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Monthly Archives: May 2014

National Electrical Safety Month

On average, adults sleep about 8 hours each night – spending at least 1/3 of their day in the bedroom. Unfortunately, we are most vulnerable while asleep – which is why bedroom safety is crucial. Even though National Electrical Safety Month is coming to a close, it’s important to practice these safety tips not only in the bedroom, but other rooms where these apply as well:

  1. Before installing a portable air conditioner, check that the electrical circuit and outlet are able to handle the load.
  2. Large window A/C units should have their own separate electrical circuit so the system is not overloaded.
  3. Air conditioners should be cleaned at the beginning of every season to keep them running safely and efficiently.   http://pattersonplumbing.com/prepare-air-conditioning-summer/
  4. And for an energy saving tip: If you have a portable air conditioner, turn it off when a room will be vacant for a few hours. You’ll use less energy cooling the room down later than if you had left the unit running.

When it comes to air conditioning questions or concerns, the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating are here for you. Our certified technicians have extensive experience and knowledge of all types of air conditioners and are ready to diagnose your problem and repair it in a timely and professional manner. We’ll discuss your cooling system options and assure the best replacement for your home’s unique cooling needs and prepare a firm upfront, no-surprises cost proposal. Call us today!

For more household safety tips please visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Schedule Your Air Conditioning Tune-Up With Us

Central Air Conditioning Maintenance & Tuneup Services For Pueblo, Colorado Area

Have you scheduled your air conditioning tune up appointment yet? What are you waiting for! Get your air conditioner in top running condition before the real heat of summer kicks in.

If you’re wondering why an AC tune-up is necessary, be sure to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you want to save money on energy costs?
  2. Are you looking to help your expensive air conditioning unit last longer?
  3. Are you interested in improving your system’s efficiency and performance?
  4. Would you like to avoid costly and inconvenient AC breakdowns?
  5. Is comfort important in your home?

If you are like majority of homeowners, the answers to these questions is yes. Maintenance and tune-ups are recommended by all manufacturers to provide all of the above benefits and more. While there are some steps you can take on your own to maintain your air conditioning system, it’s best to leave the tune-up process to a Patterson Plumbing & Heating professional. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

Avoid Plumbing Disasters This Weekend!

Memorial Day weekend is perhaps the most popular time of year to throw a barbecue. And if you’ve invited friends and family over, you’re probably already feeling the heat. Don’t let a plumbing disaster cause you even more stress!

An influx in guests often puts more pressure on your plumbing – and the last thing you want to deal with on your Monday off is a backed up kitchen sink or a clogged toilet. While clogs often require the assistance of a professional to remove the blockage, there are still some steps you can take to remove or prevent one from occurring this weekend:

Sink Clogs:

  • Clogs can often be dislodged by using a sink plunger (smaller, differently shaped than a toilet plunger). Place the plunger over the sink’s drain hole, ensuring there’s enough water at the bottom to form a seal. Pump the plunger up and down – while keeping a good seal – to help dislodge a clog.
  • Whatever you do, avoid using over the counter drain clearing products! Instead, opt for hot or near boiling water. Pour this down the drain to try breaking up any organic compounds or soap scum. A combination of hot water and baking soda also adds more power to your drain clearing efforts.

Toilet clogs:

  • Use a plunger as your first line of defense with a clogged toilet. But if a plunger doesn’t work, a drain auger (commonly referred to as a “snake”) can be pushed in the drain to break up the clog. Be sure to use these carefully, while they wont harm your pipes – they may scratch porcelain or ceramics.
  • Toilets often endure items being flushed that should instead by thrown away such as paper towels or baby wipes. Those items can quickly block a drain line; especially in homes where tree roots have infiltrated the main sewer line.

Remember, Memorial Day isn’t just a day for backyard barbeques and celebrating an extra day away from the office – it honors the men and women of the US Armed Forces who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. Take a moment during your Memorial Day BBQs to remember the sacrafices made. And if you do notice issues arising with your plumbing fixtures, give us a call at Patterson Plumbing & Heating today!

Leave Plumbing Repairs to Us!

“How hard can it be?” A common question when considering doing a perceivable easy home repair. Unfortunately, many have found out the answer to this question the hard way. Although we have the internet as our guide, some repairs can be dangerous to your home if not done correctly – particularly plumbing.

Here’s why you should leave the plumbing repairs to the professionals:

  1. The Tools – Having a few wrenches in your tool kit is not all that’s needed for some plumbing repairs. Professionals have a range of high-end equipment to handle clogs, locate leaks, etc., and are properly trained in using them.
  2. Time and Dedication – While you may be a jack of all trades, chances are you have other things going on to fully dedicate your focus to an important plumbing task. Professionals however are able to dedicate their time and effort to making sure everything is done right the first time.
  3. Home Protection – An amateur plumbing repair can pose a major risk to your home if not done correctly. Avoid potential catastrophes (think floods, chain reaction of leaks, etc.) by calling in the experts from the beginning.
  4. Savings – Rarely does a DIY repair cut costs – in fact, it usually multiplies it. Having a professional do it right the first time saves your wallet from costly repairs down the road.

Finding dedicated and skilled plumbers to handle repairs in Pueblo, CO is simple: give the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today. Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect.

Improve Indoor Air Quality With These Plants

Did you know, most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs from breathing air indoors? In fact, about 90% of time is spent inside; whether at home, the office, or other buildings – which is why indoor air quality is a significant concern.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average person receives 72% of their chemical exposure at home – which means the place most people consider safest, is actually exposing them to the greatest amounts of potentially hazardous pollutants.

The scary part? 4.3 million people a year die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution.

The good news? You can restore the air quality in your home by not only scheduling an air duct cleaning with us, but including some greens in your home decor:

  • Aloe – Easily maintained by the most novice gardener, this sun-loving plant helps rid formaldehyde and benzene – common byproducts of chemical-based cleaners and paints. Plus its gel is helpful for burns and cuts!
  • Spider Plant – This resilient plant requires absolute minimal maintenance and it battles a lot of toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene.
  • Gerber Daisy – This colorful bloom will help the air toxins commonly attached to your dry cleaning – place these in your laundry room or bedroom, just make sure it gets LOTS of light to grow properly.
  • Snake Plant – Perfect for the bathroom, this plant thrives in low light and humidity. It’s talents include formaldehyde filtering which is common in cleaning products, toilet care, and personal products.
  • Warneck Dracaena – Have a room full of varnish and oil – this plant is the perfect addition. It’s easy to grow even without direct sunlight and can grow to 12 ft tall – if you let it!

Don’t forget to give us a call to schedule your air duct cleaning. We’ll give your air duct system a full inspection to determine the level of contamination and follow a precise process for maximum cleaning results. We’re here to help you improve your home comfort!

Prevent Plumbing Problems While on Vacation

Summer vacations are on the horizon, but before you decide to pack up and head out for some relaxation – there are some things you may want to take care of at home first. The last thing you’ll want to do is come home to a plumbing disaster. So in order to avoid any kind of plumbing predicament while you’re traveling, here are some things you should do:

  • Inspect your home 1-2 weeks prior to leaving – Look at every appliance with a water supply and make sure there’s no corrosion on the water lines. Spotting a problem in advance gives you time to fix it before jetting off!
  • Turn off the main valve – This is the most effective way to ensure your home remains how you left it. With this valve off, no water should be coming into your home. This saves you from unexpected pipe leaks and bursts while you’re gone!
  • Check your water heaters – Make sure you don’t see any evidence of leaks surrounding it – if so, fix them promptly before vacation. As long as the water heater is operating properly, it’s a good idea to set the thermostat to a “vacation” setting so it won’t use energy to heat the water when you aren’t home.
  • Have someone check in! – Ask a friend, family member, or trusted neighbor to keep an eye on the house while you’re gone.

Once you take care of the above, call one of our experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to repair or inspect any issues you may find! This way you can spend your vacation enjoying yourself rather than being preoccupied with what could be happening at home.

Get Your Plumbing Ready for Summer

It’s important to get your plumbing system ready for each new season, and up next: summer. By taking action now, you can work to avoid potential problems with your plumbing and sewer systems.

Be sure to keep these things in mind for the upcoming season:

  1. Bulging Pipes and Hoses – Check over all pipes for leaks or bulges. You may end up using more water in warmer weather for laundry (think all the outdoor activities, vacations, camps, etc) and will want to check your washing machine hoses for leaks.
  2. Garbage Disposal Care – Summertime is perfect for bringing out the BBQs for gatherings, but keep in mind most disposals aren’t equipped to handle corn husks and other heavy in fiber foods. Be sure to avoid throwing these down the disposal and flush it frequently with water to prevent clogs.
  3. Sewer Lines and Septic Systems – In the event of excessive rain fall, rainwater can flood sewer lines since it often carries large amounts of debris. Tree and root growth can also easily cause issues that may be hard to identify right away.

Before summer really hits make sure you to give your plumbing system a full review, and to help you do that – give one of our experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call: 719-544-4922. A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

Installing Outdoor Kitchen Plumbing

Image Source: Blair Photography via Colorado Expression

Image Source: Blair Photography via Colorado Expression

May is National Barbecue Month, making it the perfect time to finally install that outdoor kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. But if you’re unfamiliar with outdoor plumbing, you might not know where to get started. Let’s take a look at just how easy it is to set it all up.

Here’s what you’ll need before installing outdoor kitchen plumbing, according to DYI Advice:

  • Enough time (about a day) to run plumbing for a sink and a gas line for the barbecue
  • The following tools: Groove-joint pliers, a screwdriver, a level, a shovel, a posthole digger, a hole saw, tools for joining copper and a plastic pipe
  • Experience in installing PVC drain pipes and sinks and familiarity with running supply lines
  • Prep by choosing where your sink and barbecue will live, and build the cabinet
  • The following materials: a sink, a gas-fired barbecue, supply pipes and fittings, drain pipes and fittings, a trap, a garbage can and gravel

Once you have that set up, you can begin your project. Follow these five steps:

  1. Run a supply pipe designed for outdoor use from inside your house. Slope the pipes slightly to ensure they drain properly. Install shutoff valves with drain plugs at the bottommost point. Use two-hole clamps to attach the pipes firmly every 4 feet (or less).
  2. Run your supply pipe through the wall and to the outdoor kitchen. You’ll want to route up through the bottom of your skin and/or the grill base cabinet. Sweat male threaded adapters to attach to the supply tubes for the sink.
  3. Insert a PVC drainpipe and adapter for the sink trap. Supply your barbecue with natural gas by running pipe that is code-approved for exposed outdoor gas lines in your town or city. (Note: Some barbecues require a gas regulator.) Install the sink and trap.
  4. Dig a hole for a dry well according to local codes. (It should be at least 10 feet from your patio or deck.) Then, dig a trench to it that slopes down and away from your home. Run the drain line (1-1/2-inch PVC is recommended) in the trench. Make sure that it slopes at a rate of ¼ inch per foot, at least.
  5. Drill or punch a grid of holes, about ½-inch wide, in a garbage bin. Place the garbage can in the hole, making sure that its top is 2 inches below grade. Identify where the pipe will enter and cut a hole. Put the trash bin back in the ground, install the pipe, and fill the garbage can with coarse gravel.

Remember, be sure to choose plumbing that can be drained in the fall in preparation for the cold winter temps. And as such, be able to turn off the water from inside the house. If you need any assistance in your outdoor kitchen installation be sure to give our experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call! A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises. Give us a call at 719-544-4922!

Common Problems During a Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling your bathroom adds greater usability and style to your house, as well as helps to increase the property value when you wish to sell. They also include some of the most hazardous systems in your home, electric and plumbing, that can cause some serious roadblocks to your renovation.

Angieslist.com provides us with some tips on dealing with these common problems:

Mold – Before beginning your remodel, check for signs of mold. Black spots, patches of drywall that appear wet, etc. Mold will develop behind drywall so you may need to open it up to check. If you discover anything call a mold remediation company to eliminate the problem before your reno.

Plumbing – If the original contractor ddn’t install your plumbing properly, you’ve got a problem. Give one of our plumbing experts a call at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to check your plumbing system and make sure its safe to use for your new fixtures.

Drainage – Poor drainage may mean clogged pipes, or other serious issues like water flowing to the wrong place. If you find water to be pooling up in the shower/tub give us a call!

Venting – Every bathroom needs an exhaust fan AND an outside vent. Test your venting system by turning on the shower and fan and see if your mirror fogs or drywall starts to sweat. Then turn off your shower and see if the humidity in the room decreases – if not, the bathroom isn’t vented properly. It could be a blocked/damaged fan or you may need a proper venting system. Either way call in a professional to be sure!

Each home is different, you may not encounter these issues or they may take over your renovation. But catching them early helps you finish your remodel within your budget! If you have other plumbing related questions contact us here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating today!