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Patterson Plumbing & Heating Reviews

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we pride ourselves on customer service and will go the extra mile for any customer to ensure 100% complete satisfaction. See for yourself!

The contractor who built our new home did an awful job with the heating system. Some rooms were blazing hot others freezing cold. Patterson Plumbing came and inspected the system and gave me several options to correct the situation with detailed itemization and pricing. I had them do the work and now my home is almost perfect. Heat is much more evenly distributed and the new system is blissfully quiet! – Harold

 

I decided to have my septic system pumped when several of my neighbors had problems with their systems backing up. My system was working fine but thought I would do some preventive maintainance since I had only used enzyme products and not had my system pumped since I bought my home about 17 years ago. The pump fellow finished his work then said he thought I should have my bathroom line “snaked” because he felt it was slow and there was probably a broken pipe with roots in it and that I should phone his company and they would give me the name of someone to call. I decided to call Tony H. at Patterson Plumbing & Heating instead because he had done a terrific job replacing all my galvanized pipes about two weeks earlier. I once again had very courteous phone service from Bea as I had from Shelly two weeks ago. Tony came to my home as scheduled and uncapped the clean out line and had me run water through it, he said he thought it was running ok, he offered to check it with a camera which I thought was a good idea just to see exactly what the line looked like. Charlie brought out the camera, Tony got it going and invited me to see on the screen what the line looked like, it was running freely, was a totally intact PVC pipe with no damage at all and no roots! Thank you Tony for your integrity and thank you for piece of mind. Tony pointed out that the toilet is an original fixture in my old adobe home and it can always be replaced if I decide I want it to run faster and use less water. . . I will replace it at some point and guess who I will call? – Karen

 

I want to thank you and my plumbing technician, Pete, for excellent work. I had multiple plumbing issues, and Pete was very knowledgeable, conscientious, and efficient. He was right on time when I expected him, had all of the materials with him to do the work, kept me informed as the job progressed, and even stayed until the work was totally complete even though it was likely far after his quitting time. I really appreciated the thorough cleanup that he did after each separate job. Please pass along my thanks to Pete for a job well done. – Richard

We’d also like to point out that we understand that sometimes, we don’t always get it right the first time but we do always try to make it right.

I have been a customer of PPH for the past 10+ years. They have serviced my boiler systems including a total unit replacement 5 years ago and continue to service the unit annually.

I have a in house swim tub equiped with a circulation system including heat exchanger from the boiler system. The techs are equiped with vast knowledge of balancing the system and replacing temp valves when necessary.

Recently I had a heating problem relating to the swim tub. I thaught it was a sensing valve at the boiler. Turned out the temp control on the pool circulation system was not working. The Tech installed a thermostat on the pool pipe which did not work. PPH immediately refunded my money by check and ask I return all parts to them. I called a pool repair service and they had the proper part which fixed the heating problem in the pool.

I was shocked PPH refunded the full amount if the work order including parts and labor.

This is how they stand behind customer satification and I will continue to use PPH for all my heating and A/C service needs.

By the way I appreciate the techs wearing shoe protectors when they enter the home.

– Jim

 

Thank you again for all the kind words – we’re happy to be of help to our community for all these years. For over 25 years, Patterson Plumbing has been Pueblo, Colorado’s go to company for plumbing, heating, cooling, water treatment, and remodeling needs. If you need us, we’ll be there – FAST. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call: 719.544.4922.

Recognizing World Toilet Day

Did you know, November 19th is World Toilet Day? Now in its 15th year after being declared by the World Toilet Organization in 2001 – events are held in over 122 countries to recognize the over 2.5 billion people worldwide that are still without proper sanitation.

We are fortunate enough to have modern plumbing here in Pueblo and across America – but this doesn’t mean we should make light of the world’s problem. Not having access to proper sanitation is linked to poor health, disease, and death not to mention the impact it has on our environment and the economy.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we want to help in bringing awareness to the world’s sanitation crisis and ‘raise a stink’ in our community. Please visit WorldToilet.org and see what you can do to help!

In the meantime – check out this infographic from water.org to brush up on your toilet knowledge:

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As always, if you have any problems or concerns with your home’s plumbing – you can trust the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to help. Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect. Give us a call today for fast service: 719.544.4922

Prevent Plumbing Problems This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just about here – a day where your kitchen is in overdrive. Unfortunately, the traditional Turkey day meal and fixings have been known to cause some major stress on your plumbing.

We want to make sure you are thankful for clear and clog-free pipes this Thanksgiving – follow the tips below for a problem free holiday:

Don’t treat your garbage disposal as your trash can. Scrape any leftovers into the trash or compost pile. When you do use your disposal, careful not to overload it. Gradually feed waste to prevent any blockage or slowed blades.

Be careful of what you DO put in the disposal. Any starchy, stringy vegetables (like potato peels or celery) should be kept away from the disposal. These pieces can easily wrap around your blades and clog your drain. You also want to avoid throwing any turkey bones down – your disposal isn’t strong enough handle them and instead will wear it down.

Dispose of grease properly. Do your plumbing a favor, and discard used cooking oil or grease the right way. While there are many ‘right’ ways to do this – we can tell you the wrong way is pouring it down your drain. Instead, find an empty plastic container and allow the grease to cool slightly before pouring inside. Then, place it in the freezer until frozen. With a quick twist – pop the now frozen grease out like an ice cube tray and drop it into a freezer bag to dispose.

Keep water running. Keep cold water running for 30-60 seconds after disposing items in the garbage disposal. This will help the waste go down easier, pushing it along. Try not to use hot water, this can melt any fat inside which can re-solidify as a blockage further down the drain.

Don’t let a plumbing mishap interfere with your holiday or seasonal plans – give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today!  Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and are available for any of your plumbing needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922.

5 Essential Plumbing Tools to Have on Hand

While we recommend leaving the serious plumbing repairs to us – it doesn’t hurt to be prepared! Sometimes, smaller problems – like a clogged sink or dripping faucet – can be fixed fairly quickly, provided you have the right tools for the job.

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See below for some tools to help cover the basics: like changing a faucet or shower head, and unclogging a drain »

  1. Plunger – Whether you have a clogged sink, tub, toilet, or floor drain, plungers certainly come in handy. Just make sure you have the right one for the job.
  2. Tongue-and-Groove Pliers – Easy to grab, pull, twist, hold, tighten, and loosen anything!  Not only useful for plumbing, but your home in general!
  3. Adjustable Wrench – Another invaluable tool for the home, but in terms of plumbing parts it’s ideal for working on compression fittings, supply lines, or anything with hex-shaped nuts.
  4. Pipe Wrench – Larger and heavier than your average wrench, this tool helps tighten and loosen pipe connections – like the ones under your sink. You’ll need two – one to grip and hold and another for turning.
  5. Basin Wrench – Also considered a sink wrench, this wrench helps you work in all those hard-to-reach spaces. The tool’s long shaft and swiveling jaw help you access the narrow space behind a sink and lock onto the nuts that secure faucets to the supply lines.

Any other tools you thing are necessary? Let us know on our Facebook page!

Remember, if there are any plumbing problems you encounter – you can trust the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to help. Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect. Give us a call today for fast service: 719.544.4922

Types of Plungers

Did you know, plungers actually aren’t a one size fits all tool? And since clogged drains are a common plumbing problem, having the right one for the job would save you some struggle. Take a look below to see what we’re talking about:

Cup PlungerCup/Sink Plungers: When you think of a plunger, most often this one comes to mind. While this is good for kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and bathtubs – it actually isn’t ideal for a toilet. The cup plunger works best when it has a flat surface to lay over. This way, it can easily form a seal to dislodge the clog.

Flange Plunger
Flange/Toilet Plungers: Now this is the one specifically designed to unclog toilets. It still has a cup like that of the above plunger, but also has an extra rubber flap that folds out from inside the cup. This flap fits snugly in the toilet drain, making it easy to create the vacuum necessary to properly plunge a toilet clog.

And there you have it! Next time you have a clog, make sure you have the right plunger on hand. You’ll want to plunge directly up and down, tilting at an angle won’t give you the force needed and the deal can loosen. If the plunger does not work – you may want to try some natural solutions to help get the job done.

If all else fails, remember the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating are ready to answer your call! Our plumbers and drain techs are dedicated to technical and service excellence, offering fast, friendly, and courteous service to the Pueblo, CO area. Give us a call today: 719-544-4922.

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What is That Smell Coming From My Furnace?

Be careful when you turn on your heater – that funny smell may be telling you that your furnace needs maintenance before the cold weather approaches. While it could be something as minor as a dirty filter – it also could mean you have a serious problem on your hands.

Keep an eye – or nose – out for these different odors especially if they persist!

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  • Musty odors: This scent typically stems from mold trapped in the furnace filter or humidifier filter. Try cleaning your filters and running a dehumidifier to see if the odor goes away. If the odor persists, it’s best to get a professional involved.
  • Electrical burning odor: This smell is most commonly due to parts or loose connections overheating. It can also be due to a dirty air filter. First, check your air filter to see if airflow is restricted. Then give your unit a visual inspection, look for any object that may have found its way on it and keep an eye out for melted wires. Give us a call for service.
  • Smoke or oil odor: If you have an oil furnace, there is an oil filter inside your unit. Smelling oil when your furnace is turned on can simply be due to a clogged filter that needs cleaning. A smoke smell is usually due to a blocked chimney. You’ll want an HVAC specialist to remove the blockage.

Remember, almost all heating systems cause an odor the first time they are put in use. If you’re worried about what you are smelling – the best solution is to give us a call.

We are the Pueblo, Colorado area home heating repair experts. We’ll help troubleshoot and repaid any issues that may arise with your furnace, heat pump, or boiler this season. 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.

How to Make Your Appliances Last Longer

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Looking to extend the life of your home’s appliances? Easy! Just make sure you’re giving them the TLC they deserve so that they can stand the test of time. See below for a few tips to get started »

Keep your fridge and freezer clean – 

Appliances tend to operate best when they are clean. Regularly clean out leftovers in your fridge, wipe down shelves, and keep your condenser coils clear of dirt and dust. For your freezer – unplug it and remove all food and interior parts. Then give it a good wipe down with a homemade solution (2 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water).

Replace filters – 

Whether it’s the filter for your air conditioner, your oven, or the one in your furnace – make sure you are replacing filters as directed in their manufacturer guidelines.

Use dish detergent in your dishwasher –

Detergents are special formulated for dishwashers, anything else will severely hamper the wash cycle (plus leave you with a sudsy mess). If you run out of dish detergent, try mixing 1 tablespoon Borax, 1 tablespoon washing soda, 1 tablespoon water, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt for a quick fix.

Take care of your washer and dryer –

Adding too much clothing to your washing machine can not only add strain on its motor but also won’t effectively clean your clothes. As for your dryer, make sure to clean the lint screen regularly. Failing to do so will force your dryer to work overtime plus can present a serious fire hazard.

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.

November is Child Safety and Protection Month

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While you may not realize it, there may be some hazards right in your own home – especially where your children are concerned. November is the official month for Child Safety and Protection, making it the perfect time to go over a few tips on how to keep your little one out of harms way.

Avoid falls—

  • Keeping areas such as the stairs and landings illuminated will give your child good visibility and help prevent a nasty spill.
  • Clutter isn’t fun to look at nor is it safe when you have a child roaming. Designating a spot for your children’s toys and teaching them to always put them away is an easy way to avoid a fall.

Unintentional Poisoning—

  • It is not uncommon for a child to try and go into places they are not supposed to. Cabinets containing cleaners, medication and other potentially harmful substances should always be out of reach or have a safety lock.
  • Having the Poison Control Centers number readily available is important for unexpected accidents. (1-800-222-1222)

Fire and Burns—

  • Ensure that your smoke alarms are working by testing them each month.
  • Make a fire evacuation plan with your children so they know exactly what to do and where to go in case of a fire emergency.
  • Keep your hot water heater set at 120ºF.

Choking and Suffocation—

  • Coins, garbage bags, latex balloons and hard round foods should be kept in a place that is unreachable by a child.
  • When you put your child to sleep, make sure you lay them on their backs. You’ll also want to make sure that your child’s crib is free of excess objects to avoid choking.

 

With the right preparation, your home will be safe for kids to roam. If you notice anything unusual about your plumbing or HVAC systems while taking the steps to improve safety, contact us. 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.