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Things To Know About Your First Home’s HVAC System


In our recent blog, we discussed what new homebuyers’ should check for where their plumbing is concerned – but what else should they keep front of mind?

The HVAC system.

If you’re used to renting homes, you probably haven’t had to worry much about dealing with air conditioning and heating problems. But when deciding to purchase a home, HVAC equipment can easily result in costly repairs or replacements down the road if you’re not careful.

Below are some things to consider when looking at a potential home’s HVAC system:

The Units. Perform a spot inspection of all heating and cooling units in the home. If there is rust, water spots, other decay – or if you hear loud noises, the system may be old. Ask the owner for any maintenance records to see if replacement is needed.

Ducts. Look at all visible ducts in the basement or attic and those that run into the HVAC unit. Keep an eye out for any rust, loose connections, gaps, condensation on the ducts, or the infamous “Ductopus.” These issues can make your unit work harder than it needs to, thus increasing your utility bills.

Insulation. Although this is unseen to the eye, ask your realtor information about the home’s insulation. As you walk through rooms notice if any have significant temperature changes. Most often this can occur in homes with additions (like sun rooms or enclosed porches). Find out as much information as you can about what insulation has been used as this is key for keeping you and your family comfortable.

Air Leaks. Inspect the seals around all doors and windows to ensure they are sealed properly. If possible, preform a leak test. Simply light a stick of incense and pass it over any window seals or duct connections. If the smoke starts to drift – you have an air leak.

In the long run your home inspector will discuss any technical issues with you, but spending the time to recognize the above problems on your own may save you from investing in a home that isn’t right for you.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we want to ensure our new homeowners are prepared. If you have any questions about your home’s plumbing or HVAC system – our expert technicians are here to help. Call us today to schedule an appointment: 719-544-4922.

Tips to Ease Indoor Allergies at Home


Simply shutting yourself off from the outside world isn’t a cure all for allergies. The key? Work to rid the allergens from your home as well.

This Wellness Wednesday we wanted to provide some tips for easing your allergies at home – and how we can help:

Stay squeaky clean – Pollen sticks to everything. Showering, washing your hair, and changing your clothes can help if you’ve been outdoors with excessive pollen.

Sleep often – Not only does it relieve stress, but it also helps your body heal from fighting off allergy symptoms during the season.

Beware of the breeze – Easing up on your dryer usage now that it’s nice enough to hang clothes outdoors? Be careful! This can actually bring allergens inside. Be sure to wash bed linens in hot water and use the dryer to kill dust mites.

Filter it out – Use the air conditioner during warm, humid months to filter out 99% of pollen and allergen-producing fabrics in your home.

TLC for the AC – Remember not to take your AC for granted – it needs some TLC too! Changing the filter monthly and cleaning your air ducts annually is the best way improve your air quality and HVAC performance.

Use this allergy season as a reminder to schedule an air duct cleaning service with us. We’ll give your air duct system a full inspection to determine the level of contamination and follow a precise process for maximum cleaning results. We’re here to help you improve your home comfort!

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.

The Secret Cleaning Weapon: Vinegar

Natural cleaners. Vinegar, baking soda, salt and lemon.

From freshening up your fridge to unclogging drains – white vinegar does it all. Just a small amount of this all-purpose cleaner, either as is or mixed with water, can replace many, pricier store bought products huddled under you sink.

  • Freshen your fridge – Mix a half water and half vinegar solution to clean the shelves and walls
  • Kill germs – Spray full strength vinegar around your sinks and bathroom tub to kill off germs. Just wipe clean with a damp cloth and vuala!
  • Remove buildup – Make a paste of 1 teaspoon vinegar and 2 tablespoons of salt to apply to sink fixtures to rid any lime buildup. Then, just rub with a cloth.
  • Unclog drains – Pour one cup baking soda followed by one cup white vinegar down your stopped drain. Cover with a washcloth and let sit for 15 minutes. Then flush with hot water.
  • Tidy your toilet – Remove stains from your toilet bowl in a pinch. Pour a cup or more of diluted white distilled vinegar into the bowl. Let it sit for a few hours or over night then scrub well with a toilet brush and flush.

For more ways to unleash the power of white vinegar, head over to All You’s article here »

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.

Why Choose Patterson Plumbing & Heating

Our mission: To build ‘peace of mind’ in ourselves, our customers, and the community through integrity and proficiency.

At Patterson Plumbing, we understand that both you and your home deserve to be treated with respect. That’s why we make sure our technicians comply with our high standards for personal and professional behavior.

Every potential employee at Patterson Plumbing & Heating submits a pre-employment criminal and MVR background checks, as well as drug and alcohol screening. We believe if we hire quality people in the beginning, we stand a better chance of retaining quality people for years to come!

Learn more about what makes us stand out here »

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What Services Does Patterson Plumbing Provide?

Patterson Plumbing & Heating provides the highest level of service and technical excellence. Broken plumbing, heating or air conditioning can make life uncomfortable and unpleasant. We make these problems go away FAST! When you call us, you’ll talk with a friendly customer service professional who will listen to your questions and needs. We’ll dispatch a professional technician whose training matches your needs. Let’s take a look at the services Patterson Plumbing provides:


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We offer complete plumbing, water heater, drain and sewer services for Pueblo, Colorado area homeowners. We focus on quality and lasting value because that’s what customers want. We only hire the best plumbers in Pueblo. In short, we won’t send anyone to your home that we wouldn’t want in our own homes.

Water Treatment

The professionals of Patterson Plumbing promise to show up on time, listen to your water softener, water filtration and purification problems, diagnose your situation, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job, not by the hour, so there are no surprises. Our water quality technicians will take great care of your home. They wear shoe covers, put down drop cloths, are trained to perform the work you need and will thoroughly clean up the work area. We follow up with a phone call to be sure you are satisfied, and stand by everything we do.


Our heating technicians can solve any home heating and air problem from noisy furnace or boiler equipment to inconsistent room temperature. Patterson Plumbing is a full service company prepared to repair the smallest heating problem to the largest heating problems.

Air Conditioning

Keeping your air conditioning operating in top condition or installing a more energy efficient model not only keeps you cool, but saves you money on energy bills. Our certified technicians have extensive experience and knowledge of all types of air conditioners and are ready to diagnose your problem and repair it.

As you can see, our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair any problem with your home’s plumbing, furnace, boiler or air conditioning. To learn more about what we can do for you, dial (719) 554-4922 today!

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

Appliance Problems? Here’s What to Look Out For

Even if your toilet isn’t over flowing and your fridge is still keeping your foods cold – that doesn’t mean there may not still be a problem. Your home appliances often show subtle warning signs when something isn’t right. Here’s what to look out for:

Refrigerator – Hear the fridge’s motor constantly running? This could signal there is a problem keeping consistent temperature. Also, if you open the door and find condensation inside, it’s likely the seal on the door needs to be repaired or replaced.

Toilet – Listening to a running toilet is not only annoying, but it can increase your water bills. Most often all you need is a new flapper but sometimes it may require further repair. If unsure, give us a call for a proper inspection.

Furnace and AC – Having problems feeling hot and cold air through the vents in your home? First check the duct’s air filter, if it hasn’t been changed in a few months it’s likely dirty and thus blocking air from circulating throughout your home. Also be sure to check nothing is blocking the air from coming out. If there’s still a problem, contact an expert.

Water Heater – Having problems getting hot water in your shower? That’s where the water heater comes in. If you notice a low supply of hot water, a noisy unit, or leaks/rusted patches on the heater it’s best to contact a specialist to inspect and diagnose the problem.

Knowing what to look out for can help you catch problems before they turn into bigger issues. If your appliances still aren’t working properly, give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. We are the Pueblo, CO area plumbing, drain, heating, and air conditioning specialists.

National Safety Month – Home Safety Tips

June is National Safety Month, and while there are many ways of practicing safety in your daily life – it’s important to keep yourself and your home safe. Now is a great time to keep in mind ways to stay safe from indoor air pollution and how to come out injury free in your next DIY home repair project.

Keep indoor air quality up to par by:

  • Change air filters regularly and be sure to vacuum coils on your AC, refrigerator, and other appliances to reduce contaminants and keep them running efficiently.
  • Ensure all air vents, interior and exterior are dust and debris free.
  • Have a Patterson Plumbing & Heating professional asses your air quality needs. We’ll give your air duct system a full inspection to determine the level of contamination and follow a precise process for maximum cleaning results.
  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are unobstructed and that their batteries are fully charged and working properly.

Keep your plumbing in tip-top shape by:

  • Checking your pipes for leaks or bulges. A small leak can turn into a costly problem, and be threatening to your home.
  • Prior to starting any repair, make sure to always know where your water supply shutoffs are located; including the main water shut off, toilet, and sink valves.
  • If your plumbing repair is near an electrical source, make sure you turn off the power to that source so you avoid getting electrocuted.
  • You should always be careful when working with pipes that could steam or have scalding hot water. Make sure you wear eye/face shields and insulated gloves.

Finally, some jobs should be left to the professionals. While you may be perfectly fine to handle regular maintenance tasks, larger projects can be done by one of our experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to ensure it is done quickly and correctly, the first time.

Improve Indoor Air Quality With These Plants

Did you know, most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs from breathing air indoors? In fact, about 90% of time is spent inside; whether at home, the office, or other buildings – which is why indoor air quality is a significant concern.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average person receives 72% of their chemical exposure at home – which means the place most people consider safest, is actually exposing them to the greatest amounts of potentially hazardous pollutants.

The scary part? 4.3 million people a year die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution.

The good news? You can restore the air quality in your home by not only scheduling an air duct cleaning with us, but including some greens in your home decor:

  • Aloe – Easily maintained by the most novice gardener, this sun-loving plant helps rid formaldehyde and benzene – common byproducts of chemical-based cleaners and paints. Plus its gel is helpful for burns and cuts!
  • Spider Plant – This resilient plant requires absolute minimal maintenance and it battles a lot of toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene.
  • Gerber Daisy – This colorful bloom will help the air toxins commonly attached to your dry cleaning – place these in your laundry room or bedroom, just make sure it gets LOTS of light to grow properly.
  • Snake Plant – Perfect for the bathroom, this plant thrives in low light and humidity. It’s talents include formaldehyde filtering which is common in cleaning products, toilet care, and personal products.
  • Warneck Dracaena – Have a room full of varnish and oil – this plant is the perfect addition. It’s easy to grow even without direct sunlight and can grow to 12 ft tall – if you let it!

Don’t forget to give us a call to schedule your air duct cleaning. We’ll give your air duct system a full inspection to determine the level of contamination and follow a precise process for maximum cleaning results. We’re here to help you improve your home comfort!

Air Duct Cleaning and Springtime Allergies

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As spring stretch’s open, people all over are bracing for another brutal allergy season. Many people opt for staying indoors to stay away from pollen or other allergens, but sometimes the air in your house doesn’t always offer an escape. Remember, the air in your home is recycled air. Each time your system kicks on, like a vacuum, it is not only pulling in air – but dust and other contaminants as well.

Luckily, we have a solution you may want to consider for a more pleasant springtime and a year of better air quality: Schedule an air duct cleaning appointment with us!

Our air duct cleaning process is designed to remove and capture all contaminants from your duct system. While other duct cleaning machines only vacuum out air ducts, our Rotobrush cleaning system method is the only one available that brushes AND vacuums at the point of contact.

Pathogens in your air duct system can easily become dislodged and if not properly collected, can cause sever problems for you and your family. Give us a call today to avoid these problems. We’ll give your air duct system a full inspection to determine the level of contamination and follow a precise process for maximum cleaning results. We’re here to help you improve your home comfort!