• More Information About Water Leaks And Sewer Line Problems

    Check out the pages below to better understand what poses a threat to your sewer line and how to identify water leaks in your home. Contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 for assistance with these issues.

    • Head to this page from ThisOldHouse.com to learn about tree roots and why they are one of the top causes of sewer line damage and leaks.
    • To learn more about the importance of having a sewer cap to provide access to your sewer line, read this article from HGTV.com.
    • Explore this page from LRCA.org to learn more about how to recognize the signs that indicate a household water leak .
    • AskTheBuilder.com will help you learn more about draining your plumbing fixtures to minimize clogs .
    • This article from EarthEasy.com explores simple ways to save water in your home.

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  • Happy Memorial Day!

    Albert Nahman Plumbing hopes you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  However, if you have any plumbing issues today we are here and available to help!  Don’t worry, there is no extra fees for the holiday.

     

    Fourth of July or Memorial Day picnic

  • What are the Signs of a Hidden Water Leak and How Can I Verify that I Have One?

    A water leak somewhere in your home’s plumbing system will cause several problems, some that are not immediately identifiable. A minor leak can slowly cause your water bills to creep higher and higher and lead to structural issues, flooding, and even damage to your home’s foundation.

    Recognizing the signs of a water leak can help you understand when you need to track it down. The best and surest way to locate a water leak is to call your local plumber and have him perform an inspection.

    • Increased Water Bills: A sure sign of a water leak is a spike in the cost of your water utilities. Of course, this is not a solid indicator of a problem, as your water usage may vary month-to-month, or you may use a little extra to water your yard during a hot week. However, a sudden increase or a marked gradual increase that does not seem to be affected by your typical usage can indicate a hidden leak.

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    • Water Meter Indicators:  Check your water meter at night when no water is being used. Many newer water meters have  leak indicators  built into the gauges. If all of your water-using appliances are inactive and no sinks or faucets are being used but the meter shows consistent water usage, this could indicate a leak. If you’re not sure how to read your meter or suspect your leak indicator may be broken, contact your plumber.
    • Water Spots and Odd Odors:  Leaks can easily originate from a bad flapper in your toilet tank or loose valves somewhere in your home’s internal plumbing system. If you smell musty odors or see water staining on your walls, a leak is the likely culprit. Wet spots, ponding water, or areas of increased plant growth are signs of leaks in outdoor plumbing. Of course, the best way to identify a leak is to contact your plumber for an inspection.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help find even the most elusive water leak in your home. Contact us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule a  plumbing inspection , or head to our website to explore our full range of plumbing services.

     

  • We’re Open on Monday!

    Albert Nahman Plumbing hopes you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  However, if you have any plumbing issues we will be on call and available to help!  Don’t worry, there is no extra fees for the holiday.

    Have a nice weekend!

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  • How To: Troubleshoot Hot-Water Problems

    By Jeanne Huber, From WashingtonPost.com

    Q. I live in a 1958 rambler. My problem is getting hot water in both the master shower and the hall bathroom shower. When the hot water is turned all the way on in either bathroom, only lukewarm water comes out of the shower. In the master bathroom, if you flush the toilet, the shower water becomes hot. In the hall bathroom, if you turn on the hot water in the sink, the water in that shower turns hot, while the sink water remains cold, though without the shower on, the sink hot water works just fine. All other hot water faucets work. Both a handyman and a plumber have been puzzled by my problem. Where should I turn next?

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    A. There could be a cross-connection somewhere, allowing hot and cold water to mix within the pipes, says Seth Kramer, service manager at Kramer & Sons Plumbing in Alexandria. Kramer has seen instances where a cross-connection happened because a hand sprayer in a shower was turned on and off without using the main shower control. So if you have a hand sprayer, try using the main controls and see if that solves your puzzle. If not, call in a second plumber to help with the detective work. A cross-connection could be occurring because the pipes were installed incorrectly (most likely if temperature fluctuations have always been a problem in your house) or because a mixing valve in a faucet or at your washing machine has failed (more likely if the problem is new).

    It’s also possible that several different problems are occurring simultaneously. By tracing which faucets deliver hot water first, a good plumber can sometimes figure out how the pipes are linked, even if the piping isn’t easily accessible. The pipes may be undersize, and the solution could involve installing a pressure-balancing shower valve or an in-line pressure-balancing valve. These are often called anti-scald valves because they adjust flow to make sure water doesn’t suddenly get too hot. (For safety reasons, they’re now required in new construction.)

  • How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet

    Nobody likes that feeling of dread as water approaches the rim of the toilet bowl. When a toilet is overflowing, it can be too easy to panic; but being prepared and staying calm in the event of an overflow can save your bathroom from flooding and water damage.

    This video explains how you can halt an overflowing toilet and mitigate damage from water that overtakes the rim of the bowl. Doing this is as simple as locating the shutoff valve that supplies water to the toilet tank. Located on the lower left side of the commode, the shutoff valve, typically oval-shaped, can be tightened by turning it to the right. This will cut off all water flow to the tank. This valve should be checked and exercised once a year.

     

    Once you have the flooding under control, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 for one of our  experienced plumbers  to take care of the clog. Call for a free estimate!

  • The Biggest Threats to the Integrity of Your Sewer Line

    Your sewer line has many natural enemies. Any issues with your sewer line can cause catastrophic floods, clogs, and even backups in your indoor plumbing. It’s important to stay on top of sewer line maintenance, which includes occasional inspections from your licensed plumber .

    Roots

    For suburban areas, among the largest and most common problems plaguing sewer lines are tree roots. These natural invaders are adept at locating sources of water, so even a pinhole leak in your sewer line can attract a tendril that matures into a thick root inside the pipe. Not only can this eventually cause an obstruction, but will also likely create a leak at the point of root penetration. If left unchecked, this problem can grow into a major issue, causing miniature sinkholes and other problems.

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    Large Obstructions

    Foreign objects that make it into the sewer drain can become caught up on tree roots or cause a blockage themselves. Sanitary napkins, diapers, paper towels, moist towelettes, and other similar items will not break down and can easily clog a sewer line. This obstruction may occur immediately or gradually develop. Regular sewer line inspections performed by a qualified plumber can help identify issues before they escalate.

    Punctures and Cracks

    As the ground settles and moves around the sewer line with changes in temperature and weather, it can press rocks into the pipe itself. Over time, this can create stress cracks or weakened areas that eventually leak. These conditions are hard to detect without the assistance of a plumber, which is another reason to have your sewer line inspected on a regular basis. Investing in inspections can save you frustration and money by preventing blockages or service interruptions.

    Schedule a sewer line inspection or repair services with Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating’s  experienced plumbers . Call us at (510) 843-6904 for more information, or visit our website today.

     

  • Learn More About Modern Plumbing Technology

    Are you interested in learning more about plumbing maintenance and trenchless pipe repair? Click on the links below, then contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating , the Bay Area’s premier plumbing and sewer service, at (510) 843-6904.

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    • Did your pipes freeze this winter? Read this article from the Weather Channel to learn why having them inspected for leaks is so important.
    • Are you looking for a way to reduce water waste and improve plumbing and sewer infrastructure in your area? Trenchless pipe replacement with non-corrosive plumbing may be the answer.
    • For seasonal plumbing tips , download this document from William Palumbo Insurance.
    • For a great glossary of trenchless terms and lingo, visit this page from the North American Society for Trenchless Technology .
    • This helpful handbook from the International Pipe Bursting Association is full of information on the process and benefits of trenchless sewer replacement.

  • Now Offering: BioSmart

    Albert Nahman Plumbing was featured this morning by the SF Chronicle and our new microbial drain line products for an eco-friendly way to clean drains, septic tanks and grease traps.

    “BioSmart begins working immediately upon introduction to a drain line or collection system,” Albert Nahman of Albert Nahman Plumbing said. “BioSmart’s bacterial cultures do not require a wake-up period like some other microbial products. BioSmart is easy to use and is as simple as pour and go.”

    To read the rest of the press release, visit PRWeb.com here–

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  • Understanding the Advantages Offered by Trenchless Sewer Replacement

    Sewer and drain repair work is often thought of as a very labor-, time-, and resource-intensive process. However, modern technology has made drain and sewer maintenance jobs much easier and more efficient, which means lower costs, improved turnaround time, and greater effectiveness of repairs and replacement. One key example of these advancements is the use of trenchless sewer replacement technology. Here’s a look at how trenchless sewer replacement works and what its benefits include:

    Clogged sewer blocks rainwater runoff

    How does trenchless sewer replacement work?

    Trenchless sewer replacement is an alternative to traditional sewer replacement solutions. During traditional sewer replacement, damaged portions of pipe need to be dug out of the ground, replaced, and then covered up with soil. With trenchless sewer replacement, very little digging is required. This process uses a hydraulic assembly that bursts the pipe from the inside, and then pulls in a new, super-durable, and flexible pipe to replace it. At the end of the process, the new sewer lines are installed without even having to remove the old pipe.

    What are its benefits?

    There are several clear advantages to trenchless sewer replacement. First, the entire process eliminates the time costs associated with digging trenches, removing and replacing the pipe, and then filling the trench. Because only a small amount of digging is necessary to reach the affected sewer line, less time is required to complete the repair. Second, the entire process is much less labor intensive than traditional sewer replacement, which equates to fewer man hours and lower labor costs. The recovery time for your property is also much quicker since there is minimal disturbance to surface itself. This means less damage to paving, landscaping, lawns, or whatever surface material you may have.

    To learn more about how trenchless sewer repair and replacement works, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We have been serving Berkeley, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties with high-quality plumbing, drain, and sewer services for over 25 years. Call us today for a free estimate on trenchless services.