• Solving Problems with Indoor Air Quality

    It’s common knowledge that air pollution is a major health and safety problem. Car exhaust, manufacturing emissions, biogenic emissions, and smoke from wildfires all contribute to outdoor air pollution. But did you know that the air you breathe inside your own home could be even more heavily polluted than the outdoor air? This is because your ductwork and heating system can harbor millions of microorganisms, along with particulate matter that can make your family sick. If your air quality is substandard, call an HVAC company right away. 

    The Problem with Poor Indoor Air Quality 

    Poor air quality inside your home can cause short-term and long-term health effects. In some cases, exposure to indoor air pollutants can cause the following symptoms: 

    • Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat 
    • Headaches 
    • Dizziness 
    • Fatigue 

    It isn’t always easy to determine if unusual symptoms are caused by poor air quality or by something else, like the common cold. If you or a family member has these types of symptoms, you should pay attention to when they appear. Do they tend to get better after leaving home and worse upon arriving back home? Additionally, consider the long-term effects of poor indoor air quality. These can include: 

    • New or worsening allergic reactions 
    • New or worsening asthma attacks 
    • Chronic rhinitis 
    • Chronic cough 

    The Solutions to Your Indoor Air Quality Issues 

    The solution to your poor air quality is just a phone call away. Call a plumbing and heating company to request an evaluation of your HVAC system. There are two main approaches: Remove particulate matter from the air supply and sterilize the microorganisms within the air. You could have a filtration system installed in your home, which uses industrial-grade equipment to capture and remove particulate matter from the air. Alternatively, you could have a germicidal ultraviolet (UV) lamp installed in the HVAC system, which uses powerful UV beams to kill the bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The HVAC technician can help you determine which option is right for your home. 

    The highly trained HVAC specialists at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating can solve your indoor air quality problems with our sophisticated filtration systems and germicidal UV lamps. Call our air quality and heating experts in Berkeley at (510) 843-6904. Our technicians are known for uncompromising courtesy, professionalism, and integrity. 

  • Reasons to Consider Repiping

    Household pipes can last for decades, but they weren’t meant to last forever. Copper pipes, for instance, may only last for 20 years if they are subjected to highly acidic water or soil. At some point, you’ll need to get the whole house repiped. A plumber can repipe your home with minimal disruption, and you’ll see the benefits right away. If you aren’t sure how old your pipes are or whether they’re beginning to deteriorate, call a plumbing company to have them inspected. 

    No matter how old your pipes are, you should consider repiping if you’ve noticed discolored water. This could indicate that the pipes are getting severely rusted. Another sign of pipe damage is low water pressure. Additionally, if you plan to sell your home, repiping can be a way to boost its value, particularly if you currently have galvanized pipes. 

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating is a full-service plumbing company in Berkeley that offers 20-year warranties on all complete piping jobs. Call (510) 843-6904 if you have any questions about our repiping services. 

  • Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line

    One of the most common plumbing-related problems is a clogged sewer line. It’s possible for the main sewer line or a smaller line to become clogged. When you watch this featured video, you’ll learn how your plumber can use a snake to get rid of a clog inside a toilet line. 

     Clogged sewer lines are typically indicated by the failure of the toilet to flush or an unpleasant odor inside the home. If more than one drain isn’t draining properly, then it’s likely that the main sewer line is clogged. 

     Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating offers 24-hour appointment windows and guaranteed pricing for all of your emergency plumbing problems, including major clogs and overflowing toilets. Call (510) 843-6904 to request an emergency plumbing appointment in Berkeley. 

     

  • Is Your Furnace Ready for Falling Temperatures?

    Berkeley, CA isn’t exactly known for freezing weather, but it does get chillier during the winter months, especially overnight. Unfortunately, since Californian families aren’t accustomed to relying heavily on their furnaces, not all of them schedule routine maintenance every fall. Skipping an annual inspection increases the likelihood of needing costlier furnace repairs, and it can also shorten the overall lifespan of the HVAC system. It may also mean that potentially deadly carbon monoxide leaks go undetected. Keep your family comfortable this winter and protect their safety by scheduling an inspection and maintenance visit for your furnace. 

    Air Filter 

    One of the tasks the HVAC technician will take care of for you is the air filter replacement. The air filter should be replaced before you turn on the furnace for the first time in the fall. The technician will let you know how often it should be replaced after that point. You could also ask whether you should upgrade your air filter. If you’re currently using a flat filter, the technician may recommend a HEPA, pleated, or electrostatic filter to improve energy efficiency and function. 

    Air Vents, Ducts, and Exhaust Flue 

    Air vent and ductwork cleaning isn’t typically part of an annual furnace inspection, but you should get it done every year, regardless. As the temperatures drop, your family will keep the windows closed and turn on the heating system. That means the air can get stuffy, especially if you have dirty ductwork and vents. Ask the technician about scheduling a cleaning. You should also get the exhaust flue checked to ensure it isn’t obstructed by vegetation or animal nests. 

    Heat Exchanger and Blower Belt 

    During your service visit, the HVAC technician will inspect the heat exchanger. He or she can perform a test to ensure that the heat exchanger isn’t cracked, which would allow carbon monoxide to leak into your home. The technician will also inspect the blower belt, and replace it if it’s cracked. 

    Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating provides exceptional service at affordable prices. To schedule an annual heating inspection in Berkeley, call us today at (510) 843-6904. Our HVAC maintenance services can help extend the longevity of your furnace and mitigate future costs. 

  • Understanding the Advantages of Hydro Jetting

    If you’re tired of calling your plumber repeatedly to address the same drain clogs, then you could benefit from hydro jetting. This powerful plumbing service busts clogs once and for all, so you can avoid yet another service call.  

    Hydro jetting uses the power of high-pressure water to blast through pipes and clean out drains as well as any sediment and debris that have built up. Before performing the hydro jetting, your plumber can use a camera to locate the exact place where you have a clog so that the issue can be addressed at the source. Because hydro jetting only uses water and air, you don’t have to worry about corrosive chemicals in your pipes.  

    Say goodbye to clogged drains for good and contact Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating to make an appointment for hydro jetting. To schedule an appointment for plumbing services in Berkeley, please call (510) 843-6904. 

  • Spotlight on the Time and Cost-Saving Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair

    There is a good reason that homeowners dread the idea of repairing their sewer lines. In the past, sewer repairs meant digging up landscaping, causing massive and costly damage to the yard, while lengthy, extensive repairs were made. Fortunately, plumbers now have an alternative—trenchless sewer repairs. Trenchless sewer repairs save time and money and greatly reduce the disruption to your property. Here is a look at the advantages of trenchless repair.  

    Stay in Your Home 

    Before trenchless sewer repair was possible, getting service to your sewer line meant moving out of your home until repairs were over. Moving out for repairs is not only inconvenient but also expensive. From the cost of a hotel to the expense of eating out, relocating adds to the costs of repairs.  

    Avoid New Pipe Installations 

    Trenchless sewer line repairs save money because they don’t require the entire structure to be replaced. Trenchless repairs allow cracked pipes to be filled with new pipe material instead of being replaced, and blockages can be removed without damaging the pipe. Because there is no need to remove and install a completely new pipe, there is not a need for heavy equipment, which in turn means that the labor costs are lower.  

    Preserve Your Landscaping 

    One of the biggest advantages of trenchless repair is that it is not necessary to destroy your landscaping in the process of your plumbing service. Trenchless repairs only require your plumber to dig one or two small access holes to work on your pipe, instead of digging up the entire length of the line and the surrounding area. After the repair is done, only the holes need to be refilled, saving a significant amount of time and money on restoring your property to normal.  

    Let Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating use trenchless sewer repair technology to fix your plumbing without the costs and inconveniences of traditional repairs. For more information about our plumbing services in Berkeley, call (510) 843-6904. 

  • Comparing Boilers and Furnaces

    Both boilers and furnaces can both provide heat to homes, but they work in different ways. Which kind of heating is right for your home? This video offers some insight.  

    Boilers work by heating hot water and then using the steam to create heat for the home. Furnaces heat air that is then sent through your home through duct systems. There isn’t one system that is right for every home, and both systems can be energy-efficient. The trick is working with your plumber or heating repair company to ensure that your systems are working as effectively as possible.  

    If your heating needs attention, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. Our technicians offer fast repairs, installation, and seasonal maintenance for heating systems in Berkeley. Schedule a service call by dialing (510) 843-6904. 

  • A Guide to Heater Maintenance for First-Time Homeowners

    When you buy a home, there is a big learning curve, as you adjust to all of the maintenance needs of the various appliances in your house. Your heating system is one of the parts that needs your attention, and sticking to the required maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in the long-run. Here is what every first-time homeowner needs to know about heater maintenance 

    Get to Know Your Heating 

    It is important to know exactly what kind of heating system you have. Be sure you understand if you have a boiler or a furnace and what kind of fuel it uses. It is also important to know when it was installed, the brand, and the efficiency rating of the system. If you are buying a house that is not newly built, ask the previous owner for copies of any inspection records that they have and documentation of the warranty, if applicable. These things can all be important if your system needs service.  

    Schedule a System Inspection 

    Even if you have all of the required information about your system, it is a good idea to have it professionally inspected after you move in. Your heating inspector will give you a good baseline of the current state of the system and can make recommendations about any small repairs you can make now that could save you money in the future. Waiting until your heating shows signs of problems often means that the issue has become serious.  

    Sign a Maintenance Agreement 

    Your heating needs seasonal maintenance to ensure that it is functioning as efficiently as possible and to spot any early signs of problems. Signing a maintenance agreement with a heating specialist is the easiest and most cost-efficient way of making sure this gets done.  

    You can entrust your heating system to Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. We offer installation, maintenance, and heating repairs in Berkeley with upfront pricing and a commitment to getting it right the first time. Talk to a heating specialist today by calling (510) 843-6904.