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How Often Should Furnace Filters Be Changed?

Changing your furnace filters is important for preserving indoor air quality and ensuring the efficiency of your heating. When you don’t change your filters regularly, they will fail to adequately trap dust and air particles, allowing them to enter your home and the air you and your family breathes. A clogged filter will also make your furnace have to work harder to heat your home, leading to higher energy costs. Changing your filter should become part of your regular home maintenance routine.

How often your filter needs changed depends on a number of factors, including the size of the filter, whether you have pets or have smokers in your house, and whether you have a habit of keeping your windows open. Generally, a filter that is one to two inches can be changed every three months, while four-inch filters can be changed every six months, and five-inch filters can be changed every 12 months. However, if you have pets, smoke, or keep your windows open, you may need to change your filters as often as once per month.

If you have any questions about getting the most from your furnace and improving your indoor air quality in Berkeley, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating for advice. Dial (510) 843-6904 to speak to one of our pros.

Spotlight on Sewer Line Problems

Homeowners typically dread the idea of having to have repairs done on their sewer lines. Replacing or repairing sewer lines has traditionally been disruptive and extremely expensive—but fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way, thanks to trenchless sewer line repair services. The trick is acting quickly if you suspect there is an issue with your sewer line, so that your plumber can make repairs before the issue gets worse. Here is what you need to know about sewer line problems, including your options for repairs.

What causes sewer line problems?

Sewer line problems occur when something obstructs the flow of water and waste through the line. In some cases, a tree root grows into the line, either breaking it completely or causing the line to become compressed. Build-up along the line can also cause blockages or decreased water flow. Ground that has been improperly backfilled or heavy rocks on top of the lines can also damage the pipes.

What are the signs of a sewer line problem?

If there is a problem with your sewer line, one of the first signs you may notice is an odor coming from your drains. There may be a decrease in water flow, or water may bubble out of drains when you flush your toilet. Multiple drains clogging at the same time also indicates a problem with a sewer line. Water or waste may appear on your lawn, or the ground may develop indentations. When a sewer line problem occurs, many homeowners also notice that their water bills jump.

How are sewer line problems repaired?

Sewer line repairs used to mean digging up your yard to expose the line so that your plumber could access it. Now, trenchless repair is possible. Through this kind of repair, your plumber uses camera equipment inserted into the line through a small opening to locate the problem. Many repairs, such as hydro-jetting and pipe sealing, can also be done through a small access point.

Don’t let sewer line issues progress without calling your plumber. Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating is pleased to offer trenchless sewer repair in Berkeley to give you the service you need without the expensive of extensive digging. To learn more, please call (510) 843-6904.

Promoting Healthy Indoor Air

Indoor air quality is the focus of many homeowners’ concerns. Fortunately, there are more ways than ever before to protect your family from indoor air pollution, many of which involve your HVAC system and, increasingly, new methods of construction.

Watch this video to learn more how indoor air quality is being addressed by construction companies through new components, such as moisture control systems. Your heating and AC maintenance and repair company can also assist in strategies for improving indoor air quality.

If you’re concerned about your indoor air quality, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating in Berkeley. In addition to plumbing, AC, and heating services, we offer air filtration to reduce indoor pollutants. Contact us today at (510) 843-6904 for more information.

FAQs and Answers About Gas Log Fireplaces

If you want the cozy and comforting glow of a fireplace but don’t want to deal with logs, soot, and fire starters, then a gas log fireplace could be right for you. If you are considering adding a gas log fireplace to heat your home, you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect from the process and how it will work. Here is the info you need to know.

What exactly is a gas log fireplace?

A gas log fireplace is a fireplace that uses gas rather than wood for the heating source. It creates the appearance of a fire without the need for storing and lighting firewood. Gas log fireplaces are good options in homes that don’t have a chimney to allow for a traditional fireplace or people who want a fireplace without the inconvenience of a major construction project. Gas fireplaces can be constructed in a number of different sizes and styles, making them easy to fit into any space.

What are the advantages of having a gas log fireplace?

There are several advantages to having a gas log fireplace over a traditional one. For many people, it is a question of convenience. Gas log fireplaces don’t require any of the time-consuming work that accompanies traditional fireplaces, such as buying or chopping wood, storing wood, having chimney cleaning performed regularly, and of course, actually getting the fire to start. With a gas log fireplace, you simply flick a switch and enjoy your fire. Gas log fireplaces are also more efficient than traditional fireplaces and are much safer.

Can I install my own gas log fireplace?

Gas log fireplaces are not a DIY job. Only an expert heating contractor should handle the gas lines and other intricate parts of the installation process. Attempting to install your own gas fireplace could not only leave you facing the need for repairs but can also be dangerous for your family.

If you’re considering a gas log fireplace, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating to find out how we can help with the installation and maintenance process. Get answers to all of your questions about gas log fireplaces, heating, and AC in Berkeley by calling (510) 843-6904.

What Parents Should Know About Garbage Disposal Safety

When you have young children in the house, you need to childproof every room. The kitchen and its plumbing appliances can be dangerous for children to use, but there are steps you can take to avoid accidents and injuries. Here’s what parents should know about garbage disposal safety.

Garbage disposals grind up leftover scraps so your garbage can doesn’t fill up too quickly, but they can be dangerous if you don’t know how to use them. Children are curious, but it’s the parents’ job to teach them not to play around the sink. Consider adding a cover plate to your garbage disposal switch so your kids can’t turn it on. You can even use a key switch so the disposal can’t be turned on by accident. Teach your children from a young age that it’s dangerous to use the garbage disposal, and keep an eye on them while they’re in the kitchen to make sure they listen.

A malfunctioning garbage disposal is extra-dangerous, so contact your Berkeley plumbing professionals if you need to have yours fixed. You can reach the team at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating by calling (510) 843-6904 today.

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