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5 Benefits of Having a Tankless Water Heater

Considering going tankless??

Here are 5 benefits of having a Tankless Water Heater:

  1. Energy Efficient - Up to twenty percent of a home's energy use comes from heating water for things you do every day, like bathing, laundry, and washing dishes.  A standard water heater consumes energy round the clock to keep the water in its tank hot, but a tankless water heater only heats water when you need it. This reduces your carbon foot print by reducing the energy demand from natural gas or coal-burning power plants.  And because most tankless water heaters only electricity, they can easily run on electricity from renewable sources like wind or solar power.
  2. Money Saving - Tankless water heaters save a typical family anywhere from 11% to 69% off their hot water heating bill, because they are not continuously running like a conventional storage model.  And if you live in Southern California, you may qualify for a rebate of up to $200 when you replace a conventional tank-type water heater with an energy-efficient tankless heater.
  3. Continuous Hot Water - You'll never get a blast of cold water in the middle of a shower with a tankless water heater.  Often called, "on-demand water heating," tankless heaters only heat water as you need it.  Once the faucet is open, water flows into the heater where a sensor turns on the heating mechanism.  Water flows through the heating coils as it reaches the desired temperature.
  4. Space Saving - Tankless water heaters are small, and your plumber can mount it to your wall, unlike bulky conventional water heaters.  You gain a closet's worth of space in your basement or utility room.  And with outdoor tankless water heaters installed by your plumber, you do not have to worry about ventilation or any effect on the interior of your home.
  5. Low Maintenance - With a life expectancy of 20 years, tankless water heaters long outlast standard water heaters.  And since there is not tank, leaks and water damage become a thing of the past.

Considering going tankless?  For the East Bay area, try Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating where you'll receive a 5 year warranty with new instantiations and a free one-year check-up.  We offer one-day installation so you won't have to go a day without hot water. We also specialize in sewer inspections and drain cleaning. Call today for a free estimate - (510) 843-6904.

Takagi TH-2 tankless heater

Features and Benefits of the ACT-E1 Autocirc Pump

Are you in the market for a new water heater? There are a lot of options, with a tank or even tankless.

Did you know? This is an informative article from Smart plumbing about the ACT-E1 Autocirc Pump. "The average four person family saves an average 46 gallons a day in water by installing one ACT-E1 under their sink with no additional plumbing line needed. The revolutionary ACT-E1 pump delivers instant hot water to every faucet in the house, no matter the distance." For more information about water heaters, click here.

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.

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.

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