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

Plumbing Repair Tip: What’s with the Water Around My Toilet?

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Houses in Springfield, PA come from different eras – with century-old houses and modern units alike – and the plumbing in each house can vary according to the era when it was installed. You don’t need to be a plumbing expert to recognize water around your toilet as a potential problem, however. Water always indicates a leak, which means a good plumber can resolve the problem quickly and efficiently for you. It helps if you can understand what’s with the water around your toilet: how it got there and what the plumber needs to do to replace it.

The most common cause of a leaky toilet isn’t actually a leak. It’s a build-up of condensation on the outside of the toilet. This usually happens when higher temperatures outside the toilet contrast with the cool water in the toilet itself. A plumber can install tank liner or anti-condensation valves to solve the problem.

A more severe problem involves a leak coming from inside the toilet tank itself. It usually involves a component in the toilet apparatus which is cracked or worn out. (The shank gasket, for instance, located where the fill valve connects to the tank, or the tank-to-bowl sponge gasket.) You may also spot a leak in the main water line connecting your toilet to the larger plumbing system in your house. A professional plumber has the know-how to replace all of these faulty items with new ones. This can also be caused by a problem with the wax ring which seals the toilet to the waste pipe.

In the most severe cases, water around the base of the toilet indicates a crack in the porcelain fixture itself. In this case, the entire toilet may need to be replaced before the leak will stop, though in a few cases, the plumber might be able to seal the crack.

Regardless of the cause, a leaky toilet needs fixing quickly. Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating Inc. has the know-how to correct the problem the first time, every time. We’re based in the Springfield, PA area, and our trained experts can come to your home at your convenience. Call us today to set up an appointment, and let us get rid of those puddles around your toilet.

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How is Sound Used to Detect Plumbing Leaks

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Plumbing leaks can be difficult to detect. Unless they take place in an obvious location where the leaking water is plainly visible, they can go on for some time and possibly cause serious damage in the process. Plumbing services need to pinpoint the source of the leak quickly in order to repair it before it causes more issues. So how does a good plumber detect a tricky leak? In many cases, they use sound.

Or more specifically, they use sound detection equipment. Leaks make noise as the water seeps out, which is distinctive from other ambient sounds nearby. Certain specific noises can also determine the severity of the leak. Or instance, a hiss probably means that there is more pressure in the water pipe; the louder the sound, the higher the pressure in the pipe. Different types of pipes also make different sounds when a leak occurs, and the composition of the soil can affect the way the sound travels.

In order to locate it, the plumber first needs to locate the pipe with a pipe and cable locator, then applies a ground microphone to the area. The microphone will detect the noise, which grows louder the closer the plumber comes to the leak. In some cases, the increase in sound can be very small, which is why a good plumber will gauge the instruments on the microphone to determine the exact spot involved. Once the leak has been determined, he can then plan whatever repairs are necessary.

Naturally, the more quickly and accurately he can pinpoint the leak, the better. Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. offers plumbing services to Havertown, PA and the surrounding communities. We use top-end microphones and other equipment to track down leaks, and we specialize in sewer line replacement. Once we’ve spotted the problem, our trenchless technology can replace the pipe with only minimal intrusion onto your yard and property. Call us today and see what we can do for you.

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Commercial HVAC Question: What is a Rooftop Unit?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

A rooftop unit is just what it sounds like, an air conditioning unit placed on the roof of a building rather than on the ground next door. Rooftop units mainly appear in commercial building such as malls and offices. In Broomall, PA, many businesses make extensive use of rooftop units. But why, exactly, and what benefit do such units serve to commercial endeavors?

In the first place, rooftop units don’t take up a lot of space. By placing them on the roof, the installer avoids using valuable ground space that might not be available in a commercial site. Rooftop units also tend to be self-contained, with the compressor, evaporator, blowers and other components placed together in one single package. That makes them easy to install, and in some cases negates the need for ductwork installation as well. It also makes the installation process inexpensive, which can be a benefit for building managers looking to stretch their budget.

Rooftop units also provide flexibility in terms of the amount of cooling power generated. Multiple units can be placed on a single building, making additions fast and comparatively easy. That allows a building manager to open the building to multiple occupants without a wholesale change.

Like air conditioning systems for private homes, rooftop units can suffer from neglect or wear and wear. Coils get dusty, lines become clogged and parts break down as the years (and Pennsylvania winters) take their toll. Businesses are usually keen to get their rooftop units up and running again so that their customers and employees can enjoy a comfortable atmosphere. Regular upkeep can ensure that the off-season doesn’t take a toll and that the rooftop unit is ready to go when those first warm summer days make their entrance.

If you are responsible for a commercial HVAC unit, or you’re thinking about having one installed, it pays to talk to a professional. The experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating have experience with air conditioning units and can talk to you about your options. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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Signs You Need Sewer Repair

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

There are a lot of different ways in which modern plumbing makes your home a more comfortable, convenient place to live. The toilet in your home is one very obvious example of this positive impact. Of course, any problems with the operation of your sewer line can seriously impede the operation of your plumbing system. That is why you must schedule any necessary sewer repair in Springfield, PA as soon as you notice a problem. The longer you put any necessary repairs off, the more likely serious damages to your system become. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today to learn more.

One sign that there is a problem with your sewer system is varying levels of water in your toilet. If you notice that there is a lot of fluctuation in the water levels in your toilet, a blocked sewer line may be to blame. There are a few reasons that your sewer line may be blocked, such as if a foreign body has been flushed down. It is also possible that there are tree roots grown into your sewer line. A professional plumber will be able to determine the exact cause of the problem.

Also, keep an eye on your lawn. If you notice that there are wet patches in your grass, a leaking sewer line may be to blame. The water and other materials in the sewer line can actually serve to fertilize your lawn, leading to quickly growing plant life and very green grass. That may be great for the bushes in the area, but before long a leaking sewer line can do some pretty serious damage to your home and property. Contact a professional plumber as soon as you have reason to suspect a leak in your sewer line.

For sewer repair in Springfield, PA, contact Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. We have the years of training and experience necessary to ensure that you get the most from your plumbing system. No matter what issues you may have with any of your plumbing system components, our team can find the solution you need.

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When to Schedule Plumbing Repair

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Considering the incredibly important role that our plumbing systems play in our homes, it is pretty surprising how much people are willing to overlook when it comes to problems with their plumbing. At Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc., we have seen a lot of different problems with countless plumbing systems that could have been avoided, or at least minimized, had repair service been scheduled promptly. Do not make this mistake in your home. Your plumbing system is far too integral to your daily routine to take such chances with. Call us right away if you suspect that you need professional plumbing repair in Media, PA.

One of the most obvious indicators that there is a problem with your plumbing system is an increase in your water bills without any corresponding increase in water usage. If you do not use much more water than usual, you should not see a big spike in the amount of water you pay for. This can be indicative of a leak somewhere in your plumbing system, possibly even a slab leak. The only way to determine for sure if this is the case is to schedule service with a professional plumber. Leaks are not always located in an immediately identifiable spot. With the leak detection skills and equipment that a professional plumber possesses, you have a much better chance of having your plumbing repair needs met in a timely fashion.

If you experience problems with poor water pressure or insufficient hot water in your home, you should contact a plumbing repair technician immediately. A drop in water pressure may indicate a damaged or burst pipe, or even a serious clog in your system. While many homeowners do not give much thought to clogs, the fact is that they can seriously damage pipes by throwing off the pressure within your plumbing system. Insufficient hot water may be the result of an old or undersized water heater, but if this problem develops rather suddenly there is always the possibility of serious damage to your appliance. Have the situation evaluated by a professional as soon as possible.

When it comes to scheduling plumbing repair in Media, PA, it is always better to be safe than sorry. You do not want give minor problems the opportunity to develop into serious issues. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today for more information.

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