Murphy Brothers Blog

Do No Harm

Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath and pledge to do no harm as they care for patients.  Murphy Bros. takes a similar approach with remodeling. Although we don’t wear white coats, we think of ourselves as house doctors and will go to great lengths to keep you and your home healthy, safe and secure as we make your living space better.

Everyone at Murphy Bros. appreciates that remodeling can do damage and create hazards.  But the right training, procedures and communication go a long way to minimizing risks for everyone involved. We start with a pre-construction checklist to make sure you understand the dangers and can do your part, such as keeping children and pets out of the work zone. But the bulk of the safety stuff is on us.

zipper door photo

Zipper Door from Surface Shield

Controlling Dust and Access

One way we keep curious kids away from sharp tools and powerful nail guns is to block access with a heavy plastic zipper door that can be padlocked shut at the end of the day. The plastic barrier doubles as the first defense against spreading dust and debris.  But we also cover HVAC registers, temporarily turn off the heating or air conditioning system and even depressurize the space with outward facing window fans if needed to keep your house clean.

RamBoard photo

RamBoard jamb protector

Count on us to protect door jambs and floors with RamBoard if needed to prevent nicks and scratches during construction. Outside, we will lay plywood and planks on your driveway to prevent damage from roll-off dumpsters. Even better, we may place the dumpster on the lawn and repair the turf before we leave.  It’s a lot easier to replace sod than paving.

Lead Safe

If your home was built before 1979, we will test surfaces for the presence of lead paint and approach the project with all the precautions our lead paint certification training prescribes so we don’t spread hazardous dust. And before we start a basement finishing project, we will suggest a radon test for the known carcinogen so a mitigation system can be installed if needed before we finish the space.

Trusted Team

Our approach to staffing is equally important to keeping you and your property safe.  We require criminal background checks, drug tests and insurance for everyone on staff and have long-term relationships with a select group of subcontractors. Everyone abides by a written, family friendly Code of Behavior.  At Murphy Bros. we also do our best to minimize stress by helping you understand the construction process and by keeping on schedule.

We may prefer denim to white, but you can count on Murphy Bros. to treat you right and provide a positive outcome. And unlike the folks in white, we specialize in house calls.

One Comment

  1. Posted February 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the post. I am glad to see you are taking the necessary precautions to protect floors and doors during remodeling. Some companies consider proper protection products after they are in a job, but really you should have all your materials up front.

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