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5 Ways to Add Curb Appeal

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August is National Curb Appeal Month – time to give your home that facelift you’ve always wanted. Even if you aren’t planning to sell your home, making updates will certainly boost its functionality for your own enjoyment. Check out the below simple, low-cost curb appeal improvements that you can do tomorrow, next week, or a month down the line:

Replace old hardware. Has your house numbers, mailbox, or light fixtures seen better days? This update takes only a day and a trip to your local hardware/home goods store. Choose matching pieces to convey your home’s aesthetic.

Install outdoor lighting. Curb appeal isn’t only meant for daylight hours. Place some solar-powered lights on your walkways and key landscape areas to create safe pathways and highlight your home.

Replace gutters and downspouts. Peeling paint and rust spots aren’t the most attractive for your gutter system. If it’s been a while since this was replaced, look into purchasing newer, snap-fit vinyl gutter systems that require no paint and go together with a few tools. Copper systems are on the pricier end but they do a great job of accenting a home.

Create a planting bed. Give your front yard a pop of color with a new planting bed in the front corners of the yard or along walkways. Make sure to choose features that will frame your home instead of obscure it.

Renew paint and trim. New paint, siding, or trim is the easiest way to transform your home’s look. If you have some time to do so, first check for any obvious defects (cracked or rotting material). Complete any repairs and then give your home some new personality with some color, trim, or shingles!

Patterson Plumbing is your reliable plumber for ensuring your interior and exterior plumbing is working properly. During your exterior upgrades this month, be sure to give us a call should anything arise. We’re Southern Colorado plumbing and sewer line repair and replacement experts. Give us a call at (719) 544-4922 for fast service!

#TuesdayTips for Celebrating Lawn and Garden Month

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April is Lawn and Garden Month, time to get out of the house and spruce up your outdoor decor. Whether you have an entire yard or small patio area, use some of the below landscaping tips to get you started:

  • Throw on a little paint – A little goes a long way in your lawn and garden area! Give a pop of color to any piece of furniture or object that could use a bit of rejuvenation.
  • Add a decor piece – Look for a unique piece to serve as your outdoor centerpiece. It could be a fountain, colorful flower pots, or a piece of patio furniture. Feel free to re-purpose something you already have!
  • Get the right mowing height – It’s a common misconception that mowing your lawn short will give you more time until you need to mow again. In actuality, longer grass blades are stronger, look healthier, and don’t grow as quickly.
  • Care for your lawn properly – Your lawn needs a well balanced diet of fertilization and water. Don’t over do either to ensure a healthy lawn.
  • Check your sprinklers –  If you haven’t already, be sure to thoroughly check and clean your sprinkler heads. When it comes time to mow the lawn, proceed with caution to avoid damage!

Sprinkler system seem to not be working properly? Give us a call to get FAST, friendly, courteous outdoor plumbing services from trained professionals for your Pueblo, CO area home, 719-544-4922.

Installing Outdoor Kitchen Plumbing

Image Source: Blair Photography via Colorado Expression

Image Source: Blair Photography via Colorado Expression

May is National Barbecue Month, making it the perfect time to finally install that outdoor kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. But if you’re unfamiliar with outdoor plumbing, you might not know where to get started. Let’s take a look at just how easy it is to set it all up.

Here’s what you’ll need before installing outdoor kitchen plumbing, according to DYI Advice:

  • Enough time (about a day) to run plumbing for a sink and a gas line for the barbecue
  • The following tools: Groove-joint pliers, a screwdriver, a level, a shovel, a posthole digger, a hole saw, tools for joining copper and a plastic pipe
  • Experience in installing PVC drain pipes and sinks and familiarity with running supply lines
  • Prep by choosing where your sink and barbecue will live, and build the cabinet
  • The following materials: a sink, a gas-fired barbecue, supply pipes and fittings, drain pipes and fittings, a trap, a garbage can and gravel

Once you have that set up, you can begin your project. Follow these five steps:

  1. Run a supply pipe designed for outdoor use from inside your house. Slope the pipes slightly to ensure they drain properly. Install shutoff valves with drain plugs at the bottommost point. Use two-hole clamps to attach the pipes firmly every 4 feet (or less).
  2. Run your supply pipe through the wall and to the outdoor kitchen. You’ll want to route up through the bottom of your skin and/or the grill base cabinet. Sweat male threaded adapters to attach to the supply tubes for the sink.
  3. Insert a PVC drainpipe and adapter for the sink trap. Supply your barbecue with natural gas by running pipe that is code-approved for exposed outdoor gas lines in your town or city. (Note: Some barbecues require a gas regulator.) Install the sink and trap.
  4. Dig a hole for a dry well according to local codes. (It should be at least 10 feet from your patio or deck.) Then, dig a trench to it that slopes down and away from your home. Run the drain line (1-1/2-inch PVC is recommended) in the trench. Make sure that it slopes at a rate of ¼ inch per foot, at least.
  5. Drill or punch a grid of holes, about ½-inch wide, in a garbage bin. Place the garbage can in the hole, making sure that its top is 2 inches below grade. Identify where the pipe will enter and cut a hole. Put the trash bin back in the ground, install the pipe, and fill the garbage can with coarse gravel.

Remember, be sure to choose plumbing that can be drained in the fall in preparation for the cold winter temps. And as such, be able to turn off the water from inside the house. If you need any assistance in your outdoor kitchen installation be sure to give our experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call! A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises. Give us a call at 719-544-4922!

National Garden Month – Replacing an Outdoor Faucet

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Over time outdoor water faucets wear down. So while you’re dewinterzing your home and preparing for warmer weather, you may want to consider replacing outdoor faucets with newer models:

  • First, shut off the water that feeds the spigot. You may need to shut off the house’s main water supply valve, or another valve closer to the outdoor line. Open the faucet completely to drain out all the water.
  • Next, with a wrench and a pair of adjustable pliers, hold the wrench on the water pipe to keep it still while slowly turning the pliers around the pipe that is connected to the faucet counterclockwise until the faucet is loose.
  • Once loosened, unscrew the faucet by the hand in a counterclockwise motion. Use a stiff brush to clean the pipe threads from any rust or debris. Then wrap the threads with plumber’s tape to ensure a strong seal.
  • After going to the home improvement store with the old faucet to select a new one that meets the same specs, screw this new faucet onto the pipe by hand until tightened.
  • Finish it off by tightening with the wrench and pliers. You may want to cover the faucet with a towel to protect it’s finish from getting chipped or scratched.

Once it’s tightened, turn back on your water supply and open the faucet to check for leaks. No you should be all set to begin gardening season without wasting water from sneaky drips. If you have other plumbing related questions contact us here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating today!