Plumbing 101 for homeowners

Guelph’s Harco Plumbing and Mechanical offers a full range of commercial and residential plumbing services. Harco Plumbing’s team of professional, courteous and honest licenced and insured plumbers are committed to providing solutions for every plumbing need. A few easy proactive maintenance tips can help to keep your home’s plumbing in good shape to avoid preventable repairs in the future.

Avoid damage to fixtures and pipes by regularly checking underneath sinks for signs of moisture or leaks. A dripping faucet can waste up to 150 gallons of water a day, and be a sign of a bigger problem such as a broken pipe or fitting. Homeowners should also check the overflow holes in tubs and sinks to prevent potential flooding and water damage to floors or cabinets. Toilets can be checked for leaks by adding a small amount of food colouring to the tank and seeing if it seeps into the bowl. If the bowl water changes, there’s a leak.

When dealing with a water heater, be sure to read the owner’s manual first before doing any maintenance, such as an annual draining and flushing to remove sediment buildup. Water heaters should also be inspected by a professional every two years for signs of leakages. Periodically check that the flame under gas water heater burners are blue with yellow tips. If it’s mostly yellow, it may be an indication of a clogged flue.

Harco Plumbing and Mechanical is your neighbourhood plumbing solution provider located at 69 Fleming Road in Guelph. For more information on any of the affordable services from these plumbing professionals, visit the website or call your local Harco Plumbing and Mechanical at 519-265-6423. Don’t forget to ask about their discount for seniors.

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