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    How is Indoor Air Quality Defined?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    According to the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), indoor air quality is defined as the extent to which the air in a building hinders or enhances the health and quality of life of persons within it. To learn more about what this means and how indoor air quality is affected, watch this brief IAQA video clip.

    The physical and chemical composition of the air in a room may be influenced by numerous particles that are not visible to the human eye. Some of these particles are byproducts of humans and pets living or working in a space. Others derive from mold, mildew, building materials such as asbestos and lead, and gases.

    If you want the air quality in your Berkeley, CA, home or business to be as high as it can be, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 984-3207. A combination of our thorough duct cleaning and state-of-the-art air filtration system installation services can have you and your family or employees breathing healthy, refreshing air in no time.


    Understanding the Importance of Winter Pipe Maintenance

    Last updated 4 months ago

    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.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating provides plumbing, drain cleaning, sewer inspections, and trenchless sewer line replacement. If you live in the Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, Concord, or Berkeley areas, call us at (510) 984-3207 or check out our website today!


    How to Avoid Some of the Most Common Plumbing Mistakes

    Last updated 4 months 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.

    Rescuing Your Furnace: Repair or Replace? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 4 months 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. 

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    Exploring the Basics of Wall Heaters

    Last updated 4 months 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.

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