• Times You Should Skip Your DIY Projects

    There are many homeowners out there who enjoy working on home improvement projects themselves. However, there are times when calling a professional is the most prudent decision.    

    This video discusses times when you shouldn’t undergo home improvement projects yourself. First, you should always avoid jobs that involve plumbing and wiring. You should also refrain from attempting projects when you’re tired. 

    If you’re looking for help with a difficult home repair project, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating . We’ve provided the residents of the East Bay area with high-quality repairs for over 25 years. Give us a call today at (510) 843-6904 to learn more about our services. 

     

  • Plumbing Information For Home Owners

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    If you’d like to learn more about home repiping and drain and sewer maintenance, then click on these helpful links. Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 for more information on our plumbing, drain cleaning, and sewer services in the Berkeley area. 

    • To learn about preventing backups in your home’s sewer system , take a look at this page. 
    • FOGG is one of the most common causes of drain and sewer clogging in residential plumbing. To learn more about what FOGG is and how to prevent it from causing blockages in your home, visit this page. 
    • Galvanized steel plumbing presents homeowners with a number of different plumbing-related problems. Visit this page for more information.

     

  • Disposable Wipes: Should You Flush Them?

    Disposable wipes sound like a good idea, but how do they affect your plumbign system? 

    Click here to read more about disposable wipes and your toilet.

    If you have a plumbing problem, contact  Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating  at (510) 843-6904 for more information on repiping services in the Berkeley area. 

  • How To Deal With a Plumbing Emergency

    Plumbing Emergency: Water Main Break in Residential Area

    Whether it’s for the shower or toilet, the plumbing has to work. When something is wrong with your plumbing, you know about it very quickly. Here’s a brief guide to dealing with a plumbing emergency :  

    • Turn Off the Main Valve

    In order to stop all flow of water, it’s important that you first turn off the main valve in your home. If you live in the city, you’ll probably need to call your water company and ask them to shut it off—if not, you may be able to shut it off yourself. Though this won’t fix the problem, it should stop the flow of water, preventing damage to your home. 

    • Locate the Problem Area

    After you turn off your main valve and shut off the circuit breaker to your water heater, you should try to locate the plumbing problem . Sometimes the problem is obvious, like a leaky faucet or fixture—other times, unearthing the problem is more difficult. If you are struggling to find the source of the problem, contact your local plumber immediately. 

    • Calling for help

    Though performing your own home repairs can give you a sense of pride, botching a repair job can cause even more damage and grief. In order to ensure that your plumbing issue gets fixed and stays functional, it’s important that you call a professional plumber. If you’re concerned that your problem needs to be fixed immediately, call an emergency plumber who is available 24 hours a day. 

    If you’re looking for a skilled plumber to address your plumbing emergency, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating . One of our representatives is by the phone every minute of every day, ready to take your call and dispatch one of our plumbers at a moment’s notice. Call us today at (510) 843-6904 to learn more about our plumbing and drain cleaning services. 

     

  • Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award

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      Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.  They won in the categories of Plumbing, Drain Cleaning and Water Heaters. 

    “Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating can claim Super Service Award status speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers . ” 

    Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines. 

    Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on AngiesList.com.


     

  • 3 Problems Homes With Galvanized Steel Piping Could Face

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    Although galvanized steel piping was the industry standard 50 years ago, it was quickly abandoned as the primary material for residential and municipal plumbing. Galvanized steel presents homeowners with a variety of different issues that affect water quality, safety, and ease of access. Take a look at some of the most serious problems presented with long-term use of galvanized steel plumbing :

      1.      Internal Rusting

    One of the first problems you may notice if your home’s plumbing contains galvanized steel is that your water is slightly red or brown. This is because of internal rusting that occurs in galvanized steel piping. Original galvanized steel pipes were coated with zinc to prevent from rusting. However, this coating eventually wears away, causing the steel to be directly exposed to running water. Over time, your galvanized plumbing is sure to crack or burst because of the thinning pipe.

      2.      Sediment Buildup

    Another problem is the buildup of sediments within galvanized plumbing. Homeowners with galvanized steel piping often have difficulty getting enough hot water in their showers, faucets, and appliances. That’s because hot water causes a chemical reaction within galvanized plumbing that expedites the buildup of rust and other sediments. This leads to blockages and the illusion of low water pressure.

      3.      Lead Poisoning

    Finally, galvanized steel pipe is known for releasing small amounts of lead into the water supply over time. While this may not be a big problem initially, continued exposure and consumption of lead-contaminated water from galvanized plumbing can lead to neurological and behavioral problems in adults and children. The only way to avoid these issues is to have your galvanized plumbing removed and replaced. 

    If you have galvanized steel pipes in your home, then consider having your home’s plumbing repiped with high quality copper or PEX plumbing. Contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 for more information on repiping services in the Berkeley area.