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Monthly Archives: October 2016

How To Prepare Your Plumbing System for the Cold Weather

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Winter is a tough time of the year for our home’s plumbing system. All it takes is one small crack in a pipe to lead to some very big problems. Between fixing the pipe, replacing water damaged items, and removing mold, just one burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 worth of repair costs.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here are some steps you can take to prepare your plumbing system for the winter season.

Insulate Your Pipes

Pipe insulation is your first line of defense against freezing temperatures. Insulation is cheap, easy to install, and can prevent thousands of dollars in damages.

Fix Exterior Cracks

If you have any cracks in your foundation or exterior walls, seal them immediately to prevent cold air from coming in direct contact with your pipes.

Turn Off Outdoor Water System

‘Tis the season to disconnect your garden hoses, plug outdoor faucets, and turn off your sprinkler system. These fixtures are directly exposed to the chilly temperatures outside, and are therefore more susceptible to freezing.

Buy a Water Heater Jacket

Take a trip to your local hardware store and purchase an insulation cover (or a jacket) for your water heater. These covers only cost about $25 and can reduce your water heating bills by 10% or more.

Always Leave the Heat on 65° or Higher

Many people turn off their heating systems when they leave on vacation, and are surprised when they come back to a flood because their pipes froze. Prevent this from happening to you by keeping your heat on at least 65° at all times, even when you are away. A couple other things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing include:

  • Open all of your cabinets so warm air can circulate around your pipes easily.

  • Turn one of your faucet handles until it begins dripping. This constant motion of water will make it harder for your pipes to freeze.

If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, trust the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to get your pipes ready for the cold winter season! Contact us online to get started, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

How to Properly Plunge a Toilet

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Despite our best efforts and courtesy flushes, clogged toilets happen to everybody. Not to worry, 90% of these clogs can be fixed with a household plunger. Before you go reaching for yours, keep reading. The technique listed below gives you the best chance to clear the clog without making a mess.

  1. Grab the plunger. For best results, use a rubber, bell-shaped plunger with an extension flange at the bottom. The flange is designed to fit better around toilet drains, allowing you to create a stronger seal and a more powerful plunge.
  2. Cover the toilet drain with the plunger. Put the plunger in the toilet and adjust it until the drain opening is covered. The head of the plunger should be completely underwater. If it isn’t, you will need to add water to the toilet bowl.
  3. Press down gently to create a seal. The first plunge should be a gentle one. The bell is initially full of air, so pressing down too quickly will cause splashing.
  4. Plunge vigorously up and down for 15-20 seconds. Once the seal is created and the bell fills up with water, you can begin plunging aggressively. Push up and down for 15 seconds – this will force water both directions in the drain, helping to loosen up any clogs. Make sure not to break the seal by pulling the plunger up to far.
  5. Be patient, and switch it up. Stubborn clogs may take more than 15 seconds to loosen. Just be patient, and switch up your plunging techniques. Try alternating between slow strokes and vigorous heaves.

If, after several minutes of plunging, your toilet is still clogged, expert assistance may be required. A professional plumber can use specialized tools to clear your clog without damaging your plumbing system. Don’t use chemical drain cleaners, as they can corrode the inside of your pipes.

Experiencing a clogged drain in your Colorado home? The pros at Patterson Plumbing are just a phone call away! As Pueblo County’s most trusted plumber, you can count on us for all of your drain cleaning and plumbing repair needs! If you live in Pueblo or Canon City, give us a call today at (719) 544-4922.

3 Signs You Are in Need of a Sewer Line Repair

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Living in a municipal area with a sewer system offers many advantages since you are not responsible for maintaining a septic tank in your yard. However, there can be downsides to this, especially when there is a problem with your sewer line.

The city usually handles the maintenance and repair of the main sewer lines up to where they connect at your home, but everything beyond that is your responsibility. If you are dealing with a clogged, broken, or leaking sewer line, the it is up to you to fix the problem or suffer the consequences.

If you notice any of these signs around your home, contact a professional plumber for a sewer line repair:

  1. Unusual patches in your lawn. When there is a leak in your sewer line, lots of water gets distributed to the soil under your yard. This can lead to unusual patches in your lawn. These spots may be constantly damp, soggy, smelly, or the grass may actually be lusher than other areas due to the new-found source of water.

  1. Multiple clogged drains. If you are dealing with a clogged drain in your shower or sink, there could be a buildup of hair, grease, or other debris responsible for the slow draining. However, if several (or all) of the drains in your home are slow to empty, it could signify that your main sewer line has a severe blockage.

  1. Sewage odors around your home. Obviously, the water traveling through your sewer line smells like, well, sewage. When this line is backed up or leaking, it can cause an unpleasant odor to permeate throughout your home. This odor may be present anywhere, but it is most commonly found in the bathroom, basement, or yard.

Have you noticed any of these signs in your Colorado home? If so, it’s time to contact the professionals at Patterson Plumbing. We offer sewer line repair and replacement services to homeowners in Pueblo, Canon City, and the surrounding area. Contact us online to get started, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

How to Remove Your Window AC and Store It for the Winter

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With temperatures in Pueblo, Colorado dropping into the low 40s overnight, it’s time for homeowners to start thinking about winter. One of the first steps you should take to prepare your home for the cold weather is removing your window-based air conditioners.

When left in during the winter months, window ACs can provide an easy path for cold air to enter your home and warm air to escape it. This not only leads to uncomfortable drafty spots, it can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Not to mention that exposure to cold weather can cause permanent damage to your air conditioner.

So how can you safely remove your window air conditioner and store it away for the season? Just follow these step-by-step instructions from the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating:

  1. Unplug the air conditioner.

  2. Remove the air filter and wash it with soap and warm water.

  3. Clean dust and dirt off the front of the air conditioner using a wet sponge.

  4. Place a towel on the floor directly underneath the window. This will catch any water that may leak out of your air conditioner in the following steps.

  5. Remove any tape from the window sill and unscrew the AC from the frame, if necessary.

  6. Carefully open the window, pick up the air conditioner, and place it on the towel. Have someone assist you with this step if your unit is too heavy to lift alone.

  7. Vacuum the metal fins on the back of the air conditioner using a brush attachment.

  8. Thoroughly dry the air conditioner and place it in a well-fitted box.

  9. Store the air conditioner upright in a cool, dry place for the winter.

Need an extra hand getting your home winter-ready? The HVAC professionals at Patterson Plumbing & Heating offer a variety of services to help you out such as furnace installations, repairs, and tune-ups. If you live in Pueblo or Canon City, contact us online or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.