Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for March, 2015

How Do Sewers Get Clogged?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

It’s not particularly pleasant to think about your home’s sewer line, but should you experience a back-up, or have trouble removing wastewater from your home, there is a likely chance your sewer line in Bryn Mawr, PA, is clogged. Any kind of sewer work requires a trained, licensed and certified expert, all qualifications that the plumbing professionals at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., hold. First, let’s review the signs that can indicate your sewer has clogged:

  • Gurgling sounds from drains – are your drains gurgling every time you use them? This means there are unwanted air pockets in the pipe that are releasing air each time water passes through, which can indicate that a leak or crack has developed.
  • Slow drainage – if the majority of your drains are draining slowly, this is a good indication that there is a clog deep in the system.
  • Toilet won’t flush – if the sewer pipe is backed up from a clog, your toilets will no longer work.
  • Foul odors – breaks in a sewer line don’t just release dirty water, they also release an unmistakable odor.
  • Puddles in the yard – water released by a buried plumbing line, like your sewer line, will make its way to the surface, creating puddles in your yard.

So what are some of the causes of sewer clogging? Here are a few common ones:

  • Tree roots – tree roots are notorious for infiltrating sewer lines and/or crushing them, creating significant damage to the line.
  • FOG (fats, oils, grease) – FOG are some of the worst items to put in a drain as they cling, stick and solidify, creating a messy glop that when large enough, can create a major blockage.
  • Mud – dirt shouldn’t be present in your sewer pipes, but if it is, it won’t breakdown and wash away like other materials; instead, it settles to the bottom and creates a build-up of mud that can seriously restrict water flow.
  • Disposal of improper materials – some people treat their toilets like a garbage and the truth is your sewer line plumbing is designed to manage only human waste and toilet paper. When other items are consistently flushed down into the system, a blockage can develop.

Have concerns that your sewer in Bryn Mawr, PA, may be clogged? Call the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., today and schedule an appointment.

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When Is It Time to Call for Commercial Heating Repair

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Indoor comfort is critical to the operation of your business, so it’s important to know when to call for commercial heating repair in Wynnewood. Problems with heating systems aren’t always overtly evident, so to help you decipher some of the signs, our commercial heating experts have put together a list for your reference:

High Heating Bills

Most businesses program their heating to help maintain costs. If you notice that your heating bills are suddenly skyrocketing but haven’t changed how you heat your business space, there is a good chance something is wrong with the system. Why? A system that operates with a malfunction tends to use more energy than a system that is operating normally, resulting in higher energy bills.

Abnormal Sounds

The operation of your commercial heating system should be pretty quiet; the components are typically located outside or in a closet or basement space, so all that is audible is the sound of the air moving through the vents. If you start hearing different noises, such as buzzing, banging, or anything else out of the ordinary, it’s time to call for help.


There should not be any kind of odor emanating from your commercial heating system. Should you smell something, it’s time for expert help to review the system.

Low/No Heat

The most obvious of signs, having no or low heat requires immediate help from an expert. There can be multiple reasons why your commercial space isn’t getting enough heat, ranging from motor issues to problems with the ductwork. Commercial heating systems can be long and complex, which is why it’s important to always call for expert commercial help.

Many buildings and commercial properties have on-sight building help, but being handy simply isn’t enough to correctly repair a commercial heating system.

Do you need help with your commercial heating system in Wynnewood? Then call the professionals you can trust for all your commercial heating services: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

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Why It’s Important to Schedule Your Humidifier for Maintenance

Friday, March 13th, 2015

It’s recommended that homes have a stable humidity level between 30%-50% year-round, but sometimes achieving this can be tough, especially during the winter months. Heating systems can dry out the air, particularly forced air systems, and it can be very hard to maintain a healthy humidity level indoors. A great tool that helps homeowners balance the air in their homes is a whole-home humidifier. These devices integrate seamlessly with HVAC systems, and you can install a thermostat that also has a humidistat, so you can set and program your humidifier right from your home’s thermostat. However, like your HVAC system, it’s important to maintain your humidifier on an annual basis. The indoor air quality experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., have the expertise needed to properly perform maintenance on your humidifier, so if it’s been more than a year since your humidifier was last scheduled for work, call us today!

Reasons for Maintenance

As an electrical device, maintenance does a number of positive things:

  • Improves efficiency – your humidifier does a lot of work, and if it is carrying excess wear and tear, its efficiency may be compromised. Having a trained expert clean it can go a long way toward making your humidifier as efficient as possible.
  • Helps prevent repairs – humidifiers aren’t the most complicated devices, but that doesn’t mean they can’t break down. The thorough cleaning and inspection that your humidifier will go through during a maintenance appointment will help prevent future repairs as well as get you ahead of existing or developing problems.
  • Improves performance – as a water-based device, it isn’t unusual for humidifiers to become clogged or develop mold that can clog it. During a maintenance appointment, the filter will be changed if needed, removing any sediment or other particles that may be trapped in the filter.

You installed your whole-home humidifier for multiple reasons, and if your humidifier isn’t working as it should, you aren’t getting the benefits of owning one. Maintenance keeps your humidifier in good working order;

If it’s been more than 12 months since your humidifier has been reviewed, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., today.

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What Is a Chimney Liner?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Many people have heard of chimney liners, but what they do and why it’s important to have them isn’t always so clear. Chimneys can easily become coated with creosote, soot and ash, especially if you use your fireplace regularly. There is no protection for the masonry inside your chimney and years of use create a level of wear and tear that can make your chimney vulnerable to problems, especially if you don’t have your chimney cleaned annually. While maintaining your chimney is important whether you have a liner or not, a stainless steel chimney liner for your Drexel home offers a level of protection and durability for your chimney that masonry alone can’t provide. The chimney experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., have been specializing in chimney liner installation for almost 40 years, so if your chimney needs a liner, call us today!

What Is a Liner?

A chimney liner is a metal or clay pipe that is installed into your chimney from the top down to the bottom. The liner helps expel combustion byproducts while also protecting the inside of your chimney.

Reasons to Install a Chimney Liner

There are three main reasons to install a new chimney liner:

  • You have no chimney liner
  • Your current liner is old and/or damaged
  • Your chimney has damage
  • You are installing a new stove into your fireplace and a liner is required for safety and proper function

There are three categories that delineate the types of chimney liners available: light, high performance light and heavy. Any chimney liner you install should indicate that it meets UL (underwriter laboratories) testing standards, and if you are installing a liner for solid fuel stove going into your fireplace, it is required that the liner be insulated.

The main materials used for lining a chimney are stainless steel, aluminum and clay. Here at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., we install both stainless steel and aluminum chimney liners.

Need a Chimney Liner?

Installing a new chimney liner is not a DIY kind of job for multiple reasons, including safety.

If you have concerns about your home’s chimney, call the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., today.

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What Is Trenchless Technology?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

One of the reasons homeowners cringe when they need sewer or water line work is the mess that has traditionally accompanied these kinds of plumbing jobs. Major plumbing pipes, like your sewer or water line, run underground, and reaching them from the surface requires digging long, deep trenches that can rip up an entire yard. But when you hire a professional who can perform trenchless technology, you won’t have to see the equivalent of an archeological dig at your home. Trenchless technology allows your plumbing experts to repair, re-line or even replace faulty, underground plumbing without digging down to reach the piping. How does this work? Let’s take a look.

How It Works

The first step your plumbing expert will take is to use visual aid equipment to see what’s happening inside the pipe. Even if you need replacement, the video will allow the plumber to pinpoint the exact areas that are failing inside the pipe. Once the problem or problems are ascertained, work can begin. There are a number of ways trenchless technology is used, including:

  • Sliplining
  • Pipe bursting
  • Shotcrete
  • Gunite
  • Cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP)
  • Grout-in-place-pipe
  • Mechanical spot repair

Using these methods, your underground plumbing can be repaired, re-lined or even replaced. One of the most common ways trenchless technology is used is to replace piping without digging, also known as pipe bursting. The way it works is that the new pipe is pushed through the existing pipe, which forces the existing pipe to fracture from the inside; the fragments from the old pipe are pushed outward and away from the new pipe.

Benefits of Using Trenchless Technology

The main benefit of using trenchless technology on your underground pipes is the avoidance of having trenches dug deep into your yard. But there are a few more worth noting:

  • Saves time – using trenchless technology allows your plumber to complete the work more quickly, which can save you money
  • Creates less mess – with trenchless technology, far less mess and waste is created
  • Vast majority of the work is done outside your property

It takes specialized training, tools and experience to be able to correctly use trenchless technology, and this is something you can count on from the plumbing experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

If your home in Wayne, PA could benefit from trenchless technology, call us today!

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