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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tips for Renovating your Bathroom

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Are you looking for a change? Thinking about selling your home? Research suggests that kitchens and bathrooms are two of the best rooms to invest in if you’re looking to make improvements or make more money when you sell. Check out these tips on how to update your bathroom without breaking the bank:
  1. Paint your bathroom: Re-painting your bathroom is a quick and inexpensive fix if you’re looking for a change. Painting can brighten the room or change the mood to make other fixtures pop!
  2. Update accessories: If you haven’t made any changes recently, updating your accessories could do the trick. Consider updating to a new and improved bathroom mirror as a way to complement other fixtures while still including your personality into the design. Choose between a framed mirror to fit over your bathroom vanity or even build your own!
  3. Update your bathroom fixtures: Although bathroom hardware can be replaced at a low cost, they have the potential to really make your bathroom stand out. While they may be simple, decisions like choosing between a free-standing or mounted towel rack could make all the difference in how you and guests perceive the room.
  4. Update your vanity: Updating your vanity may be the way to go if you’re looking to completely transform your whole bathroom. If your shower or bathtub isn’t in need of fixing, updating your cabinetry or countertops may be the exact update you’re looking for.
  5. Replace your light fixtures: Small bathrooms usually don’t get that much natural light, which makes your light fixtures extremely important. No matter what mood you’re going for, your bathroom should always give off as much light as possible to aid you in your daily tasks.
  6. Buy new bathroom linens: If you’re using the same bathmat and shower curtain from your last update, it’s time to get new ones! Towels and bathroom linens should be changed often, especially if your home is humid and prone to mold and mildew. Changing your linens is also an easy way to spice up the room with different colors and patterns.
  7. Add vintage or re-purposed storage: Most bathrooms are lacking storage, but if space allows, add a vintage shelf or a wire basket to store everyday items like towels and soaps.
Deciding on how to update your bathroom can be a difficult task, especially if you’re torn between what designs you’re looking for. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our bathroom remodeling division, Re-Bath, and let us guide you on how you can have your dream home!

World Plumbing Day

180423_185524874815188_883273_nWorld Plumbing Day is around the corner! On March 11th, every year, everywhere, the World Plumbing Council will be celebrating the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of the modern world.

All over the world, the safety and abundance of drinking water is a concern, but what’s not often emphasized is the work the plumbing industry does every day to alleviate these concerns. Many people in developed countries take plumbing for granted – simply turn on the faucet to obtain clean water and flushing a toilet is a standard. In developing countries however, plumbing is either non existent or basic at best. People suffer serious health consequences and millions die as a result of lack of access to clean water and in effective sanitation.

Whether you’re an organization or an individual, help us spread awareness through one of the activities suggested by the WPC. Patterson Plumbing & Heating is proud of the work we do and hopes our community will take the time to think about how important it is to be provided with clean and safe water.

Colorado Advocating WaterSense Fixtures

Image Source: Home Depot

Image Source: Home Depot

The Colorado Senate has recently mandated a phase-out of toilets, faucets, and shower-heads that use too much water. In a 19-16 vote, the Senators voted in favor of a bill prohibiting the sale of low-efficiency plumbing fixtures by 2016.

The measure would not require anyone to change their current plumbing, but rather make it illegal to sell new faucets, shower-heads, and toilets that aren’t certified by the federal government as efficient “WaterSense” fixtures.

Learn more about the bill here » If you’re looking to install new fixtures, contact one of our plumbers here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. Our friendly, courteous and trained experts can handle any plumbing installation for your home. Give us a call today: 719-544-4922

Tips for Hiring the Right Plumber

Not all plumbing issues can be solved with a plunger and a little elbow grease. At some point, you may need some help from a qualified professional to get the job done.  Key word there is “professional.” Hiring an inexperienced plumber can result in additional and costly repairs down the road, not to mention unnecessary damage to your home. Be sure to choose someone who will do the job right the first time, for a reasonable cost, and one who will treat your home like it was their own.

That’s where we come in! The experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating possess all of the qualifications you need.

Here are some tips for hiring the right plumber:

  • Licensing – In Colorado, as in most states, a license is needed to practice plumbing professionally. If your plumber does not have a license, it’s time to look elsewhere.
  • Insurance – Plumbers should be insured, thus protecting your home and the plumber in case of any mishaps
  • Experience – The longer a plumber has been in business, the more reliable the services are. Lengthy experience means a robust list of references/recommendations that will prove to be valuable in your decision process.
  • References – Plumbers in business for years can provide references. If they choose not to – this is a red flag and you should look elsewhere. Talking with past customers is one of the best ways to accurately assess the quality of the plumber’s work.
  • Pricing – Plumbers should be able to accurately appraise the issue and quote a price before beginning any operations. Not sure of appropriate costs? Seek other estimates for a ballpark answer. If the quote seems to be very low, be cautious. This could mean the plumber is cutting costs by using inferior parts.
  • Warranty – Quality plumbers will guarantee their work, including the parts used, offering you security and reliability on repairs. Here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we guarantee our parts and labor on most repairs for at least one year (some exclusions apply, but many repairs have longer guarantees!)

We’ve been in business since 1984 and pride ourself on our customer service. We know you and your home deserve to be treated with respect and to have work completed by highly trained, licensed, knowledgable, and professional technicians. We provide up front pricing before any work begins and can provide a long list of references. Connect with us on Facebook or call us today! 719-544-4922

Top 10 Plumbing Problems & Causes

Turning on a faucet, adjusting the heat, loading the dishwasher – all things we don’t give much thought to… until there’s a problem. Many types of plumbing issues can happen in your home that easily can disrupt your daily routine.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we know that many homeowners may not care to know all the details regarding their plumbing system – especially when you have us on call to fix any problems quickly and efficiently. However, learning a bit about common plumbing problems and causes can help in the long run.

Below we’ve listed the top 10 frequent plumbing issues, along with causes you can easily spot in your home before they get worse:

  1. No hot water – If your water heater is too small it will not be able to supply adequate hot water for your home.
  2. Clogged drains – Often caused by miscellaneous debris such as hair (in the bathroom sink) and food items (in the kitchen sink).
  3. Dripping faucet – Frequently caused by worn seal or a washer.
  4. Leaking pipes – Often times leaks are caused when connections to other piping loosens or the pipes have rusted; leading to the growth of mold.
  5. Water found in your basement – The source may be the water heater. Water heaters tend to leak when they are old and the tank has begun to rust.
  6. No heat – Homes with radiant heat will often have a boiler.  If the boiler isn’t heating the water, it is malfunctioning and requires maintenance.
  7. Running toilet – This take places when the flapper is not making a seal, causing water to run into the bowl.
  8. Toilet leak – This normally can happen by a wax ring that is old and worn.
  9. Dishwasher leaks – These leaks may develop if there’s a loose fitting or if a drain is clogged.
  10. Garbage disposal not working – This problem occurs when the unit is unplugged or needs a system reset.  If you hear a humming noise it’s most likely due to an obstruction or jammed disposal.

Is there a plumbing issue you’ve spotted that’s disrupting your day-to-day routine? Contact one of our experienced technicians at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to fix the problem right away: 719-544-4922.

Protect Your Home from Heating Accidents

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As you know temperatures have been fluctuating quite a bit this week, from the 30s to the forecasted 60s later on. While we still have chilly nights on the horizon, it’s important to keep warm – but to do so while also knowing how to protect your home against potential heating system accidents.

In fact, the month of February is reported to be among the top three months where the most home heating equipment fires occur. Thankfully, with the below proper safety precautions, you can keep your home and family perfectly safe and warm until springtime:

  • Anything that can burn, keep at least three feet away from furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves and portable space heaters.
  • Have one of our expert technicians at Patterson Plumbing & Heating install space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment to your home.
  • Schedule an annual inspection every year with one of our trained experts.
  • Don’t forget to turn off any portable heaters when leaving or going to bed.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning, and be sure to test smoke alarms at least once a month to avoid any problems.

Keep your home warm and safe by properly taking care of your heating system and the surrounding space. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an inspection, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 719-544-4922!