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

Different Uses of Trenchless Technology in Plumbing

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Backhoe-bucket-with-pile-of-rocksIf you’re looking for plumbing services to handle working with the pipes outside your home—i.e. the sewer line and the water line—keep in mind that not all contractors have access to the same tools or training. When it comes to repairing and replacing pipes, many contractors still use standard digging methods to excavate the ground above the pipes. This is an effective technique, but it’s not an efficient one. Digging a trench to reach a pipe is time-consuming and labor-intensive. It’s also ugly, turning a pleasant yard and garden into something resembling an archaeological dig.

But you have a choice for contractors: you can call one who uses trenchless technology. This is a type of lateral boring that approaches buried pipes from the side. Only one or two small holes need to be dug to access the pipe.

Trenchless technology has several different uses in residential plumbing:

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Here Are the Most Common Plumbing Emergencies

Monday, July 16th, 2018

high-pressure-pipe-leakHaving an emergency plumber’s number handy is one of the best ways you can put your mind at ease about your home plumbing. You know you can reach out to a trusted, licensed professional when a disaster strikes your home’s plumbing that could lead to a loss of fresh water, backed up sewage, flooding, and other problems. You shouldn’t attempt to do any major plumbing repairs on your own, and it’s especially crucial you leave those emergency jobs to plumbers who can act fast and get the job done right.

We’ve handled many plumbing emergencies in our years in business, and we’ve put together a list of some of the more common ones that you might run into. We’re here to help you with 24-hour, 7-days a week service when these happen.

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What to Do if Your Basement Floods

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

interior-floodingSpring can be a rough season with snowmelt and rains, making it one of the most hazardous times of the year for possible basement flooding. We hope that you have a sump pump to help you deal with flooding in your basement if it happens. If you don’t have one, our plumbers can install one for you.

However, if you do run into a flooded basement, please don’t panic. There are some steps you can take to deal with the problem. In cases where the flooding is due to burst pipes or other problems with your plumbing system, you’re definitely going to need an emergency plumber to assist you. Don’t hesitate to call us.

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Is Your Sump Pump Prepped for the Spring?

Monday, March 26th, 2018

sump-pump-in-basementApril is just about here, and that means rain. Sometimes too much rain—the kind of rain that can end up flooding basements. That’s why we recommend homes have a sump pump installed by a plumber with the professional skill to do the job right. A sump pump automatically removes excess water from a basement by collecting the water in a pit (the sump) and then using the pump action to force the water out and into the drainage system. A well-working sump pump can stop tremendous water damage to your home and prevent the build-up of moisture leading to mold and mildew.

If you already have a sump pump set-up in your home, now is the time to check it and see if it’s ready to work. A sump pump isn’t a device that undergoes a routine amount of use each year like a water heater or an air conditioner. It only works in emergency situations. Testing it is important to ensure that something hasn’t gone wrong during a long stretch of inactivity.

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Signs You Need a Water Softener for Your Home

Monday, February 26th, 2018

water-from-showerheadHard water is the most common water quality issue in homes across the country, and it’s especially prevalent in and around cities. Hard water refers to water that has too high a concentration of minerals dissolved in it, mostly magnesium and calcium. It’s not harmful to drink (these minerals occur naturally in many foods), but it does pose serious problems for plumbing and appliances. It can also create inconveniences around a house. A water softener can solve the problem—but how will you know you need a water softener in the first place?

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Spot Leaks Before Calling a Plumber: Some Tips

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

leaking-p-trapHidden leaks inside household plumbing are a huge source of water waste across the country. According to the U.S. government’s WaterSense program, household leaks can account for a loss of one trillion gallons annually. That’s equal to the water use in 11 million homes! On the smaller level, an individual homeowner can end up paying hundreds more for water use over a year from undiscovered leaks—and that’s before considering the building damage these leaks can do.

But here’s the problem with hidden leaks, and it’s right in the name: they’re hidden. How can you know to look for leaks in the first place? You’ll need to call a plumber in West Chester, PA to do the actual leak detection and plumbing repair necessary to fix the problem, but we have some advice for figuring out that it’s happening and where it’s happening. With a little detective work, you’ll know when your plumbing is in trouble.

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5 Signs You Need a Plumber

Monday, December 4th, 2017

water-leaking-from-holeSometimes you know you need the help of a professional plumber. Burst pipe sending water all over the place? Yep, call a plumber. Toilet that won’t flush? Oh, definitely call a plumber. Clogged up kitchen drain a plunger can’t clear? Call a plumber right away!

But not every plumbing problem is so obvious. Some are sneaky, especially the problems that start small. The trick is catching them when they’re still small so they are easier for a plumber to fix and won’t cause damage to your house.

Here’s our handy guide to 5 warning signs you have plumbing troubles that need a licensed professional plumber to repair:

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3 Things to Look for In a Plumber

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

plumbing-servicesA plumbing service is as important to your home as your mechanic is to your car or your dentist is to your teeth. When problems arise with your plumbing, you need to be sure that the company you call is going to do the job the right way and make sure you don’t have to deal with the same issue again in the future. There are a number of decent plumbing services in the area and only you can determine which one is right for you. There are, however, a few guidelines to look for that can help guide you to the right service. 

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Tools Used by Professional Plumbers

Monday, November 20th, 2017

plumbing-repair-toolsOne of the main reasons to call in a professional plumber (rather than attempt some do-it-yourself work) is the kind of equipment they use: items that are expensive for most homeowners who likely won’t need such equipment more than a handful of times at the most. With winter on its way and issues such as frozen and cracked pipes making professional plumbing calls more common, it’s important to know what kind of service you’re getting with a trained plumber. That includes the kind of equipment they use and the specific ways it helps them solve your plumbing problems faster. We’ve provided a sample list of three tools used by professional plumbers to give you a sense of what we can bring to the table.

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Trust a Professional to Fix Clogs and Leaks in Your Kitchen Plumbing

Monday, October 9th, 2017

plumbing-repair-serviceYour kitchen is one of the most important spots in your home: the place where you prepare meals and discuss the events of the day with other family members. Clogs and leaks in the kitchen plumbing – from the sink to the water line to your refrigerator – can bring your whole household screeching to a halt and make basic tasks like cooking dinner difficult at best and impossible at worst.

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