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Need a Residential Plumber in Eastern Idaho?


By: Karli Willden

On any given day, without warning, you may find you are in urgent need of a local plumber. You might have found you are unexpectedly out of hot water with a household full of guests. Or, maybe you have clogged drains or leaky faucets which have progressively gotten worse. Trifling with leaking pipes, leaking water heaters or broken garbage disposals, or trying to install new faucets or plumbing could end up costing you more than it would cost to hire a professional in the first place. A number of things could go wrong with your household plumbing, and only a plumber can inspect and repair these issues in the least amount of time. Here is what a residential plumber can do for you.

Plumbing Inspections and Repairs

When you opt to call a plumber, here are a few things you can expect. A plumber will arrive at your home and assess the visual traces of water leaks and malfunctions. Each plumber coming on the scene will know exactly what to look for and where to look first. Having many years of experience doing many plumbing jobs, he or she will know the common signs and will quickly find the root of the problem in what would ordinarily take you hours or days to find.

Some plumbing problems, however, are difficult to find, even for plumbers. That is, if they don’t have the proper equipment. Not all plumbing leaks are created equal and some are much more difficult to pinpoint without the proper equipment most homeowners lack. A professional plumber, however, comes prepared to find even the most difficult leaks and malfunctions.

For example, plumbers carry with them special plumbing instruments able to detect even the faintest sound of a water leak. Other equipment used will help to detect moisture differences in a room or in the walls. If the plumbing issue has yet to be revealed at this point, the plumber will resort to pipe video inspection which will eliminate any doubt of what the issue is. Plumbers are able to quickly find the source of a problem with their high tech equipment, which means the issue can be resolved at a faster rate to minimize damages.

Plumbing Installations: Homes &  Businesses

If you are planning a home remodel project in the near future, or are looking to build a new home or business, finding a good plumbing contractor will make or break your building experience. Nothing is more frustrating than to build or remodel a brand new home or business, only to have plumbing problems a short time later. One small leak can mean significant property damage and costly repairs, which is why you want to hire a proven, professional plumber to install your plumbing systems in your homes or businesses.

If you are looking for a residential plumber in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Shelley, or Rexburg, Mathews Plumbing is a great choice! As a well-known plumbing contractor, we have the experience and certifications to install new construction plumbing, plumbing for bathroom and kitchen remodels, installation of sinks, showers, bathtubs, garbage disposals, water heaters, water softeners, sewer and waste lines, and much more. Give Mathews Plumbing a call today for a free estimate at 208-357-3439.

Plumbing Job: Golden Valley Natural

In 2016, Mathews Plumbing provided commercial plumbing services for Golden Valley Natural’s brand new facility located in Shelley, Idaho. Golden Valley Natural has making delicious, organic jerky since 1968 and with recent company changes, decided to build a bigger, better facility to fit their growing company. This brand new facility needed many sinks, toilets, and water fountains for its office employees.

We love providing excellent plumbing services for local Idaho businesses. Contact Mathews Plumbing for more information about our commercial plumbing services and how we can best serve you and your next construction project.

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Plumbing Job: Mountain View Event Center

Get the behind the scenes look at on of our recent plumbing jobs, done in the spring of 2016. We provided plumbing installation services for the future Mountain View Event Center, located in Pocatello, Idaho.

It might not look like much in the early stages, but these exposed pipes are the beginnings of numerous toilets, sinks, water fountains, and medical plumbing facilities to meet the needs of this large event center.

This project is just one of the many plumbing jobs completed by Mathews Plumbing to provide Southeast Idaho with more advanced and quality plumbing systems. For more project information or for assistance with your next plumbing job, contact Mathews Plumbing.
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Quick Cures for Clogged Drains

By: Karli Willden

Indoor plumbing is quite an amazing system. Water and sewage is directed and maneuvered inside and out of the house through pipes in the walls and ceiling. It works so well it is almost easy to forget about and take for granted, but plumbing has a way of reminding us it is there. Clogged drains, for example, remind you the hard way why it’s important to maintain your plumbing to function properly and last through the years. A little maintenance today could save you a lot of problems tomorrow. If you already have clogged drains in your home, see if you can use some of our quick fix solutions below, or maybe you need to call a plumber.

Where Do Most Clogged Drains Occur?

Clogged drains can occur in any part of the house at any time. Depending on the care and past maintenance of the plumbing, a plumbing issue could arise with the kitchen sink disposal, the bathroom toilet, the bathtub or the shower drain. Often the drains which are mostly likely to get clogged are those which get used the most. Seems logical enough, right? This might be different for your household, but generally the most common clogged drains occur in kitchen drain or toilets. Read on below to see what you need to do for your common household clogged drains.

Need to Know & Have

  1. Toilet Plunger: Use on toilet drain
  2. Cup-style Plunger: Use on any drain, except toilet drain
  3. Drain Snake or Drain Stick
  4. Avoid chemical drain cleaners

Tub/Shower Drain Clogs

Ever been in a bathroom shower or tub that had a clogged drain? If you have, you know what it feels like to be the second person in line, patiently waiting to use the shower or tub. Then, once it is finally your turn, the realization hits you are going to have to wait for the water to slowly drain, or wade in it during your bath or shower. With some easy fixes, however, these drains can be restored to its normal flow. One of the first culprits of a clogged shower or drain is the hair. According to, a person normally sheds between 50-100 hairs per day! If you live in a family where several individuals have long hair, you can only imagine it wouldn’t take long for there to be a clogged drain due to hair.  

Tips to Unclog: Remove the hair causing the drain to clog with a drain stick, spring-steel snake, or wire hanger. By using these tools, large clumps of hair causing the plug can be removed.

How to Prevent: Clean hair out of the tub before pulling the plug. As you make this a habit, you would be shocked at how much hair you prevented from going down the drain.

Toilet Drain Clogs

One of the most dreaded clogged drains to have in the house is a clogged toilet. A few common culprits for a clogged toilet might include feminine hygiene products, thick toilet paper, paper towels, dental floss, baby wipes, cotton balls/swabs, and, well, you know the rest. Anything other than toilet paper and natural waste that is flushed can cause significant damage to the plumbing system.

How to Prevent: Make sure only waste and toilet paper are flushed down the toilet, and none of the following below:

  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Thick Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Dental Floss
  • Baby Wipes
  • Cotton Balls/Swabs

Tips to Unclog: If the only items flushed were TP and waste, a toilet plunger could work fine. If any of the other items have been flushed, your best bet is to call a plumber. Feminine hygiene products are not made to break up, and they must be removed from the plumbing system. Call a plumber to see if he will need to come out and remove the obstruction in the pipe, before the situation gets worse.

Kitchen Sink Clogs

Sink clogs are all too common in the kitchen. Grease and meal leftovers are often rinsed and washed down the sink, instead of making its way into the trash. Common causes of sink drains include, food, grease and oils.

How to Prevent: Always make sure to throw away grease, oils, shells and skins in the trash and not down the sink.
Tips to Unclog: Use a plunger to work drain, while holding a stopper with your other hand in the other side of the sink. By doing this the right amount of pressure will be created to unstop the clog. If you have a bigger blockage caused by potato skins or eggshells, those can be removed by disassembling the elbow under the sink and removing them. Avoid pouring any chemicals down the drains to unclog the blockage, as it is hard on the pipes. If your kitchen clog issues still persist, give Matthews Plumbing a call at 208-357-3439 for more detailed instructions.

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When to Replace Your Plumbing

By: Karli Willden

Replacing your home plumbing can be expensive. Not replacing your pipes when it is needed, however, can be even more costly. So at what point do you know you should replace your pipes, or if you would be okay to hold off for a while longer? Listed below are a few tips to give you a general idea of when you may or may not need to replace your plumbing. Give Mathews Plumbing a call today for additional questions or service requests at 208-357-3439.

Professional Plumbing Inspection

First, and foremost, getting an expert opinion is never a bad idea. With a plumbing inspection, a professional plumber can take a look at the condition of the plumbing system. Older plumbing systems are much different than modern plumbing systems. Some of the older plumbing systems will have shorter life expectancies and higher risks inherited with them. Only a professional plumber will be able to analyze the condition of the plumbing and tell you whether or not work will need to be done.

Red Flags in Plumbing

  • House Older than 60 years old
  • Yellow/Brown Water
  • Hot Water is Shot
  • Exposed Pipes Show Corrosion
  • Galvanized Pipes
  • Lead and Polybutylene Pipes

Listed above are red flags and indicators to know when you should definitely consider replacing the plumbing in your home or business. Ignoring or postponing these issues could be harmful for your health or lead to an all-out disaster in your home. Especially if you have lead or polybutylene pipes in your home or business, you should give extra caution as lead can be absorbed and later dangerously consumed. Galvanized pipes pose similar threats to the household and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Remodeling & Add Ons

Checking on and replacing your plumbing is not always as simple as changing out a tire on your car. Since plumbing is embedded in walls and not out in the open, there are limited opportunities to inspect and replace the plumbing. Opportunities to check on your plumbing and replace the system may come as you do home remodels or add ons. Since you will already be in construction mode, replacing your plumbing at the same time will be efficient and convenient. Mathews Plumbing has a wealth of experience replacing old plumbing systems. If you are planning a remodel for your home or business in the near future, give us a call and we can talk about what it would take to replace your old, outdated plumbing system.

Older Homes

If you live in an older home and do not plan on doing any remodeling or add ons in the future, then periodically check out the plumbing that is out in the open. By making a point to inspect the plumbing in your home each year, you can prevent any major water or sewage leak from your plumbing. Listed below are the life expectancies of several types of plumbing pipes. Find out what type of pipe is used in your house and make sure to monitor it frequently. Look for signs of water leaks or corrosion on the pipes.

Plumbing Types & Life Expectancy

Brass–80-100 years

Copper–70-80 years

Galvanized steel–80-100 years

For more information on when is the best time to replace old pipe systems, give Mathews Plumbing a call today at 208-357-3439. We would be happy to answer any other questions you may have about your plumbing.

Best Commercial Plumbing Tips

By: Karli Willden

Southeast Idaho Plumbing

If you think a plumbing disaster is the worst at your home, imagine what it would be like to experience a plumbing disaster at your business. With customers to serve, expectations to meet and endless demands to cater, a plumbing disaster is a business owner’s worst nightmare. On top of everything else you have to handle in a day, a plumbing fiasco should not be one of them. Believe it or not, a majority of the time a plumbing disaster in your business can be avoided by regular maintenance. Learn what you can do to save yourself the headache of a costly plumbing disaster.  

Commercial Plumbing Maintenance

  • Pump the Septic Often: A consistent flow of customers using the restrooms at your business means more buildup in the septic at a faster rate. Removing the sludge from your septic tank often is important to avoid future damages to the whole system. When was the last time you have had your septic tank pumped? If it has been longer than 3-5 years it may be time for your septic to be pumped, depending on the age of your business. Give our plumber a call to see if it is time for your septic tank to be pumped.   
  • Do Something about Slow Drains: Businesses that ignore or temporally put off fixing a slow drain often wind up with bigger issues, such as flooding or worse. If your business has slow drains, it is recommended you get a plumber to come to inspect it and make repairs as soon as possible. A drain that is not functioning properly might mean a buildup, but also could be an indicator of bigger problems.
  • Drain Covers: Solid objects that wind up in the pipes can cause a lot of issues. By making sure your business has drain covers in the kitchen and bathroom, you will be able to avoid blockages in the pipe that could result in a major disaster.
  • Frozen Pipes: If you live in an area where the temperature drops below freezing, it is important to look out for frozen pipes. Make sure to keep your thermostat temperatures consistent and make sure your pipes are properly insulated. If your pipes have frozen, it is important to take action immediately to thaw the pipes. A blow dryer, a space heater or even heat tape is recommended. Consult with our plumber on other tips to prevent frozen pipes.

Special Tips for Restaurant Owners

  • Pump Grease Trap Regularly: One main cause of clogged pipes is when grease, oils or fats are dumped down the drain and the grease trap is not regularly pumped. Most restaurants should already have a grease trap installed, however, some may need to install a replacement to spare your plumbing issues down the road. If you cannot remember the last time your grease trap was pumped, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a professional plumber.
  • Put Food in Trash Not Drain: Indoor plumbing is not designed to be an indoor trash collector for dumping food and waste down the drain. Restaurant owners, in particularly, ought to make sure food is dumped in the trash cans and not down the sink. By properly disposing food in trash cans, buildup in your pipes can be avoided.
  • Regularly Have Plumbing Inspected: One way to make sure you can avoid an unexpected plumbing blowup is to make sure to have the plumber out frequently to make sure everything’s running smoothly and to diagnose any suspected issues in its early stages. By constantly inspecting and maintaining your plumbing, you can prevent unexpected disasters down the road.

Give Mathews Plumbing a call today at 208-357-3439 to learn more about commercial plumbing tips, or to schedule an appointment with one of our Southeastern Idaho Plumbers.  

Plumbing Job: Western States Equipment in Pocatello

Western States Equipment Job in Pocatello

Mathews Plumbing provides excellent plumbing, heating, and cooling services for industrial and commercial buildings. This recent plumbing job was for the Western States Equipment industrial building in Pocatello. Industrial plumbing jobs are more extensive than usual residential jobs, and we pride ourselves in providing quality service in both areas. 

View highlights of this project and the extensive plumbing provided. Contact Mathews Plumbing for more information on industrial plumbing services, or give us a call at 208-357-3439.

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Plumbing Job: Mountain River Veterinary Hospital in Rigby

Mathews Plumbing does not just provide excellent plumbing, heating, and cooling services, but we offer plumbing specialized for medical offices. This project was completed in 2015 and provided the foundational plumbing needs for Mountain River Veterinary Hospital located in Rigby, Idaho. Mountain River provides all necessary veterinary services for small pets, horses, and cattle in the Rigby area.

Our medical plumbing services are done following all safety procedures and medical safety procedures to ensure the safety of medical staff, customers, and their furry patients.

Contact Mathews Plumbing for more information on medical plumbing services.

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Plumbing Project in Dubois, WY

Dubois, Wyoming

Mathew’s Plumbing is located in Shelley, Idaho, but we travel to various locations in the Snake Valley of Eastern Idaho and on occasion, Wyoming. This recent heating and plumbing project took our crew all the way to Dubois, Wyoming, located about three and a half hours from our office in Shelley.

We also carry out plumbing, heating, and cooling projects in various industries including:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Medical
  • Agricultural, as the case with this project

For more information on agricultural plumbing projects, or projects in Wyoming, contact Mathews Plumbing or call us at 208-357-3439.





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What Not to Put Down Garbage Disposal

By: Karli Willden

Idaho Falls Plumbing Tips

Sometimes the sink disposal is used for all the wrong reasons. Many people think if you have old food in the your refrigerator, you can put it down the garbage disposal with no worries. WRONG. This type of thinking can cause lots of plumbing issues by putting the wrong things down the pipes. While the disposal can grind the food, there are issues with the grinded food making its way through the pipes. The sink disposal is not the food garbage of the house, and should be used sparingly. It is important people are aware of what they should or should not put down their garbage disposals to save them money in the long run. Continue reading