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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.

Prevent Plumbing Problems This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just about here – a day where your kitchen is in overdrive. Unfortunately, the traditional Turkey day meal and fixings have been known to cause some major stress on your plumbing.

We want to make sure you are thankful for clear and clog-free pipes this Thanksgiving – follow the tips below for a problem free holiday:

Don’t treat your garbage disposal as your trash can. Scrape any leftovers into the trash or compost pile. When you do use your disposal, careful not to overload it. Gradually feed waste to prevent any blockage or slowed blades.

Be careful of what you DO put in the disposal. Any starchy, stringy vegetables (like potato peels or celery) should be kept away from the disposal. These pieces can easily wrap around your blades and clog your drain. You also want to avoid throwing any turkey bones down – your disposal isn’t strong enough handle them and instead will wear it down.

Dispose of grease properly. Do your plumbing a favor, and discard used cooking oil or grease the right way. While there are many ‘right’ ways to do this – we can tell you the wrong way is pouring it down your drain. Instead, find an empty plastic container and allow the grease to cool slightly before pouring inside. Then, place it in the freezer until frozen. With a quick twist – pop the now frozen grease out like an ice cube tray and drop it into a freezer bag to dispose.

Keep water running. Keep cold water running for 30-60 seconds after disposing items in the garbage disposal. This will help the waste go down easier, pushing it along. Try not to use hot water, this can melt any fat inside which can re-solidify as a blockage further down the drain.

Don’t let a plumbing mishap interfere with your holiday or seasonal plans – give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today!  Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and are available for any of your plumbing needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922.

Celebrate National No Dirty Dishes Day!

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Let’s face it, if doing the dirty dishes is your least favorite household chore you aren’t alone. So in honor of today being National No Dirty Dishes Day, we wanted to provide some ways to help in your celebration.

Option #1 – Choose to wash, dry, and put away EVERY dish, bowl, cup, utensil, and so on in their respective places to have no dirty dishes in sight as well as a spotless kitchen. As a reward, treat yourself or the family for their cleaning efforts by heading out to dinner tonight to avoid piling any dishes into the sink.

Option #2 – Choose to avoid the dishes all together and take the day off! Instead, use some paper plates and utensils for your meals to avoid adding more plates to your to do list tomorrow. Bonus points if you opt for biodegradable plates!

Option #3 – If still hand washing your dishes, use today to look into purchasing an energy efficient dishwasher! An Energy Star certified dishwasher can save you on average 1,600 gallons of water over its lifetime.

How are you planning to observe this special day? Share with us on our Facebook page!

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.

Make the Most Out of Small Kitchen Space

A small kitchen has its advantages – everything is within arms reach, its cozy, and there’s not a lot of counter space or floor tile you need to scrub clean. However it also can be tough making things NOT feel cluttered.

Make the most of your small space while adding beauty to your kitchen with these creative ideas from Better Homes and Gardens:

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  1. Hanging storage – Keep bulky pots and pans hung overhead and everyday items in reach by attaching them to your backsplash. Now you’ll never replace that 1/4 teaspoon again.
  2. Create a sliding spice rack – Ditch the lazy susan and utilize a handy pullout cabinet to store spices, oils, and herbs within arms reach.
  3. High storage – Top a window or doorway between rooms with a wide ledge for storage and display.
  4. Use chalkboard paint – Whether on the back of your pantry door at the end of a row of cabinets – utilize this space for jotting down notes and grocery lists all while adding some design to your kitchen.
  5. Creative counter space – Stow and go solutions are a must in a small kitchen space. Consider adding a rolling cart that stays tucked away under a center island to provide additional workspace as needed. Bonus it can be wheeled throughout the kitchen for where you need it, when you need it.
  6. Wine storage – If you have a tiny, narrow cabinet – remove the door, add some small shelves and viola! You have the perfect spot for storing extra wine bottles

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.

How Dirty is Your Kitchen?

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Did you know, the dirtiest place in your home is actually your kitchen? Think about it, most of the food we prepare and consume happens in our kitchens – and where there is food, bacteria are sure to follow. From stomach unsettling bacteria to everyday cooking grime – the dirt is everywhere.

Follow these tips for making your kitchen squeaky clean:

  • Disinfect Your Sink! It’s your go to place for washing dishes and hands – but it’s also the dirtiest spot in the house. The sink is an easy breeding ground for E. coli and salmonella. Stop that bacteria in its tracks and disinfect it with a dishwashing soap, lemon, and baking soda combo until it shines.
  • …And the Drain – Just because you’re washing food and soap down the drain doesn’t mean it disappears. Often times food will stick inside and thanks to the constant moisture – germs are thriving. Pour a mixture of baking soda, salt, and water down the drain. Then flush it with hot water for 30 seconds. Bonus – you’ll also be eliminating any clogs.
  • Soak Your Faucet – Take the filter screen at the tip of your faucet and soak it in a diluted bleach solution every week to kill off bacteria. Just remember to let the water run through it for a bit after its finished soaking.

Learn more about cleaning your kitchen on Kitchen Daily »

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.

Foods to Avoid Putting Down the Garbage Disposal

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Your garbage disposal – a handy appliance that has rescued you from unwanted odors. It’s primary function is to shred food waste into pieces small enough (generally less than 2mm) to pass through plumbing. But this doesn’t mean ALL food waste should skip your garbage or compost and head straight for the disposal. In fact, many foods can actually render your trusty assistance useless.

As we head into the holiday season, the last thing you want to deal with in the midst of holiday gatherings is a faulty disposal. Below, we’ve listed some items to avoid putting down the disposal and some other maintenance tips to keep everything functioning well through the New Year!

Foods to Avoid:

  • Greasy Foods (meat fats and cheese) – These foods leave a film over the disposal’s blades, which can diminish their effectiveness. They may also clog your drain!
  • Hard Things (any shells, bones, seeds, etc) – Anything hard has the power to dull or worse, break, the blades and jam the unit, causing the motor to burn out.
  • Peels (carrots, bananas, potatoes, etc) – These foods’ peels can easily wrap around the blades and keep the motor from operating.
  • Expandable Foods (pasta and rice) – Even SMALL amounts of these foods can swell with water and clog the trap.
  • Egg Shells – Their stringy membranes can wrap around the shredder ring while the shell itself is ground to a sand like consistency that can clog pipes.

Be sure to practice proper disposal maintenance in case any of these damaging foods do slip in – you’ll be prepared. Always keep the water running for 30-60 seconds after the food has cleared the drain because the waste still has a ways to go. The water will help the waste go down easier, pushing it as it goes. Also, always use cold water. Using hot water can melt fat which can then re-solidify as a blockage further down the drain. Finally, throw some ice cubes down it every once in a while. The cubes will not sharpen the blades (as commonly believed) but it does knock off any debris build up that keeps the disposal from grinding food properly.

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.

Small Home Improvement Projects for Big Changes

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Itching for a change this season? The good news is it’s within reach. There’s no need to take on a major home improvement project (if you don’t have the time, resources, or even desire to) to make a significant difference.

Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or just want to jazz things up for your own enjoyment – here are some strategies to consider:

Give appliances a facelift – Are your kitchen appliances all mixed and matched? Stainless steel this, solid white that. Consider ordering new doors or face panels for them to keep everything on the same spectrum.

Give your cabinets a makeover – Select new cabinet hardware not only for your kitchen but bathrooms as well! Add towel bars and robe hooks to that list and you’re ready to go. Feeling a bit more crafty? Add some molding to give your cabinets a brand new look.

Improve your storage – Old homes in particular are known for their lack of closet space. Add some laminate systems or storage units to bedrooms, pantries, and entry closets to maximize your space. Also, take advantage of any unclaimed wall or corner space with open shelves to keep certain items within reach.

Restore your floor – With regular exposure to dirt, dust, and constant traffic, your floor may start to look dull and distressed. Clean and polish with a product specifically designed for your floors, or with some of the natural products listed here.

Shed some light – Light fixtures can go a long way in soothing and upgrading a space. An interesting pendant or chandelier can instantly boost a room’s sophistication. There are many inexpensive but eye catching fixtures on the market sure to suit your home/room’s needs.

These small home improvements can quickly make some big changes. If any of your plans include appliance repairs or other plumbing services – leave that to us. Contact the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating –  (719) 554-4922 today!

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

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.

Dishwasher Maintenance Checklist

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Your dishwasher is one of those appliances we all rely on. These machines save you time and effort but the daily wear and tear it goes through can really take a toll. That’s why proper maintenance is key to extending their average lifespan.

Here’s a checklist for you to use to make sure your dishwasher lasts for years!

  1. Use as directed – Review the user manual to make sure you are loading it correctly, using the proper soap, and adding it the correct way. Never put anything in the dishwasher that isn’t dishwasher safe!
  2. Regularly deep clean – Take a damp rag and wipe down the door, walls, and all crevices and remove any removable pieces to wash them with soap and water.
  3. Run a cleaning cycle – After you deep clean, take one cup of white vinegar and put it in a bowl on the top rack inside the dishwasher. Run the machine on a hot cycle to the vinegar can help deep clean and get rid of anything you may have missed. Once complete, you may need to wipe down the insides again to remove what the vinegar has loosened.

For more DIY cleaning and maintenance tips click here. If you start going through this checklist and notice more serious issues like rust or other malfunctions – it may be time to give the experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating a call: (719) 554-4922

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

Fourth of July Plumbing Tips

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Fourth of July weekend is upon us – time for BBQs, family parties, and of course, fireworks! Whether you’re hosting a neighborhood celebration or only inviting a few close friends and family to your humble abode, it’s a good idea to make sure your plumbing and appliances are ready to take on the stress from the influx of house guests.

Check over your bathroom plumbing – Clogged or running toilet? This is a recipe for disaster with additional guests in your home. While there are a few DIY fixes that can solve some problems, more complicated issues will need the help of a Patterson Plumbing & Heating professional.

Clean your drains – As mentioned in our recent blog post, cleaning your drains is important to do on a regular basis. With all the food, drinks, and dishes that will fill the sink tomorrow, it’s important to make sure it’s up to the task.

Do a basic appliance check – Visually look over all appliances, drains, fixtures, and pipes for any signs of damage. Leaks and cracks will prevent things from working properly – not to mention raise your utility bills! If anything looks out of the norm, give us a call to help identify the issue and recommend the best repairs.

Make sure your gas plumbing is working – If this isn’t working properly, you’ll have a rough time grilling. Whether you are using your indoor gas stove or outdoor kitchen area, this needs to be up to par before the party starts!

Don’t let a plumbing mishap interfere with your extended holiday weekend plans – give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today!  Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect.