Bud Matthews Services Blog

Why Slab Leaks Need a Skilled Plumber to Repair

November 13th, 2017
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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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Are You Leaning Toward a Tankless Water Heater, But Aren’t Sure?

October 16th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterIt’s the point of making a decision, and you’re teetering on the edge. It’s that make-or-break moment when your old water heater is about done and you have to have it replaced before your household finds itself with only cold water. You know it’s time for a new installation, but you aren’t sure if you should stay with a standard storage tank water heater—the type you’ve had in every home you’ve lived in—or one of the newer line of tankless water heaters. You feel you’re tilting toward going tankless. But that’s still a big jump, a change you’re worried may end up being the wrong one in the long run. Yet there’s still so much about the tankless system that seems right. What do you do?

We’ll admit that perhaps we’ve made the choice seem a bit dramatic. However, we’ve been in situations where the choice between going with the conventional or trying the promise of something new can be tough, or even agonizing. We’re here to help make this choice a bit less stressful for you.

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Our HVAC Maintenance Agreement Is What Your Heater Needs This Fall

October 2nd, 2017

open-furnaceNow that it’s officially fall—there’s no arguing it when the calendar says “October”—it’s time to start planning. And we don’t just mean for a Halloween costume or party. This is the time of year to start preparing your home for winter weather, getting everything squared away before the real cold temperatures strike, and they can strike much earlier than we want them to.

There are a number of important steps you can take for your plumbing to prevent dreaded pipe freeze, but in this post we’re going to talk about how to stop you and your family from freezing: arranging for maintenance for your home heating system with our HVAC maintenance agreement.

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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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