• Plumbing Terminology to Keep You Up to Speed During the Plumber’s Next Visit


    Plumbing systems are complex, so plumbers use a lot of specific terminology. Since this plumbing jargon can be confusing, we’ve listed a few common plumbing terms below that you should know about. This will help you be prepared for the next time you get a visit from your local plumber .

    Closet Augur

    Sometimes a toilet will become clogged and a plunger will be ineffective for removing the obstruction. In these cases, your plumber might use a closet augur to take out the blockage. A closet augur is a cabled device designed to slip down into toilets and remove blockage-causing debris. Augurs are available in many hardware stores. However, they should only be used by professional plumbers, since augurs can easily break toilet porcelain if handled improperly.

    Plumber’s Putty

    When installing a new faucet or drain at your house, the plumber might put plumber’s putty around the contraption. Plumber’s putty is a product typically made from clay and oil that is used to make watertight seals around newly installed plumbing devices. Plumber’s putty lasts a long time and is very effective for decreasing the chance of leaks occurring in the future.


    Plumbers often come to homes to repair leaking or blocked pipes. During this process, the plumber might mention having to install new PVC piping. Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is a durable plastic composite that is often used in home plumbing applications. If you have questions about PVC or other piping materials, be sure to ask your plumber about the benefits of each.


    As your plumber puts new copper pipes into your home, you might hear him mention having to “sweat” the pipes. Sweating, or soldering, is a process used to fuse copper pipes and fittings together; the plumber will heat the pipes with a torch and then put them together using a material called solder.

    For an experienced plumber in the Oakland area, call Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating at (510) 843-6904. Our representatives answer calls 24/7 and our plumbers are expertly trained in order to provide you with the best service possible. 

  • Using a Plunger the Right Way

    Almost everyone has used a plunger, but not many people have actually used a plunger correctly. In order to unclog toilets and sinks the right way, you have to use the appropriate kind of plunger and the proper technique.

     This video discusses everything you’ve ever wanted to know about plungers. You’ll learn about the differences between sink and toilet plungers and why using each one for its respective purposes is important. Additionally, you’ll be taught a simple technique for saving money when going plunger shopping.

    Using a plunger is a simple way to perform basic plumbing tasks at home. However, when a plumbing issue requires more than a plunger, you should call (510) 843-6904 to reach the plumbing professionals at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating

  • Things to Keep Out of Your Drains at All Costs

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    Knowing what to keep out of the sink will prevent plumbing issues and keep your garbage disposal running correctly. In light of this, we’ve listed a few items that frequently cause drain problems below:


    After cooking bacon, sausage, and other fatty food items, there’s always a bit of grease left over. Never get rid of the grease by dumping it down the kitchen sink—as grease cools, it turns into a solid. Over time, the grease will accumulate and eventually clog the drain.

    Coffee Grounds

    After brewing your favorite cup, you should always put the grounds into the trashcan—never down the sink. Coffee grounds can get stuck in sink plumbing, which often leads to clogged drains. If your drain is acting up and you’ve been throwing used grounds into the sink, you might be able to correct the problem by using a drain cleaning product . In more serious cases, though, professional plumbing assistance may be required.

    Industrial Chemicals

    Many chemical products such as paints, oils, and solvents should never be put down the drain. These chemicals can sometimes bypass water treatment facilities and end up back in the community’s water supply. To stay safe and legal, you should always dispose of products according to the manufacturer’s instructions and local guidelines.

    Paper Products

    Cotton balls, paper towels, and other paper products do not break down easily, although they’re technically biodegradable, and can easily back up drains. After using paper products, you should always throw them away in the trash—that way, you’ll keep your drain working properly for a long time.

    If you have questions about drain clogs or other plumbing concerns, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating today by calling (510) 843-6904.

  • Educate Yourself With These Great Resources on Home Water Leak Prevention

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    Save big on future repairs by having leaks repaired right away.  Read on for additional leak prevention and plumbing resources.

    At Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating , we specialize in preventing and correcting leaks across your home. Contact us at (510) 843-6904 to learn how we can stop home flooding in its tracks.