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How To Find A Qualified Plumber


There are some things in life you just don’t skimp on. Your mattress, car maintenance, and plumbing services are perfect examples of these things.

If you try to save a few dollars by hiring an unqualified plumber, it will wind up costing you more in the long run. Shoddy plumbing work will always come back to bite you in the form of future repairs and damages.

Save yourself the time and hassle by hiring a good plumber who can get the job done right the first time. Here are a few tips to help you find one:

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  • Ask friends and family. If you have a friend, family member, or relative that has recently had plumbing work done, ask them if they can recommend anyone.
  • Turn to online resources. If you don’t know anyone who can recommend a plumber, the internet certainly can. Resources such as Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau can help you find a qualified plumber in your area.
  • Look for licenses and experience. Who would you trust more – a fully-licensed plumber with 20 years of experience, or a random, unlicensed “contractor” performing his first job?
  • Upfront pricing is a MUST. When it comes to hiring any kind of contractor for your home, choose a someone who provides up-front pricing. An estimate is great, but paying triple what you were originally quoted for isn’t.
  • Do they guarantee their work? Warranties are another important factor to consider. If a plumber isn’t confident in their own work, how can they expect you to be?

If you are looking for a qualified, reputable plumber in Colorado, look no further than Patterson Plumbing & Heating! For the past 20+ years, homeowners in Pueblo and the surrounding area have come to us for our superior plumbing services. We offer up-front pricing, stand behind all of our work, and have an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. See what we can do for you – call us today at (719) 544-4922.

Budget Friendly Bathroom Updates

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You may think giving your bathroom an upgrade is a costly project. To some extent, it could be – but there are plenty of affordable ways you could give your bathroom a makeover regardless if you rent or own your home.

Take a look at the below budget friendly updates you can complete in a day’s time, no demo required:

  • Repaint surfaces – You’d be surprised at what a fresh coat of paint can do! Give your bathroom an easy refresh by changing up the wall color or painting over your cabinet doors. All you have to do here is remove drawers, doors, and hardware and sand down any loose or peeling paint before getting started. Follow with priming, painting, and reassembling – as detailed here »
  • Switch out hardware – Basic hardware, like toilet paper holders or towel bars, can be the first to really show age. If yours are looking a bit drab, change out any bars, hooks, knobs, etc. to something different to give your space a new feel (for minimal cost). You may want to purchase new hardware from the same company and collection to maintain a unified look.
  • Redo your floors – Vinyl flooring is not only extremely durable it’s also water resistant and requires little maintenance. And with installation as simple as peel and stick – why not give it a try! Most vinyl flooring has an adhesive that can easily go on top of your current floors – no demo required.
  • Accessorize – Now that you’ve changed up some colors, look for some accessories to match. New floor rugs, shower curtains, towels, or window treatments can easily make your space feel different.
  • Add storage – Increase your bathroom’s functionality by adding some additional shelving units above your toilet or under your sink. This is a good way to help de-clutter any counter space that could be an eyesore.

If these small updates just won’t cut it, contact the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. Our bathroom remodeling division, Re-Bath® of Pueblo, will work with you to ensure your bathroom meets all of your remodeling needs. Start exploring our bathroom remodeling products or begin designing your new bathroom with our bathroom design tool. If you have any questions about our products, contact us at 719-404-4242 today!

 

photo via Flickr / emilysnuffer

July Home Maintenance

How ready is your home for summer? We’ve spoken at length about the importance of AC tune-up and maintenance, but what about the other aspects of your home? Check out the below fast fixes to keep up your home during summer stress:

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Clean up your landscape: If shrubs or trees are in need of trimming, now’s the best time as they’ve already established their new spring growth. Additionally weed smarter – remember hand-pulling is easier after rain fall thanks to softened soil. Finally, ensure your outdoor sprinkler system is up to par!

Know your storm plan: Severe summer weather has lead to power outages and worse – damages to homes and belongings. With weather as unpredictable as ours, it’s important to know the location of your gas and water shutoff valves as well as knowing how to turn off the electricity in the case of an emergency.

Clean your bathroom fans: Give your fan a good, quick cleaning! First, disconnect the power at the circuit breaker. Then with a damp cloth, wipe down the blades and cover.

Tackle sidewalk mildew: Has your walkway seen better days? Clean away mildew by first spraying an outdoor mildew remover on the concrete before scrubbing away. Hose the area generously before and after to ensure you protect surrounding plants.

If you find yourself in need of plumbing, air conditioning, or home remodeling services this summer – call your trusted Pueblo, CO technicians at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. Patterson Plumbing & Heating provides the highest level of service and technical excellence. Give us a call today:  719-544-4922 or fill out our contact us form on the web.

Prepare Your AC for Summer

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Hotter temps are around the corner and your best defense? Your air conditioner of course. However, when your air conditioning system sits idle for months it does require a bit of TLC to get it back up and running properly.
So act now – on the first sweltering summer day, the last thing you’ll want to do is turn on your AC only to find it doesn’t work. See below for some tips to help get your AC into tiptop shape before the heat really kicks in:

  • Remove any obstructions – Look around your outdoor unit. If anything is around it or restricting its airflow, remove it.
  • Check/replace your filter – Dirty filters restrict airflow, reduce efficiency, and result in poor indoor air quality. Be sure to check and replace your filter as needed (often once a month).
  • Call us for a tune-up! – A tune-up from a Patterson Plumbing HVAC professional is important for ensuring your system’s components are in working order to prevent costly and inconvenient breakdowns later on.

Maintenance and tune-ups are recommended by all manufacturers to provide all of the above benefits and more. While there are some steps you can take on your own to maintain your air conditioning system, it’s best to leave the tune-up process to a Patterson Plumbing & Heating professional. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

Pueblo Colorado HVAC Service

Do you have a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning problem and need it fixed as soon as possible? Has it been a long time since the last time you had the HVAC system in your home or at your office maintained?

Finding the right HVAC contractors can sometimes be hard. That’s where we come in:

We’re proud to offer the best services in the field. From sale, installation, to repair & maintenance – we take each project with care and focus on open communication and getting the job done right, the first time.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your home’s plumbing, heating, and cooling needs. Should you have questions about your systems’ operations give us a call. Our technicians provide the highest level of service and technical excellence: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

Celebrate World Plumbing Day!

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On March 11th, every year, everywhere, the World Plumbing Council celebrates the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of the modern world. All too often, we take having clean, convenient water for granted. The plumbing industry works hard to ensure all systems operate as intended. After all, plumbing is vital to global health.

In honor of today, we want to help by providing some water saving tips you can apply right now in your own home:

  • Using a broom instead of a garden hose to clean your driveway will save 13 gallons every minute you clean!
  • Checking for leaks and fixing them the moment you spot them can prevent a large amount of water waste.
  • Using a hose nozzle while washing your car will save you up to 100 gallons every time.
  • Upgrading to water-efficient toilets, faucets, and shower heads can help reduce your overall water use.
  • Conserve water by washing laundry and running the dishwasher only when you have full loads.

For more tips on how to celebrate World Plumbing Day head over to WPC’s website. If you have any questions about your home’s plumbing, feel free to give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call! Our technicians provide the highest level of service and technical excellence: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

#TuesdayTips – For Preparing Your Home for Vacation

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Whether you have an upcoming vacation planned that will take you away for a weekend or a few weeks, there are some things you can do in advance to prepare your home for your absence to ensure a smooth return.

Use our departure checklist before leaving so you can rest easy on your vacation:

  • Clean out your fridge – Look for any food that will expire while you’re away and toss it. Wipe down the inside of your fridge if you spot any spills.
  • Lower the thermostat – Don’t waste energy while out of town, temporarily adjust the thermostat to a setting of 50-55 degrees.
  • Tidy the house – Sweep and vacuum, do all the dishes and laundry, take out all the trash, change your bed sheets, give your toilet(s) a quick clean, anything so you return to a clean, welcoming home.
  • Contact your security company – Let them know you are heading out of town. If you don’t have one, install a motion-activated sensor on an outdoor floodlight as well.

For additional tips to prepare your home for vacation, visit our previous blog post here »

If you’re worried about leaving your home empty, call a friend, family member, or trusted neighbor to ask them to keep an eye on the house. Perhaps even ask your neighbor to keep their car parked in your driveway as a sign that someone is home!

The Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Tis the season for gathering with friends and family near a warm fire. But this is also prime time for Mother Nature to wreak havoc on our homes and even our health. Follow the below winter maintenance checklist, courtesy of Angie’s List, to protect your most valuable assets this season:

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Call for an inspection: Lack of proper HVAC maintenance is one of the number one reasons for “no heat” calls. Not only does calling for an inspection help ensure everything is in good working condition, but it can also detect potential health hazards (ie: carbon monoxide leak).

Change Dirty Filters: Switching to clean filters helps your system operate more efficiently and thus reduces your energy costs. More importantly, a cleaner filter means improved indoor air quality!

Check Ductwork: Make sure all ductwork is sealed at joints and intersections to prevent heated air from leaking. Your warm air may be seeping out into the attic or crawl space – where it’s not needed. Or, the cold outside air can be drawn in instead. Either way, this increases your heating costs and reduces your indoor comfort.

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Insultate Exposed Pipes: Pipes located in unheated areas are the most likely to freeze, while pipes that have been frozen in the past are more susceptible, now, to damage. Adding heat tape to these pipes prior to insulating can offer an extra layer of protection. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions.

Keep Cabinet Doors Open: If you have small children, remove anything that could be hazardous. Otherwise, open cabinet doors below the kitchen and bathroom sinks to help warm air circulate around those pipes.

Locate Your Shut Off Valve: If you have a winter retreat planned that will be taking you away from the home, shut off the water at the main shut-off valve to prevent any emergencies while you’re away!

For more information on prepping your home this season, download Angie’s List’s full guide here »

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your home’s winter maintenance 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.

5 Kitchen Cleaning Tricks You Can Use at Home

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Cleaning your home this weekend? We know this isn’t the most exciting of chores – especially when you need to tackle the kitchen. However, the more you avoid it, the more you let grease, grime, and mold buildup in a place you prepare meals in!

Try some of these simply, clever, cleaning tricks to tackle the tough spots on your counters, floors, and pans with everyday items:

Clean Countertop Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide, water, and a few drops of ammonia can rid most stains that hit your stone countertops.

Mop Your Tile Floors with Baking Soda. One of our favorite homemade cleaners, take two gallons of water along with half a cup of baking soda and scrub away!

Use Salt to Clean Iron Pans. Have some cooking residue on your cast iron pan? Place it on medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Once heated nicely, add 3 tablespoons of salt. Take your tongs to hold a paper towel, scour until clean. When done, all you have left is to rinse and add vegetable oil to cure.

Make Wood Floors Shine with White Vinegar. Fill a bucket 90% of the way with warm water and the other 10% with white vinegar. Use a mop to coat the floor once and let dry to get floors looking shiny and new!

Use these cost and time efficient tricks to make your day of cleaning not so miserable. Plus, most of these things used can be found around your home. For more tips and advice visit our Facebook.

Energy Saving Tips for College Students

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As students adjust to college life, those of you living off campus may find yourselves in a dilemma. Not only are you putting money aside for tuition, food, internet/cable, and the obvious social activities – but now rent is due. Maybe some of you lucked out with utilities completely included, the rest of you however may have the pleasure of paying your energy bill. Work to keep next month’s costs low by following these tips:

Room Temperature

  • Keep your system off and utilize fans throughout the apartment
  • Close curtains and blinds to reduce heat entering your place
  • Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature settings when you’re away or sleeping
  • Place delightfully mobile draft stoppers in front of drafty doors and windows
  • Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking vents or baseboards
  • Insulate your windows by covering them with plastic
  • By lining the walls behind your radiators with tinfoil, you can increase the heat in your apartment with no extra electricity usage

Lighting and Electronics

  • Turn off lights in rooms that are not being used and when you leave for class
  • Use compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) as they last up to 7x longer and use less energy than traditional bulbs
  • Buy power strips to easily unplug items such as game consoles, TVs and kitchen appliances like toasters, coffee makers and toaster ovens
  • If purchasing a room air conditioner – purchase Energy Star qualified model

Cooking and Appliances

  • Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator over night to reduce cooking time
  • Your burner and pan size should match – smaller pan on a larger burner wastes heat, larger pan on a smaller burner takes more time to heat
  • Opt for using the microwave, toaster or electric pan for smaller meals
  • Run full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible and don’t over dry your clothes

If you start going through this checklist and realize you have a more serious problem in the Pueblo area – give the experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating a call at (719) 554-4922 or visit us at our website www.Pattersonplumbing.com  to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PatPlumbingInc to keep up-to-date with Patterson Plumbing.