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5 Things You Should Do Before Remodeling a Bathroom

Has your bathroom seen better days? Outdated tile floors, worn out bathtubs, and peeling wall paint are just some of the problems that arise in aging bathrooms. If you foresee a remodeling project in your not-so-distant future, make sure to do these five things before putting a sledgehammer through your drywall.

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  • Decide what needs renovation – Not all bathroom remodels are created equal. Some remodeling projects could only require a new paint-job and shower head, while others need to be gutted and built from the ground up. Deciding which fixtures need upgrading is the first step to a successful remodel.
  • Set a budget – Setting a budget is an important step in any home improvement project. After determining exactly how much work needs to be done, you can begin to develop a realistic budget.
  • Measure, remeasure, and measure again – Few things can set a bathroom renovation back quicker than improper measurements. Measure how big your bathroom is, as well as your current tub, toilet, and sink. When shopping for new fixtures, always account for their physical dimensions and consider if they will fit comfortably in your bathroom.
  • Draft your new bathroom – This is where your dream begins to come to life. Whether by hand or using a computer program, lay out the floorplan for your new bathroom. This will give you a feel for the look and flow of your new bathroom, and if you don’t like something, it’s easier to change it now than it will be in the future.
  • Contact a professional – Even if you plan on renovating the bathroom yourself, it is always a good idea to consult a professional plumber or bathroom remodeling specialist before starting a project. They can help ensure that the renovation is completed correctly, safely, and efficiently, plus they could warn you of potential problems you could run in to with your plumbing system.

If you are planning a bathroom remodel for your Colorado home, contact Patterson Plumbing first. Our certified professionals will be there for you through every step of the process; from idea conception to the finished project. Our bathroom remodeling division, ReBath of Pueblo, is a one-stop shop for all of your remodeling needs. For more information about Patterson Plumbing, call us at 719-544-4922 or connect with us on Facebook.

5 Cleaners You Never Knew You Had

You may not know it, but some of the products lying around your house actually double as cleaners! Whether you’ve run out of commercial cleaner or simply want to go a more natural route, you’re going to love this list. Below you’ll find five cleaners you never knew you had:

1. Cornstarch

There’s nothing worse than spilling a tasty treat on your brand new sofa. Fortunately, with a bit of cornstarch and some water, you can effectively eliminate greasy stains. Pure Wow recommends mixing equal parts cornstarch and water to form a paste. Spread it over the stain, let it sit overnight, and sweep it away with a dry towel in the morning.

2. Grapefruit and salt

Grapefruit contains citric acid which breaks down grime, and salt’s texture lends itself to scrubbing away stains. That’s what makes the combination ideal for bathtub cleaning!  Sprinkle a generous amount of salt onto half a grapefruit, wet your tub, and add another 1/4 cup of salt around the edges. Scrub down your bathtub with the grapefruit for a thorough clean.

3. Vinegar

Vinegar is underrated as a cleaner. According to Good Housekeeping, it can be used for everything from window washing to laundry. There are so many benefits to using vinegar as a cleaner, including:

  • Inexpensive
  • Widely available
  • Non-toxic
  • Long shelf life

4. Olive oil

If you’re tired of paying for expensive wood polishers, use olive oil instead. Mix together 2 cups of the oil and 1 cup of lemon juice for an easy way to make your wood furniture shine.

5. Cinnamon

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The hard-to-believe truth is that most air fresheners contain chemicals that aren’t exactly good for your home’s air quality. For a cleaner alternative, allow cinnamon sticks, cloves and the peel of an orange to simmer together in a pot of hot water. Your entire home will smell like just-baked pie!

For more tips, contact Patterson Plumbing & Heating at 719-544-4922. Plus, don’t forget to share your natural cleaner recipes with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Water Heater

Nothing to make you think about the health of your water heater more than having to suffer through an unexpectedly freezing shower first thing on a winter morning. 6900773105_6ce864351c_b

Water heaters are much like a car – the older they get, the more likely they are to break down. Preventative maintenance is key in prolonging your water heater’s life however more often than not, water heaters tend to go unnoticed until something goes wrong (out of sight out of mind).

Here are some tips to help prolong the life of your water heater:

Test the pressure relief valve – This valve is usually located on the side or at the top of the water heater tank and is critical to safety and proper operation of your water heater. When the pressure inside the tank is higher than it is supposed to be, the valve will open on its own. To test the valve, simply lift up on the lever part way, then let go and allow it to snap back. You should hear a gurgling sound as the valve allows some water to be released into the drain tube. If you hear nothing – it’s time to replace the valve.

Clear the sediment out of your tank by draining it–  Over time, sediment can settle and build up inside of a water heater, causing its efficiency to dramatically decrease. This can lead to corroded pipes and plumbing problems down the road. Avoid these problems by draining and flushing your water heater annually.

Lower the temperature – Your water heater only needs to be set at about 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit to function at its proper levels and adequately perform all of this household functions. Keeping your water heater set to this temperature will prevent scalding as well as reduce the amount of sediment buildup – and as a bonus it’ll lower your energy bill.

Water heaters are a part of our daily lives, so keeping them in tip top shape is important. If you are having problems with your water heater, give us a call! We specialize in repair, service and installation of all makes and models – gas water heaters, electric water heaters and tankless water heaters.

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Preventing Plumbing Emergencies During the Super Bowl

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Whether you’re in it for the game, the commercials, or the wings – Super Bowl Sunday is  by far America’s most watched sporting event. With the influx of guests in your home, it’s important to be sure your plumbing is prepared. The last thing you’ll want to worry about during halftime is a plumbing mishap.

Slow drains and running toilets are recipes for disaster. Use this next week to address any plumbing issues you may have noticed. Also, be proactive on game day – contrary to what you may have heard, bones don’t sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal. It dulls them. Make sure you throw out your chicken wing bones vs. putting them down the disposal.

Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect. Our office staff answers calls 24/7 and can dispatch the appropriate technician if needed. So no Super Bowl emergency will go unanswered! Give the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today!

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January is Get Organized Month!

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Think about it, how much time is wasted in your life looking for things you have misplaced? Research has shown on average, people waste as much as an hour a day – 15 days a year due to disorganization! Enter Get Organized (GO) Month – the perfect way to start the new year.

Thanks to the National Association of Professional Organizers, Get Organized Month has been around since 2005 – working to increase public awareness of the importance of being organized. Start off 2015 clutter free with these tips for organizing your kitchen:

  • If your kitchen allows, hang pots and pans overhead for extra space.
  • Eliminate search time! Stash pantry items in the see-through pockets of an over-the-door organizer.
  • Arrange your kitchenware by the frequency of use. Place every day dishes on an easy to reach shelf and special occasion pieces up above.
  • Mount the basics to declutter your counters – including calendar, to do lists, hanging files for mail and additional papers.

Perhaps the overall flow of your kitchen isn’t working for your home’s needs. Give our kitchen remodeling division, 5 Day Kitchens of Southern Colorado, a call! We offer many different services and products to suit all your kitchen remodeling needs. Contact us for a free consultation: 719-404-4242

January is National Bath Safety Month

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January is National Bath Safety Month, a perfect time to assess your current bathroom situation and ensure the proper precautions are taken to prevent slips and falls. Bath safety is not only important to keep in mind for kids, but our senior citizens as well. Here are a few tips to help make your bathroom safer for everyone in your family:

  • Install non-slip strips or mats in your bathtub or replace old ones that seem to be losing their effectiveness.
  • Affix grab bars or safety handles to assist when stepping in and out of the shower/tub
  • Keep a non-slip rug or mat on the floor at the entry of the shower/tub
  • Keep your bathroom well-lit and cleared to prevent losing your footing
  • Beware of sharp edges! Use a rubber cover for the faucet heads and keep towels covering metal rails.
  • In case of emergencies, consider keeping a portable phone in your bathroom

Now may be the time to upgrade yourself to a walk-in shower. Stepping into and out of a bathtub presents an increased risk of falling, walk-in showers skip this problem all together! If this is something that sparks your interest, give us a call! Our bathroom remodeling division, Re-Bath® of Pueblo, will work with you to ensure your bathroom meets all of your safety needs so that you can enjoy your daily activities with peace of mind.

Saturday January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to reduce your energy consumption or even just save some money – you’re in luck. Tomorrow, Saturday January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! There are many things we as individuals can do to help the environment, and our wallet as well.

Below are some tips for saving energy & money in honor of Cut Your Energy Costs Day:

  • Weatherproof the house – Adding caulk and weather strips to areas that are not adequately sealed (like doors or windows) can really make a difference.
  • Switch out old light bulbs for energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Cover all bare floors with carpeting or rugs to add to comfort and heat retention.
  • Wait until you have a full load of dishes or wash before turning on your dishwasher or washer/dryer.
  • Help save water while you shower by replacing current shower heads to low-flow options.
  • Fix any leaky or dripping faucet and running toilets – this can account for tons of money getting washed down the drain each year.
  • Turn appliances off when not in use – including unplugging these gadgets as well.
  • Use the power-save switch on your refrigerator if it’s available, otherwise set the temperature between 30 and 42 degrees F.
  • Use the right sized pots for the burners on your stove. Heat is lost when small pots are used on larger burners!
  • Close the flue on your fireplace when not in use and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing and heating 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.

Top Home Plumbing Repair Problems

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No hot water, leaking toilets, cracked pipes – when plumbing problems occur in the home, it’s not uncommon to feel panicked. Having a functional, smoothly operating plumbing system isn’t just a luxury, but a necessity for going about your daily routine successfully.

See below for some of the most common plumbing problems and ways you can troubleshoot prior to giving us a call!

No Hot Water – One of the biggest reasons for customer phone calls is not having hot water, or inadequate hot water. Some possible causes can be a faulty gas pilot (make sure your pilot light is lit), the temperature setting is too low, or the water heater may not be big enough to meet one’s needs. Contact the experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating to diagnose the problem with your water heater.

Clogged Drains – Another popular plumbing problem, clogs can often be avoided by being cautious of what is put down them. Try using our recommended natural solution to de-clog, then give us a call to make sure another clog isn’t in your near distant future.

Leaking Pipes – This problem can easily cause extensive damage to your floors, walls, and belongings. Be sure to check your pipes periodically for signs of rust, indicating the beginnings of a leak. Should you come across a leak, give us a call – it’s better to fix a small leak now than wait for it to cause a big problem later.

No Heat – One of the last things anyone wants to deal with in a Colorado winter. To combat this, it’s important to have your annual heating system tune up to make sure everything is in working order. If you haven’t had your heating system tune up yet, call us today before the temps start to plummet.

When in doubt regarding how to properly fix your home plumbing system, give us a call. 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.

New Year, New Resolutions – Tips for Saving Money

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It’s a tradition each New Year’s Eve to plan out a resolution or two for the year ahead. Most plan to exercise regularly, volunteer more, or finally cross an item off their bucket list. Many also pledge to save more money.

To help you get a jumpstart on your New Year’s resolutions, we have some tips to help you save money quickly, easily, and right in your own home – by reducing your energy costs this winter:

Adjust the thermostat – By simply turning down your thermostat 10 – 15 degrees for eight hours, you can save about 10% per year on your heating bills. You can do this overnight – just opt for flannel sheets, thicker comforters, and warmer PJs, or if you are away for long periods of time during the day at work/travel.

Only heat the rooms you use – Have a spare guest room or office space that has instead turned into a storage area? Close and seal off the vents in those rooms to be more energy efficient and instead direct the flow of air to the rooms you use most.

Turn it off! Keeping lights and appliances off when not in use is one of the best habits you can develop. Unplug your computer, TV, toaster oven, microwave and any other appliances to protect them from power surges. According to the Consumer Energy Center, many appliances can use power even if they are turned off.

Eliminate drafts – Drafts can waste 5%-30% of your energy according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Draft guards are great for drafty doors and for a quick fix, weather-stripping can fill gaps and minimize air infiltration. Also, be sure to keep the damper closed on your fireplace when not in use to eliminate drafts through the chimney.

Get efficient – If you know you are in the market for upgrading your appliances and fixtures – go the energy efficient route. Refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers as well as toilets, shower heads and faucets all have  energy efficient options available.

Patterson Plumbing & Heating is a full service company prepared to handle your winterization needs. We are able to repair the smallest heating problem to the largest heating problems. We’re experts on all brands, makes and models. When you need us, we’ll be there..

Keeping Your Home Safe While Traveling

Your much anticipated vacation is just about here – time to put up the out of office responder, pack your bags, and of course prepare your home. After all, the last thing you want to worry about after leaving a stress free vacation is returning to some kind of home disaster.

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Simple preventative measures can work wonders in helping avoid broken pipes, power surges, and more – plus, they only take minutes to complete!

Fix leaks now – The best time to repair leaks is when you encounter them, not waiting until matters get worse. Check faucets in your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room for any drips or puddles, then give your friends at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call.

Adjust your thermostat – To save on energy use while you’re away, turn down your thermostat (but NOT off!). Setting it to 50-55 degrees will keep your appliances and pipes from freezing.

Get an automatic light timer – While you don’t want your home to look unoccupied, you also don’t want to rack up your energy bill by leaving some lights on. Get an automatic light timer that can turn certain lights on and off automatically according to a programmed schedule.

Pull the plug – Unplug your computer, TV, toaster oven, microwave and any other appliances to protect them from power surges. According to the Consumer Energy Center, many appliances can use power even if they are turned off.

Phone a friend – A simple way to really gain peace of mind while you’re away is asking a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house. Give this person a key to bring in your mail and check for anything out of the ordinary. Also be sure to give them your contact information and a copy of your travel itinerary in case of serious emergencies.

Once you have the above in order, give one of the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call to repair or inspect any issues you may find! Look forward to your upcoming vacation knowing your home is all taken care of.