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Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating - Ways to Make Your Sewer System Green!

Green living is both better for the environment and for our health.  And while you may think of changing your light bulbs or switching to a hybrid car as ways to go green, you can actually go green with your plumbing too!  Follow some of our plumbing tips to keep your sewer system green and healthy

Be careful when trying to unclog your drain:

When your drains get clogged up, you may reach for brand name drain cleaner.  But stop and take a minute to think about all of those harsh chemicals washing out to your local river or lake!  The worst part is that homeowners often overdo the drain cleaning by pouring much more drain cleaner than needed.  The next time your drains get clogged, consider calling the plumber instead.  They can often offer green drain cleaning options and will have your drains flowing in no time. 

Never pour harsh chemicals down the drain as a means of disposal:

Did you know that many types of paints, car oils, and all gasoline needs to be specially disposed of?  You should never just pour these substances down your sewer drains.  They are hard to filter out at the water treatment plant and can contaminate local water sources with dangerous and deadly chemicals.  If you aren't sure if a product is safe to rinse down the sink, then ask your local plumber.  

Take sewer leaks seriously:

You might think a sewer leak is simply a hassle as it can end up leading to a blockage, but leaks can also be dangerous.  Sewer waste should never be allowed to seep into your yard.  The waste can cause a dangerous environment for your family and also possibly seep down into the local water table, contaminating the local water supply.  

If you are worried about your sewer system or any part of your indoor plumbing, then call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating now!  We are trusted local experts who can help with sewer inspections, green drain cleaning, and all of your plumbing issues.  Call us today at (510) 843-6904 to schedule your plumbing appointment or to request emergency plumbing help.

 

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Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating - Benefits of Copper Piping

When it comes to installing new plumbing, there are quite a few choices a homeowner will need to make.  One common choice will be to select the type of piping used in their plumbing system.  Copper piping is an industry standard that has been successfully used for years.  Nearly every plumber has encountered this type of plumbing and it is favored by many plumbing contractors.  Keep reading to learn about the benefits of copper piping over PVC and other piping options. 

  • Healthy and Safety: Copper piping has been used for years upon years with no evidence of posing a health risk.  While new plastic piping is available, maybe homeowners worry about the risk of plastic contamination and want to avoid a "plastic" taste to their water.  Copper plumbing pipes are also resistant to bacteria growth, unlike PVC piping.  
  • Durability: When you have a plumber install new piping, be sure to consider the longevity and durability of copper piping.  Copper piping often times comes with an incredibly long warranty, sometimes up to 50 years.  Copper piping will also help raise the value of your home since the piping is less likely to fail for the new owners.   
  • Flexibility: PVC piping can be great for some situations, but in the end, PVC piping is a pretty inflexible material.  Copper can be made very thin to be used in interior walls and in small, tight spaces.  It can also bend around obstructions, whereas other piping would need to be fitted with a number of joints.  

When it comes time for you to have new plumbing installed or old plumbing replaced, make sure you call in a truly experienced and reliable plumbing company.  At Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating, our excellent plumber team has earned us countless positive customer reviews and an endless number of referrals.  Let our highly trained and experienced plumbers help you with your next drain cleaning, sewer inspections, or piping installation.  

 

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating - What's Okay to Put Down a Garbage Disposal

Having a garbage disposal can make life in the kitchen so much easier.  You won’t have to take out the garbage as often and smelly leftovers can go down the drain instead of in your trash can.  Garbage disposals aren't perfect, though, and it's important that you know what can and cannot be put down the disposal.  

Watch this video for some information that will help you determine what can be put down the garbage disposal.  Remember that garbage disposal blades can break if you try and put anything too dense and solid down the drain.  You should also avoid letting grease go down the drain, as it can effect both the disposal and your plumbing, leading to clogs.  

If you are having problem with your garbage disposal, then call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 for professional plumbing assistance.  

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating - Have Had Your Earthquake Valves Checked Recently?

How many times have you wondered if you're really ready for a big earthquake?  We know that the "big one" will occur, but when?  This uncertainty is a fact of Bay Area life that we somehow can't quite get used to.  In uncertain times, there is something that we can do to protect our homes  and loved ones from fires resulting from an earthquake and the best part is that it works automatically. 

Automatic Gas Shut Off Valves 

We know that fire from a ruptured or leaking gas line is one of the main devastating consequences of a big quake. As natural gas  accumulates in an unvented space, it can be ignited from a spark caused simply by turning on a light switch.  Every home in a fault zone should be equipped with an automatic gas shut-off valve, which will interrupt the main gas supply at the PGE meter during a 5.4 magnitude or greater earthquake...automatically.

EQ valves have become mandatory when applying for a building permit in Contra Costa County and undoubtedly other jurisdictions will follow.  Currently, there are a variety of products on the market that perform this task well, but one of the best  is the Little Firefighter  which is a simple, well-made device and carries a 30 year manufacturers' warranty.  Whenever feasible, we prefer to install the "optional" stabilizing bracket which will help prevent annoying  "false trips".  As for a free estimate  (in most cases you don't even need to be home).  Also, we offer neighborhood discounts.

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Albert Nahman is a local Berkeley plumbing contractor.  A New Jersey native, Albert is celebrating 30 years of business in the plumbing industry.  Albert and his wife Margie and their three children Anneka, Amelia and Sam have attended Berkeley public schools and local universities.  Albert and Margie are the proud grandparents of 14 month old, Santana.

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Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating - 3 Tips for Keeping Your Water Heater in Top Condition

Water heaters are one of the most taken for granted appliances in our homes. Often locked away in a closet or the garage, we tend to forget about them until there is a catastrophic problem and we have to call an emergency plumber. 

However, there are some ways to avoid these plumbing catastrophes and keep your water heater running like new for years. To keep your water heater running efficiently, all it takes is a little maintenance that you don't even need a plumber for. 

  1. Lower the temperature. Lowering the hot water temperature will prevent your water heater from overheating and save you money on your energy bill. Your water heater accounts for about 20% of your home's energy budget; dialing it down a little can save you a lot.
  2. Flush your water heater. There is a little valve at the bottom of every water heater to drain it. Carefully use this valve to drain a couple of gallons ever few months and you'll flush out the corrosion and sediment from your plumbing, keeping your water heater running smoothly.
  3. Check the valve. On most water heaters, there’s a temperature and pressure valve that keeps your water heater from overheating and building up too much pressure. Consult your owner’s manual and check it regularly to make sure it's functioning. 

Performing these 3 simple steps regularly can keep your water heater running efficiently and save you from a plumbing disaster. If you've ever known someone who has had a water heater fail, then you already know these steps are worth taking. 

If you don't feel like dealing with your water heater yourself, then the pros at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can just take care of your water heater for you. Give us a call and we'll come out and make sure your water heater is running efficiently, or if you need a new one, we can do that too.

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