• Understanding How Tankless Water Heaters Work

    Tankless water heaters are becoming more popular among homeowners. These heaters provide nearly indefinite hot water on demand and use less energy overall than storage tank water heaters, as this video explains.

    The operating principle behind a tankless water heater is a simple one. Housed within the unit itself is either an electric heating element or gas-fired burner. When activated, cold water enters the tankless water heater and is then brought to the desired temperature by the heating element or burner. This hot water is then delivered to the source of demand, such as your dishwasher, clothes washer, or shower. When sized correctly, these units can provide hot water for your entire home. Your professional plumber can help you find the perfect type and size of tankless water heater for your home.

    If you are interested in installing a tankless water heater , contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. You can also visit our website for additional information.

  • Earthquake Safety

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    Protect your house or business from fire caused by gas leaks during a seismic event. Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating is now offering the simple, yet effective Little Firefighter automatic gas shutoff valve at a special price. Please discuss the details of your installation with the expert technician from Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. 

    Enjoy This Great Quote:

    “A plumber is an adventurer who traces leaky pipes to their source.” -Arthur Baer

  • Ways to Bring Your Older Home’s Plumbing Into the 21st Century

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    However quaint, older plumbing fixtures waste a lot of water. Old plumbing components can also be prone to failure, leading to high water bills and repair costs. It is a good idea to upgrade your home’s plumbing fixtures and components with today’s technology, before problems occur. This can help you save water, lower your costs, and enjoy more attractive fixtures.

    • Choose high-efficiency fixtures. Some EPA-approved toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush and are great additions to any home. This decreased water usage can make a big difference when compared to water-guzzling toilets that use more than twice that amount, equaling more than 7,000 gallons of water per year, per person. Toilets with even greater efficiency may be available through your professional plumber, so be sure to ask.
    • Make low-flow upgrades. Most homes today have aerators installed in their faucets, which mixes the flow of water with air to provide the same pressure while using less water. Low-flow showerheads offer another great way to reduce your water consumption. Older showerheads can use four gallons of water per minute, which definitely adds up over 20-minute showers.
    • Consider using PEX piping. This flexible, polyethylene piping is ideal for use in residential plumbing. It can be color-coded to represent hot and cold water supply lines, installs easily and within cramped spaces, and is less expensive than copper pipe. Your plumber can help you determine if PEX piping is right for your home.
    • Have your plumbing inspected. It is always a good idea to stay on top of proper maintenance. By having your plumber inspect your older plumbing, he can give you ideas on upgrades and spot any potential problems that aged components are prone to.

    Get started with your plumbing upgrades by contacting Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 today. We can help bring your plumbing forward into today’s era of green and durable technology.

  • To All The Dads: Happy Father’s Day!

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  • The Leading Causes of Clogged Drains and Sewer Lines

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    It happens to every homeowner: Your toilet overflows, your kitchen sink clogs, or the unthinkable occurs and your sewer line backs up. By understanding the leading causes of clogs and knowing when to call a professional plumber , you can avoid or quickly solve many of these issues.

    Grease and Hair

    In household drains, debris naturally builds up on the inside of the pipes. Much of this buildup is biological, but in a well-maintained drain, it will not exceed a certain thickness and cause problems. Problems occur when grease and other objects are added to the mix. Grease and oil, though liquid when they go down the drain, will thicken as they cool. Water flow then becomes restricted, leading to a clog. This is why it is important to properly dispose of grease and oil and never pour them down your drains.

    Hair is another big culprit, especially in the bathroom. Hair does not break down like most biological material and readily catches inside a pipe. It creates an obstruction that builds over time and eventually causes a clog. The best way to prevent a hair clog is to use drain covers that catch hair to keep it from going down the drain.

    Foreign Objects

    If your toddler flushes a toy down the toilet or a tree root invades your sewer line , you are likely to encounter clogs. Sometimes these obstructions don’t actually cause clogs themselves, but rather allow other material to build into an obstruction around them. Even seemingly safe items like paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, and sanitary napkins do not easily break down. Foreign objects of many kinds, especially tree roots in your sewer line, are definitely leading causes of clogs.

    Clogged drains are largely preventable by homeowners, while clogs in sewer lines are less so and require the assistance of your plumber via regular inspections. Today’s technology allows plumbers to send cameras down sewer lines and spot problems, which facilitates the repair process.

    For more tips on preventing clogs or clearing an existing problem, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We provide comprehensive drain clearing services for your home. Visit us online today.

  • Tips for Choosing the Best Plumber and Plumbing Materials in Your Local Area

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    Angie Hicks, co-founder of Angie’s List, recently wrote an article titled “Angie’s List: Choosing plumbing pipe for your home.” This article lists some of the most common plumbing materials that are being used by plumbers all across the nation. Along with this list, she includes information about each of the materials from what it is made of and its potential lifespan to drawbacks of each.

    She wraps up the article with some great tips to keep in my when you are in need of a plumber. Those tips include:

    1. Hiring a reputable plumber
    2. Asking the right questions
    3. Knowing they are certified
    4. Checking local codes
    5. Knowing if it’s time to replace your pipes

    To read the full article, please the NewsNet5.com website.

    If you are looking for a plumber or plumbing company in Berkeley that meets all of these recommended criterions, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. Our company has been proudly serving the Berkeley, Alameda and Contra Costa counties for over 25 years! Trust the experts and call us for your free estimate today.

  • We are a Family Owned Company. We Understand the Importance of Family. #FamilyNationalMonth

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    Spend time with your family this month. In June we celebrate National Family Month!

  • Vacationing This Summer? Here are a Couple of Great Destinations to Choose From!

    Take a look at the  Hottest Destinations for 2012 .

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