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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Save Money On Your Heating Bill This Season!

Wood burning stove

We know how much Colorado weather fluctuates. While now, information on saving on your heating bill may seem irrelevant – once the winter chill officially sets in having this in your back pocket is sure to help you prepare for the fall/winter season.

Keep the below tips in mind when looking to save on your heating and energy bills:

Turn Down The Thermostat: Did you know you can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat? When you leave the house, turn your thermostat down and turn it back up a bit when you return home. There’s no need to heat the house while nobody’s in it!

Insulate: Make sure your home is properly insulated. Insulating is an affordable way to retain heat in your home. You can save as much as 20-30% on your heating bills by insulating your attic and basement.

Lower Your Hot Water Heater: We understand there is nothing better than taking a hot, steamy shower in the middle of winter to thaw out. However, keeping your water heater set to a high temperature is burning money faster than you can imagine. Sacrifice a few degrees for tremendous savings!

Turn On Your Ceiling Fan: Hot air rises! Turning your ceiling fan on in reverse can actually circulate warm air around your home.

Start A Fire: If you have a wood-burning fireplace in your home, start a fire! This is an inexpensive way to heat your home without turning up the thermostat.

Open Blinds and Curtains: Opening your blinds and curtains during the day will allow natural heat from the sun to enter through your windows. Close them at night to retain the warmth.

Our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair any problem with your home’s plumbing, furnace, boiler or air conditioning. To learn more about what we can do for you, dial (719) 554-4922 today!

Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PatPlumbingInc to keep up-to-date with Patterson Plumbing.

Go Tankless!

Say hello to the energy efficient way to meet all of your hot water needs: Tankless Hot Water Heaters.

Conventional hot water heaters, heat and store hot water 24 hours a day – all of that constant heating and reheating of water is not only an enormous waste of energy, but money as well. Choose to go tankless! These compact units can produce and supply endless hot water – at constant temperature.

Learn about how the tankless system operates here:

At Patterson Plumbing and Heating our expert installation and replacement technicians will safely remove your old water heater and install an energy efficient tankless system. We offer replacement and installation of all makes and models, gas or electric.

We know how important hot water is for day–to–day comfort and sanitation. We’ll respond promptly, diagnose your situation and give you options for your tankless hot water heater repair. If you need a new tankless water heater or replacement, we’ll listen to your needs and recommend the on–demand hot water heater replacement system that is best for your family and get it installed and operational quickly. Call us today at 719.544.4922.

Fall Plumbing Tips

Man cleaning the roof in autumn

Prevent pipes and water lines from freezing – winterize your home before it’s too late! There are a number of preventive maintenance steps you can take around your home in order to avoid any serious problems as temperatures begin to drop.

Take care of these maintenance steps today, so you can relax and snuggle up near the fireplace later.

  1. Be sure to disconnect all garden hoses and flush out any stagnant water in the lines.
  2. Turn off all exterior faucets and check for leaks or dripping.
  3. Clear your gutters of leaves and sticks. Clogged gutters will cause drainage problems and lead to overflow.
  4. Have your septic tank pumped to keep the system running smoothly through the winter.
  5. Ensure that your pipes are properly insulated to prevent freezing and cracking.
  6. Close and turn off any valves leading to the exterior of your home.
  7. Seal any leaks or cracks around doors and windows.
  8. Test your water heater to make sure it is working properly before freezing temps arrive.
  9. If leaving your home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on a low setting to prevent pipes from freezing.
  10. Give us a call if you have any additional questions!

Patterson Plumbing & Heating provides the highest level of service and technical excellence. Broken plumbing, heating or air conditioning can make life uncomfortable and unpleasant – give us a call to make these problems go away FAST!

Tips and Tricks to Baby Proof Your Home

Crawling

Did you know September is National Baby Safety Month? Whether you have little ones in your home or are inviting guests with children over, it may be wise to check over things to ensure safety.

A child’s curiosity can certainly place him/her in some risky situations – take the steps to baby proof your house now to avoid a trip to the emergency room later:

Plumbing

  • To prevent scalds and burns, lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Install toilet locks
  • Use a thermometer to check the temperature of the bath water
  • Be sure appliances, like hair dryers, are stored away from the bathtub
  • Put a water spout guard or cover on the bathtub faucet – there are even some that have a color coded temperature display

Bathrooms

  • Use a vented ceiling fan to keep your bathroom dry
  • To prevent slips, place floor mats and area rugs (with rubberized backings) around the toilet, tub, and sink
  • Install safety bars around the bath tub

Heating and Air Conditioning

  • Opt for plastic air vent covers to prevent your child from putting things inside (avoid metal covers as those can get very hot)
  • Fireplace in your home? Use bumper guards around the brick or stone and/or install a gate!
  • Confirm the utility area is locked safely
  • When it comes to outdoor HVAC units – install fencing and be sure to keep the area locked

Within moments of looking away a child can hurt themselves. We hope the above tips help minimize the dangers that are present in your home.

If you notice anything unusual while baby proofing your space, give the experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating a call. We’re available for all of your plumbing emergencies and needs!

Now’s the Time to Schedule a Furnace Checkup

As we head into fall, it’s time to start preparing your home for the cold, harsh winter. One of the most important things you can get done this autumn is furnace maintenance. According to This Old House, a professional cleaning and inspection in the fall ensures your furnace won’t wear out this winter. Let’s take a closer look at why now’s the time to schedule a furnace checkup:

To keep your family safe

During your annual furnace checkup, your Patterson Plumbing technician can identify issues that may seem harmless, but are actually quite dangerous. Your furnace is designed to emit exhaust out of a flute of chimney. If a component isn’t working properly, deadly carbon monoxide could poison your home’s air.

To extend its lifespan

Your furnace needs to be checked annually to make sure it’s not being put under too much strain. An overworked furnace will work less efficiently, require more repairs, and burn out quickly. Our heating experts will assess your furnace to verify that it’s maintaining peak operating efficiency, which will in turn extend its lifespan.

To improve energy efficiency

When cold weather hits, it’s important that your furnace is running as smoothly as possible. A dirty furnace must work harder to keep your home comfortable during the winter, resulting in increased energy consumption.

Don’t wait until your furnace breaks down to call Patterson Plumbing. Stalling is not only inefficient, but could put you and your family in danger this winter. Call us at 719-544-4922 to make an appointment that’s convenient for you, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook for more tips!

Unclogging Your Shower Drain

washing day

Clogged shower drains are a common problem that every household will have to deal with at some point – think about all of the things that get washed down it each time you take a shower.

Just because this is a common problem doesn’t mean that it has to turn into a headache. Use these quick fixes to turn your swimming pool back into a bathtub:

Use Your Hands
Before using any of the below methods, grab a screwdriver, flashlight, and rubber gloves. After unscrewing your drain stopper, shine the flashlight down the drain and look for a clump of hair sitting just below the surface. If this is the case, you can simply put on your pair of gloves and grab it with your fingers. If the clog is not immediately present, try one of the other methods.

Plunger
When your toilet clogs, your first instinct is probably to grab the plunger. What many people don’t know is that a plunger can also be used to unclog a shower drain. Turn your shower’s water on for a few seconds so that the area around the drain is wet. This will help the plunger seal better. Place the plunger around the drain and give it 15-20 pumps, and recheck the drain with your flashlight to see if the cause of the clog is now visible.

Home-made solutions
If you can’t get it manually, you can let some common household items do the work for you. Make a mixture using a ratio of 1:1 parts baking soda and white vinegar and pour it down the drain. Cover the drain with a rubber stop or anything else that you may have in order to make sure your concoction stays in the drain (wash clothes work well too!). After letting it sit for 30 minutes, remove the cover and pour warm water down the drain to see if the clog has been eliminated.

Call a plumber
If all else fails, you can always call a local plumber. If you are in Pueblo or Fremont County, call Patterson Plumbing & Heating. Colorado’s leading plumbing company is just a phone call away at 719-544-4922. You can also schedule an appointment online and find additional information.

Energy Saving Tips for College Students

Coins in a jam jar

As students adjust to college life, those of you living off campus may find yourselves in a dilemma. Not only are you putting money aside for tuition, food, internet/cable, and the obvious social activities – but now rent is due. Maybe some of you lucked out with utilities completely included, the rest of you however may have the pleasure of paying your energy bill. Work to keep next month’s costs low by following these tips:

Room Temperature

  • Keep your system off and utilize fans throughout the apartment
  • Close curtains and blinds to reduce heat entering your place
  • Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature settings when you’re away or sleeping
  • Place delightfully mobile draft stoppers in front of drafty doors and windows
  • Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking vents or baseboards
  • Insulate your windows by covering them with plastic
  • By lining the walls behind your radiators with tinfoil, you can increase the heat in your apartment with no extra electricity usage

Lighting and Electronics

  • Turn off lights in rooms that are not being used and when you leave for class
  • Use compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) as they last up to 7x longer and use less energy than traditional bulbs
  • Buy power strips to easily unplug items such as game consoles, TVs and kitchen appliances like toasters, coffee makers and toaster ovens
  • If purchasing a room air conditioner – purchase Energy Star qualified model

Cooking and Appliances

  • Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator over night to reduce cooking time
  • Your burner and pan size should match – smaller pan on a larger burner wastes heat, larger pan on a smaller burner takes more time to heat
  • Opt for using the microwave, toaster or electric pan for smaller meals
  • Run full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible and don’t over dry your clothes

If you start going through this checklist and realize you have a more serious problem in the Pueblo area – give the experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating a call at (719) 554-4922 or visit us at our website www.Pattersonplumbing.com  to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PatPlumbingInc to keep up-to-date with Patterson Plumbing.