• What to Do When Your Water Heater Leaks

    The last thing you want to find in your home is a leak coming from your water heater, but leaky water heaters can and do happen. If your water heater is leaking, it will typically need to be fixed by your plumber, but there are some things you can do in the meantime to minimize the damage and prevent any safety issues. If your water heater leaks, take these steps.  

    Turn Off the Water Supply 

    The first thing you should do is turn off the water supply to your water heater. This will help to reduce the amount of water that can leak from the heater to whatever is actually in the tank. Your water heater should have a shut-off valve that looks like a wheel or a handle. If it is a wheel, turn it to the right, and if it is a handle, turn it so that it is facing the opposite direction. This should turn off the supply just to the water heater. If you can’t find the valve, then turn off the water supply to your entire home at the main supply line.  

    Turn Off the Power Supply 

    If you have an electric water heater, then turning off the power supply is as simple as flipping the switch in your breaker box. If you have a gas water heater, look for the shut-off valve on the gas line that supplies your water heater. Take caution when working with either electric or gas supplies.  

    Drain the Water Heater 

    Before your plumber arrives, drain the remaining water from the tank. You can do this by putting a large bucket by the drain valve and then attaching a hose. This will allow the water to flow out of the tank, so you shouldn’t have any more leaking until your plumber fixes your water heater.  

    If you’re experiencing water heater issues or another plumbing problem, choose Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating for repairs you can trust. To make an appointment with a service technician, call us today at (510) 843-6904.

  • Understanding Furnace Efficiency Ratings

    Heating costs represent a significant portion of your energy bills. For this reason, choosing the most efficient furnace you can is important. Furnaces are all assigned Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE, ratings, which will help you find the most efficient furnace for your needs.  

    The AFUE rating tells you how much of the energy used by your furnace helps to create heat and how much of it is wasted. For example, if your furnace has an AFUE rating of 90, 90% of the energy it uses generates heat, while 10% of it is wasted. The EPA requires that all furnaces have an AFUE rating of 78%, though furnaces on the market have AFUE ratings of 98. If you have an old furnace, you could save a significant amount of money on energy costs by having it replaced with a newer and more efficient model.  

    For more information about efficient heating and furnace installation in Berkeley, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. You can talk to a team member today by calling (510) 843-6904.

  • Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Pour Grease Down the Drain

    Any plumber can tell you tales of home plumbing systems being clogged by grease that has been poured down the drain. However, if the grease makes it out of your home, it doesn’t mean that it won’t have any effect. Watch this video to learn more about the impact of pouring grease down the drain.  

    Grease that flows through the drains in your home enters the sewer system, where it is partially broken down and then clumps together with other fats in the line. These clumps, which are called fatbergs, can disrupt the entire system and cause sewer backups into homes.  

    If you do have a drain clog that was caused by grease or any other contaminant, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating to restore your plumbing to normal. Make an appointment with a plumber in Berkeley by calling (510) 843-6904.

  • FAQs and Answers About Trenchless Sewer Repair

    The very idea of sewer repairs is enough to strike fear into the hearts of homeowners, but with trenchless options, you no longer have to worry about the mess, inconvenience, and prohibitive expense of dealing with sewer problems. When your plumber uses trenchless sewer repairs, you can get the high-quality repairs that you need with the latest technologies. Do you have questions about trenchless sewer repairs? Here are the answers to the queries that customers frequently have.  

    What are the benefits of trenchless sewer repairs? 

    Trenchless sewer repairs allow your plumber to fix your sewer lines without digging up your yard. In the past, repairing sewer lines meant digging up the ground to expose the entire sewer line to locate the problem and fix it or to replace the entire line. This work was extremely costly, before even considering the cost of repairing your landscaping. It was also extremely disruptive. With trenchless repairs, your plumber can use a camera to find the problem in your line and make a repair through a small hole, alleviating all of these concerns and making the process much more affordable.  

    How long does trenchless sewer repair take? 

    The length of the time the repairs take depends on the cause of the problem and what needs to be done to fix it. However, most jobs can be finished in about a day. The process tends to be much faster than the traditional type of sewer repairs, which means less disruption for your home.  

    Is the quality of trenchless sewer repair good? 

    Trenchless sewer repair is as good as, if not better than, traditional sewer repair. Your plumber will discuss your specific project with you, but generally, trenchless repairs last 50 to 100 years, or even longer, so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing quality to get the benefits of trenchless technology.  

    If you have more questions about trenchless sewer repairs in Berkeley, you can get the answers by contacting Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. We’re experienced in providing trenchless repairs, hydro-jetting, and much more. Contact us today by calling (510) 843-6904.