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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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Trenchless Technology Makes Sewer Line Repairs Easier

Monday, September 11th, 2017

sewer-line-plumbingFew plumbing problems are as challenging as sewer line repairs: fixing the main line that caries wastewater from your various outlets to the Havertown sewer system. Sewer lines are usually buried under the ground, which makes reaching them difficult, and with fall almost here, problems with any sewer line needs to be dealt with promptly before the cold weather of winter further complicates the matter. And yet waiting on a sewer line problem is even worse, since it services the whole house and is absolutely necessary for your home to function. Leaking wastewater or wastewater that backs up from your drains can pose a health hazard to your family as well. All of that means you need to move quickly with sewer line repair issues, which can be doubly challenging when you consider that the line itself needs to be unearthed first.

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Signs of Trouble with Your Sewer Line

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

sewer-line-plumbingThe sewer line is the main line removing wastewater from the plumbing in your home and moving it to the civic sewer system. Sewer lines are usually buried under the ground in your yard, which keeps them safe from damage and wear from the weather. Unfortunately, when trouble arises, it requires the services of a professional plumber. We carry the most up-to-date equipment and use professional methods to access the sewer line, allowing us to repair leaks, clean out clogs, and address other problems without needing to excavate the pipe.

That, of course, means that you have spotted the signs of trouble with your sewer line and have the wherewithal to call in help. Homeowners should never attempt to formally diagnose a problem with their sewer line. However, they can spot the commons signs of a problem. When that happens, turn it’s time to call in a repair service as soon as possible.

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What are the Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

There’s an old joke that we have two seasons here in Havertown and Springfield, PA: winter and road repair. You could expand that last part to include “sewer line repair” as well. The cold weather and frozen ground make sewer line repair extremely difficult in the winter, and since our cold season is so long, there is a limited window of opportunity to fix problems with your sewer line. Doing so in the summer can save you a lot of hassle and expense, as can relying on trenchless sewer repair rather than more traditional methods. What are the benefits of trenchless sewer repair? The answers to that question are both simple and powerful.


Trenchless sewer repair works by drilling two holes on either side of the affected pipeline, then sending down and fitting a replacement line in place through those holes. Because we don’t have to excavate the entire sewer line, the job can be done much more quickly – usually in just a day or two – which makes a huge difference if you’re waiting to get your toilet or showers up and running again.

Less Expensive

Because trenchless repair doesn’t involve heavy equipment or additional personnel, and because it happens much more quickly than trenched repair, it tends to cost a lot less than it would with more old-fashioned methods. Furthermore, it doesn’t tear up your yard the way a more complicated technique would, saving you from expensive replanting and landscaping costs. And that savings comes without any loss of quality with the repairs themselves: your sewer line will be just as reliable as it was when it was first put in.

The warm temperatures of summer make trenchless sewer repair even easier, so if you feel the time has come to fix a faulty sewer line, call the experts at Wm Henderson Inc. to schedule a consultation today!

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What to Do If Your Sewer Backs Up: A Plumber’s Tip

Monday, January 7th, 2013

When it comes to the sewer and drain systems in your home, the less you have to think about them the better. That is because you generally only think about these important components of your home plumbing system when there is a problem with them. The unfortunate truth is that, even with professional installation service and high quality maintenance, you will probably experience some problem or another with your sewer and drain system eventually.

If this problem is serious enough to lead to a backup into your home, you need to be prepared. Here are some tips to help you handle a sewer backup in your Broomall, PA home properly. Wm. Henderson is always here to help should you experience this unpleasant situation firsthand.

The first thing that you should do in the event of sewage backflow into your home is to get any pets and children away from the area in question. Kids are oblivious to their surrounding very often, and animals are naturally curious. This is one situation that you do not want your kids or pets investigating up close, though.

You must also remember that you should not attempt to clean up the mess yourself. There are pretty obvious hygiene problems in doing so. Plus, even if you do clean up the area there is still the blockage or other issues that caused the problem to deal with. Call in a professional immediately.

If you do have central air conditioning or heating in your home you should shut it off right away. Uncomfortable temperatures are a small price to pay to avoid sewage contamination getting into the floor vents of your system. Cover any exposed vents or grates just to be safe.

You also need to find out just what caused this issue. You may need to file a claim with the city if the cause was on their end. If you have had recent plumbing work completed you should get in touch with that service provider. Make sure you take every step possible to prevent having to deal with this situation again.

If you have any further questions about how you can deal with a backed up sewer in your home, call Wm. Henderson. We want your home to be as convenient and hygienic as possible. Do not let sewer and drain issues in Broomall, PA disrupt that comfort.

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Plumber’s Tip: 3 Top Reasons to Go Trenchless

Monday, December 10th, 2012

At Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., we provide trenchless technology for sewer and water line replacements throughout the Ardmore, PA area. Our plumbers are experts in their field and can get your line replaced before you know it with this advanced technology. We also minimize damage to your property with trenchless methods, which is just one of the many benefits of using this technology.

Are you facing a sewer or water line replacement? We’ve put together three of the top reasons to go trenchless. Call us any time to set up a consultation.

1. Trenchless Pipe Replacement is Cost-Effective

When our plumbers use trenchless technology, they only need to dig a couple of small holes to insert a cable that is attached to a hydraulic machine. The pressure from the machine allows the cable to burst or remove the old line as the new line is being installed. This makes it more cost-effective than spending hours of labor digging a trench in your yard.

2. Minimizes Damage to Your Yard

Because trenchless requires only a minimal amount of digging, you know that you can count on less damage to your property, landscaping, and patios. This avoids digging up trees, unless they are the cause of the problem. If you know that roots have finding their way into your sewer line, you can save yourself the hassle of having a line replaced by having the trees removed, or you can ask about relocating the line during replacement.

3. Faster Repair

In addition to less labor costs, you get your water or sewer line replaced faster. That means you get to get back to your daily routine ASAP.

Call the Ardmore, PA plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. if you have questions or would like to schedule a video pipe inspection.

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Plumbing Question: When is a Sewer Line Replacement Necessary?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

At Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., we’ve been replacing sewer lines in Broomall, PA for many years. We thought it would be helpful for our customers if they had a quick guide to show them when it was time to call a plumber to replace their sewer line.

What Causes the Need for Sewer Line Replacement?

Sewer lines are buried in your yard so it seems strange that they could be damaged or crack. But like all things in the world, the passage of time just wears things out. Here are a couple of reasons that your sewer line might need to be replaced.

  • Tree roots – This is by far the most common cause of sewer line damage. As tree roots search for water in the ground beneath your yard, your sewer line can quickly become an ideal source. You use your sewer line every single day so there is constantly water flowing through it. The tree roots slowly work their way between the joints in the pipes. Eventually, they can block the entire pipe or crush it causing leaks and cracks.
  • Natural disasters – Sometimes the force of an earthquake, hurricane or tornado can cause your sewer line to break.

How to Tell if Your Sewer Line is Broken

Even though your sewer line is buried deep in your yard, there are some tell-tale signs that it is in trouble and might need to be replaced.

  • Soft spot in the yard – If you start to notice soggy spots in your yard, it could mean that your sewer line is leaking water.
  • Raised spot – Depending upon the type of soil in your yard, leaking water from your sewer line might actually form a bump in your yard.
  • Smell sewage – Another sign that your sewer line is leaking is that you start to smell sewage around your yard.
  • Clogged drains – If your toilet, shower and other fixtures stop draining properly, it might be a sign that your sewer line is broken.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s probably time to call a plumber to your Broomall home. These types of problems don’t fix themselves and the longer you wait the worse it will be. Give Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call today.

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Signs That You Need a Sewer Line Replacement

Monday, November 5th, 2012

There are a lot of problems that you may face as a Newtown Square homeowner, but few can be more of a headache than learning that you need a sewer line replaced. While it may not be something that you look forward to dealing with, a sewer line replacement should be handled as quickly as possible. If your sewer line is broken, leaking or otherwise compromised it can cause serious damage to your home and plumbing system. Knowing the signs that your sewer line may need to be replaced can help eliminate these risks. here are some indicators to keep an eye out for. If you think your sewer line may be in need of replacement, call the sewer line replacement experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services right away. We’ll get the job done quickly and correctly to make sure that disruption to your home and convenience is minimal.

One indicator that you may have a problem with your sewer line requiring a sewer line replacement is varying water levels in your toilet. This could be caused by a simple clog, but it is necessary that you have a professional Newtown Square plumber come to assess the situation and to assure that it is not the result of serious damage to your sewer line. If you notice changing water levels in your toilet, call Wm. Henderson to have your plumbing system inspected today.

Another problem to keep an eye out for that could indicate the need for a new sewer line is frequent slow draining from your sinks, tubs and showers. Again, this slow draining could be caused by a simple clog that can be cleared out, but if it is a frequent, persistent occurrence it could be a more serious issue. Don’t take any risks by assuming that a problem is no big deal. Call for professional service and be sure of what you’re dealing with.

Water stains and damage around your foundation is a pretty sure sign of a problem with your sewer line. While the severity of the damage to your sewer line will determine whether or not it can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced, some action must be taken as quickly as possible. A lot of water runs through that line, and a lot of damage can be done to your home relatively quickly depending on the size of the leak. Don’t put your home and property at risk of water damage. Call for professional service the moment you suspect a problem with your sewer line. The plumbing experts at Wm. Henderson are available to help ensure that your home is protected from the potential damage that a broken sewer line can cause. When your sewer line in Newtown Square needs replacement, Wm. Henderson will get the job done right. Call today to schedule service.

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Reasons for Sewer Line Replacement

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Your sewer line is not an easy thing to replace. However trenchless re-piping technology, like pipe lining and pipe bursting, can reduce the inconvenience and price . In some municipalities they will also make you pay for any damage done to the sidewalk in front of your home. Below we’ve outlined some of the common reasons that may require you to have your sewer line replaced in Havertown.

Tree Roots

It may be surprising, but the most common cause for sewer line replacement services is tree roots. As trees grow, their roots spread out in search of water. The sewer line from your house is obviously a great source of water. Over time, the roots gradually wedge themselves into the joints in your sewer line. The roots will grow until they have completely clogged and destroyed your sewer line.

Natural Disasters

Earthquakes, floods and other types of natural disasters are obvious threats to your sewer line. If you notice problems with your toilets or other drains, the cause may be that a recent natural occurrence caused your sewer line to break or pinch.


The age of your sewer pipe is another reason that you might have to replace it. Over time your pipes can corrode and built of mineral deposits. This can cause leaks and even blockages in your sewer drain.


If you’re buying a new home, have the sewer line inspected by a professional plumber before you actually purchase the home. Your plumber will use a video camera to actually go into the sewer line and see exactly what state it is in. Having your sewer line regularly inspected can keep you apprised of its situation before something catastrophic happens.

If you have any questions about your sewer line in Havertown, contact the plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services.

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Plumbing Guide: Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Steps

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Replacing a sewer line is a big project, but it used to be a much bigger one. Thanks to trenchless sewer line replacement technology a job that used to be very intrusive and expensive can now be performed quickly, affordably and with little disruption to your Springfield PA home. Here is some information about the steps involved in the trenchless sewer line replacement process supplied by the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services.

Trenchless sewer line replacement requires much less digging to be performed on your property than the traditional replacement method. This leaves much less clean-up work and collateral damage to your lawn and property. The process is much quicker, and substantially cheaper. There are a few ways in which a sewer line may be replaced in a trenchless replacement process.

The pipe lining technique involves a flexible tube being fed into a damaged pipe. The tube is then inflated, and after a period of time the resin it is coated with hardens. This creates a pipe within the original pipe, meaning that the original does not even have to be removed. While the new, inner pipe is a bit smaller than the old, outer one, it is not enough of a difference to affect the pipe’s performance. Generally only one hole needs to be dug for this procedure.

Another option is the pipe bursting method. With this method a new pipe is pulled through the old damaged one, bursting it from within. A cone-shaped bursting head splits the pipe as the pneumatic jack pulls it through. Access holes will need to be dug on both sides. If the existing pipe is made of a material that will not burst the powerful machines used to pull the new pipe through will simply use the cone attached to the end of the replacement pipe to push the old one out.

Once the pipe replacement is completed the patches of land that were dug up or excavated to provide access to the pipe will be refilled or repaired. If this is in your lawn your service provider may reseed the area for you. It is important that trenchless sewer line replacement is performed only by a dependable Springfield PA plumber. If you have any questions about the trenchless sewer line replacement process or where to get this service in your area, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services. We are happy to share our expertise with you.

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