• Why You Should Consider Getting a High-Efficiency Furnace

    Most homeowners put off replacing their furnaces for as long as possible, but in reality, the best step for saving money might actually be getting a new unit now. If you have an older furnace, then chances are that your annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE, is well below what newer models can deliver. Starting in 2013, the Department of Energy issued new guidelines requiring furnaces to have AFUE ratings of at least 80%. This means that 80% of the fuel they use must be converted into heat. However, an old model can have an AFUE as low as 65%. Swapping out an older furnace for a new high-efficiency model can make a dramatic difference in more than just your energy use. Here is a closer look at some of the advantages.  

    Save Money on your Energy Bills 

    Although the Department of Energy only requires an AFUE of 80%, new, high-efficiency models can reach as high 90-95%. That means that replacing an old furnace with a new model could increase the fuel efficiency of your heating unit by up to 30%. This can translate into significant savings on your energy bills and help to offset the initial investment of a new furnace 

    Achieve Cleaner Air Flow 

    Your furnace has a big impact on the air quality in your home, and older models can be contributing to dust and debris circulating throughout your home. New furnaces have better filtration systems and better air circulation, so your family will be breathing cleaner air.  

    Get More Comfort 

    New furnaces aren’t just more energy efficient. They are also more efficient at maintaining uniform heating throughout your home. That means that you won’t have to deal with hot and cold pockets in your house. Your entire space can feel comfortable and inviting.  

    If you’re considering a new furnace, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Not only can we help with furnace installation in Berkeley, but our team can also help you decide if now is the right time for a replacement. Talk to one of our experts by calling (510) 843-6904. 

  • How Are Video Inspections Used in Sewer Line Repairs?

    For most homeowners, the idea of having to call a plumber for a sewer line repair is a nightmare scenario. Fortunately, today’s sewer line repairs are vastly different than those in the past. Today, repairs are aided by video inspections, which means that your plumber doesn’t have to destroy your landscaping just to see what repairs need to be made.  

    With video inspections, your plumber can dig a small hole to access your sewer line and then feed a video camera into it. With the camera, your plumber can see the inside the line and pinpoint the cause of your issue. He or she can then make the necessary repairs, usually through that same small hole. This process saves time and money since you won’t have to deal with fixing your landscaping as you would have in the past.  

    Learn more about video inspections and trenchless repairs by calling Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. You can get answers to your questions about sewer repairs in Berkeley by calling (510) 843-6904. 

  • Reasons to Get a Water Softening System

    Hard water is a problem in many households. When water contains high levels of minerals, it can cause problems with your plumbing, ruin your clothes, and even impact your health. A water softening system can prevent these problems from occurring and is an easy, simple way to ensure the water in your home is safe. Your plumber can install a water softening system that works for your entire home, so you can feel confident in the water from every tap. If you’re on the fence about getting a water softening system, here are some of the reasons you should consider making the leap.  

    Prevent Pipe Damage 

    One of the biggest issues associated with hard water is that minerals in the water—particularly calcium and magnesium carbonates—build up in your pipes. These substances turn into limestone and chalk. Over time, this buildup will constrict the flow of water through your pipes, causing wear and tear that can eventually cause your pipes to fail. Using a water softening system, you can prevent this kind of build-up from occurring, keeping your pipes protected. As an added bonus, preventing clogs in your pipes will allow your water to flow more efficiently, so you reduce your energy usage and save money on your bills.  

    Protect Your Clothing 

    If you have hard water, that means that every time you start a wash, your clothes are bathing in harsh, mineralized water. This can cause your clothing to fade and wear out faster. It can also cause spots of minerals to appear on your clothes, so they don’t look clean, even fresh out of the wash. A water softening system will allow you to enjoy clothes that stay in good condition for longer.  

    For more information about water softening systems and how they can benefit your home, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Learn more about all of our plumbing services or make an appointment with a plumber in Berkeley by calling (510) 843-6904. 

  • Understanding the Global Water Crisis

    Water scarcity is one of the biggest issues facing the planet today. Yet, much of the water that is used each day is used in places you may not have even considered. Although talking to your plumber about low-flow fixtures and fixing water leaks when they occur can help reduce water usageit’s important to take a broader approach to look at how water is consumed 

    Watch this video to learn more about water usage. Your appliances, clothing, and favorite foods could all be using a surprising amount of water. Focusing your attention on curbing this kind of water usage can help dramatically save.  

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help you conserve water at home with plumbing repairs and installation of efficient appliances, like tankless water heaters. Talk to a plumber in Berkeley today by calling (510) 843-6904 

  • 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.  

  • Is Your Sewer Line Damaged?

    Damaged sewer lines can create a messy problem. They can also become a health risk. If you suspect your sewer line has sustained damage, you’ll need to call an emergency plumber right away. One of the first indicators of this plumbing problem is usually the odor of sewer gas. You may detect this noxious odor inside or outside your home. 

    A gurgling toilet is another possible sign of sewer line damage, as is slow-draining fixtures. If one sink is slow to drain, it’s probably an isolated clog. But if all of your drains are slow, it could be a sewer line problem. It’s also possible to get mold and mildew growth inside your home. This is usually caused by a leaking sewer line. 

    If you need an emergency plumber in Berkeley, you can call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. Our professional and courteous plumbers will use the latest cutting-edge technology to fix your sewer line, including trenchless sewer repair techniques. 

  • How Do Water Heaters Work?

     Water heaters fulfill two main functionsThey are a conductor of heat and an insulator. Within the tank itself, the metal components of the water heater make excellent heat conductors that can quickly warm water. But to prevent the heat from escaping to the outside area, which would be energyinefficient, the water heater also needs a thick layer of insulation. 

    You can learn more about the inner workings of water heaters when you watch the accompanying video. You’ll see a water heater disassembled to reveal the inner components, and you’ll learn the science behind how it all works. 

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating offers prompt and reliable water heater repairs and installations in the Berkeley area. You can reach a friendly associate at (510) 843-6904 to request residential or commercial plumbing services.