Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for July, 2014

3 Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Maintenance on air conditioning systems is important and has benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked. When it comes to your ductless air conditioning in Havertown, scheduling maintenance is just as important as with any other type of air conditioning system. WM Henderson Plumbing & Heating has been serving the Havertown community since 1977, offering many air conditioning services, including maintenance. Here are a few benefits of scheduling air conditioning maintenance on your ductless AC:

  • Lower repair costs – during a regular maintenance appointment, your air conditioner and its components are thoroughly inspected, cleaned and adjusted. Maintenance provides the opportunity to tune-up your air conditioner and detect small problems before they can become big – and possibly costly – ones.
  • Better energy efficiency – dirt, dust and debris can create several problems in your air conditioner, but they all lead to one result: poor performance. Anything that stresses your air conditioner forces it to work harder, resulting in more power usage. During maintenance, dirty components such as filters and coils are cleaned, parts are lubricated and fan belts are checked for wear, all things that help make your AC run optimally.
  • Extended equipment life – when your air conditioner’s parts and components are regularly serviced, cleaned, adjusted and/or replaced as needed, your air conditioner suffers less wear-and-tear. This helps to extend its life and operating ability because your air conditioner isn’t running under stressful conditions, which can lead to premature aging.

Maintenance Steps

Following is a general overview of what your technician will do during a routine maintenance appointment on your ductless air conditioner:

  • Check all operating pressures and refrigerant
  • Test safety controls
  • Check all electrical connections
  • Check voltages and amperages
  • Test thermostats
  • Cleaning of condenser unit
  • Inspect coils, blowers & filters
  • Lubricate all necessary parts
  • Replace customer supply filter
  • Check fan operating control

Maintenance is important for energy efficiency, reducing the incidence of repairs and for the life of your air conditioner.

Call WM Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today and schedule a maintenance session for your ductless air conditioning in Havertown.

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Tools Professionals Use to Clean Drains

Monday, July 21st, 2014

When it comes to the arsenal of tools that licensed plumbers use to clean drains, there is one tool you won’t find: liquid chemical drain cleaner. The bottles of chemicals advertised as “drain cleaners” on the shelves of grocery and drug stores are almost the worst thing you could pour down a drain aside from liquid fat, grease, and oil. The acidic action of these cleaners can damage pipes and cause corrosion, ruin fixtures and porcelain, and harm you if any of it gets on your skin or in your eyes.

Here are some the tools that you are more likely to find your plumber using when he or she comes to your home in Broomall, PA for drain cleaning.

This is the drain cleaning equipment that we favor at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.; we have learned from 37 years in the plumbing business what works best.

Drain augers (drain snakes)

The standard tool plumbers use to clean a drain when the trouble is a major clog blocking the pipe is the motorized drain auger, also known by the more colorful moniker of “drain snake.” An auger consists of a long, flexible coil of metal that works similar to a corkscrew. The end of the auger goes down the drain until it reaches the clog; then the plumber activates the motor, which forces the ends of the coil to drill down into the clog. The plumber can then either pull the clog out or break it apart. There are manual hand-cranked drain augers as well, but they are much less effective at cleaning out drains than the motorized versions.


Hydro-jetting equipment will not only break through almost any clog, they also provide comprehensive cleaning of the inside of drains to eliminate grease, soap scum, and mineral deposits so the drain works more effectively. A hydro-jetter blasts out high-pressure, high-temperature streams of water along the interior of drainpipes. This job requires special training and protective gear because of the potential danger from the powerful water streams, so you must leave this to professionals to perform.

Video inspection equipment

Miniaturized video cameras mounted on long fiber-optic cable will not clean your drains or smash through clogs… but they can be essential part of finding out not only where drains need cleaning, but how best to take care of that cleaning. Thanks to the images that the cameras send back to video monitors from inside the pipes, plumbers will have much better ideas for how to attack dirty and blocked drains, saving time and doing a more effective job. That is why video pipe inspection is a worth while endeavor when it comes to drain cleaning.

Your plumber won’t show up with chemical drain cleaners, so you shouldn’t try to use chemical drain cleaners either. If you call up a reliable and experienced company in Broomall, PA for drain cleaning services—a company like Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.—you will have the finest equipment put to work to unblock and cleanse your drains.

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Does Trenchless Technology Really Involve No Digging?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Trenchless technology originally developed in civil engineering as a way do to “lateral” digging to place pipes without needing to use large digging equipment to tear down through the ground to create trenches.

Trenchless technology is now available in the private sector for homeowners who wish to avoid the expense, time, and general unappealing look of ripping open lawns and gardens to replace sewer lines and water lines.

Trenchless pipe replacement and repairs are often called “No Dig” technology, which some people find hard to believe: “How can you replace pipes buried in the ground without digging?” The truth is that there is some digging involved… but that still shouldn’t stop you from choosing trenchless technology, PA over standard digging work, as we will explain.

We will keep your home looking beautiful while we rapidly replace your old sewer or water line.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. is proud to offer the fast and clean work of trenchless pipe replacement in Ardmore, PA. Call us today to learn more. 

The “digging” part of trenchless technology

If you’ve ever seen the standard method of sewer and water line replacement in action, you know what a mess it can be: heavy digging equipment rips out long stretches of lawn from the sidewalk all the way to the edge of the house.

By comparison, the amount of digging necessary for trenchless pipe replacement is miniscule: it usually only requires a single small hole, located near the sidewalk. The technicians dig down to reach the end of the old pipe at the point where it connects to the municipal system. They disconnect the pipe and attach a hydraulic machine to it, which then pulls into place an interior pipe liner inserted through the other end of the pipe from inside the house. Once this liner is in position, a “pipe burster” drills from one end of the liner to the other, expanding the liner outward so that it shatters the old pipe. The liner now becomes the new pipe, and the technicians connect it to municipal system. They then need to fill in only this one hole and re-landscape it to restore the yard to what it was before.

The process is not only tidy, but fast. Standard digging technology can require a few days to complete. Trenchless replacement needs only a few hours. And this means also means it costs less.

Not every plumbing company carries the machinery needed to perform trenchless pipe replacement in Ardmore, PA. Make sure you call one that can, like Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., whenever you need extensive work done for your sewer line or water main.

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Benefits to Installing UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Numerous pollutants can enter the ventilation system in your house and blow through your indoor air: dust, dirt, pollen, dander from pets, dust mites, and various types of chemicals like carbon monoxide and pesticides. One of the most worrying contaminants when it comes to your health is the toxic spores that can come from mold and fungi that often take root inside ductwork. These biological pollutants do not respond to many standard duct cleaning methods, and using chemical fungicides against them will place those toxic chemicals into your air… hardly much of a solution.

However, there is an effective method of remedying the growth of bacterial contaminants inside your ventilation system: UV germicidal lights. Here are reasons we think you should look into installing UV germicidal lights in Wynnewood, PA for your home’s ventilation system when you have trouble with bacterial growths.

Contact our indoor air quality specialists at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to find out more about how we can help you keep your vents clean of contamination.

Here is how installing UV germicidal lights benefits you

Professionals fit UV lights into your existing HVAC forced-air system to bathe all the air that passes through the ductwork with short wavelength ultraviolet radiation. This radiation affects cellular organisms by stripping away their nuclei, killing bacteria and preventing it from reproducing. The advantage of this system is that the radiation isn’t dependent on a filter to take care of preventing the spread of bacteria and spores, which are too small for regular mechanical filters to catch. The spread of UV radiation works on all the bacteria that tries to pass through it and eliminates it, no matter the size.

Another advantage of UV lights is that they are safe for your air and household. The use of lights means there are no chemicals placed inside the ducts that will end up entering your home. UV lights leave your air clean of bacterial infections without adding anything to the air. The lights are also positioned so the UV wavelengths will not endanger anyone inside the living spaces.

UV lights are simple for technicians to install and to maintain, and do not require any extensive re-working or re-design of your current ductwork. They will need occasional maintenance and bulb replacement, so make this a part of the routine inspections done on your ventilation system and air conditioner and heater.

Keep in mind that UV lights kill off living organisms inside your ductwork, and will not filter out dust and dirt contamination. You will also need to have a filtration system involved in conjunction with the UV lights to receive a thorough cleaning of your ventilation system.

Contact Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to talk to our indoor air quality technicians to find out the best way to combine a filtration system and UV germicidal lights in Wynnewood, PA.

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How Plumbers Handle Water Line Replacement

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The water line into your home is the most important part of residential plumbing: without it, you have no plumbing at all! You need a supply of water entering your house for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and more. If you’ve ever needed to go without running water because of an interruption in service from the water company, you know how inconvenient it is even for a short time. If you are experiencing service trouble due to your own water line, you need to call for professionals to replace it so you can avoid worries in the future.

You may have seen water line replacement before: a huge trench dug from the street across the lawn to the side of a house, with a yard crammed with digging equipment. However, your water line replacement in Springfield, PA doesn’t have to go this way. If you call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to schedule your replacement, we will use trenchless technology that will leave your lawn intact and take only a short time to complete.

Here’s how plumbers take care of trenchless water line replacement

How can plumbers put in a new water pipe without digging an ugly trench down to the old one? The process involves hydraulics and an expanding pipe liner that bursts the old pipe to replace it.

To begin the process, the plumbers locate where the water line enters your home. They shut down the water flow and detach the plumbing from the water line. They then slide a replacement pipe liner inside the current pipe.

Outside, the plumbers locate the spot near the sidewalk where the municipal supply enters your property. The plumbers only need to dig at this one spot. They excavate a small area to access the end of the water line, and detach it from the municipal supply. Then they then hook a hydraulic system to the end of the water line. The hydraulics pull the pipe liner all the way through the old pipe until it reaches the other end.

The plumbers now send a “pipe-burster” through the pipe, which expands out the liner. This causes the older pipe to break apart, and the inner pipe replaces it. The plumbers then have to hook the new pipe to the water main and to the indoor plumbing, fill in the outside hole, and the job is finished. It usually only requires a few hours, and you’ll barely even know the plumbers were there.

Thanks to trenchless water line replacement in Springfield, PA, you will have little interruption in your daily routine and have your lawn returned to you exactly as it was. Best of all, you’ll have a clean, sturdy new pipe that will supply you with fresh water for decades.

To schedule water line replacement or any other important plumbing service, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today. Let our 37 years of experience go to work for you.

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Are Whole-House Air Cleaners Right for Me?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Low indoor air quality is a concern for most homes. Often, the people living inside them don’t realize how serious the problems are. The heat sealing on contemporary houses that is necessary for energy efficiency also traps air indoors, resulting in it turning stale and picking up contamination that then circulates through the living spaces. Increasingly, homes need to have air quality solutions to combat this problem.

One of the best methods to protect you and your family from low indoor air quality is with whole-house air cleaners, which professionals can install in your ventilation system. To find out about the variety of air cleaners in Newtown Square, PA available through Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., contact our indoor air quality team today.

But do I really need an air cleaner?

Most likely, you do. It may not be immediately obvious, but if you live in a house built after World War II, you are receiving very little fresh air that circulates through the rooms to clean out the stale and contaminated air. Unless you can keep your windows and doors open for extended stretches—which is difficult to do in summer and winter and will cause an increase in your utility bills—you will have air quality that will continue to decline unless you take action to clean the contamination from it.

There are situations where you definitely need a whole-house air cleaner. If there are people in your household with allergies or asthma, you must have a cleaner of some kind to filter out the many contaminants that could trigger an attack or reaction.

Whole-house air cleaners come in different types to affect the variety of pollutants that can enter your air. If you are unsure of the particles that are lowering your indoor air quality, contact specialists; they can assist you with determining what contaminants in your air need removal and what filter or cleaner will do the job.

It is surprisingly easy to have proper filters put in that can remove 99.97% of particles 0.03 microns or larger in size. This will catch most dust, dirt, dander, hair, dust mites, and pollen—all major allergy and asthma triggers—and keep them out of the air you breathe. There are also options to deal with bacteria and viruses.

Contact air quality experts

You will need indoor air quality professionals to select the proper air cleaner or cleaners for your home, and also to provide proper installation so these safeguards perform their jobs properly.

You can trust to our experienced team at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to find the right air cleaners in Newtown Square, PA to keep your home’s air healthy and safe.

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The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

Friday, July 4th, 2014

If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory.

Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the history of the document that announced the Thirteen Colonies’ decision to break away from British rule, the event in the painting occurred on June 28, 1776, not July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull, a Connecticut native who fought in the Revolutionary War and whose father was the state governor, was commissioned to create the painting in 1817. He did painstaking research on the figures in the picture and also visited Independence Hall to see the actual chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. Trumbull only included 42 of the original 56 signers, because he could not find adequate likenesses for 14 or them, and added a few figures who were not present (most of whom declined to sign the actual document). In fact, the men depicted in the painting had never been present in the same room at one time.

So if the painting does not portray the singing of the Declaration of Independence, what is happening in the image? The Trumbull’s scene depicts the presentation of the draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress for editing and approval. The five-man drafting committee (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) is handing over their finished work, which congress would then edit carefully over the next few days before voting on it and signing it on the day that we now celebrate as the start of the United States of America.

One last, odd, fact: two of the five-man drafting committee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on the July 4—although many years later.

Our family at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating hopes that your Fourth of July (or Twenty-Eighth of June if you decided to start celebrating early) is a memorable and happy one.

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