• A Closer Look at Your Bathroom Plumbing System

    We flush our toilets, and the wastewater in the bowl is replaced with sanitary freshwater. We turn the knob marked with an “H” in the shower, and hot water starts streaming from the faucet. We unplug a stopped sink, and water runs down the drain. This is how bathrooms have always worked for most of us, and we don’t often stop to think about how all of this is possible.

    In this video clip, plumbing expert Tim Gibson provides a brief overview of the three primary plumbing components that work together to make these functions possible. He also explains the connection between a the drain and vent aspects of a bathroom plumbing system.

    The next time the plumbing in your Berkeley, Alameda, or Contra Costa bathroom stops working as it should, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. Bathroom plumbing problems are the basis for many service calls we receive, but we offer a full range of plumbing inspection, repair, and installation services .

  • Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner

    Angie's List Award Winner

    We are proud to announce that Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating has been awarded the 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award in the Categories of: Plumbing, Drain Cleaning and Water Heaters!

  • Tips for Using a Programmable Thermostat

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    One of the easiest, least expensive ways to cut back on your energy consumption is to install a programmable thermostat. It is also a great way to help save a few dollars on your utility bill each month. To squeeze the most savings out of your programmable thermostat without compromising your at-home comfort or creating problems for your home’s plumbing infrastructure , employ the following strategies.

    Take Advantage of the Workday and Nighttime

    The times during which a programmable thermostat yields the most energy savings are those times when everyone in your household is at school or work or in bed. Program your thermostat so that the indoor temperature in your home is a few degrees cooler in the winter and a few degrees warmer in the summer at these times.

    Avoid Overriding when Possible

    Overriding your thermostat is easy to do, but it should be avoided except for at times during which your comfort is on the line. When you do override your thermostat, use the temporary hold feature so that your thermostat returns to its pre-set schedule automatically at the start of the next programming period.

    Use Your Thermostat’s Vacation Mode

    Before you leave for a weekend getaway or a lengthier vacation, program your thermostat to a temperature several degrees lower than that you use while sleeping or at work. Set your thermostat high enough so that your plumbing pipes won’t freeze, but there is no need to keep your home comfortably warm while your family and pets are away.

    Check Your Thermostat Occasionally

    Make an effort to check your thermostat once a month to ensure that its batteries are still working. If your home ever feels much cooler or warmer than it should, take a look at your thermostat to make sure it hasn’t fallen off of its programming track. If it appears to be working but you are certain that the temperature in your home is not in line with that on the display, contact a home heating and cooling expert.

    Installing a programmable thermostat will help you save energy, but it is no substitute for regular maintenance of your home’s furnace and air conditioning systems. To speak with a skilled and experienced plumbing and HVAC professional in the Alameda-Berkeley-Contra Costa area, caIl Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904.

  • A Look at the Nahman Plumbing Advantage

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    At Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating in Berkeley, we know that our business would not exist if it weren’t for our clients. As a gesture of gratitude, we started a private membership service club that offers both tangible savings and benefits that cannot be measured.

    For just $7.95 a month, members of this club receive a 25% discount on all repairs, a free annual home plumbing inspection, and access to priority service. Priority service means that you will never have to wait more than two hours for an experienced plumbing professional to reach your home from the time of your call, and the thorough inspection is valued at $200, more than twice the annual cost of membership in the service club. That’s the Nahman Plumbing Advantage.

    Are you an Alameda, Berkeley, or Costa Contra homeowner who would like to get in on these exclusive benefits? To find out more about the Nahman Plumbing Advantage or get a free service estimate, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today at (510) 843-6904.

  • Improving the Energy Efficiency of Your Home with a Programmable Thermostat

    Correcting slow plumbing leaks, making the switch to low-flow plumbing fixtures, and patching up cracks and holes in your home’s insulation are all ways to make your home a greener place. Another simple way to make your home more energy-efficient is to invest in and use a programmable thermostat.

    For a brief introduction to programmable thermostats and the ways in which they help homeowners save money and energy, watch this video. Brought to you by the Alliance to Save Energy, the clip offers statistics about energy savings associated with programmable thermostats and touches on the practices that will make the biggest difference in your monthly energy bill.

    Investing in a programmable thermostat is just one of several ways in which you can make your home more environmentally friendly. To speak with a plumbing and HVAC service professional about other steps you can take to further reduce your Berkeley or Alameda home’s energy consumption, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904.