F.J. Murphy & Son

Plumbing Repair

Serving Springfield IL Since 1947

Professional Plumbing

Plumbing Repair in Springfield IL

Our plumbers are licensed and certified in the installation, repair, and maintenance of any plumbing system, from those found in single-family residences to the more complex systems found in commercial and institutional facilities. With plumbing, timely repairs stand as the cornerstone of maintaining a well-functioning system. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. in Springfield, IL, we understand the critical importance of addressing plumbing issues promptly. Our team of seasoned professionals excels in resolving problems efficiently, preventing further malfunctions, and ultimately saving you from potentially costly repairs. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to excellence and our dedication to ensuring that your plumbing works seamlessly. We don’t just fix issues; we provide solutions that last. When it comes to your plumbing needs, F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. is your trusted partner.

Contact our team today for service that goes above and beyond, and experience firsthand why we are the best in the business. 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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Common Plumbing Problems

Common plumbing problems can quickly turn into a homeowner’s headache, but they’re challenges that we at F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. are well-equipped to handle. From persistent leaks and clogged drains to malfunctioning water heaters, these issues are often more than simple nuisances. Ignoring or mishandling these problems can lead to extensive damage and costly repairs. That’s why it’s crucial to seek professional assistance promptly. Our seasoned professionals possess the expertise to diagnose and rectify these issues efficiently. We understand the intricacies of plumbing systems and the nuances of each problem. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we stand out due to our unwavering commitment to delivering top-quality service and ensuring your plumbing works flawlessly. When you encounter these common plumbing problems, you know who you can trust. We’ll be there when you need us most, providing reliable solutions that save you both time and money while safeguarding the integrity of your home’s plumbing.

Contact our expert technicians for exceptional service and trust that your home is in good hands. Reach out to us today!

Emergency Plumbing Repairs

When a plumbing crisis strikes, recognizing the signs of a true emergency is crucial. Emergency plumbing situations often involve burst pipes, severe leaks, overflowing sewage, or a sudden loss of water. In these critical moments, it’s essential to seek professional help immediately. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we understand the urgency of such situations, and that’s why we offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services. Our experienced professionals are ready to spring into action when you need us most. Handling an emergency plumbing repair requires expertise, quick thinking, and the right tools. Attempting to fix the problem yourself can often worsen the issue and lead to more extensive damage. Professional plumbers have the skills to assess the situation, provide immediate solutions, and prevent further harm to your property and possessions. In these situations, you want to be safe and sure you’re doing all you can to protect what matters most.

Contact us without delay, and our team will be at your service, ensuring a swift and effective resolution to your plumbing emergency.

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The Benefits of Hiring A
Professional Plumber

Hiring a professional plumber is a wise choice for homeowners facing plumbing issues. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we understand the importance of seeking professional help, no matter the size of the problem. Here are eight key benefits of hiring a professional plumber:


Professional plumbers have the knowledge and experience to accurately diagnose and resolve complex plumbing problems.

Quality Work

Hiring a professional plumber guarantees top-notch work and reduces the risk of future problems and expensive repairs.


Hiring professional plumbers is a smart choice as they are efficient and can save you time while avoiding potential trouble.


Our professional plumbers adhere to safety standards to reduce the likelihood of accidents and potential dangers.

Access to Tools

Professional plumbers use modern equipment and tools to ensure that repairs are done properly and efficiently.

Guaranteed Results

Reputable plumbers like F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. stand by their work, providing guarantees on their services.

Comprehensive Services

Professional plumbers offer a wide range of services, from repairs to installations, covering all your plumbing needs.

Emergency Availability

Available 24/7, our plumbers are ready to address plumbing emergencies, providing peace of mind for homeowners.

With these benefits, hiring a professional plumber ensures that your plumbing problems are handled with precision and care, protecting your home and your investment. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we are always available to assist our valued customers, delivering top-quality service when you need it most.

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Professional Plumbing Repair vs. DIY

The debate between DIY plumbing repairs and professional services is a crucial one for homeowners. While the prospect of fixing a plumbing issue yourself may seem cost-effective, it often comes with significant risks. DIY repairs can go wrong in several ways. Inaccurate diagnosis of the problem, improper use of tools, and inadequate understanding of plumbing systems can exacerbate the issue. Even a minor mistake can lead to water damage, increased repair costs, or even health hazards from unaddressed sewage leaks. Seeking professional help, such as the services offered by F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., is essential for ensuring a successful and safe plumbing repair. Our experts possess the training, equipment, and experience needed to handle a wide range of plumbing issues accurately and efficiently. Trusting professionals for your plumbing needs not only ensures the problem is fixed correctly but also provides peace of mind, knowing that your home’s plumbing is in expert hands.

Contact us for reliable plumbing services. We are available 24/7 to our valued customers, whether it’s a routine scheduled appointment or an emergency call.

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.

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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.