• Examining the Benefits of Scheduling a Duct Cleaning Service for Your Home

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    You spend a lot of time indoors, as does the rest of your family. Considering just how much time you spend inside your home, shouldn’t you make sure that the air you’re breathing is clean? One way to improve your indoor air quality is to have your air ducts professionally cleaned. As if your health wasn’t enough, there are numerous other benefits of scheduling a duct cleaning service for your home. Read below to explore these benefits in greater detail.

    Better Indoor Air Quality

    Perhaps the most important benefit of scheduling a duct cleaning is the effect it will have on the air quality inside your home . If you can’t remember the last time your air ducts were cleaned—or worse, if they’ve never been cleaned—they could be badly contaminated with materials that may pose a risk to your health. Schedule a duct cleaning today and you will take a large step toward improving your home’s indoor air quality.

    Lower Energy Bills

    A duct cleaning may save your health, and it may also save you some money. When your air ducts are clean, your HVAC system doesn’t need to work as hard to draw air through the return ducts or push air through the delivery ducts. In other words, a duct cleaning will reduce the strain placed on your heating and cooling system—which means less energy consumption and lower energy bills.

    Longer HVAC Equipment Life

    Another benefit of reducing the strain on your HVAC system is that it will last much longer. Furnaces, for example, have an expected life of 15 to 20 years. In order to reach this age, your equipment needs to run as efficiently as possible as long as it can, and clean ducts are a crucial component of efficient performance.

    To make sure that your air ducts are clean, schedule a cleaning with Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. For over 25 years, we have been your trusted plumbers and HVAC service technicians serving the Berkeley, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. To schedule a duct cleaning , contact us online or call (510) 843-6904.  

  • How to Care for Your Kitchen Garbage Disposal

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    By collecting and processing the majority of small food waste left on plates and other dishes after more prominent waste items have been scraped into the trash, a kitchen garbage disposal prevents plumbing problems and creates convenience in a homeowner’s life. While a garbage disposal is a wonderful plumbing appliance to have, it is important to remember that garbage disposals can run into problems of their own if they are not properly cared for.

    Avoid Disposal-Clogging and Blade-Damaging Waste

    The most important rule of garbage disposal care is to know what not to run through the disposal and avoid letting discouraged items down the drain. Any foods or food byproducts that are greasy, fibrous, or bony should be thrown away rather than run through the disposal. This includes butter, most fruit peels and pits, and all animal bones and skins. These products can clog and jam your disposal, or dull its blades.

    Operate Properly

    There is a proper protocol for operating a garbage disposal , but not all homeowners are aware of it. After doing the dishes, engage the kitchen sink tap on its coldest setting. Run the disposal for 15 seconds, allowing more cold water to run through the disposal and down the drain.

    Clean and Tune

    Once a week, grind ice cubes in the disposal to free food particles and hone the blades. To eradicate unpleasant odors, freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray and grind the vinegar cubes. Add small bits of lemon or orange peel to generate an agreeable smell.

    At Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating in Berkeley, we know that malfunctioning garbage disposals can be a nuisance to any homeowner. If the garbage disposal in your home is not working properly, give us a call at (510) 843-6904. One of our experienced plumbers will have your garbage disposal working as if it were brand-new again in no time.

  • Tips for Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

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    Unless it is properly ventilated and cleaned, a home can be a haven for air contaminants. The results of accumulated allergens and pollutants on the health of a household’s members can be profound, exacerbating asthma and allergies and contributing to serious lung problems. To avoid these unnecessary health concerns and keep the quality of the indoor air in your home high, follow these tips.

    Do Not Allow Smoking Indoors

    If you smoke indoors or allow visitors to smoke in your home because you strive to be a gracious host, move all smoking activity outside. Containing more than 4,000 chemicals, cigarette smoke is a heavy indoor air pollutant that increases the risk of severe respiratory illness for everyone living in a space where smoking is permitted, especially children.

    Keep Humidity Levels in Check

    The optimal level of humidity for keeping dust mites and mold under control is below 50 percent. If humidity levels are usually higher in the part of the Bay Area in which you live, use a dehumidifier during the winter and an air conditioner during summer to keep humidity levels in check .

    Use Natural Cleaners

    Caustic cleaners may kill germs, but they also introduce chemicals into the air that can lower air quality. Use natural cleaning agents such as vinegar and lemon juice when possible, and mild chemical-based cleaning agents rather than strong ones when not.

    Have Ducts Cleaned

    Over the years, a home’s ductwork collects dust, debris, and occasionally mold. Hiring a plumbing and heating expert to professionally clean your ducts every three to five years can eliminate such buildup, improving your home’s air quality.

    Install New Air Filtration System

    Changing out your air conditioner and furnace filters is important to your home’s indoor air quality, but so is effective air filtration. A state-of-the-art air filtration system like Abatement Technologies’ HEPA-AIRE 2400 works to remove contaminants from the air around the clock, picking up some of your slack when you forget to dust or vacuum for a week.

    The plumbing professionals at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating have a wealth of experience improving air quality in Berkeley and Alameda homes and businesses. We install and service state-of-the-art air filtration system and conduct thorough duct cleanings. To schedule a service appointment that will improve the quality of the air on your home, call (510) 843-6904.

  • Facing a Plumbing Emergency? Contact Nahman Plumbing!

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    Plumbing emergencies, which can be messy and hazardous to human health,  always seem to strike at the most inconvenient times. Well-aware of the fact that every minute really does count when a homeowner is looking to have a plumbing emergency addressed, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating works keeps skilled, efficient plumbers staffed around the clock.

    Sewage backup, pipe leaks, and the occasional burst pipe are some of the most common plumbing emergencies we deal with. If you experience one of these emergencies on your property, the first step you should take is to locate and close the main shutoff valve. After you have done this, you should contact us right away.

    At Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating , we pride ourselves on responding to plumbing emergency calls quickly and thoroughly so that our customers suffer as little inconvenience and their homes as little damage as is possible. If you experience a plumbing emergency and would like prompt, reliable service at any time of the day or night, call (510) 843-6904 today.