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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.
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.
Friday, January 27 2017
If you are a home owner, or even a potential homeowner, then you understand that plumbing services are almost always a necessity at some point. At Barner Murphy of Bucks County, we understand the importance of having a local plumbing company that is available to assist with both emergency and non-emergency services. Our full-service plumbing company satisfies the needs of both residential and commercial clients in the Bucks County and surrounding area. When it comes to handling any sort of plumbing issue, whether it’s big or small, we’ve got you covered.
Barner Murphy knows that it makes a difference when you hire a local plumbing company as opposed to one of the national plumbing chain companies. For one, with a company like ours, you’re guaranteed better prices and more efficient service. We pride ourselves on providing only the highest quality work and we also try to make sure that our customers are satisfied with the quotes they receive before we begin any services.
Some of the larger plumbing companies out there will do whatever they can to make money. At Barner Murphy, we prove to be just the opposite. Our customer satisfaction is what’s most important and we do whatever it takes to ensure that you’re completely satisfied with the work that we perform at your residence or commercial establishment. Over the years we’ve worked hard to garner a loyal customer base, and we rely on testimonials to back our claims. We know that it takes a lot of dedication to stand out from the other plumbing companies, so we work hard to make sure that we earn your business every time we complete a project. We will always do what we can to exceed your expectations.
Jobs that Barner Murphy will accept include everything from installation of sinks and faucets, septic system repair, and basement flooding repairs. We can also step in to assist with DIY projects that might need some tweaking, and we are always ready to fix a simple clog or drain issue, as well. Our master plumbers and technicians never try to cut corners and they do whatever is necessary to find the most practical solution to whatever problem you are facing. If you’re looking for a local, honest plumbing company in the Bucks County or surrounding area, then Barner Murphy is ready to assist. No job is too big or too small.
Monday, January 16 2017
Have you been looking at your house lately, thinking of new ways to spruce up the kitchen, or maybe new ways to deck out the basement? If so, then you aren’t alone. Most homeowners go through a period where they decide that it would be fun, or maybe just necessary, to begin a home renovation project. Maybe you have a room that needs attention because it was never used previously. Or maybe you had some water damage to a room and really just need to renovate so that it remains safe and livable. Whatever your unique situation, Barner Murphy understands that it’s important to follow your instinct and start a renovation project when the time is right.
Beginning the actual renovation is one of the trickiest steps. Nobody has a perfect home. Yet sometimes you don’t realize all of your home’s imperfections until you decide to take on a renovation project. For many people, the annoyances that most often prompt a renovation are worn, outdated tiles, low ceilings, damaged or dated cabinets in the kitchen space, and sometimes even electrical outlet issues. Everyone’s home is different, so it’s important to make a list and decide which room, or rooms, you want to tackle first, and what major goals you have in mind for the renovation.
Another aspect of DIY home renovating involves what most contractors refer to as dependencies. The most common dependencies in homes are cabinetry and tile because in most cases tile is installed after cabinetry. That being said, if you decide to change the cabinetry layout, you will often need to redo the tile work, as well. In essence, a cabinetry renovation and a tile renovation often go hand in hand, so you should plan on completing both, together, as part of a DIY renovation.
One of the most helpful and exciting parts of a home renovation project is the dreaming phase. In this stage, you’ll want to hash out all of your ideas for what the renovation should look like. What kind of completed project do you envision? How long do you estimate the project will take? It’s a good idea to give yourself a flexible time frame to account for any issues that might arise. Many homeowners like to browse the local bookstore in the home improvement book or magazine section to garner ideas. Others like to seek creative inspiration online through sites such as Pinterest or Houzz. Barner Murphy of Bucks County is always happy to step in if you find that you need some assistance with any phase of your DIY renovation project.
Monday, December 26 2016
Are you a home owner looking to get yourself prepared for the winter season? Do you dread the thought of waking up in the morning to frozen pipes? If so, you aren’t alone. As a new or as a seasoned home owner, dealing with frozen pipes is never much fun. However, there are ways to minimize your chances of having to deal with frozen pipes and there are simple measures you can take to ensure that your home remains safe and warm even when the temperatures dip.
At Barner Murphy we know that you want your family to be safe and warm when winter rolls in. Our dedicated team is here to help you with nay of the home winterization tips that you decide to implement. Hundreds of families all over the country have to deal with frozen pipes at some point, but most of the time this situation can easily be avoided. Rapid drops in temperature, poor insulation and thermostats that are not set high enough can all contribute to a situation that results in frozen pipes. By taking a few precautions, you can minimize your chances of having to deal with the hassle and the headache of frozen pipes in the dead of winter.
Insulating your pipes is one of the best ways to decrease your chances of having frozen pipes. You can insulate any visible areas, and even insulate those spaces that you don’t typically see, such as crawl spaces or attic spaces. Any exposed pipes are susceptible to becoming frozen. One tip is to remember that the more insulation you can use, the less likely your chances are of having to deal with frozen pipes. Some people like to use heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables. You can simply follow the instructions and do the insulation yourself, or call Barner Murphy and have one of our experts come out to assist you.
Winter plumbing doesn’t have to be a hassle if you adhere to these suggestions. Sealing leaks is a good idea, too. Make sure that you check around any spaces where cold air can seep in, such as electrical wiring areas, dryer vents, and piping. You can use caulk or insulation to keep the cold air away from these susceptible spaces. Another helpful winter plumbing tip is to make sure that you disconnect all garden hoses and use an indoor valve if possible to turn off the water supply that leads outside. This will minimize your chances of having to deal with frozen pipes.
Tuesday, February 28 2012
Think about this statement, as I know we are all contributors, at one time or another, to this vast waste of water and energy:
In a typical home, more than 9,000 gallons of water are wasted while running the faucet waiting for hot water. This equates to as much as 15% of your annual water heating costs being wasted heating this extra 9,000 gallons.
Hard to believe, right? We don’t think twice about doing it every day, yet those few minutes you run that sink or shower to get the temperature you want for shaving and showering add up over time to this enormous waste of our most valuable resource. So what solutions can be offered to rectify this situation and make us all a little more “green” minded instead of absent minded.
The plumbing industry as a whole offers some solutions to this age old problem.
1. Recirculation loop: $$$
If your home is large and your hot water source is over 75 feet from the furthest fixture, plumbing codes suggest the installation of a recirculation loop on the hot water line. This entails a secondary water line from the heating source location, to as close as possible to the furthest fixture, and it gets connected to the hot water line, thus creating a loop. A recirculation pump and aqua stat are then installed, which allows the hot water to be more readily available at all fixtures, thus drastically reducing the time needed for the hot water to reach the fixtures upon demand.
2. Instantaneous or “on demand” point of use water heaters: $$$$
These smaller, yet powerful, water heating units can supply instant hot water to any fixture they are connected to. There is little of no stored hot water in these units, which makes them very efficient. The hot water is created only on an “as need” basis. If your home can allow for easy installation of these units, then these are a great solution to our problem, but in a lot of cases it becomes a very difficult proposition due to lack of space, lack of accessibility to run both piping and electrical wiring etc.
3. Mini recirulation pumping systems: $$
It has been my experience, that in most cases, this simple set up is the most cost effective and best solution to our problem. The product I use is a Laing Auto Circ pump. It is the size of a 12oz can and is installed under the vanity of the furthest fixture away from the hot water heating source. It needs an outlet to operate, and connect to the hot and cold water lines in the cabinet. Once the hot water temperature goes below 85 degrees, the pump comes on and re-circulates the water into the cold water line until the hot water reaches the pump, thus creating a is zero waste water situation. This incredible invention is the most cost effective ( approx. $800 installed ) and practical way to address our waste water problem.
So are you one of the guilty ones who contributes to this problem?
If the answer is YES, then call Barner Murphy, Inc. at 215 945 8560
We will gladly give you a personal quote to help guide you on the path to “Green”, and save you $$$ on both your water and energy bills in doing so.