Bud Matthews Services Blog : Archive for November, 2016

Going on a Winter Vacation? Make Sure You Have an Automatic Shut-Off Valve

Monday, November 28th, 2016

December is a time of year when many people go off on vacations. Sometimes it’s extended trips to stay with family for the holidays, other times it’s a way to spend the winter holidays in a sunnier, warmer climate. But whatever the reason that you might decide to go on a winter vacation, you should make sure before you leave that your house’s plumbing is equipped with an automatic shut-off valve.

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Problems You May Encounter with Your Tankless Water Heater

Monday, November 21st, 2016

One of the big advantages (among many) of using a tankless water heater to provide hot water to your home is that it needs fewer repairs than standard storage tank water heaters. The reason for this is that a tankless system undergoes less much stress because it doesn’t have to use energy continually to maintain water temperature. Not only does this mean fewer repairs, it also means the water heater will have a lengthy service life.

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How Often Should I Schedule Fireplace Cleaning?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Regular fireplace cleaning isn’t simply about making sure that your home’s hearth looks as attractive as possible (although that alone is worth scheduling the service). It’s also an important measure for safety and the efficiency of your fireplace. And you need to make sure that you only schedule it with skilled fireplace experts who know how to do the job and leave your home looking as clean as they found it.

How Often Should I Arrange for Fireplace Cleaning?

If you use your fireplace regularly during any season of the year, such as winter, then the cleaning should be done annually. It doesn’t take long for the burning of logs to leave soot and creosote along the bricks, masonry, and firebox. Creosote is potentially highly dangerous: it’s unburned wood energy, and it’s extremely combustible. If it develops too thickly along the fireplace bricks and mortrar, it can cause a chimney fire and other damage.

But What if I Have a Gas-Burning Fireplace?

You will still need regular cleaning. Natural gas burns cleaning and doesn’t leave creosote deposits. But it can become dirty in the firebox (the place where the gas is combusted) and along its burners. A professional needs to clean both to ensure that the fireplace can ignite correctly and won’t waste energy as it runs.

We’ll Do the Full Fireplace Cleaning Job That You Need

You don’t have to worry about your fireplace when you choose to call us for service. No matter the type of fireplace, we’ll see that it’s clean and your home is kept safe. In addition to fireplace cleaning, we also take care of fireplace inspections and full fireplace restorations to give you back your glorious old hearth for warming up the house.

Talk to our fireplace experts today and see what we can do for your fireplace!

For all your home service needs in Durham, NC, call the professionals at Bud Matthews Services.

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UV Air Purifiers Are a Terrific Choice for Winter Health!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Winter in Durham can be a lovely season, especially if you don’t mind chilly weather. But it’s also a period when flu and cold germs run rampant, and people miss many days of work, quality time with their families, and the enjoyment of vacations because of illnesses.

There are steps you can take to reduce your chance of coming down with a winter-time sickness by improving your home’s air quality. Attack those harmful germs and viruses moving around your household air with a UV air purifier.

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Steps to Take During a Loss of Heating in Your Home

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The serious cold has yet to arrive in Durham, but now is the time to prepare your home for those freezing days. We hope you’ve already arranged for heating system maintenance from our professionals, because there is no finer way to defend your heater—no matter what type it is—than routine inspections and check-ups.

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