F.J. Murphy & Son

Plumbing Inspections & Maintenance

Serving Springfield IL Since 1947

Professional Plumbing

Plumbing Inspections & Maintenance in Springfield IL

Plumbing inspections and maintenance are vital to ensure a smoothly functioning home or business. In Springfield, IL, F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. is the name to trust when it comes to safeguarding your plumbing system. Regular plumbing inspections are essential to detect potential issues lurking beneath the surface. These proactive check-ups can save you from costly repairs down the road. Our team of professionals excels in this critical task, equipped with the experience and expertise to spot even the most hidden problems. But we don’t stop at just inspections. Our commitment to your plumbing’s well-being extends to regular maintenance. Preventive care is the key to avoiding those emergency calls and hefty bills. We understand the importance of a well-maintained plumbing system, and our dedicated professionals ensure that every component functions at its best. When it comes to plumbing needs, F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. is your trusted partner in Springfield, IL.

Contact our team today for exceptional service that keeps your plumbing in top-notch condition. Your satisfaction is our top priority.

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If this is an emergency, please call 217.528.4081 for immediate assistance. We are available 24/7 through this number.

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Plumbing Inspections

Plumbing inspections stand as the first line of defense for your plumbing system, and at F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we take this task seriously. Swiftly identifying potential problems through regular inspections is paramount to maintaining a functional plumbing system. Our team of dedicated professionals is well-versed in the intricacies of plumbing and equipped to spot issues even before they become evident. This proactive approach saves you from the headache of more extensive and costly repairs down the line. Why choose F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. for your plumbing needs? It’s simple – our professionals are the best in the business. With years of experience and a commitment to excellence, we ensure that your plumbing system is in the best possible hands. We understand the significance of a well-maintained plumbing system, and our team is prepared to go the extra mile to guarantee that yours functions flawlessly. When plumbing concerns arise, you know who to count on.

Contact our team today for exceptional service and experience the difference with F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. We’ll restore your plumbing back to its normal function.

Plumbing Maintenance

Maintaining your plumbing system is a critical investment in the well-being of your home or business. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we understand the pivotal role that plumbing maintenance plays in keeping your system running smoothly. Our experts are well-versed in the intricacies of plumbing and know that regular maintenance is the key to ensuring everything functions as it should. By entrusting your plumbing to F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., you’re choosing the best in the industry. Our professionals are dedicated to providing top-tier service, and we take pride in our ability to identify and address any issues we encounter during maintenance swiftly. This proactive approach not only keeps your plumbing in peak condition but also prevents more costly and inconvenient repairs in the future. When it comes to plumbing, don’t settle for anything less than the best.

Contact our team today for superior service and experience firsthand why F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. is your trusted partner for all your plumbing needs.

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The Benefits of Regular
Plumbing Inspections & Maintenance

The benefits of regular plumbing inspections and maintenance are extensive for homeowners. If you want to make sure your plumbing system is functioning properly and catch potential problems before they happen, you need to rely on our experts at F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. You’ll feel better trusting your home to our experienced and capable hands. Here are six key advantages of regular plumbing inspections and maintenance:

Prevent Costly Repairs

Routine maintenance helps identify and address small issues before they escalate into major, expensive problems.

Enhanced Lifespan

Maintaining your plumbing system extends its overall lifespan, reducing the need for premature replacements.

Improved Efficiency

Well-maintained plumbing systems work more efficiently, potentially lowering water and energy bills.

Better Water Quality

Maintenance can help ensure that your water is clean, safe, and free from contaminants.

Peace of Mind

Regular plumbing checks reduce unexpected breakdowns and give homeowners confidence in their system.


Efficient plumbing systems are more environmentally friendly, conserving water and reducing your carbon footprint.

Incorporating regular plumbing inspections and maintenance into your home care routine is a smart investment that pays off in terms of both peace of mind and cost savings, making the service we provide an invaluable one.

Your Questions Answered

Our Plumbing FAQ

The plumbing systems within our homes are intricate and play a vital role in our daily lives, responsible for providing clean water, managing wastewater and much more. However, plumbing issues can lead to frustration and disruptions in your daily routines. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., our team has put together a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to address the common questions and concerns homeowners may have about their plumbing systems. This resource aims to shed light on these unanswered questions as well as their solutions, helping you maintain an efficiently functioning plumbing system and allowing timely repairs. This is a proactive approach that minimizes potential damage and ultimately saves you money in the future.

Aren’t the faucets sold in hardware stores the same faucets that plumbers supply?

That depends. Many of the plumbing parts & other equipment sold at retail warehouse stores are not the same grade. Even the better-known name brands make lower end “builders-grade” or “consumer-grade” products, some with internal parts that most professional plumbers would never use. For example, there is a genuine value difference between a $89 faucet and one that costs $159 even if they look identical. The same is true of equipment, such as water heaters. Rest assured, you can reply on our professional staff to make the right choices for you. 

How can I determine the quality of plumbing products I buy in retail stores?

More than likely, you won’t be able to because you haven’t had a professional plumber’s experience from working on hundreds of systems a year, finding which products work best, last longest, and give you the least problems. Remember, cheap work is not good and good work is not cheap. When you hire a trained professional to do a job, part of what you are paying for is this expertise. This is true with other trades as well: electricians can’t provide a warranty for fans and fixtures you buy at a retail store; tile setters know from experience that they can waste a lot of valuable time struggling to set tile that an owner bought on sale from a discount store because such tiles are often “seconds” which cannot be set straight; a carpenter can’t properly hang an odd-ball door. Bottom line: It usually takes more time to try to make an inferior product fit or work properly than to use the right materials the first time.  

I have a sump pump in my basement. Is it really necessary to have a secondary pump installed?

Well, we think it’s very important to have a back-up pump of some type. If you have an electric primary pump (likely) you have 3 pump options for back-up redundancy: 1) an additional electric; 2) a battery-powered; or 3) a water-driven. After all, if you didn’t care about water in your basement, you probably wouldn’t care about having a primary sump pump in the first place! It’s sort of like wanting to get to your destination in a car with no spare tire…you’re “rolling the dice” without a back-up. Unfortunately electric pumps themselves have limited service-lives, often fail, and leave many basements flooded. Not pretty. A properly installed secondary electric is a good choice as long as your city power is on. Under certain conditions, a better choice might be a battery-powered. As a matter of fact, many backup pumps installed in the past were battery-powered. Of course they only work if the battery has been maintained, and is fully charged and fresh. Once the battery wears down after a few hours, if your city power isn’t back in service, you’re back to “square one” with no way to keep the basement dry. The battery-powered was certainly better than nothing at all. But the best is yet to come:

Nowadays, we highly recommend installing a high quality water-powered back-up sump pump. It’s clearly the best choice.  It has very few moving parts, and requires no battery and no electricity. The big reasons a water-driven pump is best: 1) It requires virtually no maintenance and it will just about last forever; 2) Groundwater typically becomes a problem when there are storms and the odds of power outages always increase with storms. Unless you have your own standby generator, the water-driven pump will be there to pump day and night without missing a beat no matter how long it rains…when the primary sump pump stops due to lack of electricity, and the battery back-up stops due to an exhausted battery; 3) Importantly, the water-driven will pump more water out of your basement faster than the typical battery sump pump and often as much or more than the electric primary pumps. Water-driven…the best choice for peace-of-mind and proper groundwater removal. Our choice.

Why do I need a backflow device and why does it require annual testing?

Backflow Prevention Devices (often called RPZ’s or Cross Connection Devices (CCDs)) are an important part of many plumbing systems. Basically they help prevent the possibility of contaminants getting into your drinking water. The were mandated by the IL EPA a number of years ago in many applications involving potable (drinking) water. Accordingly, the EPA required that special training (approx. 32 hours) and subsequent licensing was required for both Backflow Installation and Servicing. Only Journeyman Plumbers already licensed by the IL Dept. of Public Health are allowed to undertake the training and be issued a Certified Backflow license on successful completion. Our Backflow crews are of course fully licensed.

F.J. Murphy & Son

If this is an emergency, please call 217.528.4081 for immediate assistance. We are available 24/7 through this number.