Bud Matthews Services Blog

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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Sump Pumps for Spring Time!

April 4th, 2017

What do the words “spring time” bring to mind? Probably thoughts of warmer weather, blooming flowers, Easter eggs, and other cheerful imaginings as winter fades away. But spring time brings with it some disadvantages as well, such as unpredictable turns in the weather, allergies, and rainfall.

It’s the rainfall we want to look at today, because spring is the season of year when your home is at the highest danger for flooding damage. Rainstorms and snowmelt can mean torrents of water entering into your basement or crawlspace, ruining building material and personal possessions and creating high moisture levels that encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

The best tool you have against spring flooding is a professionally installed sump pump in Durham, NC.

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Tools Professionals Use to Clean Drains

April 3rd, 2017

plumbing-toolsA clogged drain is an unfortunate, but common, hassle for residential plumbing. You’ll probably need to have drain cleaning done in your house at some point, although we strongly recommend arranging for it every year as a preventive measure. It’s better to have clean drains that won’t require emergency plumbing calls!

Whether you’re looking for drain cleaning as a regular maintenance task or as a fix for a clogged up sink, shower, or other plumbing fixture, only rely on professional plumbers who have the best tools available to do the job.

Below are the top tools our licensed plumbers use when they do drain cleaning in Durham, NC and the surrounding areas.

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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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