• How To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Many allergy sufferers stay indoors to avoid symptoms, but indoor air quality can be even worse. Allergens often settle on the floors and on furniture. Here’s how you can improve your home’s indoor air quality.

  • Duct Cleaning Questions and Answers

    The ducts are like the lungs for your home. Ducts supply air, remove air, and support healthy ventilation. All of this is central for your indoor air quality. But because homeowners don’t generally see ductwork on a regular basis, it’s easy to forget that it needs to be cleaned out periodically. If you can’t remember the last time you scheduled a duct cleaning , it’s definitely time to call a plumbing and heating company.

    Do ducts really get dirty?

    Yes! Even though you can’t see deep within the ductwork, it’s been busy collecting all sorts of contaminants. Mold, dust, bacteria, pollen, and dirt all build up in the ductwork. Plus, insects can die inside the ductwork, leaving their corpses behind. Plumbers often find mouse droppings and urine stains inside ductwork too. You definitely don’t want to breathe that in.

    Why should I have my ductwork cleaned?

    Aside from the psychological benefits that come with knowing you aren’t breathing in particles of mouse droppings, having your ductwork cleaned regularly may support your family’s physical health. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a number of health problems. These include flare-ups of allergies and asthma.

    How often should I schedule ductwork cleanings?

    Most people who are concerned about their indoor air quality schedule cleaning and maintenance every three to five years. However, it’s really a matter of personal preferences and health needs. If someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory ailments, you could consider having a cleaning scheduled more frequently .

    How will I know if the cleaning job is done properly?

    It’s important to hire a company that is transparent about its processes. Not all ductwork cleaning companies do a thorough job. Make sure the company you pick to clean out your system will include these components:

    • Registers

    • Grills

    • Diffusers

    • Heat exchanger

    • Heating/cooling coils

    Let Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating help you improve your indoor air quality. Our team of courteous professionals provides expert duct cleaning, water heater repairs, and plumbing services in Berkeley and the surrounding areas. Call a friendly staff member today at (510) 843-6904.

  • We’re Proud to Be Licensed Green Plumbers

    Here at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating, we take pride in our work. We are licensed Green Plumbers. This designation reflects our commitment to providing California homeowners with the green lifestyles they desire, without sacrificing the comforts they deserve. Our licensed Green Plumbers can give you expert guidance on the fixtures and products that will work best for your home, while saving water and energy. For instance, swapping out one toilet for a WaterSense-labeled toilet can save your family up to 10,512 gallons every year!

    So what exactly does the Green Plumbers license mean? Green Plumbers is an innovative, national program that trains plumbers in the latest green techniques and technologies. It’s this program’s mission to support a sustainable future, while also passing on cost savings and comfort to families.

    You can have one of our Green Plumbers visit you for our commercial or residential plumbing services in Berkeley and the surrounding communities. Just give us a call at (510) 843-6904, and become our next satisfied customer!

  • Is Your Household Wasting Water?

    Water conservation is important for every household, especially in dry California. Since about 60% of all water is used in the bathroom, it makes sense to have a plumber begin upgrades here. Installing a low-flow showerhead can save up to 20,000 gallons of water every year. It will also cut your water heating costs. Plumbers also recommend installing a faucet with a water aerator, which saves water without affecting the pressure.

    For more helpful tips, watch the accompanying video. You’ll learn about nearly waterless car wash techniques, and how to make your toilet use less water. This expert strongly recommends that you get your leaks fixed as soon as you notice them.

    Call (510) 843-6904 to have a plumber in Berkeley fix your water leak right away . The team at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating also provide expert bathroom remodeling services, including the installation of water-efficient faucets and shower heads.

  • How to Respond to Toilet Overflow

    A toilet overflow can definitely cause homeowners to panic, but it doesn’t have to turn into a disaster. With a little quick thinking and then help from your emergency plumber, you can protect your home from damage and get back to normal as quickly as possible.

    The first thing to do if your toilet is overflowing is to turn off the water with the shut-off valve. This should be at the base of the pipe running into your toilet, but if you can’t find it, lifting the lid and propping the float so that it doesn’t let the tank fill anymore will also work. Next, call your emergency plumber so you can get repairs made immediately. While you’re waiting for a plumber, clean any water on the floor as much as you can. Large spills may require a Shop-Vac. You should also disinfect all surfaces.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating is here to help whenever a plumbing emergency strikes, no matter what time of day it is. For emergency plumbing in Berkeley , call us at (510) 843-6904.