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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Summer Plumbing Tips

Summer rain (like we’re experiencing this week), friendly barbecues, and an influx of visitors all can have some unforeseen effects on your home’s pipes. Your plumbing system works hard in the summer and it’s important to be prepared to handle whatever issues may arise.

As we head into the last month of summer, keep these tips in mind so everything stays in top-top shape:

Check washing machine hoses – Warmer weather, more time spent outside, leads to more dirty laundry. Excess use of the washing machine can put a strain on its hoses. Look for any cracks or bulges that could result in a burst and replace them immediately.

Take care of your disposal – Many foods should NOT be put down the drain and can seriously damage your garbage disposal. Avoid tossing cornhusks into the disposal after a bbq, these can damage the blades.

Look for signs of sewer line breakage – Summer rain is pretty common, and while all of that extra water may be good for your lawn – it can quickly lead to problems for your plumbing. Rain water can infiltrate a home’s sewer line and cause a backup, not to mention rain causes the growth of plants. Tree roots are notorious for breaking into a sewer line. Check around for standing water on your property – this may be your first warning sign.

Following these tips will keep your home’s plumbing system running smoothly this summer. If you do run into a problem, don’t hesitate to contact Patterson Plumbing and Heating at (719) 544-4922. Like us on Facebook for even more plumbing tips.

Keeping Plumbing Projects on Schedule

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When it comes to your home’s functionality and water usage – plumbing should be at the top of your list of priorities. The next time you look to begin a plumbing project, make sure it is completed on time, and on budget.

Unsure about how to get this done? Simply create a schedule to stick to, lay out all necessary costs, materials, and your estimated timeline. Then give your favorite Pueblo area plumbers a call, here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to discuss your options:

Budget: Depending on the project you are undertaking, the cost can range significantly. Gauge an appropriate budget for prices you are willing to pay for materials, labor, whatever else may come up.

Materials: Some materials may require additional maintenance or tools – thus increasing your budget. We’ll make our recommendations and prepare pricing by the job, not by the hour, so there are no surprises.

Timeline: To make sure your project is on schedule, is to plan a timeline in advance. This way you and your plumber know the expectations for completion way before the project begins.

Keep seasons in mind: While we are available in all seasons for same day service, holiday seasons tend to be busy. Consider the excess use of plumbing systems in your home when family comes to town. Planning a timeline in advance is especially good for these reasons.

Keeping track of these important plumbing project factors will help ensure everything is completed on time and within your budget. The unexpected always has the chance of occurring so leaving some cushion room in your plan can be beneficial as well.

Wisdom for the Washer

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Your washing machine is one of the hardest working appliances in your home and thus, it’s important to keep it in good working condition. Add loads of convenience to your life for years to come with these washing machine maintenance tips from Real Simple Magazine:

  1. Between uses, leave the lid of the washing machine open – the air drying helps curb mildew growth.
  2. Once a month, throw in a bleach-free washer cleaner to blast away odor-causing residue. Run the machine empty on a hot cycle.
  3. Confirm your washer is level! Having an unlevel washer can cause vibrations that not only damage your floor, but may prematurely wear out key components like the shock absorbers and tub bearings – plus who wants to listen to that noise? Place a level on top of the machine and adjust its feet (which typically screw up or down accordingly). If you are still having problems keeping it level, place a piece of plywood down thats a little larger than the machine’s base to help absorb some vibrations.
  4. Washer hoses can bulge and tear over time, be sure to check them out and replace them when necessary. Don’t wait until your home is flooded before the new hoses are considered!

When it comes to any plumbing concerns – give your local Pueblo, CO plumbers a call. The experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating offer complete plumbing, water heater, drain and sewer services.

Top Shower head Styles

Whether you’re looking to design a new bathroom, or make over an old one – shower fixtures are important to think about. Each shower head style has its benefits, but the final decision ultimately is based on personal preference.

We know the choices may be overwhelming, so we wanted to highlight some of the most popular shower heads on the market:

Classic – Classic or antique fixtures can add a rustic feel to a bathroom. Mixing the chrome hardware with porcelain handles gives the room a mid-20th century feel. Opting for more antique fixtures is especially attractive in an older home, where designing a vintage themed en suite can reflect the true era the house was built in.

Rainfall – This shower head typically has a wide surface area, with a large number of perforations. This particular style provides the effect of water raining down on you – but without a great deal of pressure.

Shower Panels – Panels consist of several jets or nozzles either on the wall or distributed on the ceiling as well. The result? An all-over bathing experience using modern technology.

Multifunction – In need of a customized bathing experience? This is the shower head for you. Ideal for families, these shower heads let you select gentle settings for the kids, and more high pressured flow for the adults.

Handheld – For help with bathing, a handheld shower head is the best decision. These detach from the wall so you can easily move the shower head to where it needs to be. Water pressure in these heads tends to be higher than that of a rainfall shower head.

Shower heads can sometimes be installed on your own and can easily be a nice bathroom upgrade. For shower head installations that require a bit more work, give the experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating a call. Our bathroom remodeling division is sure to help guide you in creating the bathroom of your dreams!

3 Common Summer Plumbing Problems and How to Prevent Them

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Image courtesy of jiggoja / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Homeowners don’t usually anticipate running into plumbing issues during the summer months. However, the summer brings its own set of plumbing problems unique to this time of year. See below for three common summer plumbing problems and how to prevent them:

Clogged Garbage Disposals

With warmer weather comes fresher produce, and who doesn’t love stocking up on ripe fruits and veggies? Unfortunately, hard fruits and vegetables can wear out your garbage disposal’s blades and lead to stubborn clogs. Avoid discarding of scraps from cantaloupe, carrots and other firm produce in your garbage disposal and you should remain clog-free!

Clogged Toilets

Your home’s toilets get used more heavily in the summer thanks to the kids being home from school. This can lead to clogged toilets and flooded bathrooms. Prevent bathroom disasters by teaching children to use toilet paper sparingly, and remind them to only flush when they’ve actually used the toilet.

Sprinkler Problems

Everyone wants that perfect green lawn and in-ground sprinklers make it easier than ever. If you haven’t already, be sure to thoroughly check and clean your sprinkler heads. When it comes time to mow the lawn, proceed with caution. Keep away from sprinkler heads while pushing the mower to avoid damaging them.

Following these prevention tips will keep your home’s plumbing system running smoothly this summer. If you do run into a problem, don’t hesitate to contact Patterson Plumbing and Heating at (719) 544-4922. Like us on Facebook for even more plumbing tips.

Appliance Problems? Here’s What to Look Out For

Even if your toilet isn’t over flowing and your fridge is still keeping your foods cold – that doesn’t mean there may not still be a problem. Your home appliances often show subtle warning signs when something isn’t right. Here’s what to look out for:

Refrigerator – Hear the fridge’s motor constantly running? This could signal there is a problem keeping consistent temperature. Also, if you open the door and find condensation inside, it’s likely the seal on the door needs to be repaired or replaced.

Toilet – Listening to a running toilet is not only annoying, but it can increase your water bills. Most often all you need is a new flapper but sometimes it may require further repair. If unsure, give us a call for a proper inspection.

Furnace and AC – Having problems feeling hot and cold air through the vents in your home? First check the duct’s air filter, if it hasn’t been changed in a few months it’s likely dirty and thus blocking air from circulating throughout your home. Also be sure to check nothing is blocking the air from coming out. If there’s still a problem, contact an expert.

Water Heater – Having problems getting hot water in your shower? That’s where the water heater comes in. If you notice a low supply of hot water, a noisy unit, or leaks/rusted patches on the heater it’s best to contact a specialist to inspect and diagnose the problem.

Knowing what to look out for can help you catch problems before they turn into bigger issues. If your appliances still aren’t working properly, give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. We are the Pueblo, CO area plumbing, drain, heating, and air conditioning specialists.

Fourth of July Plumbing Tips

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Fourth of July weekend is upon us – time for BBQs, family parties, and of course, fireworks! Whether you’re hosting a neighborhood celebration or only inviting a few close friends and family to your humble abode, it’s a good idea to make sure your plumbing and appliances are ready to take on the stress from the influx of house guests.

Check over your bathroom plumbing – Clogged or running toilet? This is a recipe for disaster with additional guests in your home. While there are a few DIY fixes that can solve some problems, more complicated issues will need the help of a Patterson Plumbing & Heating professional.

Clean your drains – As mentioned in our recent blog post, cleaning your drains is important to do on a regular basis. With all the food, drinks, and dishes that will fill the sink tomorrow, it’s important to make sure it’s up to the task.

Do a basic appliance check – Visually look over all appliances, drains, fixtures, and pipes for any signs of damage. Leaks and cracks will prevent things from working properly – not to mention raise your utility bills! If anything looks out of the norm, give us a call to help identify the issue and recommend the best repairs.

Make sure your gas plumbing is working – If this isn’t working properly, you’ll have a rough time grilling. Whether you are using your indoor gas stove or outdoor kitchen area, this needs to be up to par before the party starts!

Don’t let a plumbing mishap interfere with your extended holiday weekend plans – give the experts 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.

Benefits of Summer Drain Cleaning

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Ah summer, the time to plan outdoor adventures, nightly campfires or family vacations. It’s also a great time to handle any leftover spring cleaning projects that got swept under the rug. While you may have finished cleaning – some maintenance projects may still remain on your to do list, drain cleaning is often one of them.

Have you noticed your drains have become increasingly slow and are starting to clog? Over time and after multiple uses per day, your drain will have natural build up from debris – all the more reason why scheduling a proper drain cleaning is important.

Not only do clogged drains increase the wait time between showering, doing dishes, etc., due to their slow draining times, but the fact that they are clogged can have serious health effects in itself. Clogged drains easily become a breeding ground for various kinds of unwanted bacteria since slow drainage provides ample moisture for bacteria to thrive and grow.

An annual check of your drain pipes is beneficial to your health AND your wallet since as we know, damaged drains and pipes can quickly lead to costly repairs. So take the steps to protect your home and give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today: 719-544-4922.