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    Earthquake Safety Precautions

    Last updated 22 hours ago

    October is earthquake awareness month in California. At 10:16 a.m. on October 16th, millions of people statewide will practice how to drop, cover, and hold on during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008. You should also know what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Retrofit and reinforce your house to keep furniture, bookshelves, and cabinets from falling over during a quake. Create a disaster plan to protect yourself and your family, and make sure everyone has their own emergency kit handy. During a quake, take cover in a safe place away from windows and furniture that could potentially fall over. Do not go outside until the shaking stops. After the quake, check for gas lines and make sure there are no leaks.

    You should also contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating about an automatic gas shutoff valve for your home. This device activates and shuts off your home’s natural gas supply in the event of a large earthquake. We can also help with plumbing repairs following an earthquake. If you have any questions for our plumbers and heating technicians, please call us at (510) 984-3207 or contact us online. 

    Essential Furnace Safety Tips

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Do you remember the last time your furnace was repaired or inspected? If not, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today to schedule furnace maintenance and repair services. Besides making sure that your furnace keeps your home warm and your family comfortable during the upcoming winter months, having your furnace inspected will ensure that it’s not a threat to your family’s health and safety. We also want to share these essential furnace safety tips to ensure that your heating system is in good working order all winter long.

    Check the Flue Pipe and Pipe Seams

    If you feel comfortable doing so, inspect the flue pipe and pipe seams, making sure that they are well supported and free of holes and cracks. If you find soot along or around the seams it may be an indicator of a leak, in which case you will need to schedule furnace repair before the heating season picks up. If you can access the top of the flue pipe, make sure there are no blockages that might cause fumes to back up into your home.

    Keep Combustibles Away from the Furnace

    Your furnace is probably located in an area of the home that doubles as storage, such as the garage or basement. However, make sure to keep all combustible items away from the heating system. The open flame and heat generated through the chimney line and flue pipe can cause combustible items such as cardboard boxes, newspapers, and clothing to ignite.

    Schedule Annual Furnace Inspection

    Aside from the financial and comfort benefits of regular furnace inspections and maintenance services, there are major health benefits as well. The furnace technicians here at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating will make sure that your heating system is safe, efficient, and clean. To schedule a furnace inspection, call us at (510) 984-3207. You can also visit our website to learn more about our plumbing and heating services in the Berkley and Oakland areas. 

    Greening Your Indoor Air Quality

    Last updated 15 days ago

    The indoor air quality of your building can have a direct impact on your health and well-being. By greening your indoor air quality, you can reduce allergy symptoms and other health issues. To keep your indoor air quality green, it is a great idea to keep your windows open whenever possible. In addition, indoor houseplants can help to improve the quality of your home’s air. For a closer look at how to green your indoor air quality, watch this video from Howcast.

    When your heating or HVAC system is in need of a tune up, be sure to contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. We are proud to provide the Berkeley and Oakland areas with a complete range of highly rated plumbing and heating services. Call our Oakland location at (510) 984-3207 to set up an appointment for your home today.

    New Energy Conservation Standards for HVAC Appliances

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Your HVAC system is designed to keep your home comfortably heated and cooled throughout the year. If your home energy bills have spiked in recent months, this could be a sign that your HVAC system is ready for replacement. Recently, the DOE has passed new energy conservation standards for HVAC appliances. These standards ensure that all new appliances are environmentally friendly and friendly to your wallet. Let’s take a quick tour of some of the new energy conservation standards for HVAC appliances.

    Non-Weatherized Furnaces

    Non-weatherized furnaces are common in states in the northern United States. Under the new energy conservation standards for HVAC appliances, all non-weatherized furnaces must meet a rating of at least 90% AFUE. This new AFUE rating will ensure that all new non-weatherized furnaces conserve less fuel on a seasonal basis. Other standard furnaces must now meet a standard 80% AFUE rating.

    Split System Air Conditioners

    The DOE has also increased its energy conservation standards for spit system air conditioners. All new split system air conditioners that are installed after January of 2015 must meet a SEER rating of 14 or above. With this new SEER rating, split system air conditioners will help homeowners conserve on their monthly energy bills.

    Heat Pumps

    New heat pumps must also meet a SEER rating of at least 14. In addition, all new heat pumps must achieve an HSPF rating of 8.2 or higher. These ratings are standard for homes across the United States.

    If your plumbing or HVAC system is in need of repairs, do not hesitate to contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Our plumbing company serves the Oakland area with a complete range of services, including sewer inspections and drain cleaning. To find out more about the terrific services that we have to offer you, call us today at (510) 984-3207.

    Reasons to Schedule Hydro Jetting

    Last updated 27 days ago

    If your pipes or drains are significantly clogged, you may want to schedule a hydro jetting service. This pipe and drain clearing service is able to clear a variety of stubborn clogs or blockages. Hydro jetting is appropriate for pipes that have been clogged by rust, soap scum, or even tree roots. During the hydro jetting procedure, your plumber will send highly pressurized water through your pipes. This pressurized water will be able to clear out even the most severe clogs, without the use of harsh and nasty chemicals. When you are in need of a powerful drain clearing solution, hydro jetting may be the right service for your home.

    To schedule a hydro jetting procedure for your pipes, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating by calling (510) 984-3207. The experienced plumbers at our plumbing company will be able to diagnose and repair all of your plumbing issues. We look forward to serving you soon!

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