• The Essentials of Leak Detection

    Hidden water leaks are a serious problem. Over time, even a very small leak can cause extensive water damage. That’s why it’s important that you learn how to detect a hidden plumbing leak so you can schedule immediate plumbing repair services. If you notice moldy odors or experience an unexplained spike in your water bill, follow these steps to determine if you have a hidden water leak.

    • Note the position of the water meter
    • Turn off all faucets, make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are not running, and make sure all hoses and faucets outside are turned off
    • Wait a few hours and check the water meter again
    • If the meter has changed despite all the water being off, you likely have a hidden leak

    Determining that you have a leak is one thing, but detecting the location of the leak and fixing it is quite another. That’s where the experts at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating come in. Our plumbers can find the source of your hidden plumbing leak and make the necessary repairs to prevent further damage. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule plumbing repair in Berkeley today.

  • Garbage Disposal Care 101

    Garbage disposals make dinner cleanup fast and easy, but most people overestimate the abilities of their under-sink appliances. The truth is that garbage disposals are not designed to handle everything you can think to pour down the sink. For example, seeds and bones can dull the blades, and fibrous scraps like celery and potato skins can cause the garbage disposal to get stuck. Watch this video for more tips on how to keep your garbage disposal in tip-top shape.

    If you’re garbage disposal is stuck, let an experienced plumber handle the repairs to minimize your risk of injury. Likewise, if your garbage disposal needs to be replaced, a plumber is the most qualified person to perform the installation. For all your garbage disposal repair and installation needs in Berkeley, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904.

  • Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter Season

    The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and the holidays are just around the corner. In other words, it’s almost winter time in the Bay Area. Before the really cold weather sets in, it’s important that your furnace is prepared for the demanding winter season ahead. Making sure your furnace is in tip-top shape will help keep your family comfortable during the coldest days and nights ahead, and can even help save you quite a bit of money on your heating bills and furnace repair costs. Here are some professional tips on how to prepare your furnace for winter.

    Change the Furnace Filter

    The easiest thing you can do to prepare your furnace for the upcoming winter months is to change out the furnace filter . A dirty, clogged filter can cause your furnace to work harder than usual, which can increase your utility bills and also lower the working lifespan of your heater.

    Inspect the Exhaust Flue

    If you are familiar with the layout of your heating system, you should be able to locate the exhaust flue. It’s important that you inspect the exhaust flue before the furnace kicks on for the winter season to ensure your family’s safety. Leaves, sticks, bird’s nests, and other debris can cause a dangerous build-up of carbon dioxide in your home if you use a gas-burning furnace.

    Schedule a Furnace Inspection

    If you want total confidence and peace of mind in your furnace this winter, schedule a season inspection with a furnace repair company in Berkeley. In addition to inspecting your furnace for any issues and problems, a technician can also perform a tune-up to make sure that your heating system is running at peak efficiency this winter.

    The heating repair experts at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating of Berkeley can make sure your furnace is good to go for the winter season. Call us today at (510) 843-6904 to schedule a furnace inspection and seasonal tune-up. We also provide 24/7 emergency furnace repair services for your comfort and convenience.

  • The Steps of Clearing Clogged Drains

    A clogged drain in and of itself might not be much of a plumbing emergency, but the fact that something is causing your pipes to drain slowly is concerning and can lead to much bigger problems in the future if not addressed. Although some minor drain clogs can be cleared with DIY techniques, other cases may require professional drain cleaning services . If you’re the do-it-yourself type, try these easy drain clearing techniques before you call a plumber in Berkeley to clean your drains.

    Reach for the Plunger

    If you have a plunger behind the toilet, under the sink, or inside your broom closet, go ahead and take it out at the first sign of a clogged drain. Plunger can clear most minor clogs from sinks, tubs, and toilets. For bathroom sinks, stuff a wet rag into the overflow hole while plunging to help deliver pressure directly to the clog.

    Use a Plumbing Snake

    If plunging doesn’t work, your next most viable option is to use a plumbing snake, or plumbing auger. You can rent or buy a plumbing snake from your local hardware store if you don’t already own one. Plumbing augers work by twisting a cable through the pipe to break up clogs.

    Check the Plumbing Vent

    Believe it or not, the answer to a stubborn clog may be found on your roof. A clog in the plumbing vent can cause your fixtures to drain more slowly, which may lead you to believe that the problem lies inside the pipes. If plungers and plumbing snakes don’t work, climb on top of your roof and inspect the plumbing vent for any visible blockages.

    If these methods don’t work, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating . We provide hydro-jetting services that are guaranteed to cut through mineral and rust buildup, soap scum, grease, and even tree roots. For additional information on our plumbing repair services, including professional drain cleaning, call us at (510) 843-6904. We are proud to serve Berkeley, Alameda, Contra Costa, and the surrounding counties.

  • What Is Hydro Jetting?

    Over time, most piping develops a certain level of buildup. Minerals, rust, soap scum, pollutants, and plant particles such as tree roots find their way into the piping, which can lead to a severe clog. One of the best ways to fix the clog is to hire a plumber near Berkeley who offers hydro jetting. This chemical-free process uses nothing but water and pressure to clear the plumbing line, which spares your pipes as well as the environment from harmful chemicals. Hydro jetting can be used to clear a clog or simply improve the flow of your pipes.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating is a family-owned company with more than 30 years of experience. Trust us with your hydro jetting needs by calling us at (510) 843-6904. All of our work is guaranteed, and we are available 24/7 for emergency plumbing needs. Visit our website to learn more about the plumbing services we provide the Berkeley area.