Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating
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Oh No, Plumbing Disasters!

Do-it-yourself or damage-it-yourself?  We've all seen the sitcoms where the guy has the water heater held together with adhesive bandages and paper clips.  If you thought that was bad, then wait until you see these hilarious plumbing disasters

We understand that some people are just plain afraid of going to a professional plumber.  You don't know when they will show up or even if they are any good.

Luckily, with Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating you won't have to worry about any of that.  Not only did we win a Super Service Award from Angie's List in 2009, but we've also been Diamond Certified for the past eight years with Northern California’s most rigorous customer satisfaction research of local companies.  And Albert Nahman's offers two-hour appoitment windows, so you won't spend all day waiting for the plumber.  Don't let your home plumbing end up in the a sequal video.

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating: Finding a Reliable Plumber is Not as Hard as You Think

Think it’s impossible to find a good plumber for drain cleaning, sewer inspection, and other plumbing needs? While it is true that not all plumbing services are created equal, by checking a few sources and making a few calls, you should be able to find a reliable plumber in an afternoon.

Ask for Recommendations - One of the easiest places to start is word of mouth.  Ask friends, family, and other people you trust about what services they've used in the past.  Every homeowner has at some time needed the services of a professional plumber.

Search the Internet for Reviews - You can find client reviews for many plumbing business online.  Sites like Angie's List and Yelp offer comprehensive costumer reviews.  It is always a good idea to look at multiple sources.  When searching, be sure to check that the plumber you find is licensed from a professional organization like the Institute of Plumbing or the Association of Plumbers and Heating Contractors (APHC). Liability insurance is also a must, so you don't end up paying for another person's mistake.

Make a List of Questions - Before you call, make a list of questions about price and quality of services.  A reliable plumber should be able to answer all your questions about the job clearly.  Ask upfront about pricing for the job, including any charges that the plumber would levy, before starting out with the task. If the plumber charges at an hourly basis then check the labor costs during and after hours.

We here at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating have won over the reviews at Angies List, earning a Super Service Award in 2009, in addition to getting Diamond Certified for the past eight years from Northern California’s most rigorous customer satisfaction research of local companies.  Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating to get a free estimate - (510) 843-6904.

5 Signs You Need a Professional Plumber - Berkeley, CA

It happens to all of us. It’s embarrassing, even when it is not our fault.  Whether you flush too much toilet paper or your two year old flushes Daddy’s favorite watch, everyone clogs the toilet at some point in their life. 

In most cases a quick plunge will solve the problem, but what about the bigger issues?  How do you know when your septic problem requires a professional plumber?

  1. Slow Drain- The most common indication there is a problem with your septic system is a slow draining sink or toilet. While they can usually be fixed as easily as they were clogged, a slow drain that resists cleaning products means its time for a professional drain cleaning.
  2. Backing up- Larger problems with septic systems may create a backup in a sink drain or toilet. Normally dark in color, this liquid “backs up” into the sink or toilet, and sometimes gives off an odor. Don’t expect roses.
  3. Slippery Floors- Have you ever gone into your bathroom and noticed a ring of water around your toilet? You do not remember your toilet being clogged, and it did not overflow, so where did this water come from? Water on the ground is a sign of a major septic issue. Similar to backups, this surface water will most likely have a swampy smell.
  4. Odor- Certain bad smells are acceptable in the bathroom, temporarily. If you experience bad odors in other areas of your home, take a sniff near the sinks. With garbage disposal sinks, improper use and poor rinsing can allow food to be left behind and cause odor over time. For a quick fix, try putting a broken up orange or lemon peel in your garbage disposal. The small chunks of citrus will help neutralize odors. When fruits and cleaning products do not affect the smell, you may be dealing with a septic problem and will need to call a plumber.
  5. Your House Has a Mote- This would have been great when you were a kid. Except that the water in your front and backyard is not the mote you dreamed of as a kid. You are an adult, and you are standing one foot deep in your own you-know-what.  If it comes to this, you are beyond a simple sewer inspection or drain cleaning. Worried about having your yard torn apart? What about the cost?  If your pipes have to be replaced, consider the benefits of the trenchless sewer replacement. The professional plumbers with Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating use this trenchless pipe-bursting method, to replace your existing pipes without the inconvenience of manual excavation.

You tried the plunger. The drain cleaner does not work, and you feel like you are cleaning hair out of the sink trap every other week. When the problems stop being simple, contact a professional plumber. For services, products, energy saving tips, or to schedule a septic diagnosis, visit us on the Web today! Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today - (510) 843-6904.

Sewer Inspections: 3 Reasons You May Need One

Sometimes it is obvious when we need help with our sewage system. The sink drains slowly, our toilets back up, and no amount of drain cleaning will get rid of the stench coming out of our kitchen sink.  Other times, the need for a sewer inspection is not so evident.

1. You Septic System Has a Legitimate Problem

  • One of the most obvious reasons you may need a sewer inspection is to diagnose and repair a major sewage problem.
  • Signs of a faulty or clogged septic system include:
  • Slow draining sinks/toilets.
  • Backing up; finding a dark, foul smelling liquid collecting in the toilet or sink.
  • Surface water around the base of the toilet; also may give off an odor.
  • Lingering odor in and around the house.

2. Buying a Home

  • Don’t let the sewage system for a potential home be an afterthought. It is always important to conduct a sewer inspection before making your purchase. The market value of a home can be affected by a bad sewage system, and no one wants to buy a home just to replace the pipes. When examining a septic system, it is important to check the tank’s location, capacity, age, and lateral lines (drainage lines).
  • Many homeowners are not aware that they are responsible for the sewer lines on their property. Damage caused by broken lines can cost thousands at the owner’s expense. Be proactive. Consider a sewer inspection by a qualified plumber before you decide to buy.

3. If It Isn’t Broken…

  • Part of routing home maintenance includes calling a plumber and scheduling a sewer inspection.
  • As a good rule of thumb, you should have your sewer inspected every 3 years.
  • Even if you are not experiencing any issues with your plumbing, it is still a good idea to have a plumber inspect the sewer lines regularly.

Inspecting a sewer line before it backs up or breaks will save you the hassle of bigger fixes later.

Whether you are experiencing a sewage problem or simply want to prevent an issue later on, consider a sewer inspection and diagnosis. Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating offers sewer inspection, installation, and repair services. For a list of new products, services, energy saving tips, or to schedule an appointment, visit us on the Web today or call - (510) 843-6904.

Home Repair & Maintenance: How to Empty a Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is designed to crush up smaller pieces of food so that they can pass through the sewage system safely.

Once you flip the switch, it should empty automatically. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Something gets stuck, the water rises, and we eventually end up with a stinky kitchen sink.

Wish you could empty your garbage disposal without ever putting your hand down the drain?

Join William Perkinson in this video on how to empty a garbage disposal and discover out how ice-cream could be the best thing for a dirty garbage disposal!

When ice cream just won’t cut it, you may need a professional plumber. Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating offers a variety of maintenance and energy saving tips. For services, products, special offers, and energy saving maintenance tips, visit us online today!

For more information or to schedule an estimate call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today - (510) 843-6904.

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