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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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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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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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Tools Professionals Use to Clean Drains

Monday, July 21st, 2014

When it comes to the arsenal of tools that licensed plumbers use to clean drains, there is one tool you won’t find: liquid chemical drain cleaner. The bottles of chemicals advertised as “drain cleaners” on the shelves of grocery and drug stores are almost the worst thing you could pour down a drain aside from liquid fat, grease, and oil. The acidic action of these cleaners can damage pipes and cause corrosion, ruin fixtures and porcelain, and harm you if any of it gets on your skin or in your eyes.

Here are some the tools that you are more likely to find your plumber using when he or she comes to your home in Broomall, PA for drain cleaning.

This is the drain cleaning equipment that we favor at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.; we have learned from 37 years in the plumbing business what works best.

Drain augers (drain snakes)

The standard tool plumbers use to clean a drain when the trouble is a major clog blocking the pipe is the motorized drain auger, also known by the more colorful moniker of “drain snake.” An auger consists of a long, flexible coil of metal that works similar to a corkscrew. The end of the auger goes down the drain until it reaches the clog; then the plumber activates the motor, which forces the ends of the coil to drill down into the clog. The plumber can then either pull the clog out or break it apart. There are manual hand-cranked drain augers as well, but they are much less effective at cleaning out drains than the motorized versions.


Hydro-jetting equipment will not only break through almost any clog, they also provide comprehensive cleaning of the inside of drains to eliminate grease, soap scum, and mineral deposits so the drain works more effectively. A hydro-jetter blasts out high-pressure, high-temperature streams of water along the interior of drainpipes. This job requires special training and protective gear because of the potential danger from the powerful water streams, so you must leave this to professionals to perform.

Video inspection equipment

Miniaturized video cameras mounted on long fiber-optic cable will not clean your drains or smash through clogs… but they can be essential part of finding out not only where drains need cleaning, but how best to take care of that cleaning. Thanks to the images that the cameras send back to video monitors from inside the pipes, plumbers will have much better ideas for how to attack dirty and blocked drains, saving time and doing a more effective job. That is why video pipe inspection is a worth while endeavor when it comes to drain cleaning.

Your plumber won’t show up with chemical drain cleaners, so you shouldn’t try to use chemical drain cleaners either. If you call up a reliable and experienced company in Broomall, PA for drain cleaning services—a company like Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.—you will have the finest equipment put to work to unblock and cleanse your drains.

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Plumbing Repair Tip: How to Prevent Shower Clogs

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

There are many different ways in which our daily activities can put the condition of our plumbing systems, and the quality of their performance, at risk. Clogged shower and tub drains are among the most common plumbing problems that homeowners deal with. Here are a few tips on how you can help to minimize the risk of shower clogs from the Springfield, PA plumbing repair pros at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc..

First of all, it is very important that you remember to put drain covers over the drain in your bathtub. No matter how long or short your hair may be, some of it will be shed during the showering process. That hair, if allowed down your shower drain, can cause serious clogs. While a slow-moving shower drain may seem like little more than an inconvenience to some, such an issue can actually have some pretty serious ramifications on your plumbing system as a whole. Clogged drains can throw off the pressure within your plumbing system, leading to potential damage.

Another great way to prevent shower clogs is with the help of a professional plumber. By scheduling routine drain cleaning service you can help ensure that your drains are able to dispose of wastewater as effectively and reliably as possible. Waiting for a clog to develop before pouring harsh chemical cleaners down the drain is hardly a proactive approach to maintaining healthy plumbing. Without the use of chemicals and with the deft touch of a professional plumber, quality drain cleaning service is the best way to keep the water flowing down your drains.

To learn more about how you can keep clogs from developing in your shower drain, contact the professional Springfield, PA plumbing repair technicians at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today. We are always happy to help you live with greater convenience in your home. Maintaining optimal plumbing functionality is the best way to do so. Schedule service today.

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Plumbing FAQ: How Can I Be Sure My Drains Are Clean?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Are you wondering whether or not your drain lines need a professional cleaning? Call the Springfield, PA plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for all your drain cleaning needs. We can also provide you with tips and advice on how to maintain your drain system to prevent clogs and backups.

Does your home have an old plumbing system? If so, you may experience more problems with your drain system. Many older plumbing systems were installed with cast iron drain pipes, which can cause clogs due to waste material getting caught on the rough surface inside the pipe. The older your system gets, the more problems you may have. Routine cleanings and keeping your drains free of materials that could get clogged are two important ways to prevent plumbing repairs.

If your kitchen sink gets clogged often, try to keep cooking oil and large food particles out of the kitchen drain, especially if you have a garbage disposal. There are many items that a garbage disposal is not designed to handle, so be sure you know how to operate the equipment. For bathroom drains, use hair catchers to keep hair and soap scum out of the drain line.

You may also have a larger issue if you notice slow drains. Keep in mind that a faulty plumbing vent or running large plumbing appliances all at once can also cause slow drains. If your toilets back up often, there may be an issue further down the line. The only way to know for sure is to hire a plumber for a video pipe inspection to fully inspect the inside of your pipes.

You may have a broken sewer line if you notice sewage smells or wet spots in your yard. If you suspect a leak in the main sewer line, call a plumber ASAP. This could prevent further damage to your pipes or your property.

Call the plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for all your Springfield, PA drain and sewer needs!

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