Bud Matthews Services Blog

More Than One Drain Is Clogged in My House—What’s Wrong?

March 5th, 2018


To paraphrase a famous novelist and playwright, “To have one drain clog may be seen as a misfortune. To have two seems like carelessness.”

Okay, multiple drain clogs in your home don’t necessarily mean you’ve been careless (although scheduling regular drain cleaning each year will help prevent problems like this). But it does mean something bigger is wrong than a standard clog. A clog of hair or grease or an object knocked down a sink drain will affect only that drain. When you find drains in the showers, kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and elsewhere around the house either fully clogged or draining slowly, you’ll know something is up. But what is it?

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Put in New Water-Saving Plumbing Fixtures for Your Home

February 19th, 2018

piggy-bank-dollarWe can all do our part to help the environment by cutting down on the amount of water we use in our homes. There are some simple ways to reduce your household water usage, such as taking shorter showers, only running the dishwasher on a full load, turning off the sink faucet when you’re brushing your teeth, etc. A professional plumber can also help you achieve marvels when it comes to saving water: whenever you have a leak of any type in your home, or notice a higher water bill than usual, call a licensed plumber to locate the leaks and seal them up. A single leaky pipe can waste thousands of gallons per year.

But today we want to focus on a few big, long-term water saving solutions: the professional installation of special water-smart appliances for your home.

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Hard Water Is Bad News for a Water Heater

February 5th, 2018

water-heater-tankHard water is unfortunately a common issue in homes today, and it often occurs in cities. Minerals seep down through the ground and into the pipes carrying fresh water from the municipal treatment plants to residential and commercial buildings—this is why hard water can affect homes even with the best city treatment plants.

The good news is that hard water isn’t dangerous to drink. The concentration of minerals that cause hard water—mostly magnesium and calcium—are found in many foods people eat on a daily basis, and the levels in hard water are not harmful. The problems with hard water show up elsewhere: deposits on fixtures, filmy surfaces on glass, and the difficulty working up soap lather.

But the biggest danger hard water poses is to plumbing and appliances. The household appliance that’s in the greatest danger from hard water is the water heater.

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How Ductless Heating (And Cooling) Saves Money

January 22nd, 2018

ductless-wall-unitIt’s midwinter, and you’re debating replacing your old heating system with a new one. Or you’re considering a new house construction or remodeling in the coming spring. We recommend you think about having a ductless heating system installed, i.e. a ductless mini split heat pump.

There are multiple reasons to look into ductless systems, such as the improvements in indoor air quality and the flexibility they offer for homes. One benefit that’s often overlooked is the savings a household can enjoy thanks to a ductless heating system. Compared to standard forced-air systems like a furnace, a ductless mini split heat pump can save 30–40% off energy costs.

Below are some of the ways you’ll recoup the costs on a ductless heating installation—and then keep on saving:

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The Top Causes of Drain Clogs

January 8th, 2018

drain-metal-sinkIn our last post, we encouraged homeowners to start off the New Year with a great service to care for their plumbing: scheduling routine drain cleaning. There’s no better way to see a house enjoys a clog-free 2018 than to have professional plumbers use the best drain cleaning technology to scour away all the build-up inside the drains around the house.

Right now, we’d like to address the actual build-up, the problems down in drains that create clogs. Almost anything can stop up a drainpipe, like a child’s toy falling down a drain. (We recommend keeping covers over all drains to help prevent this.) But there are a few sources that account for the majority of drain clogs. Knowing what they are will make it easier for you to avoid future drain problems, as well as remind you why routine drain cleaning is such a helpful service.

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After the Holidays, Drain Cleaning Is a Great Idea

December 25th, 2017

bubbling-drainThe end of the holiday season is now in sight. Once New Year’s is over, life will start to settle back into regular routines as 2018 begins. You may already have a few New Year’s Resolutions scribbled down and are debating which ones are realistic and which ones are tough yet aspirational. Maybe you’ve haven’t written down any at all.

No matter the case, we’d like to make a humble suggestion for a resolution you can check off the list easily: arrange for professional drain cleaning with our plumbers in January.

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The Season of the Fireplace—But Does Yours Need Repairs?

December 11th, 2017

fireplace-holiday-coupleWhen the holiday season at the end of the year arrives, it’s time to put the hearth in a home to good use. Fireplaces rarely serve as the sole heating system for a modern household. They’re mostly there to provide atmosphere and beauty. A great fireplace offers an addition to a home that’s almost impossible to best when it comes to winter cheer. (Yes, you can stream images of a fireplace on your television monitor, but it’s not quite the same, is it?)

However, if you have a fireplace in your home, you should know if it’s in good shape to use before you put in the first crackling fire of the season. Let’s take a look at fireplace repair in Durham, NC and if you need to have it done.

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Has Your Kitchen Disposal Gone Bad after Thanksgiving?

November 27th, 2017

plumber-at-sinkThe day after Thanksgiving is an infamous one for professional plumbers. To shoppers, this is “Black Friday,” when the crush is on for holiday shopping bargains. For plumbers, this is “Drain Cleaning Friday,” when we fan out in our trucks to handle stopped-up drains and busted kitchen disposals that went through a rough time during the festive feasting.

Do you need a plumber in Chapel Hill, NC to take care of this or other post-Thanksgiving kitchen plumbing problems? Then you’re already on the right track: you recognize that whatever trouble you’re experiencing is something you can’t solve on your own with a plunger. You need a pro plumber on the job, and you’ve landed at the right place. You can trust to our skilled plumbers to see that all your after Thanksgiving plumbing troubles are cured!

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Why Slab Leaks Need a Skilled Plumber to Repair

November 13th, 2017

Here’s a visual warning sign you may have a slab leak: cracked concrete foundation.

There are many different types of leaks that can affect a home’s plumbing system. One of the most difficult to deal with is the slab leak, which is defined as any leak in the hot or cold water lines running through the concrete foundation of a house. Slab leaks can happen for a variety of reasons: a shift in the land putting pressure on the pipes, chemicals inside the water creating corrosion, and abrasion of the pipe against the concrete around it.

Whatever the reason for a slab leak, it needs immediate attention as soon as the symptoms show up. Watch for cracks in the basement, a rise in water bills, erratic behavior from the water heater (80% of slab leaks occur in the hot water lines), and the development of mold and mildew in the basement.

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Some Plumbing Repairs Our 24-Hour Plumbers Can Help You With

October 30th, 2017

water-leakNobody wants to make an emergency call to a plumber at some odd hour of the night because a major plumbing disaster has hit their house. However, those strange laws of nature that say things will usually go bad when it’s least convenient applies to plumbing as much as to anything else. This is why we offer 24-hour emergency plumbing service to our customers. We understand this is something you may need at some point. The peace of mind you’ll get from knowing our assistance is only a phone call away any time you need is valuable even if you manage to escape a serious plumbing fiasco.

Let’s take a look at some of the common household plumbing fiascos we can help solve, whenever they might happen.

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