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

Plumbing Repair Tip: Why Your Shower Is Backing Up

Monday, September 30th, 2013

A daily shower is part of the routine of most people’s lives. Since the shower is such an important part of your home, if you notice problems with it, such as water backing up, you need to get it fixed immediately.

In this post we’ll look at why your shower backs up and explain what you can do to prevent and fix it. For any plumbing repair in Media, PA, get the help of Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc..

The most common reason for a shower backing up is a clog from hair and other foreign debris caught in the drain. These obstructions usually collect in the trap, bend in the pipe that contains some water designed to prevent back flow of noxious gases from the sewage line into your bathroom. Too many solids jammed in a trap will cause it to clog. Regular drain cleaning can help prevent this. Should you start experiencing a slow drain in the shower, get it cleaned out as soon as possible before the build-up in the trap worsens. Remember also to use a drain cover  to prevent excess hair from getting into it.

If you do get a complete clog, it may be beyond the power of regular liquid drain cleaner to remedy it; pouring the harshest cleaner you can down the pipes is not a good idea. Seek the help of a professional plumber, who can use a motor-powered drain snake or high pressure water jetting machine to clear the clog.

Showers can also back up because of a larger problem. If the main drain pipe from your home develops blockage, then the wastewater that’s removed from all the sinks, tubs, and showers in your house will start to back up. You will notice this first in showers and tubs because they have their drains set lower than sinks. If wastewater starts flowing from a shower drain, it can signal a serious emergency that requires attention from a professional as soon as possible.

Our motto at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. is “We are there when you need us!” If you need to have a backed up shower unclogged on the double, give us a call and we will put our award-winning service to work for you. Plumbing repair in Media, PA never had a better friend than Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc..

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Who Can Handle My Heating Installation?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Heating installation in Havertown is no laughing matter. Our cold winters make a reliable heating system an absolute necessity, and using the wrong service can cost you a great deal in time and money. If you’ve decided to install a new heating system in your home, you want a service that can provide courteous, professional work that leaves you completely satisfied. “Who can handle my heating installation in Havertown,” you ask? Look for the following specifics.

  • Certification. A proper heating installer will have all the proper credentials and be able to back up his claims with concrete proof. He’ll offer testimonials from satisfied customers and belong to reputable business associations that can vouch for his credentials. Such certification speaks to his expertise, his experience and his willingness to do the job professionally and courteously.
  • Maintenance plans. Good heating experts don’t stop at just setting up your heating system. They offer maintenance plans to help keep it in peak shape and replace worn parts before they become a problem. That speaks to his confidence in the installation process, as well as his willingness to help you through any future problems that do arise.
  • Up-front analysis. Heating installation specialists will explain every step of the process up front. They’ll go through everything point by point and break down the costs before they start working. They’ll discuss your options with you thoroughly and provide the benefits and drawbacks of each particular offer. Only when you understand everything involved and have agreed to the price will they start work. That protects you from any unexpected costs and ensures that the contractor is working “on the level.”

For heating installation in Havertown and throughout the Delaware County area, look no further than Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc..We are fully credentialed and belong to the National Association of Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors, as well as multiple local business associations. We will discuss all of the potential costs with you up front and our maintenance plans will ensure that your unit gives you reliable heating for a long time to come. Don’t ask “who can handle my heating installation?” Give us a call today and let us show you.

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How to Enjoy Reliable Heating

Friday, September 20th, 2013

A Pennsylvania winter can be as beautiful as a holiday card—but that doesn’t mean it will be as cozy. You can’t avoid the cold if you need to go outside, but you can keep the cold out of your home if you’ve got a good heating system working for you. Here are some tips from the Springfield, PA heating experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to help you get the most reliable performance possible.

One of the first steps you should take is to see that your home is prepped for winter. That way, you’ll get the more from your system with less heat loss. Look for leaks around outside doors and windows and get them sealed. Check on the insulation in your attic to see that it fills the spaces between the ceiling joists. Improper attic insulation will let heat rise right out of your home and make it harder to keep warm. If you have a chimney, keep its damper closed when not in use so hot air doesn’t have another escape path from your home.

After preparing your home, take some time to inspect your heating system and take care of any small maintenance issues it may require. If you have a furnace, change its filter. Check for any leaks in the boiler. Clear away obstructions from vents.

Although there is plenty you can do on your own to get reliable heating, it’s always a wise idea to call in a professional to perform a seasonal check-up. It’s easy to take your heater for granted, especially if it’s hidden in your basement or attic. But all the hard work it does for you will cause it to wear down unless it receives a regular inspection and tune-ups. Scheduling regular preventive maintenance is the most important step in keeping your heating system up and running throughout the cold months. A technician will come to your home to inspect motors, valves, fans, ducts, and other vital parts of your heater to see that it is working efficiently and not developing any potentially destructive defects.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. offers a precision furnace tune-up and other maintenance needs for heating systems in Springfield, PA. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Ask a Plumber in Havertown: When am I Responsible for Drain and Sewer Repairs?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

The sewer system of your average city is extensive and complex. It connects up to the plumbing systems in most homes in the community, and when sewer lines back up, it can be difficult to ascertain who is responsible for the damages. The issue goes beyond who’s going to pay the plumber. Havertown is an unincorporated community and as such the specifics may be confusing. Homeowners asking “when am I responsible for drain and sewer repairs?” might find the answers less straightforward than they appear.

Generally speaking, common sense prevails. If the source of the problem lies in your home or property – such as tree roots on your property breaching the sewage system – then it is your responsibility to pay for repairs. If the problem came from outside of your property, such as a public sewer line backing up, then Haverford Township (the city with jurisdiction) is responsible. In such cases, you should contact your insurance company and consult with them before paying for any repairs. They can provide you with specific advice regarding your particular circumstances.

In less general terms, professional maintenance and understanding of the local laws can help your case tremendously. For example. Haverford Township bans the release of certain specific materials into the public sewage system, including hazardous chemicals, industrial water, coolant from air conditioning units and the like. Furthermore, any plumbing installation operations you intend to begin on your property needs to conform to the city’s plumbing codes and regulations. If you don’t follow them and it creates a problem, you could be liable for the damages.

In those situations, it pays to have someone reliable who can explain the specifics to you. Wm Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. has the answers if you’re looking for a Havertown, PA plumber. With our help, you can be confident in the quality of any drain and sewer repairs, and can approach questions of responsibility with a little more clarity. Call us today to talk about your options.

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Protect Yourself from a Springfield, PA Sewer Back Up

Monday, September 9th, 2013

No one likes to this about what might happen if the sewer system in your Springfield, PA home backs up. Sewer back-ups can occur from problems within your own sewer system, but they’re also a problem if heavy rains cause the civic system to overflow. Regardless of the causes, however, you can take several steps to protect yourself from such an incident. The first is to make sure your home insurance policy covers damage from such an event. Beyond that, prevention is the best cure.

As a basic preventative measure, you can start by setting up a routine drain cleaning from a certified expert. Modern plumbers use video camera pipe inspections to spot the potential source of a clog, then clear it before a back-up takes place. In general, it also pays to watch what you send down your sewer pipes, and to contact a trained professional at the first sign of trouble. Refrain from flushing grease, fats or oils down your plumbing system, and us other means to dispose of diapers, cat litter, baby wipes and personal hygiene items.

You can help the process by purchasing a plumber’s test plug, which is available in most hardware stores, then installing it in the basement floor drain of your home (or whichever drain is lowest in terms of elevation). It will help prevent backflow as well as providing a warning that a back-up is taking place. A professional plumber can perform an inspection and recommend any other preventative measures, such as backflow valves or repairs to the line.

If you live in Springfield, sewer back-ups don’t need to be a source of worry. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for all your plumbing needs. Our trained experts can discuss prevention methods with you and perform upgrades and installations with an eye on your complete satisfaction. We offer maintenance plans to fit your budget, allowing us to inspect our sewer lines and spot any potential damage before it becomes a bigger problem. We’ve served Springfield, PA and the surrounding communities for over 35 years and are dedicated to your satisfaction. Call us today!

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Happy Labor Day!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

On the first Monday of every September, we celebrate Labor Day in honor of workers everywhere who strive to make our local community and country great. We enjoy the holiday like any other business as a time for BBQ, hanging out with friends and family, and celebrating the end of summer. It also means the start of the NFL and college football seasons.

The origins of Labor Day are disputed, as is the case with many other holidays. Some cite Matthew Maguire, the machinist and secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York, while others cite Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor. Whomever the original founder, by 1894, the holiday had become widely recognized and was designated a federal holiday by Congress and President Grover Cleveland immediately following the Pullman Strike. This strike pitted US Marshals and US Military against employees of Pullman Palace Car Company outside Chicago, as workers sought to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. At the time, the holiday was a way of repairing ties with workers and recognizing the importance of their contributions.

Today, we see Labor Day as an opportunity to recognize all the people who work hard to contribute to our county. Thank you, and Happy Labor Day from all of us! 

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