• Choosing the Best Air Filter for Your Home

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    Today, homes are sealed more tightly against outside air than ever before. While this saves money on utility bills, it also affects the quality of your indoor air. Air filters prevent dust and other allergens from circulating in your home. If you have questions about which type of air filter can most benefit your family, contact an expert at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today. 

    Portable Air Cleaners
    Portable air cleaners are standalone units that can be placed anywhere in your home. There are a variety of models available , depending upon the size of your home and your air quality needs. These units are ideal for homes that do not have a centralized forced air circulation system.

    HVAC Filters
    If your home has centralized heating and cooling, your system already incorporates an air filter. The filters available for purchase vary in effectiveness. Some filters have wide openings, catching only large particles of dust and other debris. While these are adequate for most households, a higher-efficiency filter that traps microscopic particles can improve your home’s air quality for those who have asthma or allergies.

    HVAC Filtration Systems
    Your HVAC system’s filter exists mainly to prevent debris from entering your furnace or air conditioner. If you want to significantly improve the quality of your indoor air, a separate air cleaner module can be installed in your home’s forced-air system for more effective results. The sole purpose of these air cleaners is to improve the breathable air in your home. These modules use high-efficiency filters that remove microorganisms, toxic gases, and fine dust particulates from the air.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating is pleased to offer including air filtration and HVAC system cleaning in addition to our plumbing services in Berkeley, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. Call us today at (510) 843-6904 for a free service estimate. You can find more information about indoor air quality and HVAC maintenance and upgrades on our website.

     

  • Basic Garbage Disposal Maintenance

    A garbage disposal is certainly a useful kitchen appliance, but misuse can damage the blades or clog the plumbing. This short video provides some tips for using your garbage disposal properly and keeping your plumbing lines clean.

    Hard items like bones or fruit pits and starchy foods such as potatoes can gum up the motor and potentially damage the blades. Periodically grinding a couple cups of ice with running water can dislodge accumulated oil and help keep the reservoir clean and free of odor.

    If you do encounter a major problem in your sink or any other plumbing fixture, contact our specialists here at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating to receive timely and professional service from a certified plumber. To schedule a drain cleaning or other plumbing service for your home in Berkeley, CA, call (510) 843-6904 today.
     

  • Does Your Home Have a Drainage Problem?

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    Just as your home relies on a complex plumbing system to provide water to all of your major appliances and sink fixtures, so too it requires a plumbing pipes to get rid of wastewater and protect your home. However, drainage problems aren’t always as obvious as puddles around the house. Beware of these signs of drainage problems and be sure to contact a professional plumber at the first signs of trouble, such as:

    Overloaded Gutters and Downspouts
    Gutters and downspouts are the primary means of routing water away from your foundation during heavy rains, and failure to keep them clean can cause water to leak underneath your foundation. The upheaval and lateral pressure from expansive soil can reach 5,500 PSI—more than enough to crack basement walls or a slab foundation.

    Mold and Mildew
    You’ll usually smell mold problems before you see signs of major water damage , but it can cause severe structural damage and health problems. Mold will only reappear and spread unless you address the source of the problem, and constant moisture can also attract wood-damaging insects common to Alameda County such as termites and carpenter ants.

    Foundation Cracks and Water Stains
    Even if the above symptoms of drainage problems aren’t readily apparent, hidden plumbing or drainage problems can cause the foundation to crack, resulting in water stains throughout the home. Even on a relatively clean surface such as concrete, this can major problems for your walls and flooring.

    Our certified specialists here at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating have the experience to solve any of your plumbing in a timely and cost-effective manner. We’ve specialized in professional plumbing repair throughout Alameda County and the surrounding areas for over 25 years. As a fully licensed, bonded, and insured business, we take pride in offering a superior level of service quality and customer care. Schedule a free estimate or emergency plumbing repairs by contacting us at (510) 843-6904 today.

  • The Importance of Detecting Slab Leaks Early

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    Any plumbing leak in your home is a problem, but slab leaks are one of the most difficult types of leaks to identify. They generally don’t cause typical plumbing problems such as leaky faucets or backed up drains, but they can be just as damaging to your home (and your wallet) if left unaddressed. Learn more about the importance of detecting and repairing slab leaks as soon as possible below:

    Reduce Wasted Utilities
    Many homeowners don’t want to call a professional plumber just because they hear running water when all of the faucets are off, but it’s much cheaper than paying for wasted water utilities every month. Considering that even a leaky toilet can waste more than 200 gallons of water every day, it isn’t hard to imagine how much water a broken plumbing line can waste.

    Prevent Major Water Damage
    Water is a valuable utility, but it can and will cause major problems if it gets outside of the plumbing pipes. Slab leaks can cause the soil underneath your foundation to heave upwards, causing cracks in the foundation, flooring, and walls and allowing moisture to seep through. While a small amount of moisture may not seem like an immediately pressing issue, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours.

    A Word about Professional Slab Leak Detection
    Slab leaks are often difficult to detect until they manifest signs of water damage or show up on your utility bill, but a certified plumber can quickly pinpoint the source of the leak through specialized geophone equipment and video cameras, helping you avoid invasive diagnostic drilling Remember: A one-time service expense could prevent thousands of dollars in damage in the near future.

    Our team of certified plumbers here at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating has been providing residents in Alameda County and the surrounding areas with fast, friendly, and professional plumbing repair services for over 25 years. Just browse through our satisfied customer reviews and contact us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule a free estimate.