• Household Items That Shouldn’t Be Flushed

    Toilet bowl

    Your home’s plumbing isn’t designed to act as a disposal system for manmade wastes. Toilet clogs are frequently caused by flushing items that should be thrown away in a trash can instead. These items often include paper towels, napkins, baby wipes, diapers, and feminine products or wrappers. Other items that should never be flushed include cigarettes, dental floss, cotton swabs, and hair. Kitty litter and food waste should always be disposed of in a solid trash bin. Even if products such as baby wipes claim to be flushable, it’s better to throw them in the trash can rather than risk clogging your toilet, drain, or sewer system.

    If you’re experiencing a toilet clog, running toilet, sluggish drain, or sewer problem, the expert plumbers at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help. We have over 25 years of experience in plumbing repair and appliance installation. Check us out on the web or call (510) 843-6904 for a free estimate today!

  • What’s In Your Household Dust?

    Ventilation dust

    Dust is a part of every household, no matter how meticulously it is cleaned. Scientists have found that while dust varies from climate to climate and home to home, there are common ingredients found in every speck. Dust is made up of a variety of organic components, including hair and skin from the people and animals in your home. It also contains fibers from carpets, clothing, bedding, and upholstery. Particles that result from cooking, cleaning chemicals, and smoking also collect into household dust. Dust may even contain components from decomposing insects, food, and microbes. In areas with high concentrations of lead, pesticides, or smog, these factors also contribute to the makeup of the most commonly-found dust. 

    Don’t let household dust thwart your efforts for a clean and healthy home. Take charge of your home’s air quality with the help of Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating in Berkeley, CA. Call (510) 843-6904 or click on our website to schedule an air duct cleaning or home air filtration system installation today!

  • What Causes Slab Leaks?

    Crack in the Wall

    For homes with slab foundations, plumbing leaks can continue unnoticed for days or weeks until it starts causing major damage to the floors.

    There are plenty of expansive soil deposits throughout Alameda County, and these minerals act like sponges and expand when saturated. The cumulative force of large amounts of expansive soil can be enormous, creating a mound underneath your home’s slab foundation until it finally fractures.

    Slab leaks can occur due to a number of reasons, the most common being poor drainage away from the home, plumbing leaks, or seepage from a nearby swimming pool. As the foundation shifts, it can damage underground plumbing lines and exacerbate existing damage.

    Without service from a professional plumber, you could face hundreds or dollars in increased utility costs or even thousands in home repairs. If you suspect your home has a slab leak, schedule a quote from our professionals here Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating by calling (510) 843-6904 today. We’ve been serving customers throughout Berkeley and the surrounding areas for over 25 years, and we’ve built an established reputation as a trusted plumber by providing honest service.

     

  • Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

    Toxins, dust, and allergens collect inside your home and circulate through your ducts. Over time, poor quality air can lead to health concerns for you and your family.

    This video shows you how to improve your indoor air quality with a variety of easy solutions. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers adjust the moisture content in your home for greater comfort. Choosing cleaning and paint products with low or no concentrations of volatile organic compounds prevent these toxins from entering and lingering in your indoor air.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating offers comprehensive heating, cooling, and plumbing maintenance, repair, and installation throughout Berkeley, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. Call us today at (510) 843-6904 to obtain a free estimate or to learn more about duct cleaning, water heater installation, and more. Check out our website for more plumbing and HVAC tips.

  • Indoor Air Quality and Your Family’s Health

    Happiness

    Did you know that indoor air can be three times more polluted than the air outside? Allergens, microbes, and dust that become trapped in your ducts continually circulate through your home, causing trouble breathing for those with asthma or allergies. If you are concerned about the quality of your indoor air, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating to schedule an air duct cleaning for your home.

    Factors That Contribute to Indoor Air Pollution
    There are a large number of contributors to poor indoor air quality. Dust, dirt, and pollen can be brought in from outdoors, but have difficulty exiting your home once inside. Cleaning chemicals, paint, varnish, craft supplies, and even flooring or wall coverings can give off gases called VOCs, or volatile organic compounds . Organic material, such as animal dander, insects, mold, and dust mites, also become trapped in your home’s forced air system. Smoke from cigarettes or a fireplace releases small particles that circulate throughout your home. Over time, all of these contributions build up, contributing to poor indoor air quality and dirty ductwork.

    Indoor Pollutants and Health
    Allergens and irritants in your indoor air have varying effects on your family’s health. Those with allergies or asthma may have more frequent symptoms or attacks. Irritation of the lungs, eyes, and mouth can occur even in healthy individuals, causing poor sleep, headaches, and fatigue. You may experience headaches or nausea if there is a high concentration of gases or other toxins in your air. Indoor air pollution also contributes to the development of pneumonia chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. Removing pollutants from your home’s air via filtration and duct cleaning can significantly improve your family’s health, comfort, and quality of life.

    Could the air in your home be negatively affecting your family’s health? Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today at (510) 843-6904 to find out more about our duct cleaning services in Berkeley. You can check out our full range of heating, cooling, and plumbing services by clicking through our website.