• Why Is My Water Heater Noisy?

    It’s normal for water heaters to make a little noise. But if yours has been making abnormal noises, or if you’ve noticed a significant increase in the volume of noise, it’s time to call your plumber. Some water heaters make a popping or rumbling noise when they have sediment or scale buildup. It’s important to get the unit flushed when sediment accumulates. Otherwise, the efficiency will drop and eventually, the water heater will become corroded and leaky. Having a plumber flush your water heater now can extend its lifespan. 

    Some homeowners may notice a sizzling or hissing sound. Check the temperature and pressure relief valve. This valve automatically lets water out of the tank if excessive levels of pressure build up. If you do see any water coming out of this valve, then you should shut off the water heater and contact a plumber right away. 

    For expert water heater repair in the Berkeley area, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We also service and install tankless water heaters!

  • Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

    A bathroom remodeling project can be the perfect way to enhance the value of your home, improve the bathroom’s function, and please your sense of style. The accompanying video provides a solid overview of the remodel planning process. Remember that if you intend to change the layout of the bathroom, you’ll need to move the plumbing. 

    Your plumber can offer suggestions for maximizing the space you have available, such as by installing a wall-hung sink instead of a bulky vanity. Other possibilities include adding more storage space and improving the natural light. 

    If you’re planning a bathroom remodeling project, talk to the expert plumbers at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Call (510) 843-6904 to speak with one of our friendly plumbers in the Berkeley area.

  • Get the Facts About Gas Log Fireplaces

    Now that the weather is getting cooler, you might have started to think about your home’s heating needs. Perhaps your home’s heating system already does a good job, but you’d like the aesthetic appeal and cozy warmth that a fireplace will add. A gas log fireplace could be the perfect solution for your home. 

    Benefits of Gas Log Fireplaces 

    Once you get a gas log fireplace installed, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. These features offer so many advantages over traditional wood fireplaces. Wood fireplaces have chimneys that need to be cleaned out (or else the homeowner risks a chimney fire). Wood fires need to be constantly tended and the fireplace needs to be cleaned out regularly—and no one enjoys getting soot on their clothes while sweeping the fireplace. With a gas log fireplace, you won’t have to worry about any of that. 

    Mechanism of Gas Log Fireplace 

    After your new fireplace is installed, you can instantly light it with just the touch of a button. There’s no need to fuss with kindling and crumpled balls of newspaper to get the fire going. You’ll have cozy flames that add a gentle warmth to your home and provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening. You can keep the flames going all day if you wish, with no need to add more wood to the fire. And when you’re done with the fire, just switch it off. There’s no need to linger by the fireplace to make sure all of the embers are finally out. 

    Eco-Friendliness of Gas Log Fireplaces 

    Since people have been building wood fires ever since that first caveman figured out how to make a spark, you might think that wood fires are the most eco-friendly option. But actually, wood fires release a considerable amount of particulate matter into the air. Gas log fireplaces use clean-burning fuel and are definitely a more eco-friendly option than wood fireplaces. 

    Here at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating, we’ve helped many satisfied customers enjoy the warmth and beauty of a gas log fireplace. Our heating specialists in Berkeley can help you choose the right model for your home, and our team will expertly install it and repair it should the need arise. Call our friendly office staff today at (510) 843-6904. 

  • Common Causes of Leaky Faucets

    The constant dripping of a leaky faucet isn’t just irritating. It’s also extremely wasteful. Just one leaky faucet can waste hundreds of gallons of water each year. You can do your part to conserve natural resources—and keep your water bill low—by calling a plumber promptly when you notice a faucet beginning to leak. Here’s a quick look at some of the most common causes of water leaks. 

    O-Ring 

    A problem with the O-ring is one of the top causes of faucet leaks, particularly for cartridge faucets. The O-ring can become loose or worn out. This component is located by the stem screw, which is responsible for holding the handle of the faucet in its proper position. If your water leak is caused by a damaged O-ring, your plumber can fix it by installing a new O-ring. 

    Washer 

    Another common cause of leaky faucets is a worn-out washer. This can happen in compression-type faucets. Each time you turn on the faucet, the washer is pressed against the valve seat. Over time, the friction can cause the washer to deteriorate. If you notice the dripping is coming from the spout, rather than the handle, the washer is most likely to blame. Your plumber can replace it and quickly fix the leak. 

    Cartridge 

    If you have a faucet with two separate handles for hot and cold water on either side of the spigot, then you probably have a compression faucet. But if you have a one-handled faucet that requires raising the lever and pushing it to either side to adjust the temperature, then you probably have a cartridge faucet. The cartridge is what controls the amount of hot and cold water that is released. When the lever is centered, the cartridge releases an equal amount of hot and cold water. Over time, the cartridge can deteriorate, causing leaks. There’s no need to replace the entire fixture, just the cartridge. 

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can do much more than fix your leaky faucets. We also conduct hidden leak detection services, which look for water leaks hidden behind walls. Call our plumbing team in Berkeley at (510) 843-6904 to request a service visit.