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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tips for Keeping Your Bathroom Clean

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The bathroom – one of your home’s most important rooms to keep clean, but equally one of the most difficult. Not to worry, Good Housekeeping has helped us round up some ways for you to get more mileage out of your cleaning efforts:

Stop moisture: While showering, crack the door or window and flip the exhaust fan on to help moisture dissipate. After the shower, stretch out the curtain to ensure it dries properly. If you have a shower door instead, consider hanging a squeegee in the shower and take a few minutes when finished to wipe down the walls, tub, and shower doors to delay the spread of mildew.

Use liquid soap: Eliminating a grimy soap dish will help both your counter-top and sink stay cleaner.

Install towel bars: Towels dry quicker when hung across a bar to dry. If you don’t have wall space, look into an over the door towel bar or some hooks to keep things tidy.

Keep disinfecting wipes handy: Tired of toothpaste splatters? Keeping some disinfecting cleaning wipes under the sink can help clean up messes before they have a chance to dry and become tougher to remove.

Keep some used dryer sheets nearby: Use these to quickly and easily pick up any hair or dust bunnies from the floor the moment you see them!

For more tips, visit Good Housekeeping’s full article here »

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing 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.

Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

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Reminder – new water heater requirements go into effect April 15th. So if you’re looking to replace your home water heater, now is the perfect time! The new mandates require higher energy efficiency ratings which brings big changes to you and your family.

Some of the changes that affect you as a consumer are:

  • Higher priced units – up to 35% more expensive.
  • Larger units in size
  • More complicated installation requirements
  • Possible significant home remodeling costs if your water heater doesn’t fit in your space

If you think that you are in need of a new water heater, consider replacing your unit before the new requirements go into effect on April 15th. Patterson Plumbing recommends you book a consultation with one of our experts who will answer any questions you may have about the new regulations, evaluate your current water heater and provide you with options on the next steps. Then, if you decide you want to install before the new regulations take affect we’ll reserve your water heater from our inventory.

Spring Into Action! Connect with Patterson Plumbing & Heating

Have some upcoming home improvement projects planned? Spring is a popular time for getting around to tackling that pending to do list, but you may have some questions about your plumbing, heating, or cooling systems.

Do my fixtures need to be updated? How will my system be affected by this project? What’s happening with the water heaters April 15th!?

Don’t let your questions go unanswered! For FAQs, tips you can utilize, and plumbers and HVAC professionals you can trust, connect with Patterson Plumbing & Heating today on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/PattersonPlumbing
https://twitter.com/PatPlumbingInc
https://plus.google.com/+PattersonPlumbingHeatingIncPueblo

Don’t hesitate to leave questions on our social sites or share your tips with us! We’re happy to help you spring into action this season.

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It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Plumbing

Spring cleaning – a time to declutter your homes, donate some old clothes, and take care of some seasonal plumbing maintenance! Yes, that’s right, it’s time to spring clean your plumbing and transition your winterized home to the season ahead.

Be sure to add the below to your to do list:

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Check for leaks and damage – Faucets located outside of your home are more susceptible to damage due to harsh winter weather and built up debris. Do a sweep to see if there’s any significant damage or leaks, both inside and outside the home.

Check your air conditioning unit – Routine cleaning not only prolongs the life of your unit, but having an unclogged, debris-less, clean coil unit will help it to function more efficiently.

Check your toilets – Make sure your toilets are flushing properly. If not, you may need to replace worn tank parts (and lower your water bill in the process!)

Check your hot water heater – Make sure the temperature setting is no higher than 120 F to prevent possible scalding and extra energy usage.

Check shower heads – Remove mineral deposit build-up on shower heads by soaking them overnight in vinegar. Simply take a plastic baggie with vinegar, place it over the shower head and secure it in place with a rubber band. Once removed, gently scrub away with an old toothbrush.

Once you’ve successfully given your home a once-over – call one of our experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to take care of any problems you may find. A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises. Give us a call at 719-544-4922!

Fix-A-Leak Week Begins Monday

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Did you know, household leaks can account for more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water annually nationwide? Next week starts WaterSense’s annual Fix-A-Leak Week and we encourage you to help hunt down the drips in your home.

Many leaks are easily correctable and once fixed can save homeowners money on their water bills. To check for leaks in your home, you first must determine whether you’re wasting water:

  • Look at your water usage from January and February, if a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month – there are some serious leaks.
  • Decide on a time to not use water in your home. Check your water meter before and after a two hour period of no water use, if the meter has changed – you probably have a leak.
  • To identify a toilet leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color seeps into the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak. *Flush immediately after this experiment as to not have a color stained tank!
  • Check for surface leaks on the outside of pip fittings and faucet gaskets.

For tips on fixing leaks found in your toilets, faucets, shower heads or outdoors, head over to EPA’s website or give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. A specialist will come by, diagnose the problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

Celebrate World Plumbing Day!

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On March 11th, every year, everywhere, the World Plumbing Council celebrates the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of the modern world. All too often, we take having clean, convenient water for granted. The plumbing industry works hard to ensure all systems operate as intended. After all, plumbing is vital to global health.

In honor of today, we want to help by providing some water saving tips you can apply right now in your own home:

  • Using a broom instead of a garden hose to clean your driveway will save 13 gallons every minute you clean!
  • Checking for leaks and fixing them the moment you spot them can prevent a large amount of water waste.
  • Using a hose nozzle while washing your car will save you up to 100 gallons every time.
  • Upgrading to water-efficient toilets, faucets, and shower heads can help reduce your overall water use.
  • Conserve water by washing laundry and running the dishwasher only when you have full loads.

For more tips on how to celebrate World Plumbing Day head over to WPC’s website. If you have any questions about your home’s plumbing, feel free to give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating 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.

#TuesdayTips – For Preparing Your Home for Vacation

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Whether you have an upcoming vacation planned that will take you away for a weekend or a few weeks, there are some things you can do in advance to prepare your home for your absence to ensure a smooth return.

Use our departure checklist before leaving so you can rest easy on your vacation:

  • Clean out your fridge – Look for any food that will expire while you’re away and toss it. Wipe down the inside of your fridge if you spot any spills.
  • Lower the thermostat – Don’t waste energy while out of town, temporarily adjust the thermostat to a setting of 50-55 degrees.
  • Tidy the house – Sweep and vacuum, do all the dishes and laundry, take out all the trash, change your bed sheets, give your toilet(s) a quick clean, anything so you return to a clean, welcoming home.
  • Contact your security company – Let them know you are heading out of town. If you don’t have one, install a motion-activated sensor on an outdoor floodlight as well.

For additional tips to prepare your home for vacation, visit our previous blog post here »

If you’re worried about leaving your home empty, call a friend, family member, or trusted neighbor to ask them to keep an eye on the house. Perhaps even ask your neighbor to keep their car parked in your driveway as a sign that someone is home!

Putting Your Tax Refund to Good Use

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It’s everyone’s favorite time of year – tax season! Well perhaps not everyone’s, however if you are one of the lucky ones who will receive a sizable tax return we have some tips to ensure you are putting your money to good use:

  • Pay down your debt: Have outstanding credit cards or loans (student, car, personal, etc)? Since your tax return is one of the biggest lump sums of money you receive all year – consider paying down your balances (plus it can improve your credit score).
  • Begin an emergency fund: Natural disasters, the loss of a job, unexpected home or auto accidents – these things can happen without warning. It’s recommended to have a savings/emergency fund that can cover at least six – nine months of living expenses should you find yourself in an unfortunate situation.
  • Spruce up your home: Putting money towards home improvements can both increase the value of your property and make your home more cost-effective and comfortable. Consider upgrading to energy-efficient appliances (if you haven’t already) to save on your energy bills!

However you plan to spend your tax refund, be sure to address any needs before tackling your list of wants. If you’d like to discuss your options in home improvement – give Patterson Plumbing and Heating a call! Both our bathroom and kitchen remodeling divisions, as well as our experts in the plumbing, heating, and air conditioning categories are well equipped to improve your home. Get FAST, friendly, courteous service from trained plumbers, drain, heating and air technicians, call 719-544-4922.