Bud Matthews Services Blog

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
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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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