Bud Matthews Services Blog

Is My House in Danger of Slab Leaks?

August 6th, 2018

question-mark-badgeYou probably aren’t aware of this, but a large part of the plumbing for your house is located down in the concrete foundation slab. It’s an easy way to pipe water into the house, and it keeps the pipes out of the way. But it doesn’t necessarily keep them out of the way of harm. If your home has hot and cold water pipes down in its foundation, the house is at risk of slab leaks at some point. And slab leaks are costly, wasteful, and can even create health troubles due to mold growth.

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What Tools Do I Need for Sewer Cleaning?

July 23rd, 2018

dog-with-phone-off-hookYou’ve got something wrong with the sewer line for your home. Maybe multiple drains are blocked or bad smells are wafting from sinks around the house. The sewer line probably needs to be cleaned out to restore your home’s drainage system. Here are the tools you’ll need to clean the sewer line:

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Sump Pump Problems Need Fixing—Fast!

July 9th, 2018

sump-pumpThe sump pump is one of the most useful plumbing appliances for a home. It’s also an appliance that homeowners hope they don’t actually have to use often, since it’s there in cases of emergencies when water floods down into the basement or the crawlspace or when excess moisture builds up. Sump pumps are helpful during the stormy season, but they’re invaluable all around the year for when a major plumbing leak strikes and sends water cascading down into the basement of a house. The pump turns on automatically and starts removing the excess water—

—except when the pump is broken. It can happen, especially if the pump hasn’t needed to be used for a number of seasons. You’ll need sump pump repairs fast if it doesn’t work.

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The AC That Won’t Shut Off—Why Is This Happening?

June 25th, 2018

air-conditioning-grillHow much do you run your air conditioner during the summer? You might say, “All the time,” but you know that’s an exaggeration. On hot days it may feel like you have to keep the air conditioner’s compressor running continually to keep you cool, but the compressor of an air conditioner is designed to go through cycles as it lowers the indoor temperature to meet the setting on the thermostat. You should hear the compressor turn on and off a few times during a hot day.

If the air conditioning compressor really is running nonstop, then there’s something wrong with it. There are a range of possibilities, and we’ll look at a few of the most common. If you do need air conditioning repair in Chapel Hill, NC, you can reach our professionals 24/7 for the fast service necessary to get you cool again.

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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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