Bud Matthews Services Blog

Your Home and Storm Drainage: What You Need to Know

June 11th, 2018

storm-drainThe term storm drainage sounds dramatic, but it’s a basic part of the drainage system of your house. However, storm drainage can definitely prevent dramatic situations such as flooding, so it’s important to know a bit about what it is and how to take care of it.

A clogged storm drainage system can lead to serious problems and possibly damage to your yard or even your house. Water damage is incredibly expensive to remediate, and a well-cared for drainage system can prevent it from happening to your house. Considering the average annual rainfall in Durham is 48 inches, you’ll want to ensure your home’s storm drainage system always does its job.

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Reasons to Hire Professionals for Your Commercial Plumbing

May 28th, 2018

commercial-plumbing-pipesOur slogan at Bud Matthews Services is “For All Your Home Service Needs.” But did you know we also offer a number of commercial services as well? Our plumbers are qualified to handle commercial commercial plumbing in Durham, NC, and they are definitely the people you want to handle your commercial repair and maintenance services in the area.

Unfortunately, many business owners aren’t aware of the importance of always having licensed professionals take care of their plumbing. They often turn to a building “handyman” to fix up leaky pipes or problems with bathroom plumbing. This may sound like a way to save time and money—but in most cases it will end up costing both.

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Have You Scheduled Air Conditioning Maintenance Yet?

May 14th, 2018

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantThe heat of summer is already here in May, with some days climbing into the 90s. Air conditioning systems across the state are already getting to work managing the comfort of homes. Your home is probably one of them.

Now be honest: Did you remember to schedule air conditioning maintenance in April? If you didn’t, don’t worry—you can do it now as well. But don’t hesitate any longer! Your air conditioning system, your budget, and your household will be better off once this essential annual tune-up and inspection is finished.

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Heat Pump Water Heater vs. Electric Water Heater

April 30th, 2018

big-question-markNot all homes have a connection to a municipal natural gas line and must run entirely from electricity. Although electricity is more expensive an energy source than natural gas when it comes to powering appliances such as the furnace, oven, and stove, it’s readily available and decreases safety concerns connected with natural gas. Plus, using electricity doesn’t have to be as expensive as it might seem at first. Smart energy use and high-efficiency appliances (always look for the ENERGY STAR label!) can keep bills in check.

We’re going to look at an important appliance choice for an all-electric home: what type of water heater to install. Gas water heaters are powerful and inexpensive to run, but what type of water heater will work best for a home that only has electricity? There are two big options, an electric water heater or a heat pump water heater?

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The Dangers of Store-Bought “Drain Cleaners”

April 16th, 2018

drain-with-chain-plugThere’s an old saying that the simplest solution to a problem is usually the best solution. We tend to find that’s true—but the problem is people often don’t know what the “simplest” solution is. It isn’t necessarily the quickest or the least expensive. A simple solution is the one that has the fewest possible complications.

Take, for example, clearing out a clog in the sink. What’s the simplest solution? You’ll probably think of a sink plunger, and that’s a good first idea. Often times, a plunger will get rid of the clog. But if the plunger doesn’t work, then it wasn’t the right solution. What’s next? If you said, “chemical drain cleaner,” that’s actually not a simple solution because of all the complications and potential dangers. No, the simple solution is to pick up the phone and call a professional plumber. It goes straight to the point: an expert comes to your house and cleans the drain. Done! And done right!

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Yes, We Do Offer Commercial Plumbing!

April 2nd, 2018

commercial-plumbingAt Bud Matthews, our slogan is “For All Your Home Service Needs!” And we mean that: we provide complete services for plumbing, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, water heaters, indoor air quality, remodeling, and new construction. If your home needs it, you only have to call us—we have 24/7 emergency service.

However, you may not know that we offer commercial services as well. If you need work for your commercial plumbing in Chapel Hill, NC or elsewhere in our wide service area, we’re the people you can trust with the job. We bring the same level of commitment, skill, and technology to commercial plumbing work as we do to residential work.

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Can a Tankless Water Heater Save Me Money?

March 19th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterYou’ve probably heard talk about “tankless water heaters” as one of the best new options for a home and perhaps wondered if you should have one installed. If you have an aging storage tank water heater that may need to be replaced within a few years—or even this year—then it’s a good idea to keep a tankless water heater high on your list of choices. It might not be the best choice, but the many advantages of this type of water heating system are impossible to ignore. We’ll look at one specific example today: how tankless water heaters can save you money.

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

March 5th, 2018

drain-pipe-root-infiltration

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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