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Monthly Archives: December 2015

5 Steps To Prep Your Home for Vacation

New Year, new vacations, here’s what you need to do to make sure your home is ready for your departure:

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Step 1. Pull the plug on all of your electronics. TVs, toasters, coffee pots, computers, etc., can continue to drain power even while in the off position. You’ll want to keep your fridge plugged in and perhaps some lights (on a timer) for security reasons, but all else can be unplugged.

Step 2. Tidy up before you go, including cleaning out your fridge and freezer, sink traps and garbage disposal. After being away for days the last thing you want to come home to is offensive odors from old food. For a DIY cleaning solution – mix half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of water and pour each down your drains.

Step 3. Lower your heat, but do not shut it off. To avoid freezing pipes set your thermostats to no lower than 55 degrees. If you have pets or house plants in the home, adjust the temperature accordingly.

Step 4. Turn off the water supply to your home – this way if you missed any small leaks before, you can rest easy knowing there won’t be a flood to return home to.

Step 5. Phone a friend – not only to stop by and check on your home (and feed your pets) in your absence, but also advise your in-home service professionals (alarm service)that you’ll be out of town.

The last thing you’ll want to do is come home to a disaster. Look forward to your 2016 travels knowing your home is prepared!

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.

Plumbing Resolutions for the New Year

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In just a few days we’ll be heading into 2016 and you know what that means. Another year gone by, another set of resolutions to make – or break. In fact, did you know that according to a University of Scranton study, only 8% of people are actually successful in achieving their resolution?

Although this may only be a small fraction of people, the good news is that there are plenty of resolutions that are easy to follow through. Which ones, you ask? Anything that has to do with your plumbing! Here are 5 that we suggest for you:

  1. Treat your garbage disposal well. By now you should know what you should and shouldn’t put down the disposal. Make a conscious effort in the New Year to follow those rules as well as handle regular garbage disposal maintenance.
  2. Similar to the above, remember that your toilet isn’t a trash can! Flushable wipes, medicine, grease, and cat litter are just some things that can contribute to plumbing problems. Read more here »
  3. Your water heater is in need of some TLC. Your home’s water heater requires regular maintenance for optimal efficiency. So use this as the time to do so! This is also the perfect time to give us a call for professional tune up.
  4. Get your pipes bundled for winter. No one wants a burst pipe in the middle of winter. So before the cold really sets in, make sure any exposed pipe is properly insulated.
  5. Cut back on energy use. From scaling back to daily water use, to simply remembering to unplug appliances – simple adjustments can go a long way in savings. Consider upgrading to ENERGY STAR labeled fixtures and make a promise to fix small plumbing problems (like slow leaks) FAST!

Take better care of your home in the New Year – and if you think you spot an issue, give us a call! 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

Wishing all of our customers a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Connect with Patterson Plumbing & Heating on Social Media

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Here at Patterson Plumbing and Heating, we’re not only here to take your phone calls – we’re available digitally as well. We want to make sure we are available for our customers in any way that is convenient, whether it’s simply allowing you to schedule an appointment online or being your go to source for tips and information year round thanks to our blog and social media channels.

From plumbing tips to maintenance tutorials – we do our best to keep our community informed about their home’s plumbing, heating, and cooling systems. Should you be interested in home trends, trying to figure out the best ways to organize a small bath or kitchen space, or even how to unclog a toilet without a plunger – we’ve got you covered.

So where can you find us? Aside from our blog, we’re also active on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.

Be sure to connect with us today!

At Patterson Plumbing we are experts in everything from plumbing to heating and air conditioning repair, replacement and installation. Our plumbers, drain cleaning techs, and home HVAC professionals can repair any of your home’s plumbing, furnace, boiler or air conditioning problems. When you need us, we’ll be there – FAST! Explore what services we offer online or give us a call: 719-544-4922

Customer Review Spotlight

reviews word on a speech bubbleWith the New Year quickly approaching, what better time than now to resolve to take better care of your home. And where your plumbing, heating, and cooling are concerned – that’s our area of expertise. Just take a look at what some of our customers have said recently about our work:

This letter is on behalf of three very special people, who recently had an extensive amount of work at their home. The sewer line and piping under the house were in need of replacement . The work your employees provided and the compassion and commitment to do the job and to get it done no matter how long it took, went above and beyond! Your employees were courteous and respectful to their needs and even their pets were accommodated. This time of year is often so fast paced that we forget the true meaning of Christmas. Because of your work and dedication you have allowed these three very special people to remain in their home another Christmas season, the best gift of all! Thank you again! – Gerald V.

 

I am a long time customer of Patterson’s. They have done both heating and plumbing work for me. Their service people are eager and willing to satisfy the customer. I have an older home and often this presents uncommon problems. I feel they have gone that extra mile to meet my particular needs. Based upon the many years of quality service they have given me, I trust them completely. – Alfred V.

 

I had occasion to contact Patterson Plumbing and Heating for a problem on 10-28-15. I had the most positive experience I have ever had with any business contact. Everyone I talked to from the Customer Service Reps to the Field Technician were friendly and seemed genuinely concerned with my issue. I would not have a problem using or referring this folks to anyone. – Greg M.

 

At 4:00 pm I discovered my furnace was not working. I called Patterson’s and with-in 15 minutes I had a tech out here to look at it and give me a quote. The quote was reasonably priced and I authorized the work to be done. At the end of the job we turned the furnace back on and an “act of god” accident occurred. The technician did not do this purposefully in any shape way or form, it was just something that happened and an electrical surge was sent thru the system incurring a bit more damage. The tech and Patterson’s went way above and beyond to fix the problem, order new parts and installed them with no extra charge to me. I was right there with the tech when this happened and I know it was not his fault yet he made it right, replaced the burnt out parts and went way above to get my furnace in tip top working order again. My experience with Patterson’s was wonderful and I would highly recommend everyone to use their services when in need. I can’t say enough good things about the service the provided me with and wanted to make sure others knew what a wonderful experience I had with them and I will call them again in the future and know that I am getting good quality service with knowledge techs and parts. Thank you Patterson’s for such a wonderful experience!! – Richard B.

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.

Preventing Burst Pipes This Winter

Burst pipes and winter go hand in hand. Why? Well when water freezes while contained, regardless of how strong the material, this expansion adds tremendous pressure – which can cause a pipe to burst. Pipes that freeze the easiest are those exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, water sprinkler lines, and water supply lines in unheated areas of the home (crawl spaces, attics, garages, kitchen cabinets, basements).

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With a few preventative measures, you can lower the risk of burst or frozen pipes in your home:

  • Disconnect, drain, and store any outdoor garden hoses. Close inside valves that supply water to the outdoor hose bibs and open the outdoor bibs to let water drain out.
  • Identify unheated areas of the home with exposed pipes. Wrap those you find with pipe insulation or heating tape to prevent freezing.
  • If you are leaving on vacation, do not turn your heat OFF. Leave it on low, but no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow warmer air to circulate your plumbing. (Just be sure no cleaning products or hazardous items are in reach of small children.)
  • Close windows and cover any vents that are near pipes. Cold temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the location of the main shutoff valve and how to close it – in an emergency.

When it comes to your plumbing and the winter season, preparation is key. Should you experience frozen pipes or a pipe burst this season – give us a call immediately. Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and will not hesitate to send help your way.

Common Plumbing Lingo

While plumbing terms make our communications easier, we realize they may also sound like a foreign language to most. If you find yourself scratching your head when reading up on or troubleshooting your plumbing – you’re not alone.

To help end some confusion, we wanted to provide some of the most common terms clients hear and what they mean:

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Flapper – A rubber piece found at the bottom of the toilet tank that is raised to allow the water to flush and lowered when the tank is empty to refill.

Aerator – An insert in a faucet that adds air to flowing water. Without one, you’ll find your faucet forcefully sprays out water and causes splashing. To reduce splashing and produce a steadier, more stable stream an aerator is needed.

Backflow – When the flow of water happens in reverse. This is dangerous as it allows potable water to become contaminated and unusable.

Potable Water – Water that is safe for drinking.

Closet Auger – Also called toilet auger, is a flexible rod used to clear clogs and obstructions in the toilet.

Shutoff Valve – A valve used to stop the water supply in a pipe in case of malfunction or repair.

Hose Bib – Can be an internal or external spigot or faucet. In the case of outdoor, it is where your water hose is connected. Internal hose bibs can be found in the laundry area for your washing machine hook up.

When it comes to plumbing, a little understanding goes a long way! 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.

Why You Need a Professional Drain Cleaning

When was the last time you had a professional drain cleaning? While this may not be your first thought on things to do with the holiday season rolling in, it certainly shouldn’t be overlooked! Having your drains looked at by a professional now can help identify and prevent future complications:Drain Cleaning

  1. Clog Prevention. Just because you may not see a clogged drain, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Clogs can form over time, slowly building up inside your drains. Being proactive with drain cleaning will prevent you from any problems down the road.
  2. Prevent Health Risks. Other than overwhelming your home with an unpleasant odor, having stagnant water in your clogged drains can wreak havoc on your health. From mold growth to spreading germs, you’ll want to a professional’s help to protect the health of everyone in your home.
  3. System Longevity. Much like your other systems need regular maintenance to prolong their efficiency, your plumbing is no different! Regular drain cleaning prevents your pipes from suffering damage and nips any slow-running drain problems in the bud.

When you need professional drain cleaning in Pueblo, just call the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. Our drain cleaning technicians are clean, courteous, expert sewer and drain specialists. We will help solve any sewer or drain problems you may have, fast. Contact us today at 719-544-4922 or fill out our online form for an appointment.