Be Sure to Schedule Prompt Commercial Plumbing Repair

December 12th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

Your commercial plumbing system is vital to the operation of your business. Whether you need a complex plumbing system to accommodate the amount of water usage and wastewater at your large commercial kitchen, or if the plumbing is primarily used for the office break room, your ability to conduct business is still severely limited whenever there is a plumbing problem. When you notice an issue like a leak or clog, you may decide to wait to call for services so that your property can continue running for a while longer. But this is problematic as you may develop far larger issues on your property if you wait too long for commercial plumbing repair in Wynnewood.

This is true of both leaks and clogs, as either can develop into quite a complication. Even a small leak originating from a pipe beneath the sink can cost you a lot of money in water bills (and it’s generally hazardous for your employees nearby). A small drip from a faucet can still waste water—up to 20 gallons every day! Leaks from water and drain pipes or from appliances like water heaters must be taken care of right away, not only to save money, but also to prevent structural damage or sewage leaks that lead to dangerous contaminants on your property.

A clog can be just as big of an issue, even if it seems like only a minor inconvenience. Slow or stopped drains can indicate an impending sewage backup, as wastewater moves back up through the drains of your business since it cannot move into the sewer. The change in pressure can even lead to a burst pipe, allowing sewage to leak beneath your property or on public property. And if the city finds your business responsible for a public health hazard, you can be fined.

Commercial plumbers are trained in the best practices to conduct work quickly and stay out of the way so that business as usual can return as soon as possible. Whether it’s an overflowing toilet, a leaky sink, a burst pipe, or a busted water heater, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We have experienced plumbers trained specifically on larger properties who specialize in commercial plumbing repair in Wynnewood.

Choose a Contractor that Uses Video Camera Pipe Inspection for Drain Cleaning

December 4th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

When you have a major drain clog, it can be frustrating to go without one or more of the sinks or showers in your home. Generally, you’ll have to avoid the fixtures you use every day to keep wastewater from filling up in the tub or the bowl of the sink. Sometimes, a simple home plunger can get rid of the blockage fast, but other times, people resort to buying liquid drain cleaners and trying their luck with those. Here at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., we’d like to warn you that drain cleaning is not a job for most homeowners. Chemical drain cleaners can be damaging, and we recommend choosing a professional who uses video pipe camera inspection before and after drain cleaning.

Drain Cleaning: A Job for Professionals

Store bought drain cleaners are simply not a solution for clogged drains. Experts consider drain cleaning chemicals to be some of the most hazardous substances available for the average consumer to purchase. They can cause injury to the skin or eyes and can even damage the lining of the pipes. Besides, these chemicals are fairly ineffective dissolving a large number of potential blockages.

Professionals instead use professional grade drain snakes (also known as drain augers) to latch onto sources of clogs and completely remove any debris stuck in the pipe. Some plumbers instead use a hose to blast clogs into the sewer. But the best plumbers supplement drain cleaning with video pipe inspection technology.

Why Video Camera pipe Inspection Is Important

Video camera pipe inspection involves the use of a very long cable with a small camera attached to the end. As the camera is fed through the drain pipes, the professional can view a live feed to determine the exact location of a clog. This is vital in helping a professional to choose the right tool to use for the safest, most efficient removal. Using a video camera also helps a plumber to find any leaks in your pipes you may not have known about, which could help save you a lot of trouble in the future.

Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for friendly, professional service and drain cleaning with video camera pipe inspection in Ardmore.

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at WM Henderson Inc., we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

How to Find an Efficient Gas Furnace for New Installation

November 18th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

Today’s furnaces are very energy efficient, but how can you know how energy efficient a system really is? With the help of specific rating and the assistance of a trained professional, you can be assured of installing a gas furnace in Havertown that will have the energy efficiency you want for your home. The trained technicians at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., bring almost 40 years of heating experience to every job they perform, so if you are ready for a new gas furnace installation, call us today!

AFUE and Why It’s Important

AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency, and it is a measure of a gas furnace’s efficiency in converting fuel to energy. A gas furnace’s AFUE rating will appear on the outside packaging in the “Energyguide” sticker. For example, a specific furnace’s AFUE may be 89%. This means that for every 100 units of natural gas, 89% of that gas goes into heating your home; the other 11% will turn into exhaust fumes that exit your home via the flue. Gas furnaces can have energy efficiency ratings as high as 98%, but keep in mind that the more energy efficient a unit is, the more it will cost to purchase.

ENERGY STAR

The ENERGY STAR rating is a blue label that specifically designates a product as being energy efficient. To earn ENERGY STAR rating, a product must be at least 10% more energy efficient than the current required minimum federal standards.

Understanding What Energy Efficiency Means

Sometimes there can be some confusion as to what energy efficiency means. To clarify, a new gas furnace that is more energy efficient than another new unit doesn’t mean the more efficient unit heats  your home better; both units will heat equally (given they are the same size). What energy efficiency means is that the more energy efficient unit will heat your home the same as the less efficient one, but will do it using less energy. As such, the more energy efficient unit will heat your home for less money.

If you need assistance with your gas furnace installation in Havertown, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

Is a Ductless Mini-Split Sufficient for Heating?

November 17th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

Heat pumps are very versatile devices. Not only do they offer both heating and cooling, they can operate with several types of systems, including ductless systems. However, there can be some question as to whether or not a heat pump can sufficiently heat your home during the winter months. We’ll explain more about this below, but for any heating needs you may have, including the installation of a ductless mini-split heating system in Springfield, call the people with over 37 years of experience: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Heating with a Heat Pump

Heat pumps work by transferring heat from one location to another. During the winter months, the heat pump absorbs the heat in the surrounding air, concentrates it, and distributes it to your living spaces. The issue that can develop when the air temperature drops below freezing is this: the amount of available heat in the air starts to diminish, which can force the heat pump to work harder and cause a challenge to properly heat your home. However, a heat pump system can be supplemented by another type of heating system. As such, if you are concerned about a heat pump’s ability to adequately heat your home during the winter months, you can arrange to have a back-up system for those very cold days.

Benefits of a Ductless Mini-Split System

Here are few of the benefits a mini-split system can offer you:

  • Energy efficiency – there are two way a ductless system is very energy efficient: first, heat pumps use only a small amount of electricity to operate and no fossil fuels; second, the individual indoor blowers allow for customized heating, which can help reduce the amount of heating you use.
  • Long lifespan – the average lifespan for a heat pump is 20-25 years as compared to that of a combustion heating system, which is 15-20 years.
  • Easily installed – a ductless system has an outdoor unit that holds the compressor and condenser and indoor blowers. A single outdoor unit can support up to 4 indoor blowers. The blowers are connected to the outdoor unit via a small conduit drilled into an exterior wall. Blowers can be mounted flush against walls or hand from ceilings; all they need is to be connected to the outdoor unit.

So is a heat pump sufficient for heating? It most certainly is!

Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

Repair Needs Caused by a Clogged Furnace Filter

November 10th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

Your furnace keeps you comfortable all winter long. And since your furnace takes such good care of you, take care of your furnace by following a few simple maintenance steps. First, make sure that no vents are blocked by furniture. Second, call a technician every year for a heating tune up. And finally, make sure to change your furnace filter every month.

The furnace filter keeps some dust and allergens from entering your home. As a fan sucks in air, pollutants become trapped in the filter instead of blowing through the ducts and back into your home. The furnace’s filter also keeps debris from interfering with the fan, causing potential damages and possibly stopping the fan motor.

Problems with a Clogged Filter

A clogged filter, on the other hand, does more than do a poor job of managing the indoor air quality. It also makes your unit run far less efficiently, and could lead to sudden repairs. Here are some of the problems that may go along with a clogged furnace filter.

  • Blower Motor Problems: If you don’t change the furnace filter regularly, it could cause problems for the motor that controls the fan. The fan has to work harder to produce the perfect amount of airflow to heat your home when a filter is clogged. This means the motor may become overworked to the point of failure.
  • Short-Cycling: Another problem that can occur is short cycling. If your furnace cannot effectively get your home to the proper temperature, it may keep turning on and off in order to attempt to heat the house completely. This uses up a lot of energy and causes wear and tear on the motor.
  • Overheating: Finally, as parts begin to wear down from excessive use due to a clogged filter, your unit may eventually overheat and require repair or replacement somewhat prematurely.

Replacing or cleaning a clogged furnace filter is one of the best ways to keep problems from occurring, as well as scheduling maintenance every year.

When you find your furnace in need of heating repair in Wynnewood, contact the HVAC professionals at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

How Can I Prevent Sewer Line Repair or Replacement?

November 3rd, 2014 by Michael Henderson

The sewer line is the pipe that leads from the drains in your home and into the sewer main. Sewer line issues are a major concern for many homeowners, as a sewer leak can cause waste to seep into your yard or even into your home. This can ruin your belongings and the structure of your home, and it creates a health hazard, not to mention the foul odor. At some point, you will need to replace your sewer line to avoid such leaks, but this shouldn’t happen for several decades after installation. Prevent premature replacement and repairs by following some of these steps.

  • Keep Certain Substances Out of the Drain: Major clogs are one of the most common reasons for sewer line repair. While this is not as serious as sewer replacement, repairs can take a large chunk of time away from your day. Keep non-food items out of the drains as well as fats, oils, and grease which may solidify and build up in the pipes.
  • Watch for Signs of Leaks: If you catch leaks early on, a plumber may be able to prevent the problem in other areas of the pipes as well. Pay attention to any strange smells or puddles of water in the yard.
  • Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance: Finally, you should schedule plumbing maintenance every year to keep the sewer line in top shape and discover any minor repair needs early on. A plumber will clean and adjust various components of your system and let you know if any areas of pipe need repairs.

Unfortunately, when it does become time for your sewer line to be replaced, there is not much else you can do. If your plumbing system corrodes, you may have a major leak on your hands. And if one portion of your pipes begins to corrode, the other parts are sure to follow sooner or later. Scheduling the entire job at once saves you a lot of money and trouble later on.

Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to learn more about protecting your plumbing or if you are in need of professional repairs or sewer replacement in Broomall.

How Do Humidifiers Improve the Air Quality?

October 27th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

Many people are familiar with the effects of high humidity, but low humidity can be a problem, too. One of the best ways to increase your humidity to healthy levels is by adding a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system. Fall offers the perfect window of opportunity to make an upgrade to your system, as the cold weather hasn’t yet arrived, and you can add a humidifier to your Drexel Hill home before heating season starts full-time. As with any upgrade, it’s important to hire professionals to complete the installation, so call the people you can count on: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

Comfortable humidity levels are typically between 30-50%; when the level of humidity in your home goes above or below this range, you can start to feel uncomfortable. Problems that can develop from a lack of humidity are:

  • Nose bleeds
  • Dry skin
  • Shrinking and splintering of wood products, including flooring, walls and furniture
  • Increase in illnesses such as colds and viruses
  • Feeling cold all the time

Humidity holds heat, which is why it’s important to have enough humidity in your home during the winter; otherwise, you could be raising your thermostat settings to feel warmer. It’s estimated that for every degree you can turn down your thermostat during the colder months, you can save up to 3% in energy costs; this can’t happen without the correct amount of humidity in the air.

How It Works

A whole-home humidifier is added directly to you HVAC system and you can program the humidity level you want along with your indoor temperature right on your thermostat. Water from your home’s piping adds a controlled amount of moisture to the air in your HVAC, and this air circulates evenly throughout your home.

If extreme dryness has been a problem in your home, it may be time to consider adding a humidifier to your HVAC system in Drexel Hill.

Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our indoor air quality experts.

How a Water Softener Protects Your Plumbing

October 22nd, 2014 by Michael Henderson

Your plumbing is central to many of the daily tasks in your home. So when there’s a problem that stops you from receiving any water at all, you know to call a plumber right away. Similarly, leaks and clogs are a mess in your home and lead you to call a plumbing professional as soon as possible. But what if there is a hidden problem that could damage your pipes and cause problems with the major appliances and fixtures you use daily? This guide explains the use of water softeners to prevent plumbing damages and treat hard water, a common affliction for many home plumbing systems.

What Is “Hard Water?”

More than 80% of homes in the United States are affected by hard water. Hard water is a problem with the water supply marked by high levels of minerals, most commonly magnesium and calcium. These minerals are harmless for most people, besides some with compromised immune systems. However, hard water can have consequences for many of the most important components of your home.

Some people recognize the signs of hard water because of the markings left behind around faucets. White or greenish-yellow deposits may form an unsightly ring around the faucets and fixtures in your home, but the larger issue is that this same buildup can also gather in the pipes until the water pressure is severely reduced. Furthermore, these minerals may stop the flow of water to some of the appliances in your home, such as the washing machine or dishwasher, leading to a costly premature replacement. Hard water also keeps soap from lathering, which leads to scum in the pipes and could perpetuate drain clogs.

How Does a Water Softener Help?

A water softener is installed at the water supply of your home in order to soften all of the water that enters your home. To soften water, water softeners replace the problematic minerals with another type of substance, usually with sodium ions. Although these use a very small amount of sodium, you may be able to find a system that employs potassium instead if you or a family member are sensitive to salt.

To speak with a professional trained in installing and testing water softeners in Wayne, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

3 Common Ductless Heating Repairs

October 20th, 2014 by Michael Henderson

A ductless mini split is one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems out there. Ducted systems encounter a lot of issues due to air leaks in the ducts that force air conditioning and heating systems to work too hard and become overworked. Luckily, ductless systems have indoor units with individual blower fans, so air does not need to travel through any ducts that may eventually tear or collapse.

While ductless heating units are fairly durable and may need fewer repairs over time than other forced air systems, there are still some problems they may eventually come across. For ductless heating repair in Media, be sure to call the folks at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

  • Replacing the Reversing Valve: Ductless heating systems are heat pumps, meaning they move heat from one place to another. Just like central air conditioners, ductless systems use refrigerant to move heat from the indoor unit to the outside unit in the summer in order to blow air over the evaporator coil and keep your home cool. In the winter, a ductless heat pump can also move heat from the outdoors to the inside, even in cooler temperatures. The reversing valve is the component that allows refrigerant to reverse directions. But if you notice that your system won’t switch to heating mode, it may be because of a faulty reversing valve, which could just need replacement.
  • Reinstalling of the Indoor Air Handler: Another repair unique to ductless heating systems is if the indoor air handler begins to move away from the wall. This could be a result of faulty installation, and a contractor can securely reaffix the blower unit.
  • Sealing Refrigerant Leaks: While ductless systems will never fall victim to duct leaks, they are just as prone to refrigerant leaks as ducted heat pumps and air conditioners. A refrigerant line connects the indoor units to the outside compressor, and may leak anywhere along the line, at the compressor, or from the reversing valve. This requires immediate repairs, as it could cause parts to break down prematurely.

Be sure to call technicians with the proper skills and equipment to repair any ductless heating issue. For ductless heating repairs in Media, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.