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Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating - How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

A standard tank water heater stores water and is constantly heating this water. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, provides hot water on demand. Instead of heating water all of the time regardless of use, a tankless water heater heats water only as you need it. To learn more, read on: 

How It Works

A tankless water heater works by heating the water immediately as it is needed with a small but powerful gas burner. After you turn on your tap, the flow of water triggers the flame to begin heating the water. When you change the temperature or turn the tap off, the water stops being heated.


This simple system stands to save you a lot on your utility bills, since you only pay for the energy you need. With a traditional hot water tank heater, you’ll be paying for your hot water regardless of your use. A typical tank water heater has an “energy factor” (EF) of about .63. By comparison, the plumbing EF of a tankless water heater is about .84 and sometimes as high as .90.

Other Benefits

With a tankless hot water heater, you’ll never run out of hot water as you would with a traditional hot water heater.  Moreover, a tankless water heater system takes up very little space and most units can be installed outside on the home’s exterior.

If you’re interested in having a tankless water heater installed in your home, then contact the experienced plumbers at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today. For more information, visit us on the Web or call us at (510) 843-6904. 


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Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating - How to Conserve Water at Home

Most everyone recognizes the need to conserve water whenever possible, but many of us don’t really know the best way to do it. This video offers some simple tips to help you reduce your water use at home and eliminate water waste. 

In the bathroom, for example, turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth. A low-flow showerhead will cut your water usage by up to 10,000 gallons per year and will save you at least 10% on your heating bill. Putting an aerator on your faucet will get you more pressure with less water. Put some stones in a milk jug and place it in your toilet tank to displace the water. Reduce the time you spend showering by 2 minutes. 

Other suggestions include a “waterless carwash” to save water on washing your car. This method uses little to no water at all, by using just a spray bottle and a rag to wash your car. 

One point mentioned in the video is to make sure you have no leaky drains or faucets, as these can be major sources of wasted water. If you do have a leak, then contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating and get it fixed today. Check out our website or call us at (510) 843-6904.

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating - Tips for Going Green With Your Plumbing

Need help picking new pipes or want to learn how plumbing can “go green”?  Check out the resources we have listed below for more information. 

  • When it comes to the health of your family and community, a lot depends on the quality of your drinking water which can be contaminated with raw sewage water all too easily. 
  • The EPA insists on green building practices that protect the environment by limiting the chance of sewage run off and cutting down on the amount of sewage produced.  
  • Check out this technical brief on copper vs. CPVC piping written to help plumbing contractors learn the pros and cons of each. 
  • has all the information you could ever want on copper piping and its uses throughout the plumbing world.  
  • Are you still not sure which type of plumbing is the best option for your home’s plumbing?  Read this eHow article for a simple description to help you understand the pros and cons of copper and PVC piping.

Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating if you want advice on how to 'Go Green'. One of our professional plumbers will come out and solve your problem right away! Visit us on the Web today or call - (510) 843-6904.

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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.  


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