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Monthly Archives: February 2017

6 Negative Effects of Hard Water

Not all water is created equal. Residents of Pueblo County, Colorado may be getting hard water delivered through their taps. “Hard” water contains high levels of dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. While hard water poses no significant threat to our health, it’s not something you want flowing through your pipes.

Here are just some of the negative effects of hard water:

  1. Funny taste or smell. Hard water is known to taste or smell a little strange. Depending on the mineral content of your water, you may detect a trace of chlorine, metal, or sulfur.
  2. Reduced effectiveness of soap. Soap doesn’t lather well in hard water, and its cleaning properties may be compromised. If your skin, hair, and clothes don’t feel completely clean after a fresh wash, hard water could be to blame.
  3. Water spots and residue. The minerals in hard water can appear as residue in the form of water spots on your dishes, soap scum in your sink, or a thin film on your shower door.
  4. Reduced energy-efficiency. Over the course of several months and years, sediment begins to accumulate in your hot water heater. This not only takes up space in the tank and leaves less room for water, it can also cause a spike in energy consumption.
  5. Increased risk of clogs. The aforementioned sediment can also accumulate in your pipes, making it more likely for clogs to occur.
  6. Shortened appliance lifespan. The sediment buildup from hard water ultimately increases the wear-and-tear on your water heater, pipes, and plumbing fixtures, leading to a shortened lifespan.

If your home has hard water, help is available. Patterson Plumbing offers water softening services to homes in Pueblo County, Colorado. Our professionally-installed Kinetico Water Softener and Filtration systems can improve the quality of your water . If you live in Pueblo or Canon City, give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

6 Must-Own Tools for all DIY Plumbers

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Clogged drains and small leaks happen every day. Luckily, many home plumbing problems don’t require the need for a professional plumber. As long as you have these six tools at your disposal, you should be able to tackle most minor plumbing problems around your home:

  • Plunger. When people think of a plumber, the plunger almost always comes to mind. The plunger is a must-own tool for any homeowner, regardless of your plumbing ambitions. Plungers can be used to fix mild clogs in the toilet, shower, or sink.
  • Adjustable wrench. The adjustable wrench is a very versatile tool that is invaluable to any plumber. It is best used on compression fittings, supply lines, and any parts with hex-shaped nuts. Ideally, you should have a six- and ten-inch adjustable wrench in your arsenal.
  • Pipe wrench. The pipe wrench is a larger version of the adjustable wrench, and is designed to tighten and loosen threaded pipes, fittings, and nuts. Like the adjustable wrench, you should have two in your toolbox – one for gripping and one for turning.
  • Tubing cutter. As their name implies, tubing cutters are used primarily to cut tubes – specifically copper pipes. This tool will ensure a smooth, even cut every time. They are available in a standard size, as well as a mini version for hard-to-reach areas.
  • Basin wrench. The basin wrench is a staple in any plumber’s toolbox. The long, narrow shaft allows it to reach areas that other tools simply cannot access. They are most commonly used on the nuts that hold sink faucets in place.
  • Hand auger. The hand auger, also known as a plumber’s snake, is a tool used to clear clogs that are too severe for a plunger. The auger uses a hand crank to push a metal wire (up to 25-feet in length) through your drains in order to remove the obstruction.

What other tools should a plumber own? Check out this article from Popular Mechanics for more ideas.

Possessing these six tools will allow you to complete many simple plumbing tasks, such as fixing minor clogs and leaks. However, when more serious problems arise, nothing can replace the skills and experience of a trained plumber. When residents of Pueblo County need professional help, they can depend on the experts at Patterson Plumbing for quick, reliable service. If you live in Pueblo or Canon City, call us anytime at (719) 544-4922.

Don’t Let Your Little Plumbing Problems Become Big Problems

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Great American scientist and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin once said, “A small leak can sink a great ship.” Nearly 300 years later, these words can still be applied to our home plumbing systems.

A little bit of water can cause a lot of problems in the home, and one small leak in a pipe can flood your home with several gallons of water in just a short time. For these reasons, it is important to fix all of your plumbing leaks as soon as they are detected.

There are several reasons why a homeowner would let a plumbing problem go unattended. Maybe they made a mental note to fix it at a later date, but forgot. Maybe they don’t want to pay a plumber. Or maybe they simply think it’s “no big deal”. Regardless of the reason, neglected plumbing issues almost always get worse until the homeowner has no choice but to repair them – usually for several times the price as if they just fixed it in the first place.

For example, something as small as a leaky pipe could be a 10-minute job when it first starts out. However, if the leak gets to the point where it leads to mold growth and structural damage, you could be facing a $10,000+ restoration project.

The bottom line is: fix all of your small plumbing problems before they become big problems! You won’t regret it.

Residents of Pueblo County, Colorado can count on the experts at Patterson Plumbing for all of their plumbing repairs and installations. Our technicians are fast, knowledgeable, courteous, and can stop your small issues from becoming a big headache. Contact us online to schedule your service, or call (719) 544-4922.

4 Plumbing Hacks to Save You Time and Money

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Not everyone is a plumber, but everyone can be with these four simple hacks from Patterson Plumbing:

 

For detecting a leak in your toilet bowl…

What you will need:

  • Food coloring

Leaks in the toilet bowl can run up your water bill, and aren’t always obvious. If you suspect your toilet suffers from a slow leak, open up the tank and add a few drops of food coloring. Come back half an hour later; if the food coloring is in the bowl, you have a leak.

 

For improving the water pressure in your shower…

What you will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Sandwich bag
  • Elastic band

Low water pressure can be caused by a number of things, but many times it is due to a dirty shower head. To fix this problem, fill a sandwich bag with vinegar and place it around your shower head. Secure with an elastic band. Let the vinegar eat away at the buildup of debris overnight and you will have a sparkling clean shower head in the morning.

 

For clearing your clogged drains…

What you will need:

  • Boiling water
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

Clogged drain? Don’t use commercial drain cleaners, which rely on harmful chemicals and can damage your plumbing system. Instead, flush your drain with boiling hot water, followed by ½ cup of baking soda. Five minutes later, pour in a cup of vinegar. Your drain should fizz up; this means it is working. Allow the chemicals to react for a few minutes, then flush with more water.

 

For minimizing water damage from burst pipes…

What you will need:

  • Adjustable wrench

A little bit of water can cause a lot of problems. When a pipe bursts, several gallons of water can quickly be dumped into your home. The best way to minimize this damage is by cutting off your water supply as quickly as possible. To do this, simply locate your main supply valve (usually found in the basement or outside wall) and turn it. This can be done by hand, or a wrench may be required. Once the water supply is shut off, you can focus on cleaning up the water and repairing the pipe.

 

When simple hacks aren’t enough, professional assistance may be required. Residents of Pueblo County, Colorado can count on the experts at Patterson Plumbing for all of their home plumbing needs. Contact us online to schedule a service, or call (719) 544-4922.