Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

One of the Biggest Dangers to Your Sewer Line: Trees!

Monday, March 25th, 2019

tree-roots-in-sewer-lineThe sewer line may not be a part of your home plumbing you think about much. It’s definitely a part you hope you don’t have to have an “up close and personal” encounter with—because that means something is seriously wrong and your home may become unhygienic.

But it’s helpful as a homeowner to know about the troubles that may affect your sewer line and when it’s necessary to call a professional local plumber to inspect and fix the problem. The most common danger to a sewer line that can end up clogging or breaking the pipe is from trees.

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Drain Cleaning Is Better and Faster with This Amazing Device

Monday, June 18th, 2018

tapwater-down-drainDrain cleaning is about more than unclogging drains. It is also a preventive method that keeps away future clogs. We encourage homeowners to arrange for professional drain cleaning once a year to help keep their drainage system working at its best and avoid having to make emergency service calls because of a stopped up bath or kitchen drain.

Plumbers use a number of specialized tools to clean drains, such as motorized drain augers (a.k.a. drain snakes) and powerful hydro-jetters that blast high-pressure water along the inside of the drainpipes to scour them clean.

There’s one device that modern technology has developed that makes drain cleaning faster and more effective than ever before: video pipe inspection equipment.

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Weird Causes of Drain Clogs!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

water-filtration-systemsOn our blog posts, we like to address the more common issues our consumers may run into with their plumbing systems. Drain and toilet clogs are one of the most common problem—quite possibly the most common—type of plumbing issue. But on this post, we want to do a little something different: list a few of strange and more uncommon reasons for drains to clog. You’ll need a professional plumber to handle these problems.

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How to Prevent Hair Clogs in Bathroom Drains

Monday, January 15th, 2018

drain-with-chain-plugThere are many different causes of bathroom sinks or shower drains becoming clogged. Probably the biggest one is hair clogs. Hair that goes down a drain can easily become caught in the P-trap, the curved pipe section located right under the drain. Once hair is caught, it starts to snare more hair that comes down the drain. It won’t take long for a tangled blockage to stop up the pipe—and it can be hard to clear out using a plunger or even a hand-cranked drain snake. (And don’t even think about using chemical drain cleaners, which not only won’t work but might damage the drainpipe.)

The solution to a hair clog in the bathroom is to call for a professional plumber in Havertown, PA. You can count on our professional plumbers to solve the trouble fast with our drain cleaning techniques. However, we’d like to help you stop the problem from starting in the first place. Here’s what you can do to avoid hair clogs in the drains:

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Now is the Time for Trenchless Sewer Repair

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Few repair jobs are more arduous to homeowners than sewer repair. Or at least that’s the way it used to be. When a sewer line broke, it meant expensive and arduous excavation to reach it, and with the harsh winters in Havertown and Springfield, PA, you only had a small window of time to do it effectively. The good news is that trenchless sewer repair has made the process a lot easier and much less expensive. Sadly, technology has yet to fully catch up with frozen ground in the winter, so if you want to conduct a trenchless pipe replacement on your property, now is the perfect time to do it.  

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Signs That You Need Sewer Repair

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Your sewer line is designed to be as quiet and unobtrusive as possible, funneling waste out of your home so you don’t have to deal with it. That can make things difficult when your sewer line malfunctions, as you may not be able to recognize the signs. Though sewer problems tend to be rare, they can have some pretty nasty effects when they do happen. Read on to find out more about how to tell when your sewer line malfunctions.

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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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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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Will Drain Cleaning Get Rid of Odors in My Drains?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

It’s that unidentifiable smell around your sink. You clean the sink, wash dirty dishes, and yet, it hangs there. You finally bend down to take a good whiff, and realize that the smell permeating your nose is coming from your kitchen drain. What do you do now?

Smells from your drains are unpleasant but they aren’t permanent. Unless the source of the smell is from a sewer or septic problem, which most times it isn’t, the smells in your drain are caused by build-up that needs to be removed. So what’s the best way to remove the build-up? Schedule a drain cleaning appointment for your home in Newtown Square.

What Is Drain Cleaning?

Drain cleaning is the process a professional plumber uses to carefully remove build-up from the inside of your pipes. Typical build-up culprits are fats, oils and grease (FOG), soap scum, food particles and human hair, but many other things can get stuck in your drains. Food and FOG tend to create the most issues with foul smells because they can spoil, but slow-draining wastewater can cause odors, too. Removing build-up and thoroughly cleaning out the drain not only eliminates the odors, it has other benefits, too.

Benefits of Drain Cleaning

Here are some other benefits you can see from a professional drain cleaning:

  • Removal without damage – professionals know how to properly manage the tools used for drain cleaning, which ensures that they’ll get the gunk out of your drains without breaking anything.
  • No more slow drains – if you were seeing slow water drainage in a tub or sink, you won’t after a professional drain cleaning. Excessive build-up in your pipes can cause slow draining or clogging, so removing it allows your wastewater to flow freely.
  • Prevent clogs – removing build-up gets you ahead of potential clog development.
  • Helps maintain your plumbing – drain cleaning keeps your plumbing in good working order.

Wondering where those bad smells may be coming from? If you find they are from your drain, don’t wait for a clog;

Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today and schedule a drain cleaning for your Newtown Square home.

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Isn’t the City Responsible for Replacing the Sewer Line?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

It’s one of those home repair nightmares you hope you don’t have to deal with: sewer line replacement. Not only is it serious work, it can be fairly costly. But as the homeowner, are you liable for the replacement of a faulty sewer line? Most of the time, yes, you are. Utility company responsibility typically ends once the lateral or side sewer line begins on a particular property, but to be sure about your town’s guidelines, it’s important to make a call to your area’s Public Works Department or Sewer Department. Should you need sewer replacement, call the experts you can count on: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

So how do you know if you are having problems with your sewer line? Here are some telltale signs:

  • Slow drainage/no flushing – the sewer line serves as the exit pipe for all the wastewater from your home. If there is a break, you may see slow drainage from all the drains in your home or your toilet may stop flushing.
  • Sewer odor – a broken sewer line can release foul odors, which you may smell in the air around your home or even coming from drains.
  • Yard puddles – as the wastewater escapes from your sewer line, it makes its way to the surface and can create sogginess and/or puddles in your yard.
  • Gurgling from drains and toilets – if you find that toilets and drains are gurgling after using a water appliance like a dishwasher, this can be indicative of a clog or break in the sewer line.

Causes of Sewer Line Breaks

There are a number of reasons your sewer line can break:

  • Tree roots – one of the most common reasons a sewer line breaks is from tree roots. Tree roots are very strong and can crush a sewer pipe, particularly if it is an aging pipe.
  • Paper hygiene products – maxi pads, tampons, diapers – all of these products create large clogs that can cause the piping to break because they do not break down. Disposing of paper hygiene products in your garbage can save you money in the long run.
  • Age – sewer lines are durable, but they do not last forever. If you live in or are purchasing an older home, you may want to ask about the sewer line to find out how old the piping is.

A sewer line break is a serious repair and should only be handled by experts who understand and know the work.

If you suspect you may have a broken sewer line, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., today to ensure that the issue is properly addressed. 

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