Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog

Here Are the Most Common Plumbing Emergencies

July 16th, 2018

high-pressure-pipe-leakHaving an emergency plumber’s number handy is one of the best ways you can put your mind at ease about your home plumbing. You know you can reach out to a trusted, licensed professional when a disaster strikes your home’s plumbing that could lead to a loss of fresh water, backed up sewage, flooding, and other problems. You shouldn’t attempt to do any major plumbing repairs on your own, and it’s especially crucial you leave those emergency jobs to plumbers who can act fast and get the job done right.

We’ve handled many plumbing emergencies in our years in business, and we’ve put together a list of some of the more common ones that you might run into. We’re here to help you with 24-hour, 7-days a week service when these happen.

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A High-Efficiency Air Filter Might Spell Disaster

July 2nd, 2018

air-fliter-cuAre you interested in better air quality for your home? Chances are that you’d benefit from the professional installation of air cleaners of some type. There are many different types of air cleaning products on the market, ranging from tiny electronic air purifiers that don’t do much to extensive whole-house air filtration and purification systems. Because of the high number of types of pollutants that found in today’s homes, we strongly recommend working with our IAQ professionals to find the ideal air quality products and solutions.

And this brings us to the topic today, which is the simple mistake some homeowners make if they try to go it alone with air cleaners…

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Drain Cleaning Is Better and Faster with This Amazing Device

June 18th, 2018

tapwater-down-drainDrain cleaning is about more than unclogging drains. It is also a preventive method that keeps away future clogs. We encourage homeowners to arrange for professional drain cleaning once a year to help keep their drainage system working at its best and avoid having to make emergency service calls because of a stopped up bath or kitchen drain.

Plumbers use a number of specialized tools to clean drains, such as motorized drain augers (a.k.a. drain snakes) and powerful hydro-jetters that blast high-pressure water along the inside of the drainpipes to scour them clean.

There’s one device that modern technology has developed that makes drain cleaning faster and more effective than ever before: video pipe inspection equipment.

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Damaged Ducts Can Mean High Cooling Bills

June 4th, 2018

corrugated-ductworkHave you ever received a monthly utility bill and reeled back in shock? “Who—who was using this much electricity?” you wonder. Your mind flashes back, trying to determine if somebody left all the lights on in the house for a few days, or if you were entertaining too many visitors over too many days. But nothing stands out. It’s been status quo over the last month as far as lights, appliances, and the air conditioner are concerned.

Here’s one possible culprit, the thief who’s stealing energy from your home: leaky air ducts. Your air conditioning system may be exerting much more power to provide cooling to your home because of those damaged ducts. It’s often hard to detect at first that this is happening, but when damaged ducts take a toll, it can be steep!

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Benefits of Spring AC Maintenance You May Not Have Thought Of

May 21st, 2018

woman-retro-pointingIs your home’s cooling system all set to handle the summer weather? You might think it is—but unless it has a spring visit from an HVAC technician to give it a complete inspection, cleaning, and tune-up, it will head into the hottest months of the year with some big disadvantages. This can mean extra repairs, unreliable performance, higher operating costs, and shortening the system life.

We’ve often written about the major benefits of keeping up with annual spring air conditioning maintenance and why signing up for one of our maintenance plans is the best way to care for your cooling system year after year. (As well as your heating system!) Today, we’re going to spotlight a few of the benefits of doing routine inspections and tune-ups for an air conditioning that aren’t as well known. Call us to find out more details and to sign up for one of our plans.

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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

May 7th, 2018

water-heater-maintenanceA water heater that receives regular maintenance and prompt repairs when necessary can last for many years. You’ve probably already had the same water heater working for you since you moved into your current home.

All good things must come to an end, and you will need to replace the water heater at some point in the future when it no longer can do the job it’s supposed to. At first, you’ll think of arranging to have the water heater repaired, but there are signs to watch for that will tell you the best option isn’t to continue with having it fixed but to replace it entirely.

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What’s the Best Summer Setting for a Thermostat?

May 7th, 2018

thermostat-adjustmentThe thermostat in your home is a device that’s easy to abuse. When it gets hot outdoors, it’s tempting to turn the thermostat down as low as it can go to combat the heat. When it gets too cold, you can just turn the thermostat back up. But this is an energy-wasting approach to handling the thermostat settings, and half the time you’ll either be too hot or too cold. Is there an ideal thermostat setting that will save money and not sacrifice comfort?

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What to Do if Your Basement Floods

April 23rd, 2018

interior-floodingSpring can be a rough season with snowmelt and rains, making it one of the most hazardous times of the year for possible basement flooding. We hope that you have a sump pump to help you deal with flooding in your basement if it happens. If you don’t have one, our plumbers can install one for you.

However, if you do run into a flooded basement, please don’t panic. There are some steps you can take to deal with the problem. In cases where the flooding is due to burst pipes or other problems with your plumbing system, you’re definitely going to need an emergency plumber to assist you. Don’t hesitate to call us.

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Weird Causes of Drain Clogs!

April 10th, 2018

water-filtration-systemsOn our blog posts, we like to address the more common issues our consumers may run into with their plumbing systems. Drain and toilet clogs are one of the most common problem—quite possibly the most common—type of plumbing issue. But on this post, we want to do a little something different: list a few of strange and more uncommon reasons for drains to clog. You’ll need a professional plumber to handle these problems.

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Helping Generators in Spring with Repair and Maintenance

April 9th, 2018
home-generator

A home generator that provides electricity during a power outage. It is connected to a propane gas supply.

You may need to have your generator working for you at any time of the year. Most people think of generators leaping in to help because stormy weather has caused a disruption in power. However, even summer can present grid failures when the demand for power (usually from air conditioners) rises too high. You can never be too careful when it comes to a generator, because you want to be able to place your trust in it. Peace of mind is one of the great benefits of a whole-house generator, and that’s all spoiled if you don’t think you can trust it to work when you actually need it to.

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