Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

What to Look for When Buying a New Generator

November 29th, 2016

Our civic electrical grid is solid and reliable here in the Springfield, PA area, but with another cold winter on its way, Mother Nature always has the last word. We recommend whole-home generators for any home concerned about keeping the lights on when the snows fall, and if you’re in the market for one, we can help. The first thing to do is evaluate several specific needs for your home, which will affect which type of generator matches your needs best. Here are a few general guidelines to help you with your early decision-making.

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Signs of Trouble with Older Heating Systems

November 22nd, 2016

Heating systems are designed to last a long time, but winters last a long time too here in Wayne, PA, and older heating systems may not always be able to keep up with the workload. If your furnace, boiler or other heating system is past its warranty expiration date, you need to watch carefully for signs of trouble. Now is the ideal time to catch any problems that might raise, before the cold weather has begun in earnest. That way, you have a chance to address it before the winter goes any further. Here is a quick list of some signs to watch for in an older heating system.

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Be Careful What Foods You Pour Down the Drain

November 21st, 2016

Thanksgiving has come to Havertown, PA, and that means that many residents will be hosting get-togethers with family and friends. Thanksgiving also means a lot of cooking, and the last thing you need in the middle of family and turkey and football is to have to deal with a clog in your kitchen sink. We get a high number of clogged drain calls this time of year, and we’d like to help you stop such issues before they start if we can. The best way to do that s simply to pay very close attention to what you pour down the drain. The list of foods that should be placed in the garbage instead is as follows:

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Beware of Corrosion in Your Furnace

November 14th, 2016

Winters get cold in Bryn Mawr, PA, and your furnace is often the best way to keep your home warm in the winter. But as always, you need to monitor your system closely to watch for signs of damage. Corrosion, in particular, can be a serious issue and even lead to significant failure if you’re not careful. You can take steps to prevent this from happening. Here’s a quick breakdown as to how.

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Improve Heating Efficiency This Fall

November 7th, 2016

Cool temperatures have arrived in Springfield, PA, and the deep freeze of winter won’t be far behind. Your heating system may be up for the challenge, but that doesn’t mean it won’t cost you an arm and a leg in higher monthly heating costs. Now is the time to curtail those costs by taking steps to improve your heater’s efficiency. When accompanied by sensible heating habits like setting the themrostat a few degrees cooler than you normally might, they can save you a great deal: not only this winter, but for many winters to come.

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Always Use a Professional Plumber

October 31st, 2016

Residents of Havertown, PA and other towns in the Philadelphia area are used to doing things on their own. This often extends to problems with their plumbing, such as leaks and clogs, which many homeowners assume they can correct with store-bought solutions and a little know-how.

In most cases, this is a terrible mistake. Plumbing is a complicated field, and without proper training and licensing, even a seemingly straightforward operation can run into huge problems. You should always use a professional plumber to handle your plumbing issues. Why? Here are just a few of the reasons.

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Trenchless Technology Makes Pipe Repair Easier

October 24th, 2016

Fall isn’t the best season to run into a problem with your main water line or drain line. They’re located underground in most cases, and getting to them used to involve excavating them. That meant heavy equipment and multiple workers. Even worse, the clock is ticking: any day here in Wayne, PA could bring freezing temperatures to complicate matters.

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Get Your Drains Cleaned Before Winter

October 23rd, 2016

Winters in Bryan Mawr, PA are as brutal as they come, and they can be especially hard on the plumbing system in your home.  Frozen pipes, stubborn clogs and other problems are common during the winter months, and a big part of preventing them means getting rid of any existing clogs before the first freeze sets in.

Food particles, caked-on soap, used toothpaste and other materials can build up in your pipes over the course of years in some cases. They could cause considerable damage if they’re allowed to freeze in the pipes: increasing the possibility of frozen pipes, which can eventually burst.

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How Video Pipe Inspection Gets to the Bottom of Plumbing Problems

October 17th, 2016

Only a few short years ago, plumbing was still largely reliant on old fashioned tools and a quality work ethic. Those factors haven’t changed, but technology in our culture has advanced at an astonishing rate lately, and that applies to the plumbing industry too. Nowhere is that more apparent than with the advent of video pipe inspection, which is an invaluable tool for getting to the bottom of countless plumbing-based issues. Here’s a quick outline of how it all works.

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Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

October 10th, 2016

Frozen pipes and burst pipe rank among the most common plumbing calls we make during the winter here in the Havertown, PA area, and while we’re happy to perform emergency calls to correct such issues, we’d much rather help you prevent them in the first place. Preventing frozen pipes starts now, both with timely measures taken by the homeowner and a little help from a qualified professional plumber. Here’s a few tips to help show you what we mean. 

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