Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for January, 2013

Plumbing FAQ: How Can I Be Sure My Drains Are Clean?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Are you wondering whether or not your drain lines need a professional cleaning? Call the Springfield, PA plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for all your drain cleaning needs. We can also provide you with tips and advice on how to maintain your drain system to prevent clogs and backups.

Does your home have an old plumbing system? If so, you may experience more problems with your drain system. Many older plumbing systems were installed with cast iron drain pipes, which can cause clogs due to waste material getting caught on the rough surface inside the pipe. The older your system gets, the more problems you may have. Routine cleanings and keeping your drains free of materials that could get clogged are two important ways to prevent plumbing repairs.

If your kitchen sink gets clogged often, try to keep cooking oil and large food particles out of the kitchen drain, especially if you have a garbage disposal. There are many items that a garbage disposal is not designed to handle, so be sure you know how to operate the equipment. For bathroom drains, use hair catchers to keep hair and soap scum out of the drain line.

You may also have a larger issue if you notice slow drains. Keep in mind that a faulty plumbing vent or running large plumbing appliances all at once can also cause slow drains. If your toilets back up often, there may be an issue further down the line. The only way to know for sure is to hire a plumber for a video pipe inspection to fully inspect the inside of your pipes.

You may have a broken sewer line if you notice sewage smells or wet spots in your yard. If you suspect a leak in the main sewer line, call a plumber ASAP. This could prevent further damage to your pipes or your property.

Call the plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for all your Springfield, PA drain and sewer needs!

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Is it Time for a Heating System Replacement?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Sometimes it can be hard to know when it’s time to replace your heating system. Additionally, many homeowners try to put off replacing their heating system for as long as possible because they don’t want to have to go through the process. At Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating, we have over 30 years of experience offering heating replacement in Havertown. We can get the job done quickly with as little inconvenience to you. Here are some of the signs that you should think about replacing your heating system.

Age of Your Heating System

If your heating system is very old and it needs repairs more than twice a year, it might make more financial sense to simply replace your heating system. You should definitely consult your heating contractor, but remember a new heating system will usually work more effectively and efficiently.

Strange Noises

If your heating system starts to make new and strange noises, you may want to consider replacing it instead of repairing it. When heating system start to make excessive noises, it usually means that large and expensive repairs are one their way.

Monthly Energy Bill

If you notice that your monthly energy bill has started to increase inexplicably, it could be a sign that your heating system is in trouble. This means that it is using more energy to heat your home, and it might require repair.

If you need any kind of heating system repair or replacement in Havertown, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services today! 

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Keeping Your Pipes Safe This Winter:

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Winter is a great, fun time of the year. If you are going to ice skating, though, make sure that you are doing it out on the pond and not in your basement or backyard. Dealing with burst or damaged pipes is never fun. Luckily, there are a number of steps that you can take to ensure the safety of your pipes in Springfield, PA this winter. If you still have any questions about ways in which you can protect your pipes this heating season, contact the expert plumbers at Wm. Henderson. We can help you protect your home.

The first way to prevent freezing pipes is to keep a small trickle of water moving through them. It does not take much, so do not be tempted to overdo it. You do not want to think that you are protecting your pipes only to come home to an overflowing sink. Keep that faucet open just a bit to add some insurance to your pipes.

It is also important to remember that insulation does not only belong in your walls and in the attic. Make sure that any exposed piping in your home is properly insulated. If the cold has a tougher time reaching the pipes it will have a tougher time damaging them.

Shut off the water to any outside fixtures and drain them. If you are concerned about the pipes in your home you should be just as concerned about those out in the elements, right? Pack up the sprinklers and the garden hose. You won’t be needing them for a while.

You may want to have your plumbing system inspected before the cold arrives if you have had problems recently. A water line that is compromised in any way, for instance should absolutely be replaced before the freezing temperatures arrive. Call a professional Springfield PA plumber to schedule a water line replacement before damage is done to your home.

If you would like more tips about keeping your pipes safe this winter, contact the pros at Wm. Henderson. We are proud to be able to put your mind at rest in Springfield, PA. Follow our advice and your pipes will make it through the winter unscathed.

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What to Do If Your Sewer Backs Up: A Plumber’s Tip

Monday, January 7th, 2013

When it comes to the sewer and drain systems in your home, the less you have to think about them the better. That is because you generally only think about these important components of your home plumbing system when there is a problem with them. The unfortunate truth is that, even with professional installation service and high quality maintenance, you will probably experience some problem or another with your sewer and drain system eventually.

If this problem is serious enough to lead to a backup into your home, you need to be prepared. Here are some tips to help you handle a sewer backup in your Broomall, PA home properly. Wm. Henderson is always here to help should you experience this unpleasant situation firsthand.

The first thing that you should do in the event of sewage backflow into your home is to get any pets and children away from the area in question. Kids are oblivious to their surrounding very often, and animals are naturally curious. This is one situation that you do not want your kids or pets investigating up close, though.

You must also remember that you should not attempt to clean up the mess yourself. There are pretty obvious hygiene problems in doing so. Plus, even if you do clean up the area there is still the blockage or other issues that caused the problem to deal with. Call in a professional immediately.

If you do have central air conditioning or heating in your home you should shut it off right away. Uncomfortable temperatures are a small price to pay to avoid sewage contamination getting into the floor vents of your system. Cover any exposed vents or grates just to be safe.

You also need to find out just what caused this issue. You may need to file a claim with the city if the cause was on their end. If you have had recent plumbing work completed you should get in touch with that service provider. Make sure you take every step possible to prevent having to deal with this situation again.

If you have any further questions about how you can deal with a backed up sewer in your home, call Wm. Henderson. We want your home to be as convenient and hygienic as possible. Do not let sewer and drain issues in Broomall, PA disrupt that comfort.

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