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How to Find a Hidden Water Leak in Plumbing Pipes

“What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” That’s a less than stellar idiom to begin with, but when applied to plumbing pipes, it’s downright dangerous. If a hidden water leak is unattended, you could be in a world of pain when you discover the damage it can do. Winter Storm Uri was one for the [...]

Protect Your Plumbing This Winter

Our area’s older, historical homes are built to last! There are also many beautiful, well-constructed newer homes in Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Shenandoah, Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball and surrounding northern Houston communities. Home construction is year-round in Texas, and it’s not surprising that many home builders don’t take into consideration the possibility of [...]

December 10th, 2020|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

Unclogging Some Assumptions about Plumbing Repair

Plumbing repair has more than its share of urban myths. One assumption is that all plumbers are going to scam you somehow. That’s true in a few cases, but the majority of professional plumbing contractors also have personal ethics they bring to every job. Other assumptions that need to be “unclogged” are plumbing repair [...]

Proper Plunger Technique – Dos and Don’ts of Plunging

Don’t get us wrong; we are happy to visit your home when you need plumbing services. At the same time, when your kitchen or bathroom sink is clogged, you need to do the right thing or risk damaging your pipes. Then, you will have no choice. You have to call us. Before Using a [...]

Top 5 Tips for Help with Hard Water in a Toilet Tank

Hard water can be a problem in Texas, and if you don’t know how to stay on top of it, you’ll have plumbing problems that might even lead to replacing your toilet. In Conroe, for example, calcium and magnesium are naturally occurring drinking water minerals and can be present in enough quantity that the [...]

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 [...]

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 . [...]

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 [...]