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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.
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.
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.