Bud Matthews Services Blog : Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

What Tools Do I Need for Sewer Cleaning?

Monday, 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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Your Home and Storm Drainage: What You Need to Know

Monday, 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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The Dangers of Store-Bought “Drain Cleaners”

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

Monday, 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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After the Holidays, Drain Cleaning Is a Great Idea

Monday, 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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Plumbing FAQ: What’s the Curved Pipe Under the Drain For?

Monday, 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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How Can I Know I Need a Pipeline Inspection?

Monday, April 17th, 2017

working-on-ground-pipelineWe take pride in the large number of plumbing services we offer our customers. There’s no job too big or too small for us to take on! And speaking of big jobs, one we provide is full pipeline inspections for residential sewer lines. These inspections, done using the best technology available, tell our skilled plumbers exactly what type of work needs to be done, such as sewer cleaning, and what spot to target.

Homeowners usually don’t know much about their sewer line (there’s not much reason to think about this pipe most of the time), and that makes it difficult to know when they actually need to contact us to arrange for a pipeline inspection in Durham, NC. We have some guidelines below to help you tell if your sewer line has suffered from breaks, blockages, or other troubles that call for professionals to check up on it.

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Tools Professionals Use to Clean Drains

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

plumbing-toolsA clogged drain is an unfortunate, but common, hassle for residential plumbing. You’ll probably need to have drain cleaning done in your house at some point, although we strongly recommend arranging for it every year as a preventive measure. It’s better to have clean drains that won’t require emergency plumbing calls!

Whether you’re looking for drain cleaning as a regular maintenance task or as a fix for a clogged up sink, shower, or other plumbing fixture, only rely on professional plumbers who have the best tools available to do the job.

Below are the top tools our licensed plumbers use when they do drain cleaning in Durham, NC and the surrounding areas.

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Are Your Slow Drains Due to a Septic Line Issue?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Not all homes in the Durham area have access to a municipal sewer line. These homes have to instead rely on using a septic tank to handle the safe treatment and disposal of waste. If your home depends on a septic tank and septic line, you have to take several precautions to make sure that the septic system works at its best. This includes arranging for regular tank pumping, but also keeping a close look out for signs of trouble with the septic line. These include slow drains in your house.

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Drain Cleaning: A Good Way to Start the New Year

Monday, December 26th, 2016

You may have a lot of resolutions for 2017 (or maybe you just like to call them “plans”). But if you don’t mind, we would like to suggest another to squeeze in. Don’t worry, it’s actually one that’s easy to do. All it takes is making a call or using an online form to contact our plumbing team and ask for professional drain cleaning services.

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