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Monthly Archives: February 2015

5 Things You Should Do Before Remodeling a Bathroom

Has your bathroom seen better days? Outdated tile floors, worn out bathtubs, and peeling wall paint are just some of the problems that arise in aging bathrooms. If you foresee a remodeling project in your not-so-distant future, make sure to do these five things before putting a sledgehammer through your drywall.

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  • Decide what needs renovation – Not all bathroom remodels are created equal. Some remodeling projects could only require a new paint-job and shower head, while others need to be gutted and built from the ground up. Deciding which fixtures need upgrading is the first step to a successful remodel.
  • Set a budget – Setting a budget is an important step in any home improvement project. After determining exactly how much work needs to be done, you can begin to develop a realistic budget.
  • Measure, remeasure, and measure again – Few things can set a bathroom renovation back quicker than improper measurements. Measure how big your bathroom is, as well as your current tub, toilet, and sink. When shopping for new fixtures, always account for their physical dimensions and consider if they will fit comfortably in your bathroom.
  • Draft your new bathroom – This is where your dream begins to come to life. Whether by hand or using a computer program, lay out the floorplan for your new bathroom. This will give you a feel for the look and flow of your new bathroom, and if you don’t like something, it’s easier to change it now than it will be in the future.
  • Contact a professional – Even if you plan on renovating the bathroom yourself, it is always a good idea to consult a professional plumber or bathroom remodeling specialist before starting a project. They can help ensure that the renovation is completed correctly, safely, and efficiently, plus they could warn you of potential problems you could run in to with your plumbing system.

If you are planning a bathroom remodel for your Colorado home, contact Patterson Plumbing first. Our certified professionals will be there for you through every step of the process; from idea conception to the finished project. Our bathroom remodeling division, ReBath of Pueblo, is a one-stop shop for all of your remodeling needs. For more information about Patterson Plumbing, call us at 719-544-4922 or connect with us on Facebook.

5 Cleaners You Never Knew You Had

You may not know it, but some of the products lying around your house actually double as cleaners! Whether you’ve run out of commercial cleaner or simply want to go a more natural route, you’re going to love this list. Below you’ll find five cleaners you never knew you had:

1. Cornstarch

There’s nothing worse than spilling a tasty treat on your brand new sofa. Fortunately, with a bit of cornstarch and some water, you can effectively eliminate greasy stains. Pure Wow recommends mixing equal parts cornstarch and water to form a paste. Spread it over the stain, let it sit overnight, and sweep it away with a dry towel in the morning.

2. Grapefruit and salt

Grapefruit contains citric acid which breaks down grime, and salt’s texture lends itself to scrubbing away stains. That’s what makes the combination ideal for bathtub cleaning!  Sprinkle a generous amount of salt onto half a grapefruit, wet your tub, and add another 1/4 cup of salt around the edges. Scrub down your bathtub with the grapefruit for a thorough clean.

3. Vinegar

Vinegar is underrated as a cleaner. According to Good Housekeeping, it can be used for everything from window washing to laundry. There are so many benefits to using vinegar as a cleaner, including:

  • Inexpensive
  • Widely available
  • Non-toxic
  • Long shelf life

4. Olive oil

If you’re tired of paying for expensive wood polishers, use olive oil instead. Mix together 2 cups of the oil and 1 cup of lemon juice for an easy way to make your wood furniture shine.

5. Cinnamon

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The hard-to-believe truth is that most air fresheners contain chemicals that aren’t exactly good for your home’s air quality. For a cleaner alternative, allow cinnamon sticks, cloves and the peel of an orange to simmer together in a pot of hot water. Your entire home will smell like just-baked pie!

For more tips, contact Patterson Plumbing & Heating at 719-544-4922. Plus, don’t forget to share your natural cleaner recipes with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Big Changes Coming for Water Heater Efficiency

As our valued customers and friends, we want to keep you up-to-date on the latest information that could affect you and your home. Therefore, we’re informing you of the new regulations the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has put into effect regarding water heaters.

New mandates from the DOE require higher energy efficiency ratings on virtually all residential water heating products. Based on the new requirements, there will be significant changes to water heaters manufactured after April 15, 2015.

These changes include:

  • Higher priced units – up to 35% more expensive
  • Larger units – 2” taller and 2” wider, or in some cases units may be even larger
  • More complicated installation requirements
  • Possible significant home remodeling costs if your water heater is located in a small space like a closet or attic

How does this affect you? According to manufacturer’s, the suggested service life, the average lifespan of a water heater is about 8-12 years. If your water heater falls anywhere near this age you may want to seriously think about replacing it now and lock in lower pricing, before the regulations go into effect and costs go up.

Give us a call 719-544-4922 or visit our website for more information. We can answer all of your questions, tell you about special financing available with approved credit, and schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you to evaluate your water heater situation.

Estimated Life Expectancy of Your Home’s Plumbing

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Where your plumbing is concerned, not all fixtures are created equal. Life expectancies of appliances and systems vary with usage, weather, installation, maintenance, and the quality of materials – some of which are out of our control. On top of that, sometimes there is no rhyme or reason why certain components last longer in your home than others.

Based on research and testing done by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the below are some guidelines of life expectancies for some of the most popular plumbing fixtures in your home:

  • Toilet Tank Components – 5 years
  • Water Heater (conventional) – 6-12 years
  • Faucets and Spray Hose – 15-20 years
  • Dishwasher – 9 years
  • Washing Machine – 5-15 years
  • Well Pump – 15 years
  • Sump pump – 7 years
  • Disposal (food waste) – 12 years

Preventative maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your systems. However, should you find any leaks or discover appliances that are well past their life cycle, it may be time to consider replacement.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your home’s plumbing needs. Should you have questions about your systems’ operations give us a call. Our technicians provide the highest level of service and technical excellence: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

New Year’s Resolution Check In

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Hopefully everyone’s still going strong on their New Year’s Resolutions and if not, we’re here to help you get back on track – at least where your plumbing is concerned.

Be kind to your disposal – Make a conscious effort about what you are putting down your disposal. Not sure what should be avoided? Check out this list in an earlier blog.

Give your equipment some TLC – Water heaters, furnaces, and air conditioners all require maintenance to ensure they are working efficiently. Our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair and service all of your home’s equipment.

Keep your pipes warm – Cold spells can wreak havoc on home plumbing due to the quick dips in temperature, but poor insulation and setting thermostats too low should also be taken into account. The good news is, there are steps you can take to prevent such mishaps this season.

Save energy – If you know you are in the market for upgrading your appliances and fixtures – go the energy efficient route. Refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers as well as toilets, shower heads and faucets all have  energy efficient options available.

Fix problems sooner, not later – Keep an eye out for any problems that may arise. Leaking pipes, running toilets, clogged drains can all lead to bigger issues if not addressed timely (and more money spent).

Patterson Plumbing & Heating is a full service company prepared to handle your all of your homes needs. When you need us, we’ll be there..

Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Water Heater

Nothing to make you think about the health of your water heater more than having to suffer through an unexpectedly freezing shower first thing on a winter morning. 6900773105_6ce864351c_b

Water heaters are much like a car – the older they get, the more likely they are to break down. Preventative maintenance is key in prolonging your water heater’s life however more often than not, water heaters tend to go unnoticed until something goes wrong (out of sight out of mind).

Here are some tips to help prolong the life of your water heater:

Test the pressure relief valve – This valve is usually located on the side or at the top of the water heater tank and is critical to safety and proper operation of your water heater. When the pressure inside the tank is higher than it is supposed to be, the valve will open on its own. To test the valve, simply lift up on the lever part way, then let go and allow it to snap back. You should hear a gurgling sound as the valve allows some water to be released into the drain tube. If you hear nothing – it’s time to replace the valve.

Clear the sediment out of your tank by draining it–  Over time, sediment can settle and build up inside of a water heater, causing its efficiency to dramatically decrease. This can lead to corroded pipes and plumbing problems down the road. Avoid these problems by draining and flushing your water heater annually.

Lower the temperature – Your water heater only needs to be set at about 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit to function at its proper levels and adequately perform all of this household functions. Keeping your water heater set to this temperature will prevent scalding as well as reduce the amount of sediment buildup – and as a bonus it’ll lower your energy bill.

Water heaters are a part of our daily lives, so keeping them in tip top shape is important. If you are having problems with your water heater, give us a call! We specialize in repair, service and installation of all makes and models – gas water heaters, electric water heaters and tankless water heaters.

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Learn About Water Treatment Options

Water Treatment OptionsWater quality used to be a non-issue, however with industrial and biological contaminants, effects of chlorine, and other naturally occurring substances that degrade the taste of water – being concerned about water quality is now pretty common (and for good reason!).

Water treatment options can vary from household to household. To help you understand your options better, we’ve listed some of the most common technologies available below:

  • Water Softening: Works to transform ‘hard water.’ Hard water contains dissolved minerals and that’s hard on your household. By adding a soft water conditioner, your clothes and dishes will be cleaner, your drinks will taste better, and your skin will thank you!
  • Water Purification: This is more than just improving water taste, its about refining its quality and making it even better and more pleasing for consumption.
  • Water Filtration: Works to clean water. The type of filtration is dependent on what is or is not removed, where it is occurring, what is doing the filtering, and how the filtration is accomplished. Water filters can be installed on the pipes themselves or at the point where the water enters your home.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we stand by Kinetico home water systems.  Kinetico engineers put their very best thinking into developing innovations to remove nearly everything from water that isn’t water.As an authorized independent Kinetico dealer and installer, you can count on Kinetico and Patterson to deliver superior, healthy water quality for your family.

We offer FREE in-home water analysis appointments, call today – 719-544-4922.