Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for October, 2012

Reasons for Sewer Line Replacement

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Your sewer line is not an easy thing to replace. However trenchless re-piping technology, like pipe lining and pipe bursting, can reduce the inconvenience and price . In some municipalities they will also make you pay for any damage done to the sidewalk in front of your home. Below we’ve outlined some of the common reasons that may require you to have your sewer line replaced in Havertown.

Tree Roots

It may be surprising, but the most common cause for sewer line replacement services is tree roots. As trees grow, their roots spread out in search of water. The sewer line from your house is obviously a great source of water. Over time, the roots gradually wedge themselves into the joints in your sewer line. The roots will grow until they have completely clogged and destroyed your sewer line.

Natural Disasters

Earthquakes, floods and other types of natural disasters are obvious threats to your sewer line. If you notice problems with your toilets or other drains, the cause may be that a recent natural occurrence caused your sewer line to break or pinch.


The age of your sewer pipe is another reason that you might have to replace it. Over time your pipes can corrode and built of mineral deposits. This can cause leaks and even blockages in your sewer drain.


If you’re buying a new home, have the sewer line inspected by a professional plumber before you actually purchase the home. Your plumber will use a video camera to actually go into the sewer line and see exactly what state it is in. Having your sewer line regularly inspected can keep you apprised of its situation before something catastrophic happens.

If you have any questions about your sewer line in Havertown, contact the plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services.

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Plumbing Guide: Common Causes of Sewer Line Backup

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

There are a lot of reasons that your sewer line may get backed up, but whatever the cause it is never an enjoyable experience. When your sewer line backs up it is important to call for help from a qualified professional such as Wm. Henderson immediately. The sooner the backup is resolved the sooner your life can get back to the level of convenience that you’re used to. Here are some of the more common causes of sewer line backup problems in Broomall.

  • Solid Obstruction: The most common cause of a sewer line backup is due to solids/debris that have accumulated enough to block the flow of water and waste. It is important that only appropriate materials and substances are disposed of through your home’s sewer line. Common blockages include hair, bones, paper towels, kitty litter, sanitary napkins and other garbage not fit for the sewer line.
  • Grease: Fat, oil and grease will all liquefy when they are warm enough, but once they have a chance to cool down they will congeal. If they are discharged into your sewer line and congeal or solidify they can eventually plug drain lines. With enough time they can even block larger sewer lines, leading to flooding, unpleasant odors and other inconveniences in your home and neighboring properties.
  • Tree Roots: Tree roots can do a surprising amount of damage to pipes and sewer lines. Trees’ fibrous root systems can greatly restrict the flow of wastewater and trap debris, causing serious blockage problems. There is nothing you can expect to do to prevent this issue other than dealing with it if and when the time comes.
  • Water: Water itself can actually cause problem in your sewer line, including backups. If enough rainwater falls or snow melts sewer lines can be overloaded. This can cause backups into basements and bottom floors of houses or basic slow draining of wastewater.
  • Pipe Deficiencies: Structural defects including cracks, holes, poor connections, offset joints and other problems with structural integrity in the pipes themselves can lead to a sewer line backing up. Oftentimes this sort of problem will not present itself until a backup or other situation develops. Call a professional to determine just what the cause of your sewer line backup is.

Modern technology such as video pipe inspections and advanced drain and pipe cleaning techniques have made it easier than ever to keep your sewer lines, drains and pipes operating properly. Be sure to call a qualified, professional Broomall plumber such as those at Wm. Henderson for the high quality service you deserve. Don’t let slow-draining or backed up sewers upset convenience in your Broomall home.

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Should You Replace Your Furnace Today?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Furnace Replacement | Broomall | Wm. Henerson

Are you aware of the new regional standards for the installation location of heating and cooling equipment? In northern states, high-efficiency furnaces are required after May 1, 2013. Call Wm. Henderson today to find out if you furnace needs to be replaced and what your options are.

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Plumbing Guide: Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Steps

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Replacing a sewer line is a big project, but it used to be a much bigger one. Thanks to trenchless sewer line replacement technology a job that used to be very intrusive and expensive can now be performed quickly, affordably and with little disruption to your Springfield PA home. Here is some information about the steps involved in the trenchless sewer line replacement process supplied by the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services.

Trenchless sewer line replacement requires much less digging to be performed on your property than the traditional replacement method. This leaves much less clean-up work and collateral damage to your lawn and property. The process is much quicker, and substantially cheaper. There are a few ways in which a sewer line may be replaced in a trenchless replacement process.

The pipe lining technique involves a flexible tube being fed into a damaged pipe. The tube is then inflated, and after a period of time the resin it is coated with hardens. This creates a pipe within the original pipe, meaning that the original does not even have to be removed. While the new, inner pipe is a bit smaller than the old, outer one, it is not enough of a difference to affect the pipe’s performance. Generally only one hole needs to be dug for this procedure.

Another option is the pipe bursting method. With this method a new pipe is pulled through the old damaged one, bursting it from within. A cone-shaped bursting head splits the pipe as the pneumatic jack pulls it through. Access holes will need to be dug on both sides. If the existing pipe is made of a material that will not burst the powerful machines used to pull the new pipe through will simply use the cone attached to the end of the replacement pipe to push the old one out.

Once the pipe replacement is completed the patches of land that were dug up or excavated to provide access to the pipe will be refilled or repaired. If this is in your lawn your service provider may reseed the area for you. It is important that trenchless sewer line replacement is performed only by a dependable Springfield PA plumber. If you have any questions about the trenchless sewer line replacement process or where to get this service in your area, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services. We are happy to share our expertise with you.

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Heating Guide: Should You Repair or Replace Your Heating System?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

When you experience problems with your Bryn Mawr home’s heating system it can be difficult to decide whether repair or replacement service is your best option. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when making this decision, such as the age of your system, the cost of operating it and the fuel source it consumes. In order to make the best decision for your home and family it is important to get the opinion of a qualified heating system expert. Clients in the Bryn Mawr area can trust the home heating specialists at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to give them the information and advice they need to make the best decision for their particular situation. Here are some helpful tips and information to get you started.

  • Consider the age and efficiency of your home heating system. Remember, just because your system can be repaired does not mean that it should be. Even if your system is still capable of heating your home there have been a lot of advancements in efficiency over the past years. An older system, even one still working near its maximum efficiency levels, can probably not match the efficiency of newer systems. Before spending money to repair your system you may want to consider the long term energy savings that a newer, more efficient system may offer.
  • Consider your budget. A new heating system may sound like a great opportunity, but if you can’t afford one appropriate for your home heating habits it may be better to stick with repairs for now. Getting your old heating system through another winter while budgeting for a new model in the coming year can ensure that your home is consistently comfortable. Don’t jump at an affordable newer model that cannot fulfill your home heating needs.
  • If you are leaning towards the purchase and installation of a brand new system, take the time to figure out just what you are looking for in a replacement. A new heating system is an investment and you should not rush through the selection process. Do your homework, see what’s out there, and get the heating system you actually want. Figure out how much you can comfortably afford to invest in your new heating system, and remember that you don’t have to stick with what you know. Get some quotes, work with a contractor you trust, and be sure of your decision.

Follow this advice and you should be able to make the right decisions about repairing and replacing your heating system in Bryn Mawr. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. with any questions, we’re happy to help in any way we can!

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Plumber’s Guide: When to Consider Water Line Replacement

Monday, October 1st, 2012

There are many situations in which you might consider having a water line in your Media home replaced, but it doesn’t always make financial sense to go through and rip out old pipes and install replacements. That’s why, if a problem does develop, you want to know what the best option will be. Here are a few situations in which it makes sense to replace the water line (or multiple water lines) in your home.

  • Very Old Pipes – If your pipes are particularly old, to the point that they are either breaking down inside or they consist of metals like lead that have long since been banned and shown to have adverse health effects, you might want to replace your water lines.
  • Signs of Deterioration of Low Water Pressure – If you have low water pressure of if the pipes in your home are no longer delivering clean, fresh water, then it is definitely time to have the water lines replaced.
  • Hard Water Issues – Hard water can occur for a number of reasons, most notably because of a degradation of the materials in the pipes that deliver the water. If this happens, consider new pipes.
  • Leak(s) – The most obvious sign that you need new pipes is that they are starting to leak. Whether a slow and steady drip or repeated leaks that require repairs seemingly month, a repair call is recommended.

If any of these issues develops, a water line replacement may be the best solution for your particular needs. The best way to know for sure, of course, is to call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services and have us perform a thorough inspection. Often, even when a water line appears in good condition, if it is old enough, there can be issues that are developing unseen and that will eventually create one of the above listed problems.

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