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Is Your Bathroom In Need of an Upgrade?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

One of the easiest ways to instantly add value to your home is with a bathroom upgrade. In fact, if you are considering renovating your bathroom, you can keep in mind that the average homeowner recuperates as much as 85% of the cost of a bathroom remodel once the home is sold. Or, if you are not planning to sell your home in the near future, you may wish to consider a bathroom upgrade for your own enjoyment. After all, since a bathroom is a room that you use every day, it should be clean, modern, and most of all, efficient and comfortable.

The most effective way to upgrade your bathroom is to replace the main focal points, beginning with your sink, flooring, toilet, and bathtub and/or shower. Whether you are aiming for a traditional or contemporary design, you can find fixtures to suit your tastes. Since these fixtures are at the center of your bathroom and are highly functional necessities, it pays to invest in designs which you love.

If you want to make your bathroom appear larger, you may wish to consider a sleek porcelain pedestal sink, or a very modern and stylish cut-glass vessel sink. However, if more storage room is your goal, you may wish to consider a sink that includes storage space, such as cabinetry, and built-in shelving. For a luxurious appearance, consider a sink basin and countertop in granite, marble or quartz. If you wish to create an eco-friendly bathroom retreat, choose a sink and floor tiles made of recycled glass, and cabinetry made of sturdy and sustainable bamboo.

Once you have decided on the look and functionality you desire, the hard part is finished! You can rely on the professionals at Wm Henderson to complete your bathroom remodeling project with the greatest attention to detail, from planning to design and installation. We’ll fix the leaks and weak water pressure that you’re tired of living with, and leave you with a gorgeous upgraded bathroom that you’ll love. We’ll even guarantee our work for one full year.

If you’re considering a bathroom upgrade, contact us at Wm Henderson today. We’ll make the process easy, and you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful and functional new bathroom for your home.

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Warm Weather is Coming: Is Your AC Prepared?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Summer is coming to Delaware County and pretty soon snow blowers will turn into golf carts, the RV covers will come down and the swimming pools will fill with water. It’s a great time of year, but before you can dive into summer and start enjoying yourself and the warm weather, you must make sure that your AC is prepared for the heat of the season. William Henderson Inc. has a few tips to ensure that your air conditioner is primed and ready to cool.

The first order of business is to make sure that the air conditioner was not visibly damaged during the winter season. Hopefully, it was covered during winter, which goes a long way to protecting the casing and the innards of the appliance. A quick check of the outside should let you know if your AC unit experienced wind damage or any other kind of physical abuse.

On the inside you will want to check the drain tray. Many times this can become stuffed with leaves, dirt and other debris. The drain tray is an important part of the air conditioner and must remain clean at all times. Pull out the tray and use a shop vacuum to get at any dirt or debris inside. Once the tray is clean, replace it.

Next, check to make sure that the filter is new and clean. A dirty filter will cause your AC unit to work harder than it needs to. Diminished air flow wears down the heat pump and other moving parts and also causes the unit to use more energy, costing you more money.

Finally, clean the coils with warm water and mild detergent. Hardware stores also sell a coil cleaning solution if your coils are really dirty. Like a filter, clean coils allow the AC to function at peak performance. After the coils have soaked for a while, rinse them with clean water and let them dry.

If after all this your AC unit is still not working correctly you may need to hire a professional to check to make sure your heat pump is functioning properly. If you find yourself looking for heat pump repair in Delaware County, look no further than William Henderson heating and cooling. With over 30 years experience, we know how to get your cooling system up and running in no time.

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Is Your Basement Waterproof?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Spring is a wet time of year. The snow pack of the winter season, overcome by more direct sunlight gives ways to puddles in the sidewalk, which grows into miniature lakes in the yard. Local storm drains take the brunt of the runoff, but regardless of location, water runs downhill until it finds the lowest point. Don’t let that lowest point be your basement!

Water in your basement can cause all types of problems from mold and mildew to unpleasant smells. Both of which lead to pests. To keep away from having these problems your best bet is to make sure that your basement is waterproof. Although it’s not difficult to waterproof the walls of your basement, it does take a bit of knowledge to understand where to start and where to go.

The first step is to take a survey of your basement walls. Hopefully you have a fully exposed basement wall and hopefully it is made out of modern concrete. A modern concrete wall with no cracks has the best protection against leaks. Cobble foundation walls and older concrete walls are susceptible to cracks and breaks. Even the smallest crack will allow water through.

Walk the basement wall and locate any cracks you can find. Repair those cracks with concrete filler according to the directions on the package. Let the filler dry. It is not enough to just fill in the cracks in your basement wall however. After the filler is dried you then need to apply a coat of sealer all the way around your basement. The sealer is a waterproof brush or spray applied substance that will create a waterproof barrier. This will keep water from permeating your basement wall and getting into your basement.

Many plumbing contractors in Delaware County can suggest a method for waterproofing your basement, but only William Henderson Plumbing has 35 years of experience helping Pennsylvania homeowners in Delaware County and the Mainline. We are ready to inspect and suggest a fix for any leaking basement problems you may have.

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When You Should Get Your Cooling System Checked?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

It’s a fact that cooling and heating systems account for nearly half of the energy cost in a typical home. This is the reason that high-efficiency heating and cooling systems are a big part of the market right now. Having a high-efficiency system can save you a significant amount money year round. But, just maintaining your existing system and checking that it’s running at peak performance can also save you money in the long run.

Wm. Henderson suggests you have your cooling system checked at least once a year by a professional. A trained professional will clean the air conditioning coils and the evaporator, check the refrigerant level, clean the blower and other moving parts and make an in-depth check of all the controls to make sure they are functioning properly.

Individually you can increase the life of your cooling system by checking the filter regularly. A quick monthly checkup during the peak cooling season is best. Pull the filter out and make sure it is clean and clear of debris. Excess debris in the filter will cause your cooling fan to run longer and harder using more energy and wearing down the moving parts. At a minimum, you should check your filter every three months.

A quick search for HVAC cooling services will bring up many companies that can perform cooling system maintenance. However, none of these companies have 35 years of experience servicing Delaware County and the Mainline like William Henderson Maintenance. We know we can keep your systems functioning properly, and keep your home cool and clean in the heat of the summer.

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What Causes Sink Odors?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

The drains in our plumbing system have a hard job; taking the crud and brackish water that we no longer want to deal with and sending it away. Because this job is so important, you can have some serious problems if your drain systems begin to break down and no longer function as they were intended. Kitchen plumbing in particular is subject to these types of problems, but bathroom drains also are susceptible. A common issue once drains begin to break down is the odor of sewer coming up from the pipes. This typically happens for one of two reasons.

The most common cause of odor from you sink is because your traps have run dry. Your plumbing has many traps, but a trap that you can see is under any sink in your home. It is the portion of the pipe that curls up towards the ceiling. The purpose of this trap is to collect water, which then acts as a stop for sewer gas coming back into the home. If a trap in your system goes empty, sewer gas can enter the home.

The second, most common reason for sink odor, comes from the pop-up section of your drain. This is the part that contains your trap and connects to the sink. Within the first few inches of the pipe is a drain stop. This is the device that is inside the pipe that stops the water from draining when you don’t want it to and it is the number one cause for plumbing services. The drain stop traps hair and other debris heading down the drain. As this material starts to decompose, it starts to stink. Plumbers know all too well that besides working to unclog sinks, cleaning off the drain stop often stops odors.

William Henderson Plumbing can help you with any of sink odor problems you may have. Let our 35 years of experience work for you to get your drains running clear and clean.

 


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