F.J. Murphy & Son


Serving Springfield IL Since 1947

Professional Plumbing

Your Trusted Plumbers in Springfield IL

When it comes to plumbing services, F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. stands out as a company you can trust. Our team offers a comprehensive range of services, from water heaters and sump pumps to kitchen and bathroom plumbing, inspections, maintenance, repairs, commercial plumbing, and new construction and remodeling plumbing. Our plumbers are licensed and certified, capable of handling all types of plumbing systems. From single-family homes to complex commercial and institutional facilities, we’ve got the expertise to get the job done right. We perform in-depth plumbing system inspections, providing estimates for necessary repairs. Our commitment to quality assurance means you can rely on our work. Whether it’s new construction or remodeling, we collaborate closely with you or your general contractor. Our goal is to ensure timely project completion and earn your satisfaction.

With F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., you can trust that your plumbing needs will be met with professionalism, expertise, and a dedication to quality. Contact our team today!

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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.

Plumbing Services

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Plumbing Repair

For a home to be truly comfortable and functional, proper plumbing is essential. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we recognize the importance of well-maintained plumbing systems for your daily life. Imagine experiencing a leaking pipe, a malfunctioning toilet, or a clogged drain – it’s not just inconvenient, but it can also lead to costly water damage and even mold if left untreated. Properly functioning plumbing ensures a more stress-free environment. Our team specializes in plumbing repair and is ready to address any issues that may arise in your home. From minor fixes to major overhauls, our experts are here to ensure that your plumbing operates optimally. By entrusting your plumbing needs to our professionals, you’re investing in a smoothly-running household. We’ll help you avoid unexpected plumbing emergencies or exorbitant water bills. When you reach out to our team for plumbing repair, you’re ensuring your home remains a sanctuary of comfort and convenience.

Don’t wait for plumbing problems to worsen – act now and contact our team for expert solutions today.

Plumbing Inspections & Maintenance

Properly functioning plumbing is the hero of your home, quietly ensuring a comfortable, stress-free life for convenience, health, and hygiene. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we understand the vital role plumbing plays in your daily routine. Imagine a morning without hot water for your shower or a clogged sink that disrupts your day. Proper plumbing ensures our days run smoothly with all the comforts that help us maintain clean and functional homes. Our team offers expert plumbing inspections and maintenance services that are the backbone of a smoothly running household. Regular inspections can uncover issues before they turn into costly problems. Maintenance keeps your plumbing efficient, reducing water waste and utility bills. By turning to our professionals, you invest in a well-maintained home and prevent unnecessary malfunctions and leaks, which will save you money and stress—no more unexpected plumbing emergencies or skyrocketing water bills.

We encourage homeowners to contact our team for plumbing inspections and maintenance, so we can provide you with the peace of mind you deserve.

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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.