• Why Indoor Air Quality Matters

    There’s a lot of discussion about pollution and how to clean up the air in our cities, but how much thought do you give to the air inside your home? Indoor air pollution is a real problem because when the air in your home is not good quality air it can put you and your family at risk for many health issues. Allergies and illnesses like stroke, heart disease, COPD, and lung can result from poor air quality, but fortunately, you can take steps to improve the air in your home.  

    • Keep your house as clean as possible. Regular cleaning can cut down on dust, animal dander, and mold, which improves your indoor air quality. Vacuum at least once or twice a week, and switch to hard surface flooring instead of carpeting if possible. Clean bedding and drapes regularly, and consider dust mite-proof covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Keep clutter to a minimum because it can be a trap for dust and other allergens.  
    • Change your HVAC filters as recommended. Most filters need to be changed every one to three months, and keeping up with this simple maintenance task can make your air cleaner as well as helping your HVAC run more efficiently.  
    • Consider an air purifier. Especially if you’re allergic to something you can’t keep out of your house, like a beloved family pet, an air purifier may be helpful. Ionic purifiers, in particular, can capture some of the irritants in your home’s air. A dehumidifier might also be useful, especially if you have problems with mold in damp areas of your home.  
    • Get some fresh air. When possible, open the windows and let in some outdoor air. It’s also smart to remove air contaminants from bathrooms and kitchens by using the exhaust fans in those rooms.  
    • Have your HVAC inspected. At the beginning of each season, have a professional come out and perform maintenance on your HVAC system. An air conditioner expert can tell you if there’s anything more you need to do, like have your ducts cleaned, and can catch issues in your system that could be causing problems for your air quality.  

    When you need an expert to look over your system, you can trust Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. At Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating, we are passionate in our pursuit of safety, professionalism, and excellence in caring for our customers, co-workers, and community. That’s why this family-owned business has been around for 30 years, consistently delivering the customer satisfaction that’s earned us our superb reputation. A full-service plumbing company, we provide a wide range of services which include expert repairs to existing plumbing, water, gas, and sewage systems, copper piping, water main replacements, trenchless sewer replacements, and water heater installations. We also provide renovation services for kitchens, baths, and laundry rooms, to update the design or upgrade the energy efficiency. Contact us through our website or call 510-843-6904 for more information on all we can do for you.  

  • What You Might Not Know about your Septic System

    Have you recently moved into a home with a septic system? If you don’t have any experience with septic, there are a few things you need to know. Understanding your septic system and knowing how to maintain it can save you a world of trouble and a lot of expense.  

    • First, it’s good to know how the system works. Typically, a septic system has four components: a pipe from the house, a tank, a drainfield, and soil. The pipe from the house transports all of your household wastewater from you’re your home into the septic tank. Once in the tank, the water stays there long enough for the solids to settle out, forming sludge, and oil and grease to float to the surface, becoming scum. The tank is designed to let the water out into the drainfield while keeping the sludge and scum in the tank. The water travels to the drainfield, where it’s treated by microbes in the soil. In most states, a reserve drainfield is required in case your current drainfield fails. Percolating into the soil, the wastewater is cleansed of harmful bacteria and viruses, as well as nutrients, so suitable soil is necessary for successful wastewater treatment.  
    • Proper maintenance is vital for a septic system. Typically, the septic system should be inspected, and the tank pumped by a professional, every three to five years. Systems that have electric float switches, pumps, or mechanical components will probably need to be inspected more often than that, possibly even once a year. The frequency that your tank needs to be pumped will also be affected by the number of people in your household, the amount of wastewater generated, the amount of solid material in your wastewater, and the size of the tank. If you’re not sure about the specifics of your system, you may want to have an inspection to make sure everything is working as it should. When you do, the inspector will be able to make recommendations on caring for your system.  
    • For best results with your septic system, use water efficiently. Fix leaks promptly, install high-efficiency toilets and showerheads, and faucet aerators, and wash your clothes on the proper load setting. You might also consider buying a washing machine with an Energy Star label because those models use up to fifty percent less water than standard washers.  
    • Be careful about what goes down your drains. Whether flushed, washed down the shower drain, or ground up in the disposal, all your wastewater goes to your septic tank. Be careful what you put into it, only flushing human waste and toilet paper down the toilet, and keeping things like cooking grease, chemicals, and paint out of your drains.  
    • Mind the drainfield. Never park on your drainfield, and don’t plant trees too near it, because you don’t want roots growing into your septic system. Keep downspouts and anything else that’s carrying water away from your home pointed away from you drainfield as well.  

    If you need someone to take a look at your septic system, call Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. At Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating, we are passionate in our pursuit of safety, professionalism, and excellence in caring for our customers, co-workers, and community. That’s why this family-owned business has been around for 30 years, consistently delivering the customer satisfaction that’s earned us our superb reputation. A full-service plumbing company, we provide a wide range of services which include expert repairs to existing plumbing, water, gas, and sewage systems, copper piping, water main replacements, trenchless sewer replacements, and water heater installations. We also provide renovation services for kitchens, baths, and laundry rooms, to update the design or upgrade the energy efficiency. Contact us through our website or call 510-843-6904 for more information on all we can do for you.

  • What do you know about Trenchless Sewer Repair?

    You’ve worked all spring to get your yard the way you want it, but suddenly, your sewer system needs a repair. What can you do? It’s heartbreaking to think of workers coming to dig up all your hard work and wreck your beautiful yard, but is there another option? Fortunately, there is: trenchless sewer repair.  

    Trenchless sewer repair allows your plumber to work on your sewer pipes while they’re still underground, without having to excavate them. This is accomplished with a system of pipes and cameras, sometimes using entry and exit holes to gain access to the underground pipe. Working with a hydraulic system, a cable pulls the old pipe out while the new one is placed. When your plumber uses trenchless repair, it often saves money and energy, as well as being faster, cleaner, and more efficient than excavation.  

    Of course, trenchless sewer repair is not the right solution for every plumbing problem. Sometimes, especially if the pipes are very old or damaged, they can’t be fixed without traditional excavation. Trenchless repair is often used, though, to repair a burst pipe or replace a liner. It’s not cheap, but on the other hand, it saves money over excavation because there’s no cleanup or landscaping to be done after the job is finished. This means less cost, and less labor. Every sewer is different, and there are many different problems that necessitate calling in a plumber, but for most sewer issues, trenchless technology is a good solution, providing a more efficient, clean, and costeffective result than excavation, with no damage to the customer’s yard or driveway. 

    To learn more about trenchless sewer repair, and determine whether it’s right for your unique situation, call the experts at Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating. At Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating, we are passionate in our pursuit of safety, professionalism, and excellence in caring for our customers, co-workers, and community. That’s why this family-owned business has been around for 30 years, consistently delivering the customer satisfaction that’s earned us our superb reputation. A full-service plumbing company, we provide a wide range of services which include expert repairs to existing plumbing, water, gas, and sewage systems, copper piping, water main replacements, trenchless sewer replacements, and water heater installations. We also provide renovation services for kitchens, baths, and laundry rooms, to update the design or upgrade the energy efficiency. Contact us through our website or call 510-843-6904 for more information on all we can do for you.

  • Keeping your HVAC Humming this Summer

    Summer is a wonderful season, full of long, slow days and beautiful weather. It can get remarkably hot, though, and if your air conditioner fails at the height of summer, things can get miserable pretty quickly. How do you make sure your HVAC keeps its cool all summer long? We’ve got some tips that will help.  

    • Keep your filters clean. Most HVAC filters need to be replaced every one to three months. Some are reusable and should be washed regularly. Acquaint yourself with your system’s filters, and keep them clean, so that your air conditioner can run more efficiently and keep your home cooler, with better indoor air quality.  
    • Close your doors and windows. Your air conditioner works by pulling in warm air from your home, running it over a refrigerant, and then blowing the cooled air back into the rooms and expelling the heat from the house. That’s why it’s really important to keep your exterior windows and doors closed so that the heat that was just expelled doesn’t come right back into the house. Interior doors should be closed too, as should vents in rooms you’re not using. When you close the vents and doors of unoccupied rooms, your air conditioner doesn’t have to cool as much air.  
    • Adjust your thermostat. When no one is home, bump the thermostat up by a few degrees. This will give your system a well-deserved break, and will also save money on energy bills. Want to make adjusting your thermostat really simple? Consider a programmable thermostat, so you can “set it and forget it.” 
    • Use your fans. Using ceiling fans circulates the cool air, making your home feel cooler, faster. Just remember, the fan cools the people, not the room, so turn fans off when you leave the room.  
    • Regulate your home’s humidity. Heat is going to feel hotter if the air has too much moisture. A dehumidifier can help your air conditioner run more efficiently and make your home feel up to ten degrees cooler.  
    • Call in a professional. The best way to make sure your HVAC stays in top form throughout the summer? Have a professional come to do routine maintenance at the beginning of the season. This way, any issues with your system can be detected early, before they turn into costly problems that shut down your air conditioning just when you need it most.  

    If it’s time for HVAC maintenance or repair, trust Albert Nahman to get the job done right. At Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating, we are passionate in our pursuit of safety, professionalism, and excellence in caring for our customers, co-workers, and community. That’s why this family-owned business has been around for 30 years, consistently delivering the customer satisfaction that’s earned us our superb reputation. A full-service plumbing company, we provide a wide range of services which include expert repairs to existing plumbing, water, gas, and sewage systems, copper piping, water main replacements, trenchless sewer replacements, and water heater installations. We also provide renovation services for kitchens, baths, and laundry rooms, to update the design or upgrade the energy efficiency. Contact us through our website or call 510-843-6904 for more information on all we can do for you.