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Fix-A-Leak Week Begins Monday

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Did you know, household leaks can account for more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water annually nationwide? Next week starts WaterSense’s annual Fix-A-Leak Week and we encourage you to help hunt down the drips in your home.

Many leaks are easily correctable and once fixed can save homeowners money on their water bills. To check for leaks in your home, you first must determine whether you’re wasting water:

  • Look at your water usage from January and February, if a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month – there are some serious leaks.
  • Decide on a time to not use water in your home. Check your water meter before and after a two hour period of no water use, if the meter has changed – you probably have a leak.
  • To identify a toilet leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color seeps into the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak. *Flush immediately after this experiment as to not have a color stained tank!
  • Check for surface leaks on the outside of pip fittings and faucet gaskets.

For tips on fixing leaks found in your toilets, faucets, shower heads or outdoors, head over to EPA’s website or give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. A specialist will come by, diagnose the problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

Wisdom for the Washer

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Your washing machine is one of the hardest working appliances in your home and thus, it’s important to keep it in good working condition. Add loads of convenience to your life for years to come with these washing machine maintenance tips from Real Simple Magazine:

  1. Between uses, leave the lid of the washing machine open – the air drying helps curb mildew growth.
  2. Once a month, throw in a bleach-free washer cleaner to blast away odor-causing residue. Run the machine empty on a hot cycle.
  3. Confirm your washer is level! Having an unlevel washer can cause vibrations that not only damage your floor, but may prematurely wear out key components like the shock absorbers and tub bearings – plus who wants to listen to that noise? Place a level on top of the machine and adjust its feet (which typically screw up or down accordingly). If you are still having problems keeping it level, place a piece of plywood down thats a little larger than the machine’s base to help absorb some vibrations.
  4. Washer hoses can bulge and tear over time, be sure to check them out and replace them when necessary. Don’t wait until your home is flooded before the new hoses are considered!

When it comes to any plumbing concerns – give your local Pueblo, CO plumbers a call. The experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating offer complete plumbing, water heater, drain and sewer services.

Causes of a Leaky Faucet

When you hear the word leaky faucet, what do you think of? Chances are those annoying dripping sounds. What you’re probably not thinking about is how much money is going down the drain the longer you let those noises continue.

But before you stop the drip, you need to know exactly what’s causing it. See below for some common causes of a leaky faucet you should look out for:

Broken Parts – Chances are this is the biggest reason your faucet is dripping. A washer inside the tap may need to be replaced and the seals inside compression faucets are likely to become damaged as they are under pressure to keep water from flowing.

Damaged Cartridge – The cartridge can wear after prolonged use. Good thing is this can easily be replaced as long as you have a matching cartridge that can fit the gap left by the original. Measure carefully both before and after removal.

Water Pressure – If your leak occurs at certain times of the day or during certain behaviors, your water pressure may be too high. This dropping isn’t serious but you may wish to reduce the force of your water pressure slightly to prevent future problems.

Busted Plumbing – A crack can develop in a pipe, which causes a leak to happen below the sink area. You will need to make an appointment to get your water pipes examined immediately.

The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. In honor of National Fix a Leak week, we encourage everyone to check for leaks in their home to save water and money. Give us a call at 719-544-4922 to take advantage of our promotion for a FREE comprehensive plumbing inspection and leak search for homeowners.