Bud Matthews Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing Repair’

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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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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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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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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How Can I Tell I Need Water Leak Detection Services?

Monday, August 7th, 2017

leaking-pipeWater leaks in homes contribute to an immense waste of water every year. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, the annual household leaks in the U.S. add up to 1 trillion gallons each year. That’s equal to the water used in more than 11 million homes. One house alone can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year.

And these are only leaks from dripping faucets: these are the many hidden leaks that can be secretly allowing water out of pipes around the plumbing system. In fact, 10% of homes have water leaks that waste 90 gallons or more a day. It’s simple to have visible leaks fixed, but what about those hidden ones? That’s where you need professional water leak detection services in Durham, NC.

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Leak Detection Services as a Precaution

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

leaking-plastic-pipePreviously, we’ve posted about hidden leaks and the ways you can tell that they’re occurring in your home—specifically the troublesome slab leak. Once you believe you have leaks in your household plumbing, you can call on plumbers to use leak detection techniques to pinpoint where the leaks are happening and then find the quickest and cleanest way to repair them.

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5 Reasons You May Have High Water Bills

Monday, July 10th, 2017

water-down-the-drainHere’s an unpleasant experience most of us are familiar with: your monthly bill arrives, and the amount on it is much higher than normal. Suddenly, your monthly budget plan has been thrown off, and you’re scrambling to find out exactly why the cost has made an abrupt jump.

Our Durham, NC plumbers are familiar with a wide range of different plumbing troubles that can affect homes, so we have a good idea of the reasons that your water bill might arrive showing a higher gallons-per-month usage. In most cases, you’ll need to have professionals take care of repairs—and we have the people for the job ready 24/7 to help out!

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