• What to Expect When You Need Emergency Plumbing Service

    Plumbing emergencies are a bit like car accidents. Nobody plans for them, nobody expects them, and they tend to happen at the most inconvenient times. It’s always a smart idea to have the number of an emergency plumber handy, just in case. Program the number into your cell phone or post it by your landline phone so that you can immediately call for help when your plumbing system malfunctions.

    Recognizing Emergency Plumbing Problems

    When you call the plumbing company, it’s helpful if you can describe the basic nature of the situation so that your service request can be prioritized accordingly. Some of the most common plumbing emergencies include the following:

    • The water won’t turn on.
    • A toilet is overflowing.
    • The sewer line has backed up.
    • A pipe has broken.
    • Water is leaking.

    Once you’ve placed the service request, you can ask the company representative about the steps you can take while you’re waiting for the plumber to arrive.

    Knowing What to Do After You Call

    Depending on the nature of your emergency, there may be something you can do while you await the plumber’s arrival. If you have an overflowing toilet, for example, the priority is to shut off the water to prevent additional waste from exiting the toilet. Toilets have a shut-off valve located in the rear. Turn the valve all the way to shut off the water. If you have a broken pipe or water leaking from an undetermined location, you may need to shut off the main water line to the house. Walk around the interior perimeter of your home until you locate the main water valve. It’s typically on the side facing the street, in a utility area or basement. Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the water.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating is pleased to offer emergency plumbing services to our clientele in Berkeley. We’re proud to have provided excellent services to residential and commercial plumbing clients for more than 30 years. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to request a prompt appointment.

  • Recognizing the Signs of a Gas Line Leak

    Gas leaks can be deadly. If a large amount of natural gas builds up in your home, it could be ignited by a flame or electrical spark. If you think you have a major gas leak in your home, get out immediately, and call a plumbing and heating expert for help. A major leak is detectable by the characteristic rotten egg smell. You might also sometimes hear a hissing sound around an appliance that uses natural gas.

    Other gas leaks only release small amounts of gas into the home gradually. These are still harmful, and you’ll need to have a plumbing and heating expert to fix it right away. A leaking gas line will kill plants in the vicinity. Check the ground that covers your gas line. If the vegetation has died, you probably have a leak. Additionally, you or other family members may display symptoms of toxicity, such as dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headaches, vomiting, sinus pain, and respiratory problems.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating offers emergency plumbing and heating services in Berkeley, including gas line leak detection and repair. Exit your home in the event of a possible gas leak before calling us at (510) 843-6904.

  • Reducing the Chances of a Clogged Sink Drain

    It’s inevitable that sink drains will get clogged from time to time. Hair, grease, and miscellaneous debris can stick to the sides of the inside of the pipe. Over time, the accumulated residue can slow down the flow of water, and sometimes stop it entirely. You can reduce your chances of this common plumbing problem by installing a hair trap in your shower, and by never pouring grease down your kitchen sink.

    Sometimes, clogged drains are the result of tree roots growing into your sewer line. Watch this video to find out how this happens and how your plumber can fix it.

    Clogged drains are no match for the powerful, clog-busting hydro jetting equipment used by the team at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Give us a call at (510) 843-6904 to have a plumber in Berkeley fix your home’s plumbing system.

  • Common Causes of Furnace Failure

    It’s easy to ignore your HVAC system most of the year. When it’s working as it should, you won’t notice it at all since your family will be comfortably warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The best way to keep your furnace working well year-round is to have a plumbing and heating expert maintain it regularly. Regular service appointments can prevent many costly furnace repairs , and help your furnace have a longer lifespan.

    Pilot Light Problems

    Depending on how old your furnace is, it may have a pilot light. The pilot light is responsible for igniting the burners. If your heating system isn’t turning on at all, even after you turn up the thermostat, the problem could be a faulty pilot light. Ordinarily, pilot lights should be blue. If yours looks yellow, turn off the furnace and immediately call a plumbing and heating expert. A yellow pilot light could also indicate a carbon monoxide leak. Getting your furnace serviced every year should prevent pilot light problems.

    Clogged Furnace Filter

    The filter in your furnace is intended to keep the air in your home cleaner. It traps pollen, dust, pet dander, and other airborne debris, and keeps it out of your indoor air. But filters do much more than help your family breathe better. They also let your furnace run more efficiently. If a filter is clogged, air can’t flow properly and the furnace can malfunction. Your HVAC technician can check your filter at the yearly maintenance appointment, but it may need to be replaced sooner than this. Ask the technician if your filter should be cleaned or replaced more than once per year.

    Blower Motor Malfunction

    If your furnace appears to be igniting and turning on, but your home isn’t heating up, then you may have a blower motor problem. The blower motor, also called the fan motor, is part of the system that circulates the air through your home. The HVAC technician may need to replace this part. He or she will also check the other components of this system, including the belts and bearings, and replace them as needed.

    For more than three decades, Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating has built a sterling reputation for excellent customer service and highly trained, courteous technicians. Our experts can service your heating system in Berkeley, or provide furnace repairs or a new furnace installation as needed. You can reach a friendly staff member at (510) 843-6904.

  • Boiler Basics for New Homeowners

    “Boiler” is an antiquated term for a specific type of heating system. In years past, boilers were indeed used to boil water to heat homes with steam, but that’s no longer the case. Today, boilers can use either natural gas or oil to heat water, which is then distributed throughout the home to radiators. There, the heat from the water is given off to the surrounding area to heat the home. Since boilers are different from forced air furnaces, it’s important to contract with a plumbing company that has technicians who are knowledgeable about boiler repair .

    Questions to Ask About Your Boiler System

    If you’re considering purchasing a home with a boiler heating system, there are a few questions you should ask the realtor or the current homeowners. You should know if the boiler is a standard efficiency or high-efficiency model. You should also know what type of radiation the home has. It may have fin tube, baseboard, or cast iron radiators.

    Lifespan of a Typical Boiler

    New homeowners should also know the age of the current boiler. This allows you to budget for its eventual replacement. Of course, the life expectancy of any HVAC components depends largely on how well it was maintained. On average, a boiler that uses natural gas may last 10 to 15 years. If the boiler is a top-of-the-line model that is very well maintained, it may even last up to 20 years.

    Required Maintenance for Boilers

    A certified technician is your best source of information regarding the proper way to maintain your boiler. You should have it serviced every year. If you’ve just moved into your new home, you should get it serviced right away. Ask the technician to make any necessary adjustments to limit the amount of cycling the boiler does, which will improve its efficiency, and reduce its wear and tear.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating is a team of certified plumbers serving Berkeley, CA. We offer fast and friendly boiler repair services, and thanks to our fully stocked fleet, we can provide the repair products on the spot. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule a visit today.