• A Look at Some Basic Plumbing Tools for Homeowners

    Every homeowner can benefit from having an arsenal of specific plumbing tools to get them out of tough situations. It’s always good to have a trusty plunger on hand and know where the main shutoff for the water is in your home. Watch this video for more essentials you should keep under your sink.

    Some homes may have their main shutoff located with the water meter, which is usually in a box near your street. You will need a special tool called a meter key to be able to turn your water off and back on. PEX pipe is ideal for plumbing around corners or for making quick repairs. Specialized drain uncloggers use water pressure to clear drains in lieu of chemicals. Watch this video for additional tools to have around the home for plumbing emergencies.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating is ready to assist when minor repairs won’t do. Give us a call at (510) 843-6904 today.

  • Recognizing When You Need Drain Cleaning

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    Your home’s plumbing system requires regular maintenance and drain cleaning . Running hot water down your drains on a weekly basis is a good way to help them stay clean, but occasionally they will need attention from a professional plumber. Knowing when it’s time to have your drains cleaned can help you stay on top of maintenance.

    • Odor
      You should not experience excessive foul odors from any of your drains. When properly cleaned and maintained, sewer gases do not come out of your drains. Odors can point to a buildup of sludge inside your pipes. This can sometimes be cleaned by using a solution of vinegar and baking soda as well as hot water. Your plumber can give your drains a thorough and professional cleaning.
    • Slow Drains
      Your drains should run smoothly and freely throughout your home. Every drain in your house eventually terminates in your sewer line, and while slow drains throughout your house can point to a problem in the sewer line itself, slow drains are often individually constricted by oil, sludge, or grease.
    • Time
      Every home should have sewer inspections every couple of years, and it’s not a bad idea to have your plumber take a look at your drains and assess their condition during this time. This is also an opportunity for your plumber to identify potential issues that could be lurking in your home’s plumbing system, including its drains.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating provides drain cleaning services to all of our customers. Learn more about what we can do for your drains when you visit our website. You can also call us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule your appointment.

  • A Basic Overview of Radiant Heat Technology

    By integrating radiant heat technology with your existing boiler or installing a new system in your home, you no longer have to experience chilly wood floors in the winter or cold tile in the morning. Your plumber can heat your floors by installing this ancient and effective technology.

    How It Works

    The ancient Romans heated their bathhouses with radiant floors. By piping warm water underneath their stone floors, they created a luxuriously comfortable atmosphere for both homes and public baths. Today, the technology operates on the exact same concept with a little extra refinement. PEX piping is flexible polymer plumbing that is ideal for this application. Because it can be manipulated into about any configuration, it is perfect for radiant heating. Installed underneath your floor’s surface, this piping directs heated water from your boiler throughout the floor. The heat is transferred from the piping to the floor itself, radiating upwards to provide a warm surface to stand upon. This can reduce your heating bills in the winter, as well.

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    Radiant Heating Applications

    Radiant heat is most commonly used under tile floors, such as those in the bath. However, homes with both wood or tile flooring can benefit from radiant heating in any room of the house. Simply standing upon a warm floor can make us more comfortable, which can in turn help lower the load on your HVAC system.

    Learn more about radiant heating systems when you contact  Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating  at (510) 843-6904. You can also visit our website to learn about our installation services for radiant heating systems.

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    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating believes that a customer well served is one that will stay with the company for the future and will recommend the Company to friends and family.  We truly are the “Plumber Referred by Your _________

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  • Prevent Clogged Drains and Update Outdated Plumbing by Visiting These Links

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    Check out these pages and articles for information on how to upgrade your home’s plumbing system and prevent the most common causes of clogged drains and sewer lines.

    • Find out just how many gallons of water you can save by using low-flow showerheads and toilets in this article from TheGreenSpotlight.com.
    • Check out this article from EarthEasy.com for some great tips on conserving water in the home, including using high-efficiency plumbing fixtures.
    • This article from HowStuffWorks.com can help you understand how to unclog a sink, toilet, or bathtub drain.
    • Head to ThisOldHouse.com for even more information about dealing with clogged drains, including floor drains .
    • Discover one of the most common causes of sewer line clogs in this article from Angie’s List.

    Contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 for more information on these topics.

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