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Home Service Blog Articles by Pronto Plumbing & SECCO Home Services® | Harrisburg & Camp Hill, PA

Common Summertime Plumbing Issues

Welcome to summertime in Pennsylvania! (Okay, it’s not quite summertime officially, but when the weather starts hitting 70s and 80s on a regular basis, it’s summer to us!) As you’re planning your activities for the next few months, Pronto wants to remind you to be aware of some common summertime plumbing issues that homeowners can

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What Your Insurance Company Wants You to Know About Your Water Heater

If you’ve watched television within the last month or two, you may have been fortunate enough to have seen the new Allstate Insurance Company commercial form their popular “Mayhem” series. These commercials are humorous and grab your attention, but also do a great job of bringing real life dangers and hazards to your attention. Whether

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22 Weeks of Summer – Post #7: Cool Plumbing Facts from the History of the Human Race

Guess what? Plumbing has been around a long, long time. (Hey, there’s always been a need, right?) In today’s post, we have some weird, wacky, cool and innovative plumbing facts from around the world! Ancient civilizations (e.g., Minoans, Romans, Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians) all had drainage systems, although they were not always accessible to the general

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All about Mold and Mildew

You know you don’t want mold and mildew in your home, but how much do you know about these dastardly substances? To help you gain a better understanding of mold and mildew, we’ve put together a quick primer on the subjects. ABOUT MOLD: Although we tend to use the word “mold” as if it were

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How To Avoid Mineral Buildups

Mineral buildups on your toilets, showerheads, shower doors and sink faucets, are caused by hard water. Water is considered hard if it has a high concentration of dissolved minerals (such as magnesium and calcium). The best way to prevent mineral buildups is to remove excess water. The mineral deposits from hard water are what are

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Tips For Basement Renovations

It’s dark, it’s musty, but it just might be your salvation if you feel like your house is too small. It’s your basement, and if you’re looking to remodel or renovate it, you’re not alone. Homeowners who aren’t ready to move often look to basement rooms for additional living space. After all, it’s often practical

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Reminder: Heat Tape For Exposed Plumbing

Winter is coming, and the last thing anyone wants to deal with is frozen pipes. Using heat tape to protect exposed or exterior pipes can help prevent unnecessary headaches. Where to Apply It: Apply heat tape over any exposed or exterior pipes (anything in direct contact with cold, winter air). Any spaces in your home

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First Things to Do When a Pipe Bursts

Yikes! It happened! A pipe burst open in your home… and now you’re in hyper-drive “damage control” mode. The first thing you need to do is focus on mitigating any lasting issues by taking the following steps: Turn off the water supply either to the pipe (if it’s in an isolated area, such as a

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When Was the Last Time Your Sump Pump Was Serviced?

The sump pump. It sits in a corner of your basement, usually without any fanfare. It’s easy to overlook, but don’t forget it’s there because it’s important that you have it serviced regularly. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize that sump pumps require maintenance. Of course, when they wind up with a flooded basement, they appreciate

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Top Toilet Clogging Culprits

Top Toilet Clogging Culprits There are a surprising amount of things that could be clogging your toilet (besides human waste). Some of them are obvious, some of them less so. One of the most beneficial things you could do to prevent clogging (especially if you have younger children), is to keep the lid down. Children

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