• Fixing Slab Leaks

    For most homeowners, discovering a slab leak is the stuff of nightmares. Slab leaks occur when pipes are leaking inside the slab of a home, often leaking undetected for an extended period of time. When this happens, water can build up inside the slab foundation, walls, and flooring, causing a significant amount of damage. Fortunately, the plumbers of Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help with leak detection and repairs and advice on next steps.  

    The first part of fixing a slab leak is locating exactly where the problem is occurring. Once the leak is found, our plumbers can replace the leaking portion of the pipe if it is copper or the entire pipe if it is not. Next, the affected areas will be allowed to dry out, after which time, repairs to flooring and other structural components can be done.  

    If you suspect a slab leak or think you have another issue, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating for plumbing services in Berkeley. To make a service appointment, call (510) 843-6904 

  • Recognizing the Signs of Boiler Problems

    Although most boilers have a lifespan of at least 10 to 15 years, eventually even the best systems will need to be repaired or replaced. If you recognize the signs of a boiler problem, you may be able to call your plumber and get repairs performed before the issue gets worse, saving you from the need to replace the system prematurely. If you notice any of these signs of a boiler problem, then you can act quickly to call your plumber for repairs, potentially avoiding the need for more costly repairs or replacements.  

    Lack of Hot Water 

    A lack of hot water is one of the most obvious signs of a boiler problem. Sometimes, you may not be able to get any hot water at all, while in other instances, you may notice you have less hot water available than you used to. A lack of hot water can indicate issues with the radiators, temperature gauge, or pressure system within your boiler. Your plumber can pinpoint the specific cause and make the appropriate repairs.  

    Banging Sounds
    It’s not unusual to hear your boiler fire up and go to work, but it shouldn’t be consistently knocking and banging. Strange noises coming from your boiler often means that there is a problem with pipefittings or your pump. The louder the noise gets, the more severe the problem is likely to be. It’s best to call your plumber as soon as the unusual noises begin.  

    Pilot Light Extinguishing 

    Occasionally, a pilot light will go out because of a draft, but usually, there is another issue to blame. Sometimes, a build-up in the light fixture is responsible, while sometimes, a broken thermocouple is the problem. A gas supply issue can be the issue as well. Always have pilot light problems examined quickly, to avoid issues with carbon monoxide.  

    Whatever problem you’re experiencing with your boiler, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can provide fast, accurate repairs. To schedule a service call with one of our skilled plumbers in Berkeley, call (510) 843-6904 

  • Why Dumping Grease Down the Drain Is Never OK

    You’ve probably heard that you should never dump grease down the drain, but many people think that they can get away from pouring a little down and flushing the drain with hot water. Although you might be able to get away with doing that and not having to call your plumber, you still shouldn’t dump grease down your drain. This video shows why. 

    When grease enters the sewer system, it binds with calcium to form a soapy substance that clings together and forms what is known as fatbergs. These fatbergs can grow to be enormous, blocking the sewer system and requiring costly repairs.  

    If you do end dumping something like grease and ending up with a clog, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. To make an appointment for a plumber in Berkeley, call (510) 843-6904. 

  • Could Your Drains Benefit from Hydro-Jetting?

    Hydro jetting is a fast and effective service your plumber offers to clean your drains and deal with chronic clogs. It involves using high-pressure jets of water that blast away clogs and material that has built up on the walls of your pipes. It’s an environmentally friendly solution to clogs, and it allows your plumber to clear debris from your pipes without cutting up your walls or landscaping. Could your drains benefit from hydro jetting? Here are some of the signs that you should talk to your plumber about this service.  

    You are dealing with repeated drain clogs.  

    It’s normal for clogs to appear in drains and pipes occasionally. Usually, your plumber can come out and use a plumber or snake to clear a minor clog, so your system returns to working normally. However, repeated clogs usually mean a bigger issue. When clogs keep happening, hydro jetting can clean the drains and pipes once and for all, getting rid of all of the debris and gunk inside that keep allowing new clogs to form.  

    Your drains smell bad.  

    Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what is in their drains and hanging around in their pipes for a simple reason—it’s not very pleasant. However, sometimes a drain will develop a stench that makes it impossible to ignore what could be brewing just out of sight. A strong smell coming from your drains is a clear sign that you have too much unpleasantness built up inside the pipes and that you need hydro jetting to clean them out.  

    Your drains are slow. 

    Sometimes, drains don’t actually clog, but they do drain slowly. This is also a sign of build-up in your pipes that is obstructing the clear flow of water. Hydro jetting will cure this problem so that your drains run normally again.  

    To find out if hydro jetting is right for you, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. We can inspect your drains and determine if you could benefit from this effective service. Call (510) 843-6904 to talk to a Berkeley plumber today.