Bud Matthews Services Blog

It’s Spring: Time for Air Conditioning Maintenance

March 20th, 2017

service-reminder-stopwatchMarch is a month of notoriously unpredictable weather. (Just look at the huge blizzard that struck the Northeast only last week!) But the turn toward warmer conditions is underway by the end of the month. Spring officially starts, and people begin to make plans for the hotter weather. This is the time of year we recommend you have preventive maintenance for your air conditioning system.

Getting started with preventive maintenance in Durham, NC is simple: sign up for our HVAC maintenance agreement and you’ll receive two inspections and tune-ups a year—starting with spring maintenance for your home’s air conditioning system.

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Choosing a New Water Heater

March 7th, 2017

The amount of work that any water heater does over the year—and water heaters know no season—is immense and means that, no matter how well a system may be taken care of, it will eventually need a replacement. We’ve previously looked over signs that it’s time to contact our team for a water heater replacement in Durham, NC. Today we’re going to look at the next stage of the process: deciding what type of new water heater to get.

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Why Would My Water Line Break or Start to Leak?

March 6th, 2017

water-line-repairOne of the important services that we offer homeowners in the area is pipeline inspections to find out if the sewer line or water line for a home is damaged, what type of damage it is, and the best way to remedy it. Last year we posted about some of the ways that you can tell there’s a problem with your water main so you know to contact us for service for your water line in Durham, NC.

People are often surprised that water lines can develop serious issues. Isn’t this the most sturdy part of a home’s plumbing?

But water lines are subject to a number of types of stress, wear, and pressure that can lead to blockage, minor leaks, and even complete breaks.

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Your Copper Pipes Can Corrode: Here’s How

February 20th, 2017

leaking-pipeAs a professional plumbing contractor, we’re used to handling an enormous range of different services for homeowners. Basically, when you need plumbing help, even for plumbing emergencies Durham, NC, you can count on us to get the job done, no matter what it is.

But there are some plumbing jobs we do more frequently than others. One of our basic services is working on plumbing pipes. This makes sense, as all plumbing systems requires pipes of some kind. Older homes may still have steel or iron pipes (we recommend having repiping in these cases) but the modern home plumbing system relies on copper and various types of plastic, such as CPVC and PEX.

There’s a belief about copper that it will not suffer from corrosion. It’s true that copper is more resistant to corrosion than steel or iron is. But there are a number of specific types of corrosion that will affect copper and lead. If your copper pipes are leaking, you’ll need our professional assistance to repair or replace them and prevent issues from re-occurring.

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A Look at 5 Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems

February 7th, 2017

The bathroom is the spot in your home with the highest amount of plumbing: pipes, fixtures, appliances. It’s therefore the room where you are most likely to encounter plumbing issues that will need repairs. A few simple ones you can correct yourself, but most will require that you call on professional plumbers, like the ones we have on staff.

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Why Do Slab Leaks Happen in the First Place?

February 6th, 2017

big-question-markPlumbing leaks of any kind present big problems for a house. Perhaps the number one problem is that they are difficult to find in the first place. It often requires a number of concerning signs before a homeowner even recognizes that leaks are happening somewhere, and even then it will take the work of licensed professional plumbers to actually detect the leak location and repair it.

All of this is doubly true for the slab leak. This is a leak that occurs down in the concrete foundation of a home. There are a few signs you can watch for that will indicate a slab leak is happening in your house: odd behavior from the water heater, the sound of running water in the basement, noticeable cracks along the basement floor, and skyrocketing water bills. You can always test to see if a leak is happening by writing down the readings on the water meter, and then stopping all water use for an hour. If the reading changes in that time… there’s a leak.

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Get Some Help in the Kitchen (Its Plumbing, At Least)

January 23rd, 2017

dripping-kitchen-faucetNo, we can’t promise to help you cook up a great meal. What we can promise you is that we’ll take care of any plumbing needs your kitchen may have. When you consider the amount of plumbing pipes and fixtures in this one room of the house, that covers a lot of different services. However, we’re a full home service plumbing contractor, offering top quality kitchen plumbing in Durham, NC and the surrounding areas. So we’re confident we can take care of your kitchen pipes and fixtures, no matter what problems crop up.

Let’s take a look at some of the more common kitchen issues our licensed plumbers handle.

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Signs Your Toilet Needs Repairs

January 16th, 2017

You certainly don’t need us to tell you how important the toilet is in your household. It’s just about essential a plumbing fixture as there is! (Although you might be surprised to know just how much of your indoor water use is for the toilet: around 40% of the total.) When your toilet has repair issues, it’s vital that you contact only professional plumbers to fix it.

Unfortunately, people often don’t notice or ignore the signs that something is wrong with their toilet’s plumbing. We’ll run down a few warnings that you shouldn’t ignore. Simply give our plumbers a call for bathroom plumbing service; we offer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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Heat Pump Problems in Winter… That Aren’t Problems

January 10th, 2017

Are you spending your first winter season with a heat pump providing you with comfort? Maybe you had the heat pump installed in the spring to replace an old AC and furnace, or perhaps you’ve moved into a new home with a heat pump previously installed.

Regardless of the reason, you may find some of the behavior from the heat pump during cold weather a bit odd. In most cases, this isn’t because of malfunctions. It’s due to you being unaccustomed to how a heat pump operates.

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Are Your Slow Drains Due to a Septic Line Issue?

January 9th, 2017

Not all homes in the Durham area have access to a municipal sewer line. These homes have to instead rely on using a septic tank to handle the safe treatment and disposal of waste. If your home depends on a septic tank and septic line, you have to take several precautions to make sure that the septic system works at its best. This includes arranging for regular tank pumping, but also keeping a close look out for signs of trouble with the septic line. These include slow drains in your house.

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