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Tuesday, February 18 2020
Garbage disposals do wonders for your kitchen, giving you an easy way to get rid of small food waste. Thus, when your garbage disposal has issues, you really notice it. Garbage disposals can experience several kinds of problems.
Here’s a list of common garbage disposal issues and how you can solve them.
1. Clogged Garbage Disposal
Clogged garbage disposals are a common plumbing complaint. Most clogs are caused by one of the following:
When a clog happens, the blades are trapped. You’ll hear a humming noise without the sound of blades turning.
Solving a Clogged Garbage Disposal
If your disposal has a hex hole on the bottom, you can insert an Allen wrench and turn the blades until they can rotate completely. If it doesn’t have a hex hole, you’ll want a dedicated garbage disposal wrench.
Run water after freeing the blades. If water doesn’t pass through, fill the sink halfway and use a sink plunger until the sink drains.
If none of this works, you’ll need a plumber’s help.
2. Garbage Disposal Won’t Turn On
A garbage disposal could fail to turn on for a few reasons. Its motor might be damaged, electric power might not be reaching it, or its overload protector may have been tripped.
Solving a Garbage Disposal That Won’t Turn On
First, check the overload protector to see if it’s been tripped. If it is, find the reset button on the bottom of the disposal and push it. Wait 10 minutes and try again if it doesn’t stay in. Turn on the disposal once you get the button to be pressed up to see if it’s working.
If not, see if the circuit-breaker has been tripped. If it hasn’t, look for any loose electrical connection.
If none of these were the case, call a technician, as your disposal motor may be damaged.
3. Leaking Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals can leak from the top, sides, and bottom.
Solving a Leaking Garbage Disposal
Top leaks are caused when the garbage disposal does not have a proper seal between it and the sink drain hole. You will have to replace whatever item is causing the imperfect seal.
If it’s a side leak, then the cause is a bad connection with your dishwasher connector or drainage pipe. If it’s the dishwasher connection, remove the connection and clean out the pipe and connector. Clamp them back together tightly afterwards.
If it’s the drainage pipe that’s causing issue, it’s likely because the rubber gasket inside has been damaged in some way. Take the drainage pipe apart, clean it out, and replace the gasket; then, reconnect everything, making sure all connections are sealed tight.
Lastly, leaks from the bottom of the disposal unfortunately don’t have a quick fix. See if your disposal is still within its warranty period — if so, the manufacturer should replace it for you.
Friday, February 07 2020
How to Keep Your Sink From Clogging
Sink clogs may seem like a minor inconvenience, but they can turn into a serious problem when left untreated. Not to mention that they can be pretty unpleasant. If you don’t want to deal with the nasty results of an unpleasant clog, you need to take measure to keep your sink from clogging.
Follow these tips to do so.
1. Know What Can Go Down Your Sink
Sinks mainly get clogged by people throwing the wrong kind of waste down the drain. Some of the primary culprits are oil/grease, hair, coffee grounds, and bones.
2. Run Hot Water Down the Drain After Each Use
Sometimes, a little oil or grease may make its way into the drain. Run a bit of hot water after each use to keep the oil moving down the drain.
Additionally, you may consider pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain to wash away any other stubborn oil residue.
Don’t use cold water, as the grease will solidify and worsen the problem.
3. Baking Soda and Hot Water
Every once in a while, you may want to throw some baking soda down your drain before running the hot water. Baking soda does an excellent job of cleaning out extra particles, and it eliminates many foul odors that may arise from food waste.
4. Vinegar and Hot Water
Vinegar is another excellent household sink cleaner. It contains a mild acid — ascetic acid — which can help break down and loosen buildup from food particles and other organic material.
Every so often, pour 1 cup of vinegar down your sink and let it rest for a half an hour; then, run the hot water to wash away the vinegar and buildup from your sink’s drain.
5. Don’t Use Drain Cleaning Chemicals
Drain cleaning chemicals are a tempting solution when your sink clogs, but they can corrode your pipes over time, leading to worse problems down the road for your plumbing.
Monday, January 20 2020
Prevent Plumbing Nightmares With These 5 Tips
Modern plumbing is a wonderful invention. However, failure to take proper care of your plumbing system can result in some nasty effects.
Prevent plumbing nightmares from occurring with these tips.
Check the Water Pressure
If your water pressure every drops significantly while showering or washing your hands, check the water immediately. This drop in water pressure could be serious. A leak in the water main will affect everything is your home; call a professional right away to handle this. If the leak is localized to a shower head or a sink, you may just need to clean the aerators.
Call a professional if you can’t identify what is causing the issue.
Check for Leaks Regularly
Leaks can run up your water bill, but when left untreated for a long time, they can also cause costly damage to other systems in your home.
Inspect your faucets, under your sinks, and around your toilets regularly. If you see any water that shouldn’t be there, you might have a leak.
Check appliances such as dishwashers and laundry machines as well.
If you can find the leak, repair it as fast as you can to minimize potential water damage. If you are unable to locate or fix a leak, have a professional do it as soon as possible.
Prevent Clogged Drains
Clogs are more than annoyances; they are a breeding ground for bacteria that can get into your water and cause serious health issues. Clogs may even cause leaks in other parts of your plumbing.
Do not flush anything but toilet paper and waste down toilets. Do not put anything down your sink that doesn’t belong, either. Use sink guards if shaving is a cause of clogs in your home.
As for your kitchen sink: only put food down your garbage disposal that it can handle, and never pour grease or fat down your drain.
If you experience a drain clog, avoid drain cleaning chemicals. They work in the short term, but can cause your pipes to corrode. Call a professional if you are unable to unclog a drain yourself.
Clean Your Toilet Tank
Your toilet bowl accumulates bacteria, mold, mildew, and other substances over time. Since flushing your toilet causes toilet tank water to transfer to your toilet bowl, a dirty toilet tank can make cleaning the toilet bowl difficult to later on.
Clean Your Toilet Bowl
Your toilet bowl deserves a regular cleaning, too. Not just because it looks nice, but also to help your toilet function normally. Dirty toilets can clog and corrode, leading to future problems. Plus, you can more easily identify early warning signs of plumbing issues.
In particular, keep your siphon jets (the holes in the toilet rim that transfer water from the tank to the bowl) clean. You can find many solutions for cleaning your siphon jets online, or you may have a plumber look at them.
Bonus 6th tip: Call a professional plumber if you aren’t sure of your ability to complete any of these tasks. Contact Barner Murphy if you’re looking for a Bucks County plumber to nightmare-proof your plumbing system.
Monday, January 20 2020
During this past holiday season, you hopefully got to experience family, friends, and lots of food.
But among the festivities, your plumbing systems probably took a hit. In particular, your drains might be clogged.
Drain clogs often happen soon after the holiday season due to large amount of food being prepared and more guests in the home who may not fully understand your plumbing system.
How to Unclog a Drain
Plunger: For smaller clogs, a plunger may be enough to loosen the clog. Start by using your plunger a few times.
Boiling Water: Bring a full pot of water to a boil. When done, pour a little bit of the water down the drain at a time, pausing a few seconds between pours to let the water loosen the clog.
Wire Hanger: Wire coat hangers can reach into tight drain spaces and grab materials causing clogs. First, straighten the hanger as much as possible. Then, bend one end into a hook shape. Now, you can stick the hook into the drain and pull up the material causing the clog. Do this until you think the clog is clear, then flush with hot water.
Vinegar & Baking Soda: Mix about ⅓ cup vinegar with ⅓ cup baking soda, then pour down the drain. The bubbling caused by this science project mixture will help break down a clog. Wait about an hour, then run hot water down the drain to clean it out.
Plumbing Snake: If you have a plumbing snake, this can be used to reach into the drain and break up the clog.
What About Drain Cleaner?
Avoid drain cleaner products. These products might be tempting if you’re looking for a quick clog fix, but they can corrode your pipes over time. Once your pipes corrode, larger plumbing problems can occur down the road.
If the clog is that bad, a professional plumber would be the best choice for the health of your plumbing system.
How to Prevent a Future Drain Clog
Sink: Improper food disposal causes most kitchen clogs. Fat, oil, and grease are the main perpetrators. They’re liquid when hot, but when they solidify after cooling, they clog your drain.
Instead, let any fat, oil, or grease cool, the scrape it into a container you can throw out. When the container is full, put it in a plastic bag and throw it away to prevent leaking.
Garbage Disposal: some think that the garbage disposal can take any waste, but that’s not true. Avoid putting the following down your garbage disposal:
Leave a trash can in a visible location in your bathroom so all waste not meant for any of your drains ends up there.
Sink: Don’t fill the sink with water before shaving. Use drain guards when you shave, and ask that any guests do so as well.
Toilet: The only materials that should go down the toilet are waste and toilet paper. Even “flushable” wipes should go in the garbage.
If you have guests that aren’t keen on that, consider buying a sign that says so. They exist in many forms, from simple to stylish.
Shower: Install a drain screen to catch hairs in the shower. You will need to clean it out after use, but it’s better than a clog.
Do you have an especially nasty drain clog in Bucks County? Don’t dump a bottle of drain cleaning chemicals down the drain — call a professional plumber. Barner Murphy is ready to help your drains get back to work.
Monday, May 29 2017
When it comes to plumbing issues, nobody knows how to avoid them completely. Part of owning or even renting a place is expecting that there will be some sort of plumbing issue at any given point in time. At Barner Murphy, we can help you take some of the guess-work out of your plumbing concerns, especially when it comes to issues that you might be able to keep at bay. In the event that you do require the assistance of a professional plumber, the master plumbers of Barner Murphy are always ready to assist.
“Preventative plumbing” might sound like an oxymoron, but it’s really a wonderful concept. Imagine if you could live in your home without ever having to worry about plumbing issues? You’d have no need to stress about clogged toilets, leaking faucets, or damaged pipes. For many people, taking the time to learn some preventative plumbing tips has helped ease their concerns and also freed up their precious time.
It’s been said that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and this is true even when it comes to plumbing. If you can implement a few strategies so that you keep yourself from requiring the expertise of a plumber, then you’ll save both time and money. A few of the tips that follow will keep you free from plumbing worries, and save you both the hassle and the headache associated with plumbing problems.
Watch your waste. While it might seem like common sense, it’s often surprising to find out that may people put paper towels and napkins in their toilets. These are too thick and fibrous for most plumbing lines and putting them in toilets often leads to clogs and overflows. Use a recycled toilet paper, and make sure that you only use as much as absolutely necessary. In addition, keep an eye on how much water you use in your bathroom and your kitchen. Overuse can put a strain on the pipes and also contributes to elevated utility bills, as well.
At Barner Murphy we can help you find ways to cut back on plumbing costs so that you live a more efficient lifestyle. Our master plumbers work with customers in the Bucks County area so that they can enjoy their homes and recue their reliance on services. If you have questions about how to integrate more preventative plumbing into your lifestyle, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Sunday, May 14 2017
Are you a home owner or a renter? Maybe you’ve just decided to buy a new place and are looking for a few pointers to keep plumbing issues at bay. Even if you are a seasoned home owner, it is never too late to learn a few ways to keep yourself free form plumbing hassles. At Barner Murphy, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional plumbing services for the Bucks County area. We know that it can be a nightmare to fix plumbing problems, so we do what we can to educate our clients about common plumbing issues, as well as how to avoid them.
When it comes to plumbing issues, there are probably too many to list. At Barner Murphy, we do what we can to make sure that our customers feel confident about tackling the issues on their own. If you can learn how to effectively avoid the plumbing issues in the first place, it will save you both time and money. A few of the most common plumbing issues include clogged toilets and leaking faucets. Almost everyone has dealt with these issues at one time or another. At Barner Murphy, we’ll do whatever we can to keep you from experiencing these issues in the first place.
Clogged toilets are one of the most common plumbing issues of all time. Especially if you live in a multi-person household, it is not unusual to have to pull out a plunger almost monthly. For some families, it seems like they deal with a clogged toilet almost every week. One of the best ways to avoid a clogged toilet is to cut back on the amount of toilet tissue used, and to avoid purchasing thick-weave toilet paper.
Another common plumbing problem is leaking faucets. Although they are not considered emergencies, neglected faucets can lead to higher utility bills, and even changes in the water temperature. At Barner Murphy, we can help you find ways to avoid this problem with a few quick tips. If you want to hire us for a professional estimate, we’ll be happy to assist you. When it comes to plumbing issues, no job is too big or too small for Barner Murphy. We do whatever we can to make sure that our customers are content. The next time you need professional advice, give a call to Barner Murphy and find out what we can do to help.
Friday, April 28 2017
If you are a new home-owner or even if you’re someone who is simply interested in buying a home, then Barner Murphy can help you get some of your needs taken care of in advance. Even if you’re only renting right now, it’s still good to have an excellent plumbing team on call for those times when you really need it. Anyone who decides to rent, buy, or sell a home knows that it’s important to have a plumber on hand for those times when you really need one.
At Barner Murphy we understand that it requires both patience and perseverance to take care of a home. That’s why we do whatever we can to ensure that each of our customers feels welcome and secure with our products and services. If you have never had to call a plumber, then you might not be sure why you would need to have one on hand, but if you’ve been down the road of repair already, then you understand the importance.
Each of the plumbers at Barner Murphy is specially trained to handle even the toughest of plumbing issues. We know that it can be frustrating to have a bathroom toilet clog or a sink pipe burst. This is why we make sure that each member of our crew is prepared to handle even the trickiest of plumbing issues. Whenever you call Barner Murphy, you can rest assured that your plumbing need is in good hands. The next time you require the skills of a qualified plumbing team, call on Barner Murphy and we’ll take care of whatever your problem is.
Barner Murphy is a qualified, master plumbing team that handles a wide range of plumbing issues for the Bucks County and surrounding area. We know that it can be problematic to have a plumbing issue that is out of your scope of knowledge, and we do whatever we can to handle the issue promptly and professionally. At Barner Murphy we’ll do whatever we can to ensure that you are satisfied with our efforts. If you’re worried about cost, Barner Murphy will do whatever possible to see that your budget isn’t compromised. We rely on customer satisfaction and we take great pride in our work. The next time you need a plumber to help you tackle a problem, big or small, give us a ring and we’ll see what we can do to take the edge off your issue.
Thursday, April 20 2017
If you’re a home-owner, then you know how important it can be to keep your home, and especially your bathroom. looking and smelling fresh. At Barner Murphy, we’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of your precious cleaning time. With a little bit of creativity and effort, you can have a bathroom that looks and smells absolutely wonderful.
Because there are a wide variety of surfaces in a bathroom, it’s only natural for this space to require more frequent and thorough cleaning. For some people, cleaning the bathroom is one of the most unpleasant of any possible cleaning task. However, with a simple checklist and a couple of stand-by natural cleaners, you can make the most of your time and walk away with a bathroom and looks and smells great.
Cleaning bathroom windows can be a breeze with a little vinegar and water. Simply make a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water, add it to a spray bottle, and then spray on any glass surfaces. You can use either a paper towel or a soft, absorbent cloth to wipe. Some old, cut-up t-shirts and newspapers also make great window wipers, as well. Some people like to use micro-fiber cloths, and you can always try out a few of each to see which option you like best.
For cleaning showers and counters, there are a variety of cleaners and cloths that will make this an easy job to handle. We recommend trying a few of the following combinations to see which work best for your particular counter needs: an equal part vinegar and water combination, a baking soda and water paste, a store-bought cleanser that does not contain abrasive ingredients. All of these options can be used on tile, counters, cabinets and even shower scum. If you are trying to clean grout, then a simple baking soda and undiluted hydrogen mixture works wonders. For those wishing to make their own homemade cleansers, the possibilities are endless with a quick online search for recipes.
When it comes to toilet cleaning, you actually don’t need too many chemicals to give it a good clean. Try the following: Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda inside the toilet, then dump a cup of undiluted white vinegar into the water. Some people use a reusable toilet brush to scrub this mixture and claim that it really works great at removing both stubborn stains and offensive smells. To wrap up your toilet cleaning, simply spry and wipe down the lid and the bowl with some undiluted hydrogen peroxide.
Friday, March 31 2017
If you are a home owner or if you own a residential business, then chances are you have thought about doing some remodeling at one time or another. When it comes to planning out a bathroom remodel project, there are many points to consider. For one, you need to have a confident team on your side. There’s nothing like getting knee-deep into a bathroom remodel project and finding out that you simply don’t have the means to complete the job. This is where Barner Murphy can come in handy.
At Barner Murphy, we try to help our customers take some of the stress out of their home projects. Likewise, we also work to assist our residential business clients in the same way, by offering tips and suggestions when they feel they need them most. A bathroom remodel project doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, it can actually be a lot of fun if you have the right amount of time, the proper tools and the necessary support.
The way that we choose to approach a bathroom remodel project is what helps us stand out from the competition. At Barner Murphy, we like to use contracting partners for each phase of the job. What this means is that each person we choose for the project is fully licensed and insured. The partner is up to date on all of the current codes, regulations and trends in the respective industry. At Barner Murphy, we believe that by choosing our contracting partners selectively, we can consequently guarantee that each phase of the project is being completed by a fully qualified craftsperson, rather than by an individual who is less qualified.
While it’s true that everyone wants to find the most cost-effective bathroom remodeling contractor, many opt for contractors with a narrow skill-set. While this might save some money up front, it can also hurt your pocket later, because you might end up having to make modifications later that could have been avoided. It used to be that a one-man-do-it-all approach was the most requested, but trends are slowly changing, and at Barner Murphy we tend to think that it’s for the better.
Our skilled craftsmen guarantee quality work, and because we choose to focus on value over price, we stand by our services with pride. At Barner Murphy, we oversee the entire project and complete the plumbing portion of the bathroom remodel. Our contracting partner team consists of a qualified electrician, carpenter, tile installer, shower door installer, painter and designer. Our vendors include professional sales people. We offer showroom displays for tile and countertop materials, as well as plumbing fixtures and cabinetry. Our pricing falls somewhere in between the “one-stop shop” prices and the higher end designer showroom prices.
Monday, March 06 2017
They say that April showers bring May flowers, but maybe we should add May plumbing, as well. If you’re a home owner, a renter, or a residential business owner, then now is the time to get yourself in gear for spring. When it comes to spring plumbing tips, there are many, but we’ve devised a simple checklist to help you get started for the warmer months that are upon us. At Barner Murphy, we are always at the ready for plumbing tips and tricks. Feel free to reach out if you ever require the assistance of an expert.
Kitchen checklist: Some of the more obvious areas to check for include the faucets and the sinks. It’s a good idea to make sure that none of your faucets have any leaks or any drips. Sometimes the cold winter months can disguise problems that only surface when spring has sprung. It’s also advised to make quick repairs if you do spot any leaks or drips, as thus will reduce complications further on down the road. Also on the kitchen checklist is the suggestion to ensure that all drains have some sort of strainer on them to prevent large pieces of silverware or other non-disposable items from sliding into the pipe system.
Bathroom checklist: It might seem obvious, but many people forget or get complacent about it. Ensure that all drains have some sort of hair-snare or other catchment device to prevent hair and sop from clogging your home’s drain lines. This will save you from having to call for a plumber when a clog becomes a catastrophe. Another bathroom checklist suggestion is to check your toilets for hidden leaks. You can add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and if the toilet is leaking, the food coloring will appear within a half-hour, inside the bowl.
At Barner Murphy, we also advise checking the toilet tank for any leaks or cracks. Another suggestion on our checklist is to make sure that the toilets flush properly. A simple check might be all that’s required, but make sure that you fix any issues promptly. One more bathroom checklist tip is to clear mineral deposits from the showerhead. You can do this simply by just unscrewing it from the shower supply and soaking it in some vinegar for a few hours.
Finally, for our water heater checklist: Make sure the temperature setting on your water heater is no more than 120 degrees. This will prevent any unnecessary scalding and it will also reduce your overall energy use. Another checklist tip is to think about replacing your water heater if it’s over fifteen years old. Updated water heaters are simply more efficient.
Friday, February 24 2017
If you happen to be a homeowner or are looking to become a homeowner, then you know the perils that can come from a bathroom or a kitchen issue. This can be anything from a leaky faucet to a busted water pipe. Nobody wants to spend an entire day working on a project that should only take a few hours, but sometimes that’s what happens if you try to do it alone. At Barner Murphy, we know that your time is precious and that you shouldn’t have to spend more time than is necessary to complete whatever work needs to be done.
If you want to ensure that your project is completed correctly, then it might make sense to ask for some help. The skilled crew at Barner Murphy knows that you want to fix the leaky faucet or the busted pipe with as least effort as possible. That’s why we offer a wide range of services for our local customers. We serve the Bucks County and surrounding area and we are always ready to assist when a DIY project has gone awry, or when you just need a little extra help to get the job done.
The next time you find yourself in a plumbing quandary, consider calling Barner Murphy. We don’t consider any job too big or too small and we do whatever we can to make sure that your home reverts back to working condition as soon as possible. There’s nothing worse than having to wait for a home repair project to be completed, especially if you don’t have much help to begin with.
Barner Murphy is always here to help and we know exactly what it takes to get the job done right. When it comes to plumbing repairs, we know the value in choosing local help. For one, you can count on us because of our customer feedback. A job completed by Barner Murphy is sure to have a positive customer review, and we rely on our local customer base to bring in new business. It’s important that we provide quality service, and we always take pride in the work that we complete. The next time you discover the need for a local plumber, don’t hesitate to give Barner Murphy a call. We know what it’s like to have a plumbing job that requires attention. We do whatever it takes to make sure that the job is completed as soon as possible, and we always make sure that you receive quality service.
Friday, February 10 2017
When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, there are a few key points to keep in mind. For one, you want your bathroom to look great when it’s completed. You also want it to function as well as, if not better than it functioned before. If you’re a seasoned DIYer, then you might feel comfortable giving it a go alone. For many homeowners, however, the task can seem daunting, and it might be in your best interest to get a little extra assistance.
If you find yourself ready to take on the demands of a bathroom renovation, then you can do so alone, or you can call Barner Murphy. We know what it takes to complete a bathroom remodel project, and we also know what it takes to make sure that your bathroom turns out exactly as you imagined. For some people, the idea of remodeling a bathroom can be a daunting one, or one that might be best left to the experts. Whatever your individual case is, rest assured that Barner Murphy can help with any stage of the project that you need help with.
As far as bathroom remodel projects go, there is a lot of leeway for both design and practicality. Many people are moving toward more eco-friendly designs, but this does not mean that you need to compromise on creativity and flair. In fact, many of the newer eco-friendly designs today are both functional and fun, leaving lots of room for the imagination. If you’ve decided to take on the task alone, then Barner Murphy can help you get started. If you’ve decided that it might be best to get a little bit of professional support, then we can assist you with that, too.
One of the best parts about a bathroom remodel is that you can get creative and still be efficient. If you have never tried to remodel a bathroom, then the professionals at Barner Murphy can help you get started. We know that you want your bathroom to look great, and we’ll do whatever it takes to see that you’re happy with the outcome. It’s always a good idea to use some kind of a planner to formulate your ideas. There are plenty of apps and online notebooks that can be utilized to help you see tour project through. Barner Murphy is here to help, as well. We work with customers in the Bucks County and surrounding area, and we are always ready to help you with a new and exciting project.