Bud Matthews Services Blog

Plumbing FAQ: What’s the Curved Pipe Under the Drain For?

September 18th, 2017

plumber-with-p-trapIt’s the goal of all our plumbers to provide the best help possible to each of our customers, whether that means handling basic repairs for faucets or tackling a major repiping or installation job. Our customers often have questions about their plumbing, including some that may seem minor but still pester them. Maybe they feel embarrassed to ask a professional plumber a question like, “Why is the pipe under my sink drain shaped with that curve?”

But you should never feel embarrassed to ask any of our plumbers any questions when they’re at your home providing service. In fact, we can take care of answering that particular question right now. Knowing a bit more about “that curved drainpipe” may help you solve some basic problems in the future with your plumbing in Durham, NC.

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Watch for Late Season Air Conditioning Problems

September 4th, 2017

air-conditioner-units-near-grassOur last series of posts have concentrated on plumbing issues and how our team of excellent plumbers can help you out. But we handle a wide variety of home services, and a service you may need us for during these last few official weeks of summer is help repairing your air conditioner. Your cooling system underwent a lot of stress this summer—one of the hottest on record for Durham!—and that can add up to an air conditioner that fails late in the season.

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The Overflowing Toilet Emergency: What You Can Do

August 22nd, 2017

toilet-with-sprayer-and-phoneThere are a number of plumbing emergencies in a household that can send people into a panic. This is why any good professional plumbing contractor offers 24-hour service to handle these problems: we’ll put your mind at ease when a plumbing disaster strikes.

However, even before our plumbers reach you for emergency plumbing in Durham, NC, there are a few steps you can take to prevent further damage. For example, you can take charge of an issue like an overflowing toilet—a scary problem nobody wants to see happen—so you won’t be in a panic. The immediate danger will be gone, and you can relax knowing that we’ll soon be on the job to provide repairs to restore your bathroom to you.

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Copper and Plastic: A Look at Modern Piping Materials

August 21st, 2017

cpvc-pipesOne of the most important jobs we perform as a plumbing contractor in Durham, NC is piping service. This can mean as small a task as taking out damaged and leaking pipes and putting in new ones, all the way to full whole-house repiping where our plumbers systematically remove outdated pipes from an older house and replace them with upgraded materials.

Since the primary audience here at our website isn’t professional plumbers, you may not know exactly what outdated piping materials are or what type of material needs to replace them. There are multiple options when it comes to repiping, and we’re going to take a look at the three most common and how they’re put to use.

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How Can I Tell I Need Water Leak Detection Services?

August 7th, 2017

leaking-pipeWater leaks in homes contribute to an immense waste of water every year. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, the annual household leaks in the U.S. add up to 1 trillion gallons each year. That’s equal to the water used in more than 11 million homes. One house alone can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year.

And these are only leaks from dripping faucets: these are the many hidden leaks that can be secretly allowing water out of pipes around the plumbing system. In fact, 10% of homes have water leaks that waste 90 gallons or more a day. It’s simple to have visible leaks fixed, but what about those hidden ones? That’s where you need professional water leak detection services in Durham, NC.

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Leak Detection Services as a Precaution

July 25th, 2017

leaking-plastic-pipePreviously, we’ve posted about hidden leaks and the ways you can tell that they’re occurring in your home—specifically the troublesome slab leak. Once you believe you have leaks in your household plumbing, you can call on plumbers to use leak detection techniques to pinpoint where the leaks are happening and then find the quickest and cleanest way to repair them.

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Why Does My AC Cost So Much to Run?

July 24th, 2017

air-conditioner-money-saverHere in the deeps of summer in Durham is when we’ll rely on our air conditioning systems the most. You’ll expect to see an increase in your electrical costs when the AC has to spend extra time running in order to keep your house cooled down to a comfortable temperature.

However, do you think you’re paying more to run your AC than you should? Whether this is a new development or an issue you’ve always had with the system, it’s worth looking into. There could be some simple steps to take to fix the problem—or maybe you have a malfunctioning air conditioner that needs to be repaired. We’ll look at some of the possibilities below.

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5 Reasons You May Have High Water Bills

July 10th, 2017

water-down-the-drainHere’s an unpleasant experience most of us are familiar with: your monthly bill arrives, and the amount on it is much higher than normal. Suddenly, your monthly budget plan has been thrown off, and you’re scrambling to find out exactly why the cost has made an abrupt jump.

Our Durham, NC plumbers are familiar with a wide range of different plumbing troubles that can affect homes, so we have a good idea of the reasons that your water bill might arrive showing a higher gallons-per-month usage. In most cases, you’ll need to have professionals take care of repairs—and we have the people for the job ready 24/7 to help out!

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Does a Tankless Water Really Supply Unlimited Hot Water?

June 27th, 2017

gold-bathroom-faucetOne of the types of water heaters that we install for homes is the tankless water heater. In fact, it’s one we often recommend customers consider for a replacement water heater because of the many advantages of this type of system: lower energy costs, longer service life, smaller size, and unlimited hot water.

The last benefit, however, should come with a bit of a caveat. Is it really true that you’ll never run out of hot water if you have a tankless water heater installed in Durham, NC? Let’s take a closer look.

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Why Won’t the Toilet Stop Running?

June 26th, 2017

toilet-with-button-flushAfter a toilet is flushed, which sends water from the tank down into the bowl, the tank starts to fill up once again with water coming from the fresh water feed line. Once the water reaches a set level in the tank, as detected by a float, the flow shuts off. You’ll be used to the sound: running water for around a minute or so after the flush.

But if you notice the water is continuing to run, there’s something wrong. You can try flushing the toilet again or jiggling with the handle; often times the problem won’t repeat. But if it does—or if this trouble persists—you have a running toilet that will need to be repaired. A toilet that runs longer than it should is a major water waster.

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