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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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Should You Replace Your Furnace Today?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Furnace Replacement | Broomall | Wm. Henerson

Are you aware of the new regional standards for the installation location of heating and cooling equipment? In northern states, high-efficiency furnaces are required after May 1, 2013. Call Wm. Henderson today to find out if you furnace needs to be replaced and what your options are.

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Is Your Basement Waterproof?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Spring is a wet time of year. The snow pack of the winter season, overcome by more direct sunlight gives ways to puddles in the sidewalk, which grows into miniature lakes in the yard. Local storm drains take the brunt of the runoff, but regardless of location, water runs downhill until it finds the lowest point. Don’t let that lowest point be your basement!

Water in your basement can cause all types of problems from mold and mildew to unpleasant smells. Both of which lead to pests. To keep away from having these problems your best bet is to make sure that your basement is waterproof. Although it’s not difficult to waterproof the walls of your basement, it does take a bit of knowledge to understand where to start and where to go.

The first step is to take a survey of your basement walls. Hopefully you have a fully exposed basement wall and hopefully it is made out of modern concrete. A modern concrete wall with no cracks has the best protection against leaks. Cobble foundation walls and older concrete walls are susceptible to cracks and breaks. Even the smallest crack will allow water through.

Walk the basement wall and locate any cracks you can find. Repair those cracks with concrete filler according to the directions on the package. Let the filler dry. It is not enough to just fill in the cracks in your basement wall however. After the filler is dried you then need to apply a coat of sealer all the way around your basement. The sealer is a waterproof brush or spray applied substance that will create a waterproof barrier. This will keep water from permeating your basement wall and getting into your basement.

Many plumbing contractors in Delaware County can suggest a method for waterproofing your basement, but only William Henderson Plumbing has 35 years of experience helping Pennsylvania homeowners in Delaware County and the Mainline. We are ready to inspect and suggest a fix for any leaking basement problems you may have.

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Why Should You Waterproof Your Basement?

Monday, September 12th, 2011

If you’re like most homeowners, you likely have a number of home improvement projects in the pipeline. You have to fix the roof, mow the lawn, pretend to build a chair before buying one at a garage sale; you probably have a list of activities that you should be doing but may never get to.

One thing that may need to be on the top of your list is basement waterproofing. Waterproofing your basement is one of the most overlooked parts of homeownership, but provides you with a number of potential benefits, including:

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