Bud Matthews Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Chapel Hill’

How a DIY Plumbing Job Can Go Terribly Wrong

Monday, January 7th, 2019

scared-womanWe thought about calling these “DIY plumbing horror stories” in the title, but that feels a bit gruesome. But make no mistake, the ways a botched do-it-yourself plumbing job can fail may make you feel like you’re living in your own little horror story. No scary monsters, but high bills, water damage, and sewage aren’t big improvements.

There are a few simple plumbing jobs you can take care of on your own, such as cleaning out the aerators in faucets when they become clogged. But troubles like fixing pipe leaks and installing new plumbing fixtures should be left to licensed professionals to prevent … well, prevent some of these things from happening …

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Causes of a Drop in Household Water Pressure

Monday, December 10th, 2018

faucet-drippingWhen you first notice water coming from a faucet at lower pressure than normal, you may think of it as a nuisance that will go away. Then you’ll find out how aggravating an issue low water pressure in a house really is. It takes forever to fill up the bath, taking a shower turns into an ordeal, and appliances like the dishwasher and the laundry machine may struggle to get their basic tasks done.

Why has the household water pressure dropped? We’re going to consider this press(ure)ing problem and what you can do to get water back to flowing the way it should in your house.

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Common Toilet Repair Problems

Monday, October 29th, 2018

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanThere are a number of important plumbing fixtures in your home that demand fast attention when something goes wrong with them. The bathroom toilet is probably the most prominent—when a toilet won’t work, or is leaking or overflowing, it’s something you’ll want to have repaired immediately. Unless the issue is a simple one (and we’ll look at some examples), you’ll need to call a plumber in Chapel Hill, NC to repair it. A professional plumber, not just a “handyman” who has a few different sizes of plungers and a hand-cranked drain snake. You can’t afford to take chances with this vital part of your home’s plumbing, so only work with a licensed plumber.

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Uneven Heating: Why It’s Happening in Your Home

Monday, October 15th, 2018

cold-sweater-manWe know the weather is still warm, but it’s already time to consider your home’s central heating—because soon it will be one of the most crucial systems in your house. We strongly advise you have regular maintenance for your heater with our technicians. We make it simple with our HVAC maintenance agreement. Once you have this service completed, your home’s heating system has the best chance of running through the winter without major problems.

However, maintenance cannot stop all problems, particularly for an old heating system. One trouble you may run into is uneven heating around your home. Family members may start to complain about their rooms feeling too cold, while elsewhere you may encounter rooms becoming too stuffy. Why does this happen? There are several possible explanations.

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Is It Safe to Have Plastic Pipes for Drinking Water?

Monday, September 17th, 2018

cpvc-pipesYou want your family to have clean drinking water—it’s the least you can expect from the water in your home! But sometimes water treatment systems are necessary, such as water purifiers and filters.

But what about the pipes in your house? We often hear questions from our customers about whether their pipes may be adding toxins into the water supply. Plastic pipes are becoming more common for both hot and cold water lines carrying fresh water, and we’re going to take a look at any safety concerns your home’s plumbing may have.

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

Monday, 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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Yes, We Do Offer Commercial Plumbing!

Monday, 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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Put in New Water-Saving Plumbing Fixtures for Your Home

Monday, 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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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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Has Your Kitchen Disposal Gone Bad after Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 27th, 2017

plumber-at-sinkThe day after Thanksgiving is an infamous one for professional plumbers. To shoppers, this is “Black Friday,” when the crush is on for holiday shopping bargains. For plumbers, this is “Drain Cleaning Friday,” when we fan out in our trucks to handle stopped-up drains and busted kitchen disposals that went through a rough time during the festive feasting.

Do you need a plumber in Chapel Hill, NC to take care of this or other post-Thanksgiving kitchen plumbing problems? Then you’re already on the right track: you recognize that whatever trouble you’re experiencing is something you can’t solve on your own with a plunger. You need a pro plumber on the job, and you’ve landed at the right place. You can trust to our skilled plumbers to see that all your after Thanksgiving plumbing troubles are cured!

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