Bud Matthews Services Blog

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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Early Watch for Air Conditioning Repair Signs

June 12th, 2017

spinng-AC-fanIt’s already hot here in Durham, with temperatures climbing into the 90s during some days—and it isn’t even officially summer yet! We can expect many more blistering hot days to come, especially during July, which is only a month away.

You’ve got your air conditioning system running already, we’re certain of that. If you’ve had the system regularly maintained with annual inspections and tune-ups from professionals before the heat hits, the AC has a good chance of working through the season without encountering major malfunctions or a drop in efficiency. But professional maintenance can’t prevent all problems with an air conditioner, so below we’ve put a list of warning signs an AC may send out during this time of the year that it’s time to call us for air conditioning service in Durham, NC.

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Some Facts about Hard Water and Limescale

May 30th, 2017

showerhead-hot-waterYou may have heard about limescale and how it’s a problem for your home’s plumbing… but you weren’t quite sure what it is, or what you can do about it. In this post, we’re going to go into the details of limescale and how it creates trouble for your home’s plumbing. And of course, we’ve got a solution as well. That’s what our plumbers are here for!

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Spring Plumbing Maintenance Ideas

May 29th, 2017

tulips-in-springWhat does “spring cleaning” mean to you? It covers a lot of parts of a home, from cleaning up porches, organizing the garage, or purging old files off the hard drive of a computer. You can make your plumbing system a part of your spring cleaning as well. If you’re already looking around your home for places to make improvements or check up on things like the AC and the ventilation system, then we recommend you take care of doing some check-up work on the plumbing. It’s much easier to do than you might think—especially when you have the assistance of our expert plumbers.

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What Should I Do about a Water Stain on the Ceiling?

May 15th, 2017

leak-from-a-pipeOne of the trickiest things about home plumbing is how difficult it is to notice problems like small pipe leaks because most of the plumbing is hidden from sight. You instead must rely on deduction, using smaller signs that your home is experiencing something like pipe leaks or slab leaks. When you have any doubt about the performance of your household plumbing system, then it’s time to contact our licensed plumbers to look into the matter.

There is one obvious warning sign of plumbing problems most people recognize: a large, spreading stain on the drywall of the ceiling. It’s unattractive, sure, but it may also be a major threat to the building material in the house, lead to the growth of mold and mildew, and waste significant amounts of water. In most cases with water stains on the ceiling, you’ll need to call for professional plumbing repairs in Durham, NC to fix the trouble.

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Speaking of Copper: Watch for Refrigerant Leaks from Your AC!

May 2nd, 2017

In yesterday’s blog post, we took a closer look at why copper is ­the metal of choice when it comes to plumbing systems. But copper isn’t only popular for plumbing pipes. It’s also a key part of heating systems and air conditioners. The air conditioner that provides cooling to your house has many key components made from this ductile, durable, and safe metal.

There’s one component we’re going to take a close look at today, the refrigerant lines, where copper is both a blessing—and sometimes a curse.

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Why Is Copper So Common for Home Plumbing?

May 1st, 2017

copper-piping-and-fixturesIf you’ve ever thought about repiping your home in Durham, NC, or you’ve had it done at some point, the majority of new pipes used for the job are made from copper. Plastic piping, such as CPVC and PEX play an important part in repiping, often for hot water lines and in restrictive spaces where their flexibility is helpful. But copper pipes are the mainstay of modern home plumbing systems.

What is the reason that copper overtook older metals like galvanized steel, which was for decades the standard for residential piping?

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How Can I Know I Need a Pipeline Inspection?

April 17th, 2017

working-on-ground-pipelineWe take pride in the large number of plumbing services we offer our customers. There’s no job too big or too small for us to take on! And speaking of big jobs, one we provide is full pipeline inspections for residential sewer lines. These inspections, done using the best technology available, tell our skilled plumbers exactly what type of work needs to be done, such as sewer cleaning, and what spot to target.

Homeowners usually don’t know much about their sewer line (there’s not much reason to think about this pipe most of the time), and that makes it difficult to know when they actually need to contact us to arrange for a pipeline inspection in Durham, NC. We have some guidelines below to help you tell if your sewer line has suffered from breaks, blockages, or other troubles that call for professionals to check up on it.

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