Bud Matthews Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Durham’

Ways You May Be Wasting Water

Monday, December 24th, 2018

budget-scissorsWhen you look at your monthly bills and see how much water your household has been using, do you feel a bit faint, or do you start seeing red? How can we be using this much water? you may be thinking.

Unfortunately, there are many ways a house can waste water and send water bills skyrocketing. Some are bad habits. Others can come from repair troubles or out-of-date fixtures. It’s not difficult to make changes that will get those water bills back under control—and benefit the environment as well with water conservation.

We’re going to look at several ways you or your home’s plumbing system are wasting water unnecessarily.

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The Way Furnace Energy Efficiency Is Measured

Monday, November 12th, 2018

money-savings-houseEnergy efficiency is a major concern homeowners have when they are shopping for new appliances. Because furnaces are vital for home comfort and consume large amounts of energy during the winter, their efficiency ratings are important to consider when the time comes for a new system installation.

If you are currently in the process of replacing a furnace, or putting in the first furnace in a home, you might be wondering how to read efficiency ratings. We’re glad to help, and we can deliver any furnace service in Durham, NC and the surrounding areas you may need.

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What Does My Home Need to Benefit from a Heat Pump Water Heater?

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

closeup-hands-under-falling-waterOnce upon a time, homeowners had few choices when it came to new water heater installations. Everyone used storage tank water heaters, and that was that.

But now we live in times when homeowners can select water heaters with better energy efficiency, such as the tankless water heater and the heat pump water heater.

Just because new choices exist, however, doesn’t mean they’re the right choices for everyone. A heat pump water heater, for example, won’t work for all homes. If you’re curious about whether your home meets the conditions for an effective and energy-saving heat pump water heater, we can help you out with the facts.

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When Even the AC Is Too Hot: Why an Air Conditioner Overheats

Monday, August 20th, 2018

thermometer-going-redWith the weather so hot at summer’s end, everything is in danger of possibly overheating—including your air conditioner. Air conditioning systems are designed to operate in hot weather. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be much use to anyone. But the extra load of work, combined with all the strain and wear the AC has accumulated already during May, June, and July, can cause the motors or other components to overheat.

If your air conditioner stops cooling or its fan breaks, call for a Cary, NC, HVAC contractor to get the issue fixed. Any air conditioning technician worth calling knows all the different reasons why a cooling system might fail toward the end of the summer. Below we’ve listed a few of the most common ones that we see when we’re helping rescue ACs in August and September:

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Is My House in Danger of Slab Leaks?

Monday, 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?

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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Sump Pump Problems Need Fixing—Fast!

Monday, 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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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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Reasons to Hire Professionals for Your Commercial Plumbing

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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