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Reducing the Chances of a Clogged Sink Drain

It’s inevitable that sink drains will get clogged from time to time. Hair, grease, and miscellaneous debris can stick to the sides of the inside of the pipe. Over time, the accumulated residue can slow down the flow of water, and sometimes stop it entirely. You can reduce your chances of this common plumbing problem by installing a hair trap in your shower, and by never pouring grease down your kitchen sink.

Sometimes, clogged drains are the result of tree roots growing into your sewer line. Watch this video to find out how this happens and how your plumber can fix it.

Clogged drains are no match for the powerful, clog-busting hydro jetting equipment used by the team at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Give us a call at (510) 843-6904 to have a plumber in Berkeley fix your home’s plumbing system.

Common Causes of Furnace Failure

It’s easy to ignore your HVAC system most of the year. When it’s working as it should, you won’t notice it at all since your family will be comfortably warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The best way to keep your furnace working well year-round is to have a plumbing and heating expert maintain it regularly. Regular service appointments can prevent many costly furnace repairs, and help your furnace have a longer lifespan.

Pilot Light Problems

Depending on how old your furnace is, it may have a pilot light. The pilot light is responsible for igniting the burners. If your heating system isn’t turning on at all, even after you turn up the thermostat, the problem could be a faulty pilot light. Ordinarily, pilot lights should be blue. If yours looks yellow, turn off the furnace and immediately call a plumbing and heating expert. A yellow pilot light could also indicate a carbon monoxide leak. Getting your furnace serviced every year should prevent pilot light problems.

Clogged Furnace Filter

The filter in your furnace is intended to keep the air in your home cleaner. It traps pollen, dust, pet dander, and other airborne debris, and keeps it out of your indoor air. But filters do much more than help your family breathe better. They also let your furnace run more efficiently. If a filter is clogged, air can’t flow properly and the furnace can malfunction. Your HVAC technician can check your filter at the yearly maintenance appointment, but it may need to be replaced sooner than this. Ask the technician if your filter should be cleaned or replaced more than once per year.

Blower Motor Malfunction

If your furnace appears to be igniting and turning on, but your home isn’t heating up, then you may have a blower motor problem. The blower motor, also called the fan motor, is part of the system that circulates the air through your home. The HVAC technician may need to replace this part. He or she will also check the other components of this system, including the belts and bearings, and replace them as needed.

For more than three decades, Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating has built a sterling reputation for excellent customer service and highly trained, courteous technicians. Our experts can service your heating system in Berkeley, or provide furnace repairs or a new furnace installation as needed. You can reach a friendly staff member at (510) 843-6904.

Boiler Basics for New Homeowners

“Boiler” is an antiquated term for a specific type of heating system. In years past, boilers were indeed used to boil water to heat homes with steam, but that’s no longer the case. Today, boilers can use either natural gas or oil to heat water, which is then distributed throughout the home to radiators. There, the heat from the water is given off to the surrounding area to heat the home. Since boilers are different from forced air furnaces, it’s important to contract with a plumbing company that has technicians who are knowledgeable about boiler repair.

Questions to Ask About Your Boiler System

If you’re considering purchasing a home with a boiler heating system, there are a few questions you should ask the realtor or the current homeowners. You should know if the boiler is a standard efficiency or high-efficiency model. You should also know what type of radiation the home has. It may have fin tube, baseboard, or cast iron radiators.

Lifespan of a Typical Boiler

New homeowners should also know the age of the current boiler. This allows you to budget for its eventual replacement. Of course, the life expectancy of any HVAC components depends largely on how well it was maintained. On average, a boiler that uses natural gas may last 10 to 15 years. If the boiler is a top-of-the-line model that is very well maintained, it may even last up to 20 years.

Required Maintenance for Boilers

A certified technician is your best source of information regarding the proper way to maintain your boiler. You should have it serviced every year. If you’ve just moved into your new home, you should get it serviced right away. Ask the technician to make any necessary adjustments to limit the amount of cycling the boiler does, which will improve its efficiency, and reduce its wear and tear.

Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating is a team of certified plumbers serving Berkeley, CA. We offer fast and friendly boiler repair services, and thanks to our fully stocked fleet, we can provide the repair products on the spot. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule a visit today.

How To Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality [INFOGRAPHIC]

Many allergy sufferers stay indoors to avoid symptoms, but indoor air quality can be even worse. Allergens often settle on the floors and on furniture. Here's how you can improve your home's indoor air quality.

Duct Cleaning Questions and Answers

The ducts are like the lungs for your home. Ducts supply air, remove air, and support healthy ventilation. All of this is central for your indoor air quality. But because homeowners don’t generally see ductwork on a regular basis, it’s easy to forget that it needs to be cleaned out periodically. If you can’t remember the last time you scheduled a duct cleaning, it’s definitely time to call a plumbing and heating company.

Do ducts really get dirty?

Yes! Even though you can’t see deep within the ductwork, it’s been busy collecting all sorts of contaminants. Mold, dust, bacteria, pollen, and dirt all build up in the ductwork. Plus, insects can die inside the ductwork, leaving their corpses behind. Plumbers often find mouse droppings and urine stains inside ductwork too. You definitely don’t want to breathe that in.

Why should I have my ductwork cleaned?

Aside from the psychological benefits that come with knowing you aren’t breathing in particles of mouse droppings, having your ductwork cleaned regularly may support your family’s physical health. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a number of health problems. These include flare-ups of allergies and asthma.

How often should I schedule ductwork cleanings?

Most people who are concerned about their indoor air quality schedule cleaning and maintenance every three to five years. However, it’s really a matter of personal preferences and health needs. If someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory ailments, you could consider having a cleaning scheduled more frequently.

How will I know if the cleaning job is done properly?

It’s important to hire a company that is transparent about its processes. Not all ductwork cleaning companies do a thorough job. Make sure the company you pick to clean out your system will include these components:

  • Registers

  • Grills

  • Diffusers

  • Heat exchanger

  • Heating/cooling coils

Let Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating help you improve your indoor air quality. Our team of courteous professionals provides expert duct cleaning, water heater repairs, and plumbing services in Berkeley and the surrounding areas. Call a friendly staff member today at (510) 843-6904.

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