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What Happens During a Plumbing Inspection?

A North Houston resident bought a 3-story home last year and it was old enough that a friend expressed concerns about plumbing and wiring. “If there’s anything wrong, the inspector will catch it,” said the home buyer airily. Months later, the kitchen ceiling crashed to the floor from the weight of water damage. Home [...]

September 5th, 2019|Blog, Plumbing, Plumbing Tips|

Summer Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Spring fills us with hope and renewed energy, but "Summertime is always the best of what might be," said Charles Bowden. Most of us begin reorganizing our yards and homes after Memorial Day. At Bradbury Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing, we focus on indoor air filters, ductwork, and plumbing! You should too. Add Plumbing to Your [...]

July 12th, 2018|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

3 of the Most Common Plumbing Disasters and How to Prevent Them

With some of the flooding situations we experienced in 2017 (Hurricane Harvey tops the list), most Southeast Texas residents don’t need to be told, “Plan for the worst; hope for the best.” We thought we were prepared. Plumbing Problems Have Clues If plumbing disasters could be prevented, you’d think property-owners and homeowners would do whatever [...]

Do I Need a Reverse Osmosis System in My Home?

There are many ways to make hard water soft and pure. Water softeners do a great job of removing harsh minerals that can damage large appliances, but they usually don’t purify drinking water. Thanks to technology, ways to whole-house purify water include: Dual ionization and oxygen electrodes to remove chemicals Electrical impulses to break minerals [...]

How to Avoid Clogged Drains When You Host a Crowd

Grandpa and cousins and kids, oh my! When you opened your North Houston home to shelter friends and family impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you knew it would strain your food budget and living space. But there was never any doubt you would immediately open your heart and home to those in need. We’re Texans. We [...]

October 10th, 2017|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

Septic Tank Maintenance – What You Need to Know

As your local plumbers, Bradbury Brothers Services offers septic tank repair when your property’s septic system causes drainage issues. But if you take advantage of our commercial and residential maintenance services, you may not ever need expensive septic system repairs. Septic Systems for ‘Dummies’ “A septic system is relatively maintenance-free,” says Home Maintenance for Dummies. [...]

When Do You Need Storm Drain Cleaning?

The day before Hurricane Harvey visited, a neighbor was cleaning the leaves out of the gutters, anticipating heavy rains. He was right; in addition to damaging winds, 24 hours later Southeast Texas traffic was paralyzed by flooding roadways and streets. You should clean your home’s gutters twice a year; more if you have heavier foliage. [...]

10 Benefits of a Home Water Filtration System

Southeast Texas water is rich in minerals, and cities add fluoride, chlorine or chloramines (chloride and ammonia) to disinfect our raw water supply. It seems most, if not all, of us are using some kind of home water filtration system to remove chemicals and additional impurities in our drinking water. Some people use filters that [...]

September 14th, 2017|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

How to Know When Your Garbage Disposal Needs to be Replaced

Garbage disposals should last longer than you would think. Most come with a warranty, but if your disposal was already in place when you bought your home, you might be unclear about its age. A garbage disposal can last 8-15 years. A twelve-year lifespan is average. You May Need a New Garbage Disposal if . [...]

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Water Heaters

Most hot water appliances generate heat. Standard water heaters create heat. Hybrid HPWH (heat pump water heaters) use electricity to move heat from one place to another. When hot water demand is the greatest, hybrid water heaters automatically switch to standard electric resistance heat. Pros of Hybrid Hot Water Heaters HPWHs have control panels that [...]

FAQs: Why Does Water Drain Slowly in My Kitchen Sink?

At Bradbury Brothers Services, we get a lot of FAQs (frequently asked questions), and one of them is, “Why does it take so long for the water to drain from my kitchen sink?” Drain clogs are the usual culprits in any slow-draining sink or tub. Drain Clogs Revisited We always tell our friends and neighbors [...]

Pros & Cons: Hard Water vs. Soft Water

Utah State University released water quality information that cited the value of hard water – and contrary to what many of us believe, hard water can be beneficial to our bodies! “Hard water” has high levels of calcium, magnesium, and other metals as part of its content. The more minerals in the water, the harder [...]

Choosing the Right Fixture for Your Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink and faucet is probably the hardest working of all the plumbing fixtures in your home. If you’re building new or renovating your kitchen this year, you need to focus on several aspects of plumbing fixtures, including faucets. Of course you want aesthetics; even a hard-working faucet can be an attention-grabber or even [...]

How Does Hard Water Affect Equipment?

“Remember when you dinged your 1960s/‘70s car that was made out of enough steel to double as a Leopard tank?” asks Ray Sparvell. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to! That includes many cars and most equipment and appliances we use today. Sometimes it’s more cost-effective to replace rather than repair! However, the [...]

What NOT to Do With Your Garbage Disposal – Myths Exposed

Don’t be embarrassed if you believed the Facebook hoax about “Jayden K Smith.” A lot of us fell for that one! Most myths or hoaxes have some basis in reality – enough that they make sense. Believe it or not, there are even myths about garbage disposal maintenance. Here’s what you can’t put in your [...]

July 27th, 2017|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

Best Cleaning Solutions for Cleaning Plumbing Fixtures

Cleaning plumbing fixtures is something we’ve all done at one time or another. Most of us clean or have them scrubbed at least once a week. Plumbing fixtures include: Drain opening attachments Faucets, faucet handles Showers, shower heads Sinks Spigots Toilets What You Can’t See Might Hurt You You know that kitchen and bathroom sinks [...]

When Your Pipe Bursts – How to Reduce Flood Effects Indoors

A small pipe leak could be a precursor to a burst water pipe, and you should take action immediately. That is if you see the leak. If broken pipes and clogged drains gave you a warning, you wouldn’t need emergency plumbing services! Temporary Fixes Gather the hamster and the other family pets and put them [...]

Is Insulating Your Water Pipes a Good Idea?

Insulating the hot water pipes in your home reduces heat loss and can increase the water temperature by up to 4º F. Water pipe insulation is a cost-effective maintenance procedure that takes very little time to complete, yet represents a nice cost savings by letting you lower your water temperature setting. How to Protect Your [...]

Leaky Toilets Can Drain Your Bank Account – Don’t Let It Happen to You!

It’s not always easy to tell where a toilet leak is originating. Typically, it’s due to a toilet flapper or valve seal becoming old and/or worn out, but there are other reasons you may have a leaky toilet or two. Even a little leak can hurt your bank account: a running toilet can waste hundreds [...]