Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for August, 2018

The Different Types of Plastic Pipes Plumbers Use

Monday, August 27th, 2018

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Indoor plumbing has been around for a long time, and the materials used for the pipes have gone through many changes. For decades, metal and ceramic were the most common pipe materials. Many homes today still have galvanized steel, clay, or even cast iron piping. Starting in the 1970s, copper replaced galvanized steel and is today the most common metal used in plumbing systems.

Plastic pipes, however, have an important part in plumbing. Plastic is easier to work with in general than copper. The first use of plastic pipes was in the 1930s, and with the 1960s they rose in popularity among plumbers thanks to advances in plastic manufacturing that made these pipes more useful in general.

There’s no single type of plastic used to manufacture pipes. For years, a gray plastic called polybutylene was common for plumbing systems, but it’s no longer used because it splits and creates leaks. If you have old polybutylene pipes in your house, we strongly recommend you arrange to have it replaced with a newer type of plastic. Here are the three types of plastic pipes that modern plumbers most commonly used today:

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Sizing: Why It’s Important for a New AC

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

air-conditioner-with-toolsHave you found yourself stuck in the hot dog days of summer with an old air conditioner that’s finally decided to pack it in—whether you want it to or not? The good news is that when you contact our expert HVAC team for a new central air conditioning installation, we’ll find the ideal new unit to match your needs and have it up and working in no time at all. We don’t want you to spend too much time in a hotbox of a house.

When you work with professionals like us for an AC system installation, one of the most crucial jobs we do comes before we even pick the new air conditioner: sizing it. No, sizing doesn’t mean deciding on how physically big the new central AC can be (although we definitely won’t try to install one that won’t fit!). Sizing is a specific job that HVAC technicians do to ensure an new air conditioner supplies the cooling power, also called a cooling load, that’s neither too weak nor too powerful for the house. It’s the “Goldilocks Principle” at work: not too small, not too big, but just right.

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