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How Can Drain Cleaning Help Prevent Drain Repair?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

While very few people truly enjoy cleaning the bathroom, you try to keep it as clean as possible for your guests and your own health and comfort. But while you may scrub the toilet, tub, and sinks diligently, there’s still one portion you may always miss, the drains. The drain opening may be shiny and spotless, but the inside of the drains in the bathroom and the kitchen may be coated with grease, “sludge,” and a bit of debris here and there. This increases the potential for drain clogs, which can inconvenience you in some major ways.

Some people attempt drain cleaning on their own as a form of clog removal or drain maintenance by pouring drain cleaning liquids down the drain. These are generally found at most hardware shops and even many grocery stores, but beware: these are some of the most toxic chemicals available for consumers to purchase in stores. Furthermore, they can actually damage the pipes, and most don’t clear clogs completely.

Professional drain cleaning uses zero toxic chemicals, so that no damage is accrued. Instead, they use any of several tools including drain augers that reach deep into the drain pipes and latch onto clogs in order to pull them up through the drain. Or, a technician may use a different attachment to break up clogs and send them into the sewer. In some cases, technicians may have to use high-pressure hoses to blast water into the pipes and remove any stuck-on sludge.

Some experts even use video pipes to inspect deep within the pipes and make sure that clogs are completely taken care of and that no further problems may lead to clogging in the future. Drain cleaning is a service which can vastly improve the condition of your plumbing system, to the point that you’re unlikely to run into any major drain clogs for the rest of the year.

Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

When you schedule drain cleaning in Ardmore with one of our skilled professionals, you’ll get a thorough inspection and quality cleaning service with some of the best tools in the industry for maintaining drains.

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Video Camera Technology and Drain Repair

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The equipment that plumbers use to clear drains and other repair jobs has come a long way. Professionals still use tried-and-true tools like plungers and wrenches, but technological advances have put power into their hands that allows them to perform jobs faster and better than ever before. One of the greatest advances now in regular use is the video camera inspection equipment, which has made drain repair work much easier and more effective.

Remember that equipment, no matter how advanced, is still only as good as the person who uses it. When you need drain repair in Wynnewood, PA, call up the most experienced team of plumbers you can find. You will be in skilled hands with Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., where we have almost four decades of work with plumbing, heating, and cooling. We have top-level equipment and the people who know how to put it to work for you.

Video camera technology: how it benefits work on drains

The standard video inspection kit consists of a long, flexible fiber optic cable on which a miniaturized video camera and powerful LED light are mounted. Plumbers feed the camera end down into a drain (or other plumbing access point) and send it down into the pipes. The other end of the cable attaches to a monitoring system that allows the plumbers to see in real-time what the camera is observing. The cable is usually long enough to reach all the way from a drain through the full sewer line out to the street: there’s almost no area of the drainage system the plumbers cannot access using the video camera.

The plumbers use the information sent from the video camera for a variety of purposes. If they are seeking for a hidden leak, the camera will show them not only the exact location of the leak, but also its size and what may have caused it. This makes it simple for the plumbers to access the leak with the least amount of disruption to your home’s building material or landscaping possible, and then to fix the leak quickly.

Another way the plumbers can use the video camera’s information is to diagnose drain clogging issues and problems from deposits along the inside of the pipes. Plumbers can see if the pipes are suffering from a build-up of organic material, developing corrosion, or if hard water deposits are interfering with flow. The plumbers will then have a definite idea of the problems they need to address and how to go about fixing them.

Whatever trouble you are experiencing with your plumbing, you can count on the skill of the employees at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to handle it.

Call us, and we will bring the video camera equipment necessary to provide you with the best drain repair in Wynnewood, PA possible.

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How Hard Water Can Affect Your Drains

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Hard water is a problem that crops up commonly in homes. It isn’t the fault of the homeowner: this mineral-heavy water enters a house from the water main connected to the municipal system. The minerals in hard water (mostly magnesium and calcium) are rarely harmful for people to drink, although they can contribute to poor-tasting water. However, hard water poses a problem for plumbing that homeowners should not ignore.

At Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., we are now entering our 37th year serving Delaware County with experienced plumbing solutions. We can help you with your hard water problems, from water treatment installation to drain repair in Springfield, PA. Call us today to find out what we can do for you.

The problems with hard waters and drains

The first signs of hard water you will usually find are white or yellow flakes around your drains and fixtures. These are calcite deposits from hard water, and they are what will affect your drains. As the mineral-heavy water flows through your drainpipes, it leaves behind these calcium deposits on the pipe interiors. Gradually, the deposits will begin to build up and close the reduce the volume inside the pipes.

It’s extremely rare for hard water deposits to completely plug up a pipe, but they will make it much easier for clogs from other substances to occur. Worse, however, is the affect they will have on the pressure inside the pipes. The restriction on the water flow will increase the pressure throughout your plumbing. High water pressure will lead to leaks and damage to appliances hooked up to the plumbing.

How you can deal with hard water

When leaks or other damage occurs to your drains because of hard water, you need to call for professional plumbers to fix the problem. However, repairing an individual leak won’t fix the hard water problem, but there are ways to address this as well. A plumber can install a water softener onto your water main. This treatment system balances out the minerals in hard water with the addition of sodium. (If the water softener adds too much sodium, there is a filtration device that can balance that as well.)

Call for professional plumbers

You may not be able to stop the hard water from coming through the water main, but you can use water treatment to prevent it from getting into your pipes. And with the right plumbers working for you, it should be no problem fixing the problems that hard water can cause to your drain.

Our trained plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. can install water softeners and other water treatment systems to your plumbing to increase the quality of your water. They can also handle any drain repair in Springfield, PA you need due to hard water. Contact us today.

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Ask a Plumber in Havertown: When am I Responsible for Drain and Sewer Repairs?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

The sewer system of your average city is extensive and complex. It connects up to the plumbing systems in most homes in the community, and when sewer lines back up, it can be difficult to ascertain who is responsible for the damages. The issue goes beyond who’s going to pay the plumber. Havertown is an unincorporated community and as such the specifics may be confusing. Homeowners asking “when am I responsible for drain and sewer repairs?” might find the answers less straightforward than they appear.

Generally speaking, common sense prevails. If the source of the problem lies in your home or property – such as tree roots on your property breaching the sewage system – then it is your responsibility to pay for repairs. If the problem came from outside of your property, such as a public sewer line backing up, then Haverford Township (the city with jurisdiction) is responsible. In such cases, you should contact your insurance company and consult with them before paying for any repairs. They can provide you with specific advice regarding your particular circumstances.

In less general terms, professional maintenance and understanding of the local laws can help your case tremendously. For example. Haverford Township bans the release of certain specific materials into the public sewage system, including hazardous chemicals, industrial water, coolant from air conditioning units and the like. Furthermore, any plumbing installation operations you intend to begin on your property needs to conform to the city’s plumbing codes and regulations. If you don’t follow them and it creates a problem, you could be liable for the damages.

In those situations, it pays to have someone reliable who can explain the specifics to you. Wm Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. has the answers if you’re looking for a Havertown, PA plumber. With our help, you can be confident in the quality of any drain and sewer repairs, and can approach questions of responsibility with a little more clarity. Call us today to talk about your options.

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Plumbing Question: What are the Warning Signs of Sewer and Drain Problems?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Every day your drains and sewer lines work hard to safely dispose of your home’s waste water. Because of all the use they get your sewer and drain lines can often start to develop problems. Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. provides complete drain repairs and sewer repairs in Havertown, PA. We thought it would be helpful for our customers if we put together some of the common signs of sewer and drain problems.

Common Sewer Repairs and Drain Repairs in Havertown, PA

We responded to countless calls for sewer repairs and drain repairs in Havertown, PA and have seen all different kinds of issues. Here are some of the more common ones that we see.

  • Tree roots – As your tree’s roots look for water they can squeeze their way into your drain and sewer pipes. The joints and fitting are areas that are vulnerable to tree roots.
  • Leaks – Over time your drains can start to leak either from old age or because they’ve started to wear out from nearly constant use.
  • Clogs – Clogs are another common drain repair and sewer line repair that we see in Havertown, PA. Clogs can form because of something that got flushed down your toilet or because of something that got put down your garbage disposal.

How to Tell If You Need Sewer or Drain Repairs in Havertown, PA

There are some common warning signs that homeowners should keep an eye out for. Having healthy drains is critical to your home’s proper functioning.

  • Multiple drain clogs – If you start to notice that multiple drains or fixtures are starting to clog it can indicate that you have a serious clog further down in your sewer line.
  • Soggy patches – Soggy patches around your yard can mean that your sewer line is leaking.
  • Sewage odor – If you start to smell sewage around your yard it could indicate that your sewer line is leaking.

If you need sewer line or drain line repairs in Havertown, PA, call the expert plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc..

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