Plumbing


There are few systems that strike fear into the heart of homeowners like a home’s plumbing. From leaky faucets to dripping pipes, hot water heaters that no longer heat to toilets that no longer flush, Farnen and Dermer is backed by a 100 year reputation of honesty and efficiency.


Emergency Plumbing Repairs


While other emergency repairs are necessary to maintain the comfort of your home and family, emergency plumbing repairs are necessary to avoid further damage to the rest of your home. Even seemingly minor leaks can cause extensive damage to walls, floors, ceilings, or posessions. At Farnen and Dermer, we understand the urgency of emergency plumbing repairs. Our professional, courteous technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with high quality repairs at an honest price.

Water Heaters


There are few modern conveniences that have revolutionized home ownership the way on-demand hot water has. From washing dishes to bathing to washing clothes, we ask much of our water heaters. When they begin to malfunction or lose their efficiency, the other systems in a home lose their effectiveness. Farnen and Dermer services all makes and models of water heater including:

  • Traditional Water Heaters – Whether heated by electricity or natural gas, all traditional water heaters operate the same way. A large tank of water is installed in the home heated by a coil. As the water in the tank cools, the element turns on, heating the water inside of the tank to a target temperature. While traditional water heaters are relatively inexpensive, and many are considered efficient when compared with their counterparts, they still rely on collecting and holding between 50 and 80 gallons of hot water at a time.
  • Tankless Water Heaters – Tankless or on-demand water heaters do not store large amounts of water at a time. Instead, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit where it is heated by either a gas or electric burner. As a result, a tankless water heater can heat endless amounts of hot water without holding a large amount of water in reserve. They are also considered a highly efficient alternative to traditional water heaters because they do not spend energy heating the same tank of water over and over until it is used. Typically, tankless water heaters produce an output of two to five gallons of hot water per minute, depending on the model. In some cases where the home is large or the hot water requirements are particularly high, it may be necessary to install two parallel tankless water heaters in order to meet the demands of the home’s occupants.
hot water heater keeps shower water hot

Toilet Repairs and Installs


According to the Bladder and Bowel Foundation, the average person uses the toilet six to seven times per 24 hours period. This simple fact can strike fear into the heart of every homeowner when their toilet leaks, ceases to flush, or otherwise breaks. Fortunately, the technicians at Farnen and Dermer can not only install a new toilet in your home, but also repair many common problems.

Faucet Repairs and Installs


According to the Environmental Protection Agency, household leaks can waste 1 trillion gallons of water annually. The average household can account for up to 10,000 gallons of that water annually and ten percent of those homes have leaks that waste up to 90 gallons per day. A single faucet, dripping one drop per second, can waste 3,000 gallons of water per year. If you are tired of watching your money drip down the drain, the technicians at Farnen and Dermer can repair or replace your leaky faucet with a stylish, efficient one in very little time.


Sump Pumps


If you are tired of your basement or crawl space flooding, you are not alone. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60 percent of homes across the country experience some form of below-ground wetness. Placed in a pit in the lowest part of the basement, a sump pump turns on when it is covered with water and begins diverting water away from the basement, crawl space, or foundation of the house. These pumps are especially useful during the Baltimore springs when the rains begin to fall. Properly installed, sump pumps can last for up to 20 years, keeping your home’s foundation and furnishings intact.

Flooded basement sump pump

Garbage Disposals


While it may not be the fanciest appliance in your home, the garbage disposal helps to keep food particles and bacteria from backing up into your kitchen sink. Yet not all garbage disposals are created equal. Inexpensive models may be easy on the wallet but tend to be constructed with parts that tend to rust over time. Higher end models may require a larger initial outlay, but are make from stainless steel, last longer, and are quieter to operate. In order to determine which garbage disposal is right for your plumbing, sink, usage needs, and budget, contact Farnen and Dermer for an in-home consultation.

garbage disposal repair

Drain Cleaning


If your drains are backing up into your tub, if your sinks are draining slowly, or if your toilet does not drain properly, you may be in need of a drain cleaner. Using high pressured water jets, years of drain build up can be cleared from your plumbing without damage to your home. Sewer snakes can be used to “chew” any large clogs that are in the way, like a drill. A sewer camera can offer an inside look into what is causing your drain to malfunction. The combination of all of these tools offers Farnen and Dermer a comprehensive way to clean the drains that lead out of your home without damaging the plumbing.

blocked drain overflowing

Sewer and Water Line Excavation


Excavating any utility lines should be done by a professional. Done improperly, digging for water and sewer lines can cause damage to the other utility lines resulting in costly repairs, injury, or even death. Only licensed, bonded, and insured professionals who are trained in emergency protocols should handle this delicate task. If you are updating your water and sewer lines or if you are constructing a new home, allow the professionals at Farnen and Dermer for all of your excavation needs.