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Why Choose Patterson Plumbing & Heating

Our mission: To build ‘peace of mind’ in ourselves, our customers, and the community through integrity and proficiency.

At Patterson Plumbing, we understand that both you and your home deserve to be treated with respect. That’s why we make sure our technicians comply with our high standards for personal and professional behavior.

Every potential employee at Patterson Plumbing & Heating submits a pre-employment criminal and MVR background checks, as well as drug and alcohol screening. We believe if we hire quality people in the beginning, we stand a better chance of retaining quality people for years to come!

Learn more about what makes us stand out here »

See why we’ve become Pueblo, Colorado’s go to company for plumbing, drain, heating, and air conditioning services. Fill out an online form for $20 off your next service and schedule your appointment with us today!

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Preparing Your Lawn for Winter

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As far as our trees, plants, and grass are concerned – winter is the off-season of the landscaping game plan. But with the below tips, you can prepare your lawn now for greener grass later:

  • Aerate while your lawn is still green! Fall aeration breaks up the dry, compacted soil and allows for nutrients and water to reach the roots.
  • Keep it green! Aeration and over-seeding helps to fill bare spots to provide a thick, green lawn. And, if you choose to fertilize in the fall, you’ll have a better chance at killing perennial weeds more effectively than spraying in the warmer months.
  • Fall and winter watering – Usually, the driest months in Colorado are November – February. As long as temperatures are above freezing, plan to water your shrubs and trees every 3-4 weeks.
  • Winterize your sprinkler system – Disconnect all garden hoses and flush out any stagnant water in the lines. Choosing to winterize your outdoor system now before the real cold hits can prevent costly repairs in your home down the line.

For more landscape prep tips, please visit Angie’s List »

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, 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. If you have questions or concerns when winterizing your home or lawn, go ahead and give us a call 719-544-4922!

Your Home Energy Checklist for Energy Action Month

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Join us in celebrating Energy Action Month, a time we should work together to achieve greater energy security, a more robust economy, and a healthier environment for our children. Not sure how to participate? We’ve provided a list below of some things you can take care of within your own home – TODAY!

  1. Keep your water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Your furnace or heat pump should receive yearly maintenance – give us a call before the winter season kicks in full swing
  3. Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms and look to replace your normal light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) to save ¾ of electricity used
  4. Much like turning off lights when a run isn’t occupied – unplug appliances when not in use (chargers, coffee makers, printers, etc.)
  5. Install a programmable, ENERGY STAR labeled thermostat to adjust temperatures according to your daily schedule
  6. In the colder months, open curtains on your south facing windows during the day to let sunlight naturally heat your home (remember to close them at night to avoid chill from cold windows!)

These minor changes can promote energy efficiency to help the environment, improve your comfort, and keep cash in your wallet.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating 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. Give us a call today at 719-544-4922.

Small Home Improvement Projects for Big Changes

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Itching for a change this season? The good news is it’s within reach. There’s no need to take on a major home improvement project (if you don’t have the time, resources, or even desire to) to make a significant difference.

Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or just want to jazz things up for your own enjoyment – here are some strategies to consider:

Give appliances a facelift – Are your kitchen appliances all mixed and matched? Stainless steel this, solid white that. Consider ordering new doors or face panels for them to keep everything on the same spectrum.

Give your cabinets a makeover – Select new cabinet hardware not only for your kitchen but bathrooms as well! Add towel bars and robe hooks to that list and you’re ready to go. Feeling a bit more crafty? Add some molding to give your cabinets a brand new look.

Improve your storage – Old homes in particular are known for their lack of closet space. Add some laminate systems or storage units to bedrooms, pantries, and entry closets to maximize your space. Also, take advantage of any unclaimed wall or corner space with open shelves to keep certain items within reach.

Restore your floor – With regular exposure to dirt, dust, and constant traffic, your floor may start to look dull and distressed. Clean and polish with a product specifically designed for your floors, or with some of the natural products listed here.

Shed some light – Light fixtures can go a long way in soothing and upgrading a space. An interesting pendant or chandelier can instantly boost a room’s sophistication. There are many inexpensive but eye catching fixtures on the market sure to suit your home/room’s needs.

These small home improvements can quickly make some big changes. If any of your plans include appliance repairs or other plumbing services – leave that to us. Contact the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating –  (719) 554-4922 today!

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

October is Energy Action Month

Did you know, October is also National Energy Action Month? As part of this year’s campaign, WaterSense has launched their ShowerBetter initiative, encouraging people to save water AND energy by switching out old shower heads for a water efficient model!

Image Source: EPA.Gov

Image Source: EPA.Gov

We all know how important showering is – it wakes us up in the morning, helps us relax in the evening, and refreshes us after exercise. Showering accounts for nearly 17% of indoor water use – for the average family this equals nearly 40 gallons per day. Each time you or your family member steps into the shower, energy is used to heat and deliver water to your showerhead. Opting to install an energy efficient, WaterSense labeled showerhead can save 2,900 gallons of water and more than $70 in energy and water costs each year!

To save even more water, keep your shower under 5 minutes long. 

These small changes can quickly add up in savings – not only for your own wallet, but can benefit the rest of the country as well. According to the EPA website, “If every home in the United States replaced existing showerheads with WaterSense labeled models, we could save more than 260 billion gallons of water and nearly $5.1 billion in water and energy costs across the country annually!”

For more information on the ShowerBetter initiative, visit EPA’s website here »

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!

5 Kitchen Cleaning Tricks You Can Use at Home

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Cleaning your home this weekend? We know this isn’t the most exciting of chores – especially when you need to tackle the kitchen. However, the more you avoid it, the more you let grease, grime, and mold buildup in a place you prepare meals in!

Try some of these simply, clever, cleaning tricks to tackle the tough spots on your counters, floors, and pans with everyday items:

Clean Countertop Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide, water, and a few drops of ammonia can rid most stains that hit your stone countertops.

Mop Your Tile Floors with Baking Soda. One of our favorite homemade cleaners, take two gallons of water along with half a cup of baking soda and scrub away!

Use Salt to Clean Iron Pans. Have some cooking residue on your cast iron pan? Place it on medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Once heated nicely, add 3 tablespoons of salt. Take your tongs to hold a paper towel, scour until clean. When done, all you have left is to rinse and add vegetable oil to cure.

Make Wood Floors Shine with White Vinegar. Fill a bucket 90% of the way with warm water and the other 10% with white vinegar. Use a mop to coat the floor once and let dry to get floors looking shiny and new!

Use these cost and time efficient tricks to make your day of cleaning not so miserable. Plus, most of these things used can be found around your home. For more tips and advice visit our Facebook.

Eye Safety At Home

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The month of October accounts for numerous national awareness topics and events including National Home Eye Safety Month. According to PreventBlindness.org more than 94,000 adults and children were treated for eye injuries in 2013. It is our goal to help spread awareness about preventing eye injuries by taking the proper precautions while working around your home.

Number One Rule: Wear Safety Goggles.

When doing any sort of work that can potentially damage or harm your eyes, it is imperative that you wear safety goggles. Plumbing is a job that puts your eyes at risk of an injury more often that you may think. For examples of common plumbing tasks that produce a high risk of eye injury, see below:

  • Snaking a drain.
  • Using a drill.
  • Using a sawzall.
  • Hammering.
  • Working under a sink.

There are plenty of additional circumstances that can pose a threat to your eyes. Besides wearing safety goggles, you should always read warning labels and installation guides and practice extreme caution when performing any sort of manual labor, or dealing with harmful chemicals.  Don’t become another statistic, protect your eyes!
At Patterson Plumbing & Heating 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. Give us a call today at 719-544-4922.