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

Why Your Sewer May Back Up and How to Prevent it

Monday, November 26th, 2012

You probably don’t spend much time thinking about the plumbing system in your home in Havertown until it breaks. Sewer clogs are something that no homeowner ever wants to experience. Unfortunately, they happen all too often. At Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services, we’ve responded to countless sewer repair calls in the Havertown area. We wanted to put together some of the most common reasons why your sewer system may get clogged and how you can prevent it.

Tree Roots

By far the most common cause of sewer clogs is tree roots. In their tireless search for water, tree roots can start to work their way into your sewer pipes through the joints. Eventually, they can clog the entire sewer system. When this happens, you may have to end replacing your entire sewer main. This is an inconvenient and costly project as a portion of your yard will need to be dug up to access the pipe.

Other than not planting trees on your property, you’ll need to have your sewage and water mains inspected regularly to make sure that they don’t clog up.

Treat Your Sewer System Well

Finally, you should always try to take care of your sewer system by not putting things down it that don’t belong there. In particular, your toilets and your kitchen sink need to be watched. There are certain things that you shouldn’t flush down your toilet or put down your kitchen’s garbage disposal. Things like grease from cooking, trash, starchy foods and fruit pits should never go down your disposal. Using common sense about what you put down your drains is a great way to keep your sewer system happy.

If you’re having any plumbing issues with your home in Havertown, contact the expert plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services. We have years of experience working with all types of plumbing problems. No matter how big or small your issue is, call us today!

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Plumbing Repair Tip: Common Sump Pump Repairs

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The sump pump in your Drexel Hill, PA home works non-stop to remove any excess water that might seep into your basement. To prevent water damage, it is important that your sump pump is working properly, especially when there are extreme weather conditions, such as heavy rain or snowmelt.

While a professional Drexel Hill plumber should inspect your sump pump on an annual basis, along with other plumbing equipment in the home, you can help by making sure that the pump itself isn’t corroded and that the water stays clean.

Call the plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. if you have further questions or would like more maintenance tips. Meanwhile, here are some common repair needs and how you as a homeowner can prevent them from happening.

For submersible sump pumps in basements, the pump is situated inside a well that is cut out in the floor and catches excess groundwater. The pump itself is turned on and off by a float switch, which looks just like the floater in the back of your toilet. The float switch in a sump pump works the same way.

When the water rises to a certain level, the float switch rises and automatically turns on the pump, which then removes excess water from the well. Once the level goes down, the pump turns off again. You should be able to hear the pump when it is on.

Because of the pump’s location in the basement, bits of leaves, root fragments, dirt, and other solid matter can accumulate around the floater arm inside the well. Sometimes when debris gets trapped underneath the float switch it will get stuck in the on position, which causes the motor to run constantly.

If your motor runs continuously, it can overheat and eventually burn out. Your plumber can unplug the pump and try to clear out the debris from underneath the floater arm. Important note: Do not touch any electrical wiring if there is standing water in your basement.

While it may not be worth fixing a severely corroded pump or a pump with a failed motor, we install and service many sump pumps in the Drexel Hill area, and we have the experience to ensure that the job is handled correctly.

Our plumbers will also inspect the other components in the sump pump system, such as the condition of the sump pit, the adjustment of the float, and the condition of the outflow line, to make entire system is functioning properly.

When you need a repair for your plumbing in Drexel Hill, PA, the plumbers at Wm. Henderson can quickly diagnose the problem and give you an honest assessment of how to resolve it.

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Components of Trenchless Water Line Replacement: A Plumbing Guide

Monday, November 12th, 2012

It’s a job that homeowners in Media dread: water line replacement. However, trenchless water line replacement is a much less cumbersome approach to water line replacement projects and makes it a relatively painless process. It is much less intrusive and is generally less expensive than traditional pipe replacement. Below we describe some of the components of trenchless water line replacement.

Trenchless Means No Trench

As the name implies, trenchless water line replacement jobs don’t require the digging of a trench. This is a great relief to homeowners because it leaves their landscaping intact. With trenchless projects, only 2 holes are dug in your yard so that the technicians can gain access to both ends of the water line.

Less Time

Without a gigantic trench to dig, trenchless water line replacement normally is done within a day. This also decreases the amount of time that you’re inconvenienced by a large hole and equipment in your yard.

Pipe Relining

After the hole is dug, one way to get a new pipe into the ground is to inflate one. This method involves running a deflated liner into the old pipe. Then a bladder is inserted and inflated to hold the new pipe in place while it adheres to the old pipe. While this doesn’t technically replace the old pipe, it does provide a durable and seamless new pipe inside of your old one. Generally, this only reduces the diameter of the pipe by about 1/4 of an inch.

Pipe Bursting

This method of pipe replacement actually destroys the old pipe and replaces it with a new one. Once both of the holes are dug on either side of your water main, a machine drags a metal cone-shaped head through the existing pipe to break it apart. Immediately behind the cone, is a new pipe that gets inserted as the cone is dragged through the existing hole.

If you’re interested in trenchless water line replacement services at your home in Media, contact Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating. We’ll make sure that your home is back up and running quickly and with as little inconvenience for you as possible.

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Signs That You Need a Sewer Line Replacement

Monday, November 5th, 2012

There are a lot of problems that you may face as a Newtown Square homeowner, but few can be more of a headache than learning that you need a sewer line replaced. While it may not be something that you look forward to dealing with, a sewer line replacement should be handled as quickly as possible. If your sewer line is broken, leaking or otherwise compromised it can cause serious damage to your home and plumbing system. Knowing the signs that your sewer line may need to be replaced can help eliminate these risks. here are some indicators to keep an eye out for. If you think your sewer line may be in need of replacement, call the sewer line replacement experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services right away. We’ll get the job done quickly and correctly to make sure that disruption to your home and convenience is minimal.

One indicator that you may have a problem with your sewer line requiring a sewer line replacement is varying water levels in your toilet. This could be caused by a simple clog, but it is necessary that you have a professional Newtown Square plumber come to assess the situation and to assure that it is not the result of serious damage to your sewer line. If you notice changing water levels in your toilet, call Wm. Henderson to have your plumbing system inspected today.

Another problem to keep an eye out for that could indicate the need for a new sewer line is frequent slow draining from your sinks, tubs and showers. Again, this slow draining could be caused by a simple clog that can be cleared out, but if it is a frequent, persistent occurrence it could be a more serious issue. Don’t take any risks by assuming that a problem is no big deal. Call for professional service and be sure of what you’re dealing with.

Water stains and damage around your foundation is a pretty sure sign of a problem with your sewer line. While the severity of the damage to your sewer line will determine whether or not it can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced, some action must be taken as quickly as possible. A lot of water runs through that line, and a lot of damage can be done to your home relatively quickly depending on the size of the leak. Don’t put your home and property at risk of water damage. Call for professional service the moment you suspect a problem with your sewer line. The plumbing experts at Wm. Henderson are available to help ensure that your home is protected from the potential damage that a broken sewer line can cause. When your sewer line in Newtown Square needs replacement, Wm. Henderson will get the job done right. Call today to schedule service.

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