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Plumbing Tip: Pros and Cons of Copper Piping

Monday, April 15th, 2013

If you’re in need of plumbing replacement, you may be wondering what type of pipes your plumber will use. While copper piping has become the standard hard pipe in the plumbing industry, and has been used in plumbing applications for many years. It is only since the 1970s that plastic piping has offered a viable alternative to copper plumbing. In this post, we’d like to run you through the pros and cons of copper piping so that you and your plumber can make an informed decision about what’s right for your home and your plumbing requirements. For more information about copper piping, or to schedule a Springfield, PA plumbing service, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services today!

As a tried and tested standard of the plumbing industry, copper offers many pros, including:

  • Durability: While it’s ductile enough to be used for fittings and joints, copper is incredibly durable. In addition to its fire resistance, it is also corrosion resistant. Its rigidity allows for less supports when spanning distances, and it maintains alignment under pressurized conditions.
  • Malleability: Plumbers love copper because of its strength and malleability. Sweating copper pipes is one the basic techniques of the residential plumber.
  • Fire resistance: Copper has a high thermal rating, making it resistant to fires. For homeowners concerned with using fire retardant materials, copper makes an excellent choice.

That said, there are some potential cons to take into account, as well:

  • Cost: The major reason for the rise of alternative piping is cost. Copper piping is more expensive than plastic piping, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or cross-linked polyethylene (PEX). The latter is quickly becoming a standard in many residential applications for its strength and flexibility.
  • Metallic flavor: While it is minimal, copper piping may add a metallic flavor to your drinking water, which may be off-putting for some homeowners.

Remember to discuss your options with a plumbing professional in order to receive the most up-to-date information on piping. For Springfield, PA plumbing services, call the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services today! 

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How Trenchless Pipe Replacement Works

Monday, March 18th, 2013

When your sewer main or water line needs replacement, there’s often nothing more disconcerting to a homeowner than digging large trenches in your yard to replace a relatively small pipe. Rightfully so, but is there another way? Trenchless pipe replacement is a time and cost-saving technology that avoids extensive excavation on your Springfield, PA property. Far from having to remove large portions of sidewalk or trees, trenchless technology means less damage and disruption to your home. If you notice wet spots in your yard, or severe backflow in your home, it may be time to replace that sewer main or water line. For trenchless pipe replacement in Springfield, PA, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

Sewer or water line replacement used to require heavy equipment to excavate enough of the yard to make accessing the damaged pipe possible. Instead of digging up the entire area surrounding the length of the pipe, the trenchless team digs two access holes, one at either end of the pipe in need of replacement. Typically, video inspection is required to assess where the damage is as well as its extent. A hydraulic pump is set up at one end to provide the pressure necessary to pull a pipe liner, often fitted with a pipe-bursting attachment on its head if the pipe is collapsed.

If your pipe has a leak, crack, or is missing a section, the hydraulic pump pulls the pipe liner through the length of pipe. Once it is inflated, it released an epoxy cast, which seals a new pipe inside of the old one. The inflatable bladder is then removed. In cases where there is significant damage to the pipe, the liner is fitted with a pipe-bursting cone that removes any debris and forces the pipe to open up enough to fit a new pipe inside. A new pipe forms within the old. Whatever the problem is with your sewer or water main, trenchless pipe replacement is the way to handle the situation effectively.

Don’t dig up your beautiful lawn—call for trenchless pipe replacement in Springfield, PA from Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today! 

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Keeping Your Pipes Safe This Winter:

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Winter is a great, fun time of the year. If you are going to ice skating, though, make sure that you are doing it out on the pond and not in your basement or backyard. Dealing with burst or damaged pipes is never fun. Luckily, there are a number of steps that you can take to ensure the safety of your pipes in Springfield, PA this winter. If you still have any questions about ways in which you can protect your pipes this heating season, contact the expert plumbers at Wm. Henderson. We can help you protect your home.

The first way to prevent freezing pipes is to keep a small trickle of water moving through them. It does not take much, so do not be tempted to overdo it. You do not want to think that you are protecting your pipes only to come home to an overflowing sink. Keep that faucet open just a bit to add some insurance to your pipes.

It is also important to remember that insulation does not only belong in your walls and in the attic. Make sure that any exposed piping in your home is properly insulated. If the cold has a tougher time reaching the pipes it will have a tougher time damaging them.

Shut off the water to any outside fixtures and drain them. If you are concerned about the pipes in your home you should be just as concerned about those out in the elements, right? Pack up the sprinklers and the garden hose. You won’t be needing them for a while.

You may want to have your plumbing system inspected before the cold arrives if you have had problems recently. A water line that is compromised in any way, for instance should absolutely be replaced before the freezing temperatures arrive. Call a professional Springfield PA plumber to schedule a water line replacement before damage is done to your home.

If you would like more tips about keeping your pipes safe this winter, contact the pros at Wm. Henderson. We are proud to be able to put your mind at rest in Springfield, PA. Follow our advice and your pipes will make it through the winter unscathed.

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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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