Murphy's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Blog:Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

What Should You Do If Your Pipes Freeze?

Monday, January 8th, 2018

icicles-from-frozen-pipesIf you’ve lived in our part of the country for most of your life, frozen pipes are something you know to look out for. There’s all kinds of advice out there about how to prevent pipes from freezing. (We’re happy to offer our two cents when you give us a call!) However, it’s likely you’ll come across a problem at some point or another when you own a home.

Whether you’ve lived in Pennsylvania since birth or you’ve only just moved from a warmer climate, you may have heard some misinformation about what to do when the pipes freeze. As qualified plumbers in Ridley Township, PA, we’re here to offer up our advice and make sure you get running water restored without a crack in the pipes!

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How to Care for Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, October 16th, 2017

garbage-disposal-repairOne of the most convenient kitchen appliances can also be one of the most annoying. Your garbage disposal helps to protect your plumbing. More importantly, for most homeowners, it helps make cooking and cleanup into a much easier job. While some things must go into the trash, you can often scrape your plate into the disposal and not worry about what goes into the pipes.

However, some people take this too far. You should be worried about your garbage disposal—to an extent—and everyone in the home should work to minimize the number of times it breaks. In the following guide, read some tips for preventing your garbage disposal from struggling in the first place.

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How Long Should My Plumbing Last?

Monday, September 4th, 2017

pipes-blueprint-build-plumbingPlumbing is a necessity, which means it’s not something we plan on replacing for any reason other than a system failure. While you might be excited to replace an outdated smartphone with the newest model, or to upgrade your wardrobe for the first time in months or even years, buying something as mundane and costly as a set of pipes and fixtures is not something anyone wants.

Luckily, a new set of pipes will last a long time. If you’ve just moved onto a brand-new property, this likely isn’t something you’ll have to worry about for decades. But for the rest of us, knowing when to replace the pipes and fixtures will be key to avoiding a near catastrophe when plumbing replacement or repiping becomes urgent. So how long can you expect your plumbing to last?

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Sump Pumps Help Protect Your Home

Monday, June 12th, 2017

flooded-sewer-drainHeavy rains and summer floods are reasonably common in our part of the world, and while civic services usually do a very good job of containing the damage, that doesn’t always apply to your home. The installation of a sump pump in your basement or similar area can do wonders for keeping your property safe and secure when flooding becomes an issue. A qualified plumber can guide you through the steps and ensure that you have the right type of sump pump for you.

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Always Trust Professional Plumbers

Monday, May 15th, 2017

professional-plumbing-repairsPlumbing is a fundamental part of our households, and trouble with your plumbing system will eventually crop up. It’s part and parcel of owning a home. Enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers may be tempted to engage in their own plumbing repairs, but in almost every case, that can be a huge mistake. Anything that can’t be solved by judicious use of a plunger should always be attended to by a trusted professional plumber. Why? There are a number of very good reasons.

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How Does Trenchless Technology Help Your Sewer Line?

Monday, April 17th, 2017

sewer-lineSpring has arrived here in Pennsylvania, which means that the ground has thawed and household projects like gardening are firing up again. This is also the season when problems with your sewer line tend to manifest themselves. The sewer line is usually located underground, meaning that you can’t spot trouble until it’s too late. The frozen winter ground can often exacerbate such problems, which won’t reveal themselves until the thaw. But if puddles start to show up in your yard, smells begin to emanate from your drains or you spot other signs that may signal trouble with your sewer line, it’s a good idea to call in a professional plumber.

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Watch for Problems with Your Water Heater

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Winter can wreak all kinds of havoc with your plumbing, and even when the weather isn’t that cold, it can be easy to overlook the signs of trouble. The water heater, in particular, can sneak up on you with unexpected problems right at the worst possible time. It’s a very quiet appliance as appliances go, and usually does its job without much fuss while tucked away in locations like the basement or garage where you don’t have cause to be very often. When problems arise, they usually indicate something that’s seriously wrong. The sooner you can spot the symptoms of a problem, the better.

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Beware of Frozen Pipes in Your Plumbing

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Winters are cold in our neck of the woods, and that can spell all kinds of problems for your home. Among the most prominent is frozen pipes, when the water in your plumbing freezes solid. Ice expands when it freezes, putting huge amounts of pressure on the sides of the pipe. If you’re not careful, they could burst, turning a relatively simple problem into a damaging and expensive repair job. We see a lot of calls to deal with frozen pipes and burst pipes, and we pride ourselves on fixing the issue quickly. But we’d much rather help you prevent the problem to begin with. That means checking for the signs of frozen pipes as well as enacting proper measures to keep the issue from ever occurring.

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Watch What You Dispose of in Your Plumbing

Monday, February 6th, 2017

People often use the drain pipes in their home as an instant disposal: tossing down food and other materials, and putting them out of mind immediately thereafter. It’s a natural tendency, and we all do it from time to time. But that can cause big problems for your plumbing system if you’re not careful. We get a lot of calls to unclog drains that have build-up from the wrong materials being tossed down them. But an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure, and disposing of certain materials the right way can save you a lot of trouble down the road.

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Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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