• Learn More About Protecting Your Home From Plumbing Problems

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    Between visits from your plumber, you can do your part to safeguard against leaks, burst pipes, and other plumbing problems using information from these websites:

    • Read these tips from the Weather Channel to avoid burst pipes on days when the temperature dips below freezing.
    • For more information about the causes of low water pressure, read this article from Ask the Builder.
    • If you need help drying out your house after a pipe burst , read this article from the San Francisco Chronicle.
    • Lighten the load on your plumbing system by using less water with help from these tips from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Entrust your home’s plumbing needs to Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. We have been one of the most trusted plumbers in the East Bay for over two decades. Schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers today by calling (510) 843-6904.

  • Top 4 Home Plumbing Emergencies

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    Some plumbing problems, such as corrosion, sediment buildup, and rust, can start out small and slow. If you suspect that there are any hidden water leaks in your home, you should schedule a pipe inspection at your earliest convenience. But if you experience a sudden plumbing emergency , you should call a plumber immediately before sewage and water damage your home. Four of the most common plumbing emergencies are:

    Overflowing Toilets

    Often, you can unclog your toilet using proper plunger technique. Sometimes, however, the blockage is not in the toilet siphon, but further down your sewage line. Any toilet backups that you can’t resolve with a plunger require the immediate attention of a plumber, because bacteria from sewage can contaminate your home.

    Burst Pipes

    Many leaks are slow drips inside your walls, which create humid environments where mold can grow. Occasionally, though, an old galvanized pipe will suddenly fail and burst, causing an immediate rush of water to flood your home or basement. Winter freezing can also cause pipes to burst.  These incidents can cause serious water damage to your home’s structure. The most important step you can take after a pipe bursts is to shut off the main water supply and call a plumber immediately.

    Water Heater Failure

    Water heater failure is not always sudden and catastrophic, but the holding tanks on older models can sometimes leak, which causes lukewarm water and mineral sediment to flood the area around the heater. Warm water can be a breeding ground for microorganisms, so a burst water heater tank requires immediate attention.

    Slab Leaks

    Slab leaks can damage your home’s foundation, which will lower its resale value and can also render it unsafe in the event of an earthquake. If you notice strange wet spots in the basement or around the outside of the home, call a plumber to ensure that you don’t have a slab leak.

    If you have a plumbing emergency in Berkeley or Oakland, call Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating at (510) 843-6904. We have served homes in the East Bay for over 25 years. 

  • What You Need to Know About Your Sewer Line

    Your sewer pipes extend out beyond the walls of your house and sometimes beyond your property line into the street. If your sewer pipe bursts at the connection to the municipal line, repair may still be your responsibility, which can cost you a lot of money if sewage contamination affects other homes in the area.

    Ground shifts caused by minor earthquakes and tremors can damage your pipes, and this damage can be aggravated by aggressive tree roots seeking sources of water. Find out more about sewer line damage and remedies in this video.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating offers full-service plumbing repairs in the Oakland and Berkeley areas. If you suspect that your sewer line needs repair , call us today at (510) 843-6904.

     

  • Reasons Your Home May Require Copper Repiping

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    As homes age, plumbing problems occur more and more frequently. At first, you can remedy them by having a plumber patch or replace existing pipes, but over time the problems become more serious and numerous. Galvanized pipes in older homes cause many plumbing emergencies as they deteriorate, and most older homes reach a point where it becomes safer and more economical to install new copper pipes. Your home may need a full repiping if you experience any of the following:

    Persistent Leaks

    One leak can be an anomaly, but several leaks within a short span of time are a clear warning sign that your home’s plumbing is not in good shape. If your home has been standing for many decades, chances are that the plumbing system has been repaired with various types of piping over the years, from PVC to galvanized.

    Debris or Sediment at the Tap

    Reddish flakes in your water are a clear sign that the zinc coating on your old pipes has worn off, allowing the steel to rust. This contaminates your drinking water supply and also places you at risk for a catastrophic leak, as rust eats through the pipe and eventually causes holes to appear. Replacing old galvanized steel with new copper pipes solves this problem.

    Low Water Pressure

    Many neighborhoods or municipalities have water pressure problems, but if you notice that your home’s pressure has steadily declined over time, your plumbing is the most likely culprit. Sediment can build up in your plumbing, and small leaks in your pipes or joints can divert water from your faucet and shower, causing low water pressure .

    Albert Nahman plumbing serves homeowners in Berkeley, Oakland, and other East Bay cities. We can take our your old galvanized pipes and replace them with a complete new set of copper pipes . To schedule a plumbing appointment for your home, call us today at (510) 843-6904.

  • Expand Your Home Plumbing Knowledge With The Help Of These Resources

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    Learning about home plumbing is important for saving money and avoiding future plumbing problems. In some of our recent blog posts, we discussed some common plumbing terms and items you should never put down the drain. 

    • What is plumber’s putty used for? Find out in this quick DoItYourself.com piece.
    • A drain can be unclogged in just a few easy steps, according to This Old House . Read the article to learn how.
    • View this great FamilyHandyman.com article to learn numerous different methods for unclogging sink drains .
    • How do you prevent a sink from smelling? Popular Mechanics has all the answers you need for this common plumbing issue .
    • Visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s webpage for more information on things that should never go down your kitchen sink

    To learn more about any of these topics, click on the links below or call the professionals at  Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating  at (510) 843-6904.