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Bathroom Fixtures are Vulnerable to Clogs

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Along with leaks, clogs in your drain pipes are the most common calls a plumber needs to deal with and the bathroom is the most common place where they occur. Kitchen sinks usually see clogs caused by food, while the bathroom fixtures have more varied and tougher causes of their clogs. Never attempt to clean out a clog on your own. Store-bought cleansers and tools like snakes usually only do a partial job, and in any case cannot hope to match the skills and tools brought in by a trained plumber.  We’ve included a quick breakdown of the three most common fixtures troubled by clogs and the kinds of materials that create them.

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How Do Humidifiers Improve the Air Quality?

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Many people are familiar with the effects of high humidity, but low humidity can be a problem, too. One of the best ways to increase your humidity to healthy levels is by adding a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system. Fall offers the perfect window of opportunity to make an upgrade to your system, as the cold weather hasn’t yet arrived, and you can add a humidifier to your Drexel Hill home before heating season starts full-time. As with any upgrade, it’s important to hire professionals to complete the installation, so call the people you can count on: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

Comfortable humidity levels are typically between 30-50%; when the level of humidity in your home goes above or below this range, you can start to feel uncomfortable. Problems that can develop from a lack of humidity are:

  • Nose bleeds
  • Dry skin
  • Shrinking and splintering of wood products, including flooring, walls and furniture
  • Increase in illnesses such as colds and viruses
  • Feeling cold all the time

Humidity holds heat, which is why it’s important to have enough humidity in your home during the winter; otherwise, you could be raising your thermostat settings to feel warmer. It’s estimated that for every degree you can turn down your thermostat during the colder months, you can save up to 3% in energy costs; this can’t happen without the correct amount of humidity in the air.

How It Works

A whole-home humidifier is added directly to you HVAC system and you can program the humidity level you want along with your indoor temperature right on your thermostat. Water from your home’s piping adds a controlled amount of moisture to the air in your HVAC, and this air circulates evenly throughout your home.

If extreme dryness has been a problem in your home, it may be time to consider adding a humidifier to your HVAC system in Drexel Hill.

Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our indoor air quality experts.

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Saving Money with Low-Flow Fixtures

Monday, September 8th, 2014

In the U.S., we flush nearly 5 billion gallons of water down the toilet each day. While this drains our natural resources, it’s also tough on our water bills. About two-thirds of indoor water use in the U.S. comes from the toilets, sinks, and faucets in homes, but there is a way to significantly reduce water use. When you call a professional for plumbing replacement to replace your existing fixtures with low-flow models, you’ll greatly reduce your water usage, saving money every month.

One of the best ways to save money on your water bills is by calling a professional to replace your toilets with low-flow toilets. While this is a bit of an investment, the money you save every month, and your reduced environmental impact, will be well worth the cost. While some toilets flush down as many as 5 gallons per flush, a low-flow toilet uses only about 1.5, And while many homeowners worry about low-flow toilets clogging, this is no longer a concern with modern models.

In fact, you can also cut back on a lot of water use without making a major investment on plumbing replacement. Spending just a little bit to replace your showerhead with a low-flow fixture can save thousands of gallons of water per year. And while you may want to replace your inefficient faucets, you may choose instead to add aerators onto your existing faucets which may cut the water flow in half. New showerheads and aerators also help you cut back on hot water use, saving on energy costs.

Installing these fixtures is a great way to conserve resources and reduce spending without sacrificing your comfort. There are many other ways to save money on your water bills, including installing energy-efficient dishwashers and clothes washing machines, but calling for professional installation of low-flow fixtures is one of the most vital steps to take toward a more efficient home.

When you want a professional to help you with any bathroom remodeling such as replacing your existing fixtures with low-flow toilets, faucets, and showerheads.

Call the team of plumbing professionals at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for plumbing replacement in Drexel Hill.

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3 Common Types of Heat Pump Repair

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Heat pumps combine the functions of a heater and an air conditioner into one. In principle, they use the same system of cycling refrigerant that air conditioners do. The system generates warm air as well as cool air, but in traditional air conditioners, the warm air is usually vented outside of your home. Heat pumps are designed to blow that air into your home in the winter, allowing you to warm the house as well as cool it. But like any other appliance, heat pumps can sometimes run into problems. In matters of heat pump repair, Drexel Hill has a number of companies to turn to, but first the problem needs to be identified.

3 Common Types of Heat Pump Repair

  • Low refrigerant. Your heat pump requires a set amount of refrigerant to function as it should. When the refrigerant leaks, the pump’s cooling capacity is severely diminished and ice will form on the cooling coils (further hampering the system’s ability to function). A trained technician can seal the leak and recharge refrigerant levels to their set amounts.
  • Faulty condenser. The condenser motor affects the shift of the refrigerant to a liquid state, a key part of the air conditioning process. When the motor overloads or suffers from similar problems, the refrigerant won’t liquefy the way it should and the unit’s cooling power will be severely reduced.
  • Faulty fan motor. Heat pumps depend on fans to blow the cool air into your home. If the fan motor has trouble, the air flow will drop to nothing, which is just as problematic as an inability to generate cool air in the first place.

We have the skills and know how to treat the problem right the first time, every time, and we know how important it is to get your system up and running again in the heat of summer. Call us today or make an appointment online. You’ll be glad you did!

For many common types of heat pump repair, or to schedule a session for heat pump repair, Drexel Hill residents can count on the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

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Heating Installation in Drexel Hill: Sizing a Heating System

Monday, October 7th, 2013

When you want a new heating system in your Drexel Hill, PA home, you’ll probably be most concerned about what type of heater to get. There are many options today because of advances in home comfort technology, and the technicians at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. are available to help you choose which one is the best for your home.

While picking the right type of heater for your home is crucial, you may not realize how important it is to get the right size heater. This might seem like a secondary consideration; after all, wouldn’t it be fine to go for a larger heater just to be on the safe side? And if the heater is a bit smaller so it fits into the available space, that can’t affect performance too much, can it?

However, sizing your heater is important enough that if done incorrectly, any advantages of getting the right type of system will vanish. An undersized heater will not be capable of getting you an even level of heating, which will leave many rooms in your home cold. For adequate heating, you will have to have the heater pushed up to its highest setting, which will show up on your energy bills.

An oversized heater presents problems just as serious. A heater that is too large will reach its target temperature so fast that it will “short cycle,” shutting off before completing its normal heating cycle. A heater that short cycles will wear down rapidly and soon require repairs. Eventually, it will need to get replaced earlier than it should.

Sizing a heater goes beyond simply looking at how large your house is and how many rooms you have. To get the proper sized system, you’ll need to hire experts to gauge your home’s needs.

The most important part of sizing a system is the heat load calculation: a complex equation that requires the services of an HVAC professional. The technician factors in various data about your house to understand how it needs to be heated. This includes the square footage of your home, the number of people living there, the size and position of all windows, how much heat other appliances produce, and many other aspects. The final result will provide a guide that determines the best size heater to get—as well as if the type of heater you’ve selected is right for you.

Avoid the costly mistake of guessing when it comes to sizing your heater. Heating installation in Drexel Hill, PA needs the services of highly-trained technicians to guide you through all the steps, from system selection to getting regular maintenance. Our certified professionals at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. will make certain you get the right sized heater to keep you warm this winter.

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Plumbing Repair Tip: Common Sump Pump Repairs

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The sump pump in your Drexel Hill, PA home works non-stop to remove any excess water that might seep into your basement. To prevent water damage, it is important that your sump pump is working properly, especially when there are extreme weather conditions, such as heavy rain or snowmelt.

While a professional Drexel Hill plumber should inspect your sump pump on an annual basis, along with other plumbing equipment in the home, you can help by making sure that the pump itself isn’t corroded and that the water stays clean.

Call the plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. if you have further questions or would like more maintenance tips. Meanwhile, here are some common repair needs and how you as a homeowner can prevent them from happening.

For submersible sump pumps in basements, the pump is situated inside a well that is cut out in the floor and catches excess groundwater. The pump itself is turned on and off by a float switch, which looks just like the floater in the back of your toilet. The float switch in a sump pump works the same way.

When the water rises to a certain level, the float switch rises and automatically turns on the pump, which then removes excess water from the well. Once the level goes down, the pump turns off again. You should be able to hear the pump when it is on.

Because of the pump’s location in the basement, bits of leaves, root fragments, dirt, and other solid matter can accumulate around the floater arm inside the well. Sometimes when debris gets trapped underneath the float switch it will get stuck in the on position, which causes the motor to run constantly.

If your motor runs continuously, it can overheat and eventually burn out. Your plumber can unplug the pump and try to clear out the debris from underneath the floater arm. Important note: Do not touch any electrical wiring if there is standing water in your basement.

While it may not be worth fixing a severely corroded pump or a pump with a failed motor, we install and service many sump pumps in the Drexel Hill area, and we have the experience to ensure that the job is handled correctly.

Our plumbers will also inspect the other components in the sump pump system, such as the condition of the sump pit, the adjustment of the float, and the condition of the outflow line, to make entire system is functioning properly.

When you need a repair for your plumbing in Drexel Hill, PA, the plumbers at Wm. Henderson can quickly diagnose the problem and give you an honest assessment of how to resolve it.

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Components of Trenchless Water Line Replacement: A Plumbing Guide

Monday, November 12th, 2012

It’s a job that homeowners in Media dread: water line replacement. However, trenchless water line replacement is a much less cumbersome approach to water line replacement projects and makes it a relatively painless process. It is much less intrusive and is generally less expensive than traditional pipe replacement. Below we describe some of the components of trenchless water line replacement.

Trenchless Means No Trench

As the name implies, trenchless water line replacement jobs don’t require the digging of a trench. This is a great relief to homeowners because it leaves their landscaping intact. With trenchless projects, only 2 holes are dug in your yard so that the technicians can gain access to both ends of the water line.

Less Time

Without a gigantic trench to dig, trenchless water line replacement normally is done within a day. This also decreases the amount of time that you’re inconvenienced by a large hole and equipment in your yard.

Pipe Relining

After the hole is dug, one way to get a new pipe into the ground is to inflate one. This method involves running a deflated liner into the old pipe. Then a bladder is inserted and inflated to hold the new pipe in place while it adheres to the old pipe. While this doesn’t technically replace the old pipe, it does provide a durable and seamless new pipe inside of your old one. Generally, this only reduces the diameter of the pipe by about 1/4 of an inch.

Pipe Bursting

This method of pipe replacement actually destroys the old pipe and replaces it with a new one. Once both of the holes are dug on either side of your water main, a machine drags a metal cone-shaped head through the existing pipe to break it apart. Immediately behind the cone, is a new pipe that gets inserted as the cone is dragged through the existing hole.

If you’re interested in trenchless water line replacement services at your home in Media, contact Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating. We’ll make sure that your home is back up and running quickly and with as little inconvenience for you as possible.

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Plumber’s Guide: Tree Roots and Other Dangers – What’s in Your Pipes?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

All the sewers, waste pipes and drains from your Springfield PA home lead directly to the septic tank or municipal sewer. To ensure that water flows through these pipes smoothly, it is important to keep them clog-free. To do this, you must always be careful about what you flush down the drains, sewers and toilets in your home.

Apart from the common household items that can clog drains, sewer pipes, especially those made of clay or cast iron can get blocked with tree roots. Roots grow through the joints and continue growing inside the pipes, eventually leading to a complete blockage.

To keep this from happening, it is necessary to perform a few periodic checks. First, find out which path the sewer pipe takes from your home to the street and check if there are any bushes or trees along the path. If there are any trees, you can control the growth of roots in the pipes by treating the sewer with a solution periodically.

It is important to call the right Springfield PA plumbing professionals to do this to ensure that they know how to go about keeping your sewer lines clear. If tree roots are a danger to your system, they will first drill a two-and-half inch diameter hole above sewer line. About two feet above the ground, a twenty-inch PVC pipe will then be inserted into the hole. This one-and-a-half inch pipe will be glued to an adapter on one end where a cap will be screwed on to it about two inches below the ground.

They will then pour hot water and copper sulphate crystals halfway into the pipe and wait for the copper sulphate to dissolve and seep into the ground. This will keep any tree roots from growing in the sewer. To keep roots from growing repeatedly, this procedure must be carried out at least once every four months.

Another alternative is to pour the solution to keep roots from growing down the clean out fitting. This will usually be located at the side of your home. Remember, however, that you should never clean your sewer using caustic drain cleaners as they can severely damage pipes. If you find roots blocking your sewer pipes, you need Springfield PA plumbing professional help in getting them cleared out.

Prevention is always better than emergency repairs. To ensure that roots do not grow in the sewer and drain pipes, take the above precautions. If roots do grow, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. immediately to get them removed.


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