Bud Matthews Services Blog : Archive for May, 2017

Some Facts about Hard Water and Limescale

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

showerhead-hot-waterYou may have heard about limescale and how it’s a problem for your home’s plumbing… but you weren’t quite sure what it is, or what you can do about it. In this post, we’re going to go into the details of limescale and how it creates trouble for your home’s plumbing. And of course, we’ve got a solution as well. That’s what our plumbers are here for!

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Spring Plumbing Maintenance Ideas

Monday, May 29th, 2017

tulips-in-springWhat does “spring cleaning” mean to you? It covers a lot of parts of a home, from cleaning up porches, organizing the garage, or purging old files off the hard drive of a computer. You can make your plumbing system a part of your spring cleaning as well. If you’re already looking around your home for places to make improvements or check up on things like the AC and the ventilation system, then we recommend you take care of doing some check-up work on the plumbing. It’s much easier to do than you might think—especially when you have the assistance of our expert plumbers.

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What Should I Do about a Water Stain on the Ceiling?

Monday, 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!

Tuesday, 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?

Monday, 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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