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Monthly Archives: August 2016

4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Autumn scene

Follow these four easy steps from Patterson Plumbing to make sure your home is prepared for the change of seasons.

Inspect your home for air leaks.

Air leaks around the home can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Inspect common problem areas – such as your windows, doors, ceilings, and electrical outlets – for signs of air loss. If you find any leaks, seal them up using weatherstripping or a caulking gun.

Upgrade your outdoor lighting.

With summer coming to an end, the days are getting shorter, and the sun will soon be down before you get home from work. Add this to the slippery conditions caused by cold weather, and it is easy to see how accidents can happen when you arrive to a dark home. Prevent unnecessary slips and falls by keeping the outside of your home well-lit.

Tune up your heating system.

You haven’t used your furnace in nearly half a year; you want to make sure it is ready to go for this heating season. During a tune up, a professional technician will inspect your furnace to make sure it is operating at full capacity, in addition to performing some routine maintenance work. You don’t want to find out that your furnace is broken during the first cold spell of the year, when it is already too late.

Have your air ducts professionally cleaned.

While we are on the topic of furnaces, the end of summer is the perfect time to have your air ducts professionally cleaned. While the vents in your house were taking a summer break, dust, pollen, animal dander, and other pollutants were collecting in them. If you don’t have these contaminants cleaned out, they will circulate through your home all winter and trigger your allergies.

Patterson Plumbing & Heating offers a variety of HVAC services to make sure your home is prepared for any season. From heating system tune ups and repairs to air conditioner installations, don’t look any further than us for your home heating and cooling needs. If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, contact us online, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

5 Ways to Tell if Your Home Has Hard Water

hard water

Not all water is created equal. In Pueblo County, Colorado, one common problem that homeowners deal with is hard water.

“Hard” water is a term used to describe water that contains high levels of dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. Hard water is not a threat to our health, but it can harm our home’s plumbing system. When the mineral content of water is too high, it can begin to accumulate in our pipes, causing clogs, reducing water flow, and hindering energy efficiency.

Here are five ways to tell that your home has hard water:

  1. Bad-tasting water. Water that tastes metallic, acidic, or salty can indicate high mineral content.

  2. Water spots on freshly washed dishes. Your clean dishes should look clean. If yours are covered in water spots, the problem is likely with your water, not you.

  3. Residue in the shower. Water spots, residue, or a thin film can often be found on shower faucets, curtains, or doors.

  4. Soap doesn’t work as effectively. Hard water can reduce the effectiveness of soap and shampoo. It may require a lot of soap to lather up, or your skin and hair just might not feel completely clean after a shower.

  5. Suspicious odors. People with hard water have reported their water smelling chlorinated, musty, or even like rotten eggs.

Are you noticing any of these signs in your Colorado home? Contact the water experts at Patterson Plumbing. We offer water treatment solutions to help soften your home’s water and improve the performance of your plumbing system. If you live in Pueblo County, give us a call today at (719) 544-4922.

Kitchen Remodeling: Where to Save and Where to Splurge

One Hundred Dollar Bills on Blueprints

Kitchen remodeling on a budget is difficult, but it is not impossible. As a homeowner, you will be faced with many tough decisions during the renovation process, but the hardest choice you will have to make is where to allocate your money.

Luckily, 5 Day Kitchens of Pueblo is here to make your life easier. Here is our expert advice on where you should save your money, and where it is acceptable to splurge.

SPLURGE on appliances.

Appliances are the heart of your kitchen, so it is okay to spend a little more money here. Opting for a more reliable model may cost you a couple hundred dollars more upfront, but can save you thousands in the long run. Also look for stainless steel models – they add the most resale value to the home and offer a timeless look.

SAVE on cabinet frames.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when remodeling their kitchen is splurging on the cabinets. That’s a big no-no, especially when it comes to the framework. Because they are protected by the doors and surrounding appliances, cabinet frames don’t experience much wear and tear. Add that to the fact that they are hidden behind the doors 99% of the time, and it’s easy to see why you should choose more economical framework.

SPLURGE on hardware.

The hardware in your kitchen – such as the drawer handles, hinges, etc. – are the most used components, so you want to invest in something that will last. Spending a little extra money on your hardware can also provide a more upscale look for your cabinetry.

SAVE by restoring instead of replacing.

If your kitchen is already equipped with hardwood floors that were beautiful in a past life, but are a little scuffed up now, look into reviving them rather than replacing them. Often times, you can restore that beautiful new hardwood shine for a fraction of the price of a new floor.

SPLURGE on a qualified contractor.

The one place you should never penny-pinch is hiring a contractor to turn the kitchen of your dreams into a reality. You can break the bank on appliances, cabinets, counter tops, and flooring – but if they are poorly installed, they won’t live up to their price tag.

Planning a kitchen remodel for your Colorado home? Look no further than 5-Day Kitchens of Pueblo as your go-to contractor. As Patterson Plumbing’s trusted kitchen remodeling division, we will make sure that your next project gets done correctly, quickly, and for a reasonable price. If you live in Pueblo County or the surrounding area, give us a call at (719) 404-4242.

8 Easy Ways to Stop Mold Growth Before it Starts

 

Mold isn’t just unsightly – it’s dangerous.

 

The toxic fungus spreads by producing microscopic spores. When inhaled, these spores can cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks, respiratory infections, and other undesirable health affects. Since mold can grow virtually anywhere moisture is found, it is a frequent problem in our homes and bathrooms.

 

Luckily, you can use these eight tips from Patterson Plumbing to stop mold before it starts:

 

  1. Run your exhaust fan for 15 minutes after every shower to remove excess moisture from the air.

 

  1. Install a plastic vapor barrier in your crawl space to minimize groundwater evaporation.

 

  1. Vent moisture-generating appliances (such as the stove and dryer) to the outside, not your attic.

 

  1. Clean your gutters twice every year. Clogged gutters can cause water to seep into your roof, where it can cause irreversible damage and invite mold to grow.

 

  1. Dry up any and all spills immediately. Even a knocked over cup of water can lead to mold if it isn’t handled.

 

  1. Air ducts are one of mold’s favorite hiding spots. Have yours professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.

 

  1. Use a dehumidifier in problem areas, such as the bathroom or basement. Home’s in warmer climates may require a whole-house dehumidifier system.

 

  1. Repair all plumbing leaks immediately. A leaking pipe left untreated can lead to mold, wood rot, water damage, and a plethora of other problems.

 

Patterson Plumbing offers a variety of services to keep your home mold-free, including leak repairs, air duct cleaning, and whole-home humidity control solutions. If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, contact us online or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

 
 

How to Troubleshoot Your Home’s Air Conditioner

Service Technician Removing or Installing Air Conditioner Fan Co

Few things can cause you to lose your cool faster than an air conditioner malfunction. Luckily, not all problems require professional help; here are a few things you can do on your own to troubleshoot your air conditioner.

If your air conditioner isn’t turning on…

  • Make sure it is plugged in. It is very possible that your air conditioner could have simply come unplugged. The first thing you should do is make sure your A/C is securely connected to your electrical outlet.

  • Check that your outlet is receiving power. If your air conditioner is plugged in, you want to check that the receptacle is receiving power. You can do this by checking your circuit box for a tripped switch, or plugging another device into the same outlet to see if it works.

  • Lower the thermostat. Your air conditioner might be receiving power, but the thermostat is set too high for it to turn on. Lowering the thermostat by five degrees could force the unit to kick on.

If your air conditioner is on, but the air isn’t cold…

  • Check the air filter. A dirty air filter could be what is preventing your A/C from producing cold air. If your air filter is dirty, simply replace it with a new one, or thoroughly clean it off and replace it.

  • Adjust the thermostat. A thermostat set to 75 degrees will not produce air as cold as if it was set to 65 degrees. Lower your thermostat and see if it affects the temperature of the air coming out.

  • Vacuum the condenser coils. Condenser coils are responsible for releasing excess heat to keep your A/C running smoothly. Dirty coils can not only increase wear and tear and your unit, they can also prevent it from producing cold air.

Gone through all the steps above with nothing to show for it? It’s time to call in the professionals. Residents of Colorado can depend on the home cooling experts at Patterson Plumbing for all of their air conditioning needs. If you live in Pueblo County, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

3 Signs You Are in Need of a Professional Drain Cleaning

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When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, little problems can quickly turn into big problems if they are not handled properly. This is especially true with clogged drains. Keep an eye out for these warning signs around your home – they could signify you are in need of a professional drain cleaning service.

Your sink is emitting unpleasant odors.

Smelly sinks could simply be a result of some old food caught up in your garbage disposal. However, if the odor is present in all of your home’s sinks, or persists even after cleaning your garbage disposal, this is indicative of blocked drains that require professional assistance.

Your pipes are slow to drain, or clogging frequently.

Have you noticed that your sinks or bathtubs are taking longer and longer to drain? Or maybe you have a reoccurring clog that you just can’t seem to get rid of? This is likely a result of small clogs beginning to form on the inside of your pipes. The longer you wait to address the problem, the more waste will stick to the inside of your pipes, and the bigger the clog will become.

You are experiencing backflow in your drains.

“Backflow” is a plumbing term used to describe the unwanted reverse flow of water. In other words, it’s when sewage water washes up in one of your drains. You don’t need us to tell you why this is a sanitary problem that needs to be addressed immediately.

Are you experiencing any of these problems in your home? If so, it’s time to give the drain cleaning experts at Patterson Plumbing a call. For the past 35 years, we have been Colorado’s #1 choice for all plumbing services and repairs. If you live in Pueblo County or the surrounding area, contact us online or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

5 Tips You Need to Know Before Repainting Your Bathroom

One of the cheapest ways to spice up a bathroom is by repainting it. Simply changing the color of the paint on the walls can bring a whole new feel to your space and revive an old, boring look. Sometimes though, choosing the right color can be harder than the actual painting.

Read these five tips from ReBath of Pueblo before you paint your bathroom to ensure the process goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.

  1. Don’t trust paint swatches. Paint swatches look great in the store, but rarely do the colors look the same on your wall. The color of the paint can also change based on the lighting in your bathroom, so your best bet is to test out small samples on your wall to see what you like best.

  2. Look in your closet. Having trouble deciding on a color for your new bathroom? Open up your closet. If you notice that a large portion of your clothes are the same color, consider using it in your bathroom. There was a reason you are attracted to this color in the first place.

  3. Opt for lighter colors. This isn’t a rule of thumb, but it is a good idea, especially for those with small bathrooms. Lighter colors can make a room feel bigger and more inviting, while dark hues tend to make a space feel claustrophobic.

  4. Pair your paint with a finish. Paint finishes range from glossy to matte, and can really have a big impact on the paint’s original color. Make sure to take this into account when you are deciding on a tone for your bathroom.

  5. Consider accent colors. Sometimes, it is better to decide on a color combination, rather than one individual shade. After all, you will likely have some accent paint or accessories to accompany your main color choice.

Colorado residents can trust ReBath of Pueblo with all of their bathroom remodeling needs. As Patterson Plumbing‘s trusted bathroom remodeling division, you can depend on us to turn the bathroom of your dreams into a reality. If you live in Pueblo County, give us a call at (719) 404-4242 to schedule your free consultation.

Leave These Plumbing Tasks to the Professionals!

A DIY approach is a great way to solve many plumbing problems, but even handy homeowners should put down their toolbox and contact a professional plumber if they come across one of these four problems.

Bathroom Remodels

If you are planning a bathroom remodel, it is always recommended to keep your existing plumbing system in tact and focus on replacing your fixtures instead of relocating them. However, if you feel that modifying your plumbing system is necessary, make sure the job is done correctly by using a licensed plumber.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common occurrence during the winter months if you live in a cold climate. Frozen pipes that are thawed too quickly can crack or burst, so it is best to leave this job to a trained professional.

Heavy-Duty Drain Clogs

Dealing with a clogged sink, shower, or toilet? If a plunger doesn’t work, don’t reach for the plumbing snake or bottle of Draino – contact your local plumber instead. Heavy-duty clogs such as these can be tricky to deal with, and one false move can lead to more problems down the road.

Water Heater Tank Sediment

Traditional water heaters need to be flushed out periodically – generally every year or two. As water from the outside enters your water heater, it brings with it minerals such as calcium carbonate. These minerals can accumulate in your tank as sediment, and need to be professionally removed to keep your water heater running like new.

Are you experiencing these, or any other plumbing issues in your Colorado home? Pueblo County residents don’t have to look any further than Patterson Plumbing for all of their plumbing needs. Contact us online to schedule an appointment, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.