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Monthly Archives: January 2015

How to Prevent Fires at Home This Winter

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In winter months, our heating, lighting, and cooking tends to increase dramatically, and with them – the risk of home fires. According to the United States Fire Association, more than 900 people die in winter home fires each year, causing over $2 billion in property loss.

What many people may not realize is that home fires can easily be prevented with just a few, simple precautions:

  • Address frozen pipes correctly — Water pipes at home can freeze if your home gets cold enough. You may be tempted to melt such pipes by flame, not realizing the danger of this tactic. The pipe may conduct enough heat to ignite the wall structure inside the space and spread throughout your home. Instead, try using hot water or a laboratory-tested handheld dryer if you suspect frozen pipes. These easy alternatives can save both lives and money!
  • Use caution when lighting your fireplace — Fireplaces create a cozy aura and look beautiful in a home, but they must be treated with care. Shy away from using flammable liquids to fire up a flame. Also, be sure to install a screen to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out of the fire and onto materials that could cause a hazard to your home.
  • Inspect Smoke Alarms — It may slip your mind, but it’s important to periodically inspect your smoke alarms year-round. These devices can signal fires early on and alert you before spreading throughout your home. Double-check that you have at least one properly functioning alarm on each level of your home.
  • Have the furnace inspected — If you haven’t had your furnace inspected yet, now is the time. It’s best to let professionals handle all the complexities of this machine, so give us a call! 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.

Finally, while not recommended, we know that some of you may still be using portable heaters to heat your home. While they are convenient for you, they are also the MOST dangerous. If you must use a space heater, be sure to keep them far away from flammable materials and turn them off when leaving the room or house. These machines may be small, but they are one of the leading causes of winter home fires.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your home’s plumbing and heating needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

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How to Stay Healthy at Home During Cold and Flu Season

laundry and washing machineAs you probably have noticed from your sniffling neighbors, cold and flu season is well underway. While washing hands and increased consumption of vitamin C are great starting points, extra preventative measures can be taken around the home:

  • Disinfect – Think about parts of the home that are touched each day all day, doorknobs, faucets, light switches, remote controls, your computer keyboard etc. Wipe all these hot spots down with a disinfectant wipe.
  • Use ‘clean’ cleaning products – All this disinfecting doesn’t matter if you are using dirty supplies. Change out your mop heads and wash dish towels regularly.
  • Humidifiers are your friend – Help alleviate dry nasal passages with the use of a humidifier. Remember to clean them regularly to prevent bacteria.
  • Wash bedding – Wash your sheets, blankets, pillowcases as well as any furniture covers in hot water and put them in the dryer on a high setting.

So far in January, 43 states including Colorado are reporting widespread flu activity. If you or someone in your family is experiencing flu like symptoms, including a high fever, visit your physician. To learn more about flu signs and symptoms, click here.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing and heating needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

Preventing Plumbing Emergencies During the Super Bowl

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Whether you’re in it for the game, the commercials, or the wings – Super Bowl Sunday is  by far America’s most watched sporting event. With the influx of guests in your home, it’s important to be sure your plumbing is prepared. The last thing you’ll want to worry about during halftime is a plumbing mishap.

Slow drains and running toilets are recipes for disaster. Use this next week to address any plumbing issues you may have noticed. Also, be proactive on game day – contrary to what you may have heard, bones don’t sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal. It dulls them. Make sure you throw out your chicken wing bones vs. putting them down the disposal.

Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect. Our office staff answers calls 24/7 and can dispatch the appropriate technician if needed. So no Super Bowl emergency will go unanswered! Give the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today!

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January is Get Organized Month!

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Think about it, how much time is wasted in your life looking for things you have misplaced? Research has shown on average, people waste as much as an hour a day – 15 days a year due to disorganization! Enter Get Organized (GO) Month – the perfect way to start the new year.

Thanks to the National Association of Professional Organizers, Get Organized Month has been around since 2005 – working to increase public awareness of the importance of being organized. Start off 2015 clutter free with these tips for organizing your kitchen:

  • If your kitchen allows, hang pots and pans overhead for extra space.
  • Eliminate search time! Stash pantry items in the see-through pockets of an over-the-door organizer.
  • Arrange your kitchenware by the frequency of use. Place every day dishes on an easy to reach shelf and special occasion pieces up above.
  • Mount the basics to declutter your counters – including calendar, to do lists, hanging files for mail and additional papers.

Perhaps the overall flow of your kitchen isn’t working for your home’s needs. Give our kitchen remodeling division, 5 Day Kitchens of Southern Colorado, a call! We offer many different services and products to suit all your kitchen remodeling needs. Contact us for a free consultation: 719-404-4242

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2015

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According to an Angie’s List survey – homeowners plan to go big in 2015, especially where their bathrooms and kitchens are concerned. Here are some of the top trends to keep an eye on this year:

  • Walk-in Showers – Homeowners are looking to ditch the bathtub and instead install walk-in showers with large rain head faucets and handheld sprayers.
  • Free Standing Tubs – For those still wanting a place to relax while bathing, freestanding bathtubs such as the contemporary basin style or antique clawfoot tubs are front of mind.
  • Gray is the New Beige – Walls, cabinets, and tile are all going gray scale. From kitchens to bathrooms, we’ve seen this trend come into play in the last few months and expect it to continue.
  • Stainless is Still King – For kitchen appliances, stainless steel still holds the crown. Only reason consumers may opt out of stainless is if they want custom made fronts that match the kitchen cabinets.
  • More Closet Space – Consumers are shopping more and increasing the size of their wardrobe. Most look to remodel their master ensuite to hold a large walk-in closet.

If you’re looking to renovate your bathroom or kitchen this new year, contact the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. Our bathroom remodeling division, Re-Bath® of Pueblo, and kitchen remodeling division, 5 Day Kitchens, will work with you to ensure your new remodel meets all of your family’s needs.

January is National Bath Safety Month

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January is National Bath Safety Month, a perfect time to assess your current bathroom situation and ensure the proper precautions are taken to prevent slips and falls. Bath safety is not only important to keep in mind for kids, but our senior citizens as well. Here are a few tips to help make your bathroom safer for everyone in your family:

  • Install non-slip strips or mats in your bathtub or replace old ones that seem to be losing their effectiveness.
  • Affix grab bars or safety handles to assist when stepping in and out of the shower/tub
  • Keep a non-slip rug or mat on the floor at the entry of the shower/tub
  • Keep your bathroom well-lit and cleared to prevent losing your footing
  • Beware of sharp edges! Use a rubber cover for the faucet heads and keep towels covering metal rails.
  • In case of emergencies, consider keeping a portable phone in your bathroom

Now may be the time to upgrade yourself to a walk-in shower. Stepping into and out of a bathtub presents an increased risk of falling, walk-in showers skip this problem all together! If this is something that sparks your interest, give us a call! Our bathroom remodeling division, Re-Bath® of Pueblo, will work with you to ensure your bathroom meets all of your safety needs so that you can enjoy your daily activities with peace of mind.

Saturday January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to reduce your energy consumption or even just save some money – you’re in luck. Tomorrow, Saturday January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! There are many things we as individuals can do to help the environment, and our wallet as well.

Below are some tips for saving energy & money in honor of Cut Your Energy Costs Day:

  • Weatherproof the house – Adding caulk and weather strips to areas that are not adequately sealed (like doors or windows) can really make a difference.
  • Switch out old light bulbs for energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Cover all bare floors with carpeting or rugs to add to comfort and heat retention.
  • Wait until you have a full load of dishes or wash before turning on your dishwasher or washer/dryer.
  • Help save water while you shower by replacing current shower heads to low-flow options.
  • Fix any leaky or dripping faucet and running toilets – this can account for tons of money getting washed down the drain each year.
  • Turn appliances off when not in use – including unplugging these gadgets as well.
  • Use the power-save switch on your refrigerator if it’s available, otherwise set the temperature between 30 and 42 degrees F.
  • Use the right sized pots for the burners on your stove. Heat is lost when small pots are used on larger burners!
  • Close the flue on your fireplace when not in use and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing and heating needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

#TuesdayTips for Cleaning Up After Guests

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Whether your recent holiday guests left your house in a whirlwind or you’re preparing to host this year’s Super Bowl party, keeping these cleaning tricks in mind will help you in restoring your home to it’s normal order:

Fingerprints on stainless steel appliances – Is your refrigerator riddled with finger smudges? Put some olive oil on a clean rag, then use the rag to rub off the marks.

Scuff marks on wood floor – Non-gel toothpaste can do wonders. Apply some to a clean rag and then rub the scuff marks away. Non-gel toothpaste can also work wonders in removing crayon marks (if you have any kids running around).

Scratch marks on wood floor and furniture – Don’t worry, you don’t need to look at these scratches forever. Mix olive oil and vinegar in a three to one ration, apply the mixture onto a clean cloth and rub it onto the marks. The scratches should disappear in seconds, just make sure you buff it out so no one slips on the mixture!

Water ring stains – A tried and true tactic: lift the moisture out of water stains on wood furniture by rubbing mayonnaise onto the stain!

Get your home back to normal using the above common household items and a little elbow grease!

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing and heating needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

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