what your state’s requirements are for plumbing licensing and bonding. Verify your plumber’s license, bond, and insurance information before hiring him for emergency plumbing or residential plumbing services. Ask for the bond and state identification number, and check the credentials to ensure that they are valid and up to date.

What Plumbing Services are Your Specialties?

Only an experienced plumber can provide accurate, efficient, and high quality plumbing services and plumbing repairs. Ask your plumber what plumbing services he specializes in, and how long he has worked as a plumber, to get a sense of his level of experience.

If you’re in need of high-quality, affordable plumbing services near Berkeley or Oakland, come see us at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Our experienced, knowledgeable plumbers can provide emergency plumbing services, cooling and heating system repair, water heater installation, and furnace maintenance. To schedule an appointment for pluming services, call us today at (510) 843-6904.

All About Drain Repair

No one likes a plumbing issue, but that’s why there are professionals. Instead of waiting for that persistent clog to become a full-blown flood, call your plumbing company to take a look at your drain and sewer lines.

If you notice your toilet or sinks become clogged on a regular basis, you might be in need of a drain repair. A clog every once in a while can happen, but when the toilet or shower continually clogs up, it’s possible that your drain line has a clog or root hindering its flow. Plumbing services can snake your drain and hopefully remove the clog before it turns into a bigger issue. Once the clog has been removed and the drain repaired, your plumber can suggest future tactics to guard against another repair. This might include transplanting a tree out of the way—due to roots clogging the line—or updating your plumbing, if needed.

There are many ways that Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can solve your Berkeley plumbing problems. Call the experts at (510) 843-6904 to learn more about our many services.

Tips for Maintaining Your HVAC System

No matter the time of year, you should always keep your HVAC system maintained for optimal heating and cooling. This regular maintenance can keep your energy bills lower, as well as keep you and your family comfortable year-round. Thankfully, there are some simple tips to keeping your HVAC in good running order without breaking your wallet.

Change Your Filters

Changing your filters regularly could mean the difference between a high or low energy bill. Your filters collect dust and dirt as air runs through them. The more dust the filter collects, the more clogged it becomes. As it becomes clogged, your HVAC system is having to work twice as hard to keep up proper circulation and ventilation. Set a date to check your filters every few months. They may need to be replaced that often, or they may be clean enough to hold out another few months. The dirtier it looks, though, the sooner you should replace them.

Make Regular Inspections

Every six months, you should check your heating and cooling units. Make sure the fans and belts are working properly and have no tears or damages. If belts look misaligned or the fans seem to be running the wrong way, call your HVAC company for a maintenance and repair appointment.

Clean and Repair Ductwork

Ductwork is similar to your filters. If it’s not clean, it’s not working as well, and it’s bringing dust and dirt into your home. You should always have the ducts checked for air leaks or equipment failure. This might mean screws or the ductwork itself is out of alignment. Schedule an appointment with your heating company to have your ducts inspected every 1-2 years.

When you’re in need of a furnace installation, HVAC maintenance, or water heater repair in Berkeley, you know who to call. Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating is available at (510) 843-6904 for all of your plumbing and heating needs. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

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